Student Opportunities

Performance MonitoringLearning beyond the classroom

Whether it's active participation in a physical therapy setting, implementing training plans for athletes, or teaching a high school physical education class, you can be sure your education in exercise science and physical education at Lander will include ample hands-on training. You might:

  • Put your training to work as an intern with area hospitals, industrial fitness centers or other wellness-related facilities.
  • Gain experience teaching and/or coaching students in kindergarten through 12th grade in local public schools.
  • Participate in the student chapter of the South Carolina Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  • Participate in the Regional and National American College of Sports Medicine annual meetings 

The Physical Education and Exercise Studies (PEES) Club offers all majors opportunities to participate in service projects including the Bearcat Breakout 5k and 1k, the Greenwood Miracle League, Activate Greenwood, Special Olympics and Senior Olympics. Students also have opportunities to hear professionals in respective fields and to collaborate with professors on research projects conducted at Lander and other institutions.

DiagnosticsGet Involved

National Organizations

  • SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators
  • ACSM - American College of Sports Medicine
  • NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association

Regional Organizations

  • SEACSM - Southeast American College of Sports Medicine

State Organizations

  • SCAHPERD - South Carolina Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony
each spring.

  • Exercise Studies Discipline Award
    Given annually by the physical education and exercise studies faculty to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in exercise studies based on excellent academic accomplishments as indicated by the cumulative grade point average and an involvement in the major.
  • Excellence in Exercise Science Award
    Given annually by the physical education and exercise studies faculty to the graduating senior majoring in exercise science who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, leadership, and service activities for the department.

  • Physical Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the physical education and exercise studies faculty to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in physical education based on excellent academic accomplishments as indicated by the cumulative grade point average and an involvement in the major.

Physical TherapyLife after Lander

As an exercise science or physical education major at Lander, you become part of a program that has produced award-winning students and alumni. Because of the uniqueness of the department's degree programs, our graduates find a wide variety of opportunities available to them.

One graduate, for example, was hired as an exercise technician at the Cooper Clinic Aerobics Center in Dallas, Texas; another was selected to be the physical fitness director at a large athletic club in Baltimore, Md. Our physical education graduates have been recognized as teachers of the year and one was selected as the National Elementary School Physical Educator of the Year by NASPE. Many graduates are successfully coaching at the high school and collegiate levels.

Still many others have gone on to graduate school, earning master's and doctoral degrees in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Exercise Physiology.

More information on career opportunities .

Study Abroad Opportunities:

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