Health & Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science

The purpose of the Health and Exercise Science department is to advance knowledge through research and to disseminate the knowledge in this field of study through education of and service to humanity. The primary focus of the department is promoting health and preventing and treating disease through healthful behaviors, emphasizing physical activity and nutrition.

Did You Know?

  • Several faculty have recently received considerable grants to study the benefits of exercise in older adults.
  • In recent years (2019-23), HES has ranked sixth in popularity among majors in Wake Forest College and eighth overall.


Sample courses for students studying Health & Exercise Science include:

  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Statistics in the Health Sciences 
  • Exercise and Health Psychology
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Epidemiology

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Practical Experience & Skills

Health & Exercise Science majors tend to pursue one of three options after graduating. These options are: further education in medicine or allied health fields, further education in HES fields, or immediate employment.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leading/coordinating
  • Strong understanding of anatomy and physiology
  • Awareness of proper nutrition
  • Caring
  • Organizing
  • Motivating/developing others
  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to assess the physical condition of others

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Clubs & Organizations

Health & Exercise Science students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Association of Pre-Physician Assistants
  • Health Occupation Students of America
  • Minority Association for Pre-Health Students
  • Wake Forest EMS

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Health & Exercise Science majors include:

  • Educator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Fitness Center Manager
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physiologist
  • Public Health Advocate
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Research Assistant

Recent graduates have begun health careers and/or further health-related education in 37 U.S. states and 13 foreign countries. While the majority of HES majors pursue careers in health-related fields, recent graduates have included a performance analyst in Major League Baseball; a musician in a symphony orchestra; teachers; and attorneys.

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Related Programs

Those who are interested in Health & Exercise Science also consider the following programs:


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