• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities

Recreation Physical Education


Ripon College offers a major in recreation physical education within the community. Students learn techniques used to acquire, develop and administer park and recreation resources, facilities and programs, and they are exposed to extensive study of research in physical education and sports. Theoretical framework for analysis of orderly and consistent planning of community park and recreation services also is included. Students will be introduced to testing for physical fitness and programming, with an emphasis on appropriate fitness prescription for exercise. This includes the physiological changes which occur during physical activity, and analysis of systems commonly used for the improvement of physical work capacity.

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Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Administrator, Head Coach of Volleyball

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Chair of Exercise Science Department, Assistant Coach of Football

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Requirements for a major in Recreation Physical Education: 34 credits including: EXS 201, 211, 220, 281, 291, 333, 340, 432, 441, 450, 500; plus six credits from the following: EXS 232, 251, 253, 260, 270, 271, 321, 322, 324, 352. BIO 211 is a prerequisite for EXS 333 and 432.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

With an undergraduate degree in recreation physical education students will be able to find a career in the recreation and fitness path, including management and coordination activities at a sports or recreation center, as well as in a municipal recreation program. Students often find work at Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, become personal trainers or strength and conditioning coaches.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

Student Practicum

Exercise science students have completed practicums at various radio stations, at the University of Wisconsin campuses in Green Bay and Milwaukee, at the offices of the Midwest Conference, and for the Green Bay Blizzard, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Milwaukee Admirals, the Milwaukee Wave, the Rockford River Hawks and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Student are also able to earn an American Red Cross adult CPR certification and acquire valuable job experience by working in the training room at the J.M. Storzer Athletic Center or the Ripon Medical Center Rehabilitation Department.