Historical Timeline

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies has been in existence since 1923. Learn more about the historical timeline of our department.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Health and Exercise Studies is to educate a globally diverse NC State population regarding the benefits of living a healthy and physically active lifestyle by providing equal opportunities and professional preparation in sport, fitness, health, and recreation.


The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a variety of both activity and lecture courses. The Department also provides five academic minors including Coaching Education, Health, Outdoor Leadership, Sports Science, and Dance. The Department serves both traditional and non-traditional students with courses offered through Distance Education courses.

NC State Health and Exercise Studies Requirement

All students attending North Carolina State University are required to complete two Health and Exercise Studies courses to meet the University General Education Program (GEP). One course must be a Fitness and Wellness course (Fitness and Wellness courses are those found in the HESF 100-level series). Students with disabling conditions and special needs will be accommodated and assisted by the Department of Health and Exercise Studies and the Disability Services Office.

Public Service

The Department’s public service contributions encompass instruction, continuing education, research, public school outreach, community engagement, and special needs activity involvement. While the sense of service permeates throughout the University, the primary function of the Department of Health and Exercise Studies is to extend NC State’s resources to the citizens of North Carolina. Listed below are a few examples of the Department’s faculty commitment to public service.

  • Host – Special Olympics
  • Host – North Carolina Senior Games
  • NC State Upward Bound Program
  • NC State Adult Fitness Program
  • Instruction for North Carolina School for the Deaf
  • Outdoor Education Team Building Initiatives
  • International Basketball Officiating
  • University Connection Teacher Liaisons


Health and Exercise Studies classes are conducted primarily in the Carmichael Gymnasium Complex. For more information about the facilities, please visit the Wellness and Recreation website.