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Exercise Science: Medical Emphasis -This degree is designed for future
physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, orthopedists, and other professionals that want a medical emphasis in the exercise science field. A foundation for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries and issues are built. Additionally, students explore human movement and gain an in-depth understanding of the human body.

Exercise Science: Coaching/Fitness - This program is designed for those who want to coach, train, and prepare individuals to improve their overall health and wellness. Graduates have become professional coaches, personal trainers, group fitness instructors and wellness instructors. Students understand not only the human body, but also how to prepare it for maximum performance considering varied ability levels.

Physical Education Teaching - Students with a degree in Physical Education at Carson-Newman can be licensed to teach Physical Education in grades K-12, High School Wellness, and Middle School Health. Our degree plan allows students to get an additional license in K-12 Special Education or K-5 Elementary Education within the four years to graduation. Our graduates are also prepared for careers in the fields of coaching, group fitness, and youth programming.

Youth Athletics and Recreation Management - This major is designed for students who want to teach physical activity and recreation to children, but do not want to teach Physical Education in schools. Graduates would be well suited as youth activity directors or other children's programing positions. Additionally, graduates will be well suited for a variety of careers in entertainment programming.

Wilderness Recreation Management Minor - The Wilderness Recreational Management Minor provides students experience and knowledge so they can manage wilderness recreation settings and guide excursions. Students learn to lead experiences in hiking and backpacking, kayaking, high and low ropes, and rock climbing. Graduates become knowledgeable in managerial skills, leadership styles, and risk management to lead wilderness based groups and organizations. 



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