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Where Fitness Lives

Regular physical activity is the foundation of health and wellness, in our lives and our communities. Our students study human movement, in all its complexity, in two programs: exercise science or physical education. Both programs integrate rigorous coursework with applied skills in lab and field settings, under the direction of a faculty with a sustained commitment to scholarship. Our graduates are experts in maximizing human health and performance through fitness.

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Exercise Science

Exercise Science Program

Prepare for advanced study in physical therapy, physician assistance, and related health care fields.

Physical Education

Physical Education Program

Qualify for certification as a K–12 physical education teacher or pursue a career as a coach or trainer.


Globally Respected Faculty

Work one on one with mentors (including an adviser to the Olympics) whose expertise is valued worldwide.

Recent News / Announcements

  • March 14, 2018

                      The Department of Health and Exercise Science Presents: 10 Pillars of Long Term Athletic Development: Sports Performance or Health Promotion?               Wednesday April 18, 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm  -  Business Building, Lower Level                      ...

  • October 31, 2017

    A record number of TCNJ faculty from the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science presented at Sigma Theta Tau International’s 28th Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland in July. The Congress, “Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship,” held at the Dublin Convention Centre, focused on current trends and issues in the nursing...

  • September 30, 2017

    Message from the Chair Dr. Anne Farrell Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year. We are excited to see what this year brings, however, would like to take the time to outline a few highlights of the last year.

  • June 6, 2017

    Avery Faigenbaum has been awarded the 2017 Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement by The National Strength and Conditioning Association.

  • September 1, 2016

    Focusing only on one sport, year-round, can increase kids’ risk of injury and burnout, according to a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  • April 20, 2015

    A new program is targeting childhood obesity in local elementary schools.

  • March 16, 2015

    A health and exercise science major and TCNJ Scholar-Athlete, Perez is working with SONJ through an internship cultivated by Professor Avery Faigenbaum.

Teaching Accreditation

Our K-12 physical education program is fully accredited by CAEP, assuring an education that meets all evidence-based standards for quality in teacher preparation.