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Health and Physical Education

Health & Physical Education Majors for Undergraduates

The need is rising for skilled experts to deal with all aspects of human health. The fields of wellness, healthcare, nutrition, physical education, community and global health, and complementary health therapies are growing at record rates.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Studies focuses on developing professionals who will promote health and prevent disease across diverse areas in medical, community, nonprofit, corporate, and government settings. The curriculum (with tracks in Exercise Science and Health Science) also offers a broad and intensive education in the relationship between lifestyle and health. The focus on the sciences makes this major a good fit for those students pursuing careers as healthcare professionals. Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, and similar programs should consult with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee.

Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education prepares students for careers in coaching, athletic training, and fitness training, as well as graduate or professional schools for physical therapy, exercise science, and other similar professions. The curriculum (with tracks in Fitness and Wellness or Public Health) combines 30 credits of health studies course work with 18 credits of physical education courses including exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, and motor skill development. Students may also choose from free electives such as Coaching, Preventing and Care of Athletic Injuries, and Exercise Testing & Prescription.

Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education with Endorsement in K-12 Education, a dual major, offers core health studies and physical education for those students interested in obtaining a K–12 teaching certification. The curriculum content is aligned with both the State of New Jersey certification requirements and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

  • Health/Physical Education with Endorsement in K-12 Education in Health and Physical Education Curriculum Chart
  • Health/Physical Education with Endorsement in K-12 Education in Health and Physical Education Sequence Chart

For More Information

For more information, please call the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies at 732-571-3443, visit us in McAllan Hall, room 230, or contact Dr. Chris Hirschler, Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education.