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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science and Physical Education

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Professor J.R. Carpenter; Associate Professor McCole (Department Chair); Associate Professor Hoffman; Assistant Professors Allen, Laird, and McKenzie; Lecturer Hyman, Johns, and Petrie; Coach Lecturers Curley, Easterday, Hatton, Hoyt, Jones, Martin, Nibbelink, Ramey, Renner, Seibert, Wolverton, and Zechman.

Areas of particular teaching interest: Professor Allen: sports administration; Professor Laird: strength and conditioning; Professor Carpenter: sport psychology and sport sociology; Professor McCole: exercise physiology; Professor Hoffman: pedagogy and motor development; Professor McKenzie: exercise physiology.

A basic liberal arts major in Exercise Science and Physical Education is available, providing the student with a broad base of instruction in the discipline, yet still allowing enough time to take elective courses in other departments.

Beyond the basic major, a variety of career options are offered in specific professional areas of Exercise Science and Physical Education such as teaching certification in elementarysecondary school physical education. This PK12 certification program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Career training for coaching, sports medicine, sports management, and the health and leisure industries, as well as preparation for graduate education are available. Students with diversified career interests may build on the basic major in directions consistent with their objectives.

Options in Exercise Science and Physical Education are offered through minors in athletic training, exercise science, sports coaching, and sports management. A dual major, Exercise Chemistry, is offered in conjunction with the Chemistry Department.

Physical Activity

McDaniel College requires that each student demonstrate competence in four different physical activities. This requirement may be satisfied by demonstration of competence through current professional certification, skill testing, intercollegiate sports, or by successfully completing physical activity courses.

Many activity courses will be offered each semester including a variety of special topics. A list of specific courses to be offered in a particular semester is provided at the time of registration.

Students who satisfy all or part of the physical education requirement through certification, testing, or athletic participation receive course exemptions, not course credit.

A student may not receive credit for an activity in which competency has already been demonstrated nor can a student receive credit twice for the same activity.

McDaniel College accepts no financial responsibility for injuries resulting from participation in physical education activities.

The course offerings of the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education fall into two categories: activity courses and theory courses.

Activity courses give students a wide variety of lifespan fitness and lifetime skill experiences. Golf, skiing, backpacking, weight training, and dance are among the varied offerings from which students may choose. The College requires that each student demonstrate proficiency in four different activities. Theory courses are designed to meet the needs of those students with an interest in Exercise Science and Physical Education as an academic discipline. Non-majors will find that many of these courses add depth to their chosen major field of study or enhance career preparation.

EPE majors or non-majors may also want to fulfill one or more of the EPE Department’s minors (see list and requirements below) to enhance their educational and career goals.

Please see the Education section under Curriculum in this catalog for teacher certification requirements in Exercise Science and Physical Education.

Please see the Dual Major section of the Catalog for the Exercise Chemistry option.

Departmental Honors

An application for departmental honors must be filed prior to the end of the second week of classes in the semester in which graduation is anticipated. A student must:

  • have a 3.50 GPA in all courses taken in the major
  • submit an appropriate paper of suitable academic quality
  • receive a recommendation from the EPE Department faculty


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