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Sports Science Minor

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour sports science minor designed for students who desire a greater understanding of the physiological and biomechanical principles of exercise and fitness. The minor provides coursework in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanical principles, prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, exercise leadership, and health behavior.

Minor Coordinator

Program Requirements

  • Completion of 16 – 17 credit hours
  • A grade of “C-” or better required in each course.
  • There are five required courses totaling 13-14 credit hours.
  • The remaining elective courses (3 credit hours) consist of selections from a list of specific offerings.
  • The minor will require that a minimum of 10 credit hours be taken at NC State University which includes the practicum.
  • Students are required to complete HESM 280 Responding to Emergencies or its equivalent, prior to entering HESM 303 Sports Science Practicum.
Required Courses
HESM 480Principles of Exercise Programming (PEF)3
HESM 286Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Control (PPEH)2
or NTR 301Introduction to Human Nutrition
HESM 303Sports Science Practicum (PES)1
HESM 478Exercise Physiology and Sports Science (PEC)3
BIO 240Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (A): Nervous, Skeletal, Muscular, & Digestive Systems
Prerequisites: BIO 181 or CH 101; BIO 183
Elective Courses
Select three credit hours of the following:3
HESM 211Strength Training and Conditioning (PEC)
HESM 214Foundations in Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Education (PES)
HESM 285Personal Health (PEH)
HESM 381Athletic Training (PEC)
BIO 245Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (B): Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems
NTR 500Principles of Human Nutrition
NTR 555Exercise Nutrition
PRT 200Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness
Total Hours: 16

Admission Process

  1. Read over all information regarding the minor program.
  2. Contact the minor program coordinator (
  3. Declare the minor through CODA in MyPack portal.
  4. Begin taking the required and/or elective courses in the minor program.
  5. Meet with the minor coordinator prior to enrolling in the minor practicum.

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