The exercise and sports science department at Hannibal-LaGrange University is designed to prepare students for a broad variety of careers in the fitness industry such as strength and conditioning, personal training, management of recreational services and much more. The program will also prepare students for graduate programs in physical therapy and athletic training.
Our physical education major is designed to prepare the student for a professional career in physical education. The objective of the physical education teacher education program is to generate physical education teacher candidates with the skills and aptitude necessary for successful certification for K-12 Physical Education.
The department also offers minors in exercise science, sport and recreation management, and coaching.
Statement of Mission and Purpose
The mission of Hannibal-LaGrange University is to provide excellent education in both liberal arts and professional disciplines in a distinctively Christian environment that integrates Christian faith and learning in preparing graduates for personal and career effectiveness.
Graduates of the Exercise Science program are trained to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for individuals who are apparently healthy and those with controlled disease. They are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion. The Exercise Science major has demonstrated competence as a leader of health and fitness programs in the university, corporate, commercial or community settings in which their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities. The mission of the Exercise Science program is to provide an excellent education in this field in a distinctively Christian environment that integrates Christian faith and learning in preparing graduates for personal and career effectiveness.
Objectives for the Exercise Science Major
- Demonstrate an understanding of functional anatomy and apply this knowledge to the analysis of human motion.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess health status, conduct fitness testing, and prescribe and administer exercise programs.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of nutrition and the role of diet and exercise on fitness and performance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of fitness programming based on the ability to design and implement a program.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological responses to exercise in direct application to physical fitness and training.
We Stand Out
Small class sizes allow the PE faculty to develop effective relationships with students in the major.
The department has 7 faculty members who have a vast array of experience, not only in the classroom but also in the coaching profession.
Our graduates continue to succeed in the workplace, with many advancing into graduate study.
The Physical Education faculty and many of the students are consistently involved in community service endeavors.
Physical Education Teacher Certification has been granted at a high success rate. First-time Praxis II test results are well above the national and state average.
High job placement rates
The Physical Education and Recreation Management alumni have experienced consistent success in obtaining professional positions. Many have excelled in the coaching field.
Prepared for graduate work
Educational advancement of our graduates continues to be reported regularly.
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Last updated January 11, 2019