Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I pay the additional charge for my class?
Here is the URL to the HES E-store: https://commerce.cashnet.com/NCSUHES
You may pay as a guest or create an account. You may also pay for several class charges at once.
What is the appropriate course for me to take?
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).
How does the waitlist work for activity classes?
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.
How do I add a class if it is full?
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
Are any classes “restricted” for special groups?
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.
How many courses should I take before graduation?
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.
Can I take Health and Exercise Studies classes pass/fail?
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.
What is the department attendance policy for activity classes?
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.
Do HESM courses count toward the GEP?
No, HESM courses fulfill plan requirements for our Minor Programs and also serve as free electives.
What minors are offered through Health and Exercise Studies?
Coaching Education, Health, Outdoor Leadership, Sports Science, and Dance. See this link for more information: Minor Programs
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Should I dress for activity on the first day of class?
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.
Does the department issue physical activity clothing, and is it required to wear during class?
Your instructor will have clothing/equipment requirements detailed in the course syllabus.
Will I need any personal equipment for my class?
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.
Are there any fees associated with physical activity 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.
Where are the faculty offices located?
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.