GEP Required (100-Level)

Fitness and wellness courses focus on the fundamentals of health-based fitness, encompassing cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, muscular flexibility, and body composition. Students will apply these fundamental fitness principles in a variety of activities depending on the selected course. Undergraduates students are required to complete one credit hour from this selection of courses.

GEP Required (200-Level)

Instruction via activity courses is given to reinforce and apply the basic fitness principles with regard to the given activity. These courses focus on helping students acquire or enhance the basic motor skills and skill-related competencies, concepts, and strategies of physical activities and sport. Additionally, students will gain a thorough working knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of the spirit and rules, history, safety, and etiquette of physical activities and sport. Undergraduates students are required to complete one credit hour from this selection of courses.

Minor Program Courses

Our department currently offers five minor programs including Coaching Education, Health Education, Outdoor Leadership, Sports Science, and Dance. The courses in the minor programs strive to prepare students for future employment opportunities in the given area of interest by developing leadership skills, offering practical experience, and participating in various internship opportunities.

Distance Education Courses

There is a growing selection of courses that are available through distance education. These offerings include courses from the fitness and wellness, activity and minor program categories. These courses carry academic credits that can be transferred to degree programs at NC State or at other colleges or universities. They are designed for optimum schedule flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with work, family, or other life responsibilities.

Credit by Examination

Health and Exercise Studies courses that may be taken for credit by examination (CBE) include:

HESA 221, HESD 234, HESF 237, HESR 242, HESS 243, HESS 245, HESS 246, HESR 248, HESR 250, HESS 251, HESR 256, HESD 263, HESD 233, HESS 235, HESD 273, HESM 280 and HESM 285.

Courses in the 100-level are not eligible. Students cannot be registered for campus or DE classes that are being taken as CBE and are responsible for dropping by the university deadline. Please contact Nita Horne ( for more information.