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Frequently Asked Questions


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For updated information, please visit the following link: GEP Health and Exercise Studies. We encourage all first-year students to take a class during their first semester (and each semester thereafter).

There are no registration waitlists for most courses in Health and Exercise Studies with the exception of distance education (DE) sections. Students must attend class to add if seats are available.

There is normally some turnover in the class roster during the first week of classes. Non-registered students who attend will be added by the instructor when/if seats become available. Students cannot add without being present as instructor permission is required beginning the first day of class

We reserve space for first-year students each semester so that they will have the opportunity to have an activity class as part of their initial collegiate schedule. These restrictions will normally “expire” on the first day of class.

You are required to pass two HES GEP classes. We strongly encourage students to take an activity class each semester to benefit their wellbeing throughout their collegiate careers. is for students to “Take 8 at NC State” before they graduate. Those completing eight activity classes are eligible to receive a “Take 8 at NC State” t-shirt and water bottle.

Yes, all activity classes are eligible for pass/fail. It is the student’s responsibility to opt for their preferred grade method and also verify that the method is correct before the university change deadline (which is usually mid-semester). Instructors play no role in your grade method decision or process and your method cannot be changed after the university deadline.

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies requires that students attend and participate in a minimum of 80% of all scheduled class meetings to receive credit for the course (e.g., 24 of 30 classes, max of 6 absences). Your syllabi may declare more strict, but not less strict, attendance requirements (e.g., 25 of 30 classes, max of 5 absences). Attendance will be counted beginning the first day of class. Attendance policies, including procedures for submitting excuses and for scheduling makeup work when the excuses are accepted, shall be clearly defined in the syllabus to be distributed (electronically) on or before the first day of class.

No, HESM courses fulfill plan requirements for our Minor Programs and also serve as free electives.

Coaching Education, Health, Outdoor Leadership, Sports Science, and Dance. See this link for more information: Minor Programs

Clothing, Lockers, and Equipment

Some classes will be active the first day while others will use that time for orientation and lecture. Your instructor should send you a syllabus prior to the first day of class with information about the first day’s activities. If in doubt, come prepared to participate on day one.

Your instructor will have clothing/equipment requirements detailed in the course syllabus.

Most classes will provide equipment for each student. In the event that personal equipment is needed, you will be advised by your instructor. Examples of required personal equipment are goggles for swim classes, running shoes for fitness classes, and gis for karate classes.

Some specialty classes that include travel and/or certification may necessitate a nominal user fee. Examples include outdoor leadership trips, skiing and snowboarding trips, and SCUBA.

Please refer to NC State Wellness and Recreation’s locker policy for more information: Lockers

Contacting Instructors

All faculty offices are in the Wellness and Recreation Center (1st floor, 1170 office block). Visit our online directory for all faculty information, including education background, courses taught, and contact information.