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Exercise Science – Physical Education



A study referencing the Department of Education’s data has named Ripon College as one of the top schools for Heath and Wellness majors in Wisconsin. Aligning with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Guidelines, students completing the Exercise Science-Physical Education major will demonstrate proficiency in several areas: basic physical education knowledge, concepts and pedagogical practices; a professional philosophy consistent with current National Association for Sport and Physical Education and state physical education standards; creating developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional design; analyzing and articulating factors that affect physical education engagement, home-school relations, and classroom strategies; evaluating commercial physical education programs and resources; developing instructional approaches to meet diverse needs; and reflexively evaluating the impact of his or her instructional capacity on others and seek opportunities to grow professionally.

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Exercise Science Department is to prepare, educate, and empower students in their individual journeys toward becoming critical practitioners skilled at evaluating, deconstructing, and addressing the problems and issues central to the narrower topic of sport, as well as the broader issue of physical activity across the lifespan. By blending scholarly study and professional practice, department faculty create learning opportunities and experiences that nurture students’ exploration of the physical, psychological, social-humanistic, and professional aspects of physical activity, and their associated impact on health, society, and quality of life.

Program Spotlight


Brittany Followay

Brittany Followay

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Mark Cole

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, 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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Forty-one or 45 credits, including EXS 211, 220, 251, 252, 253, 333, 352, 426, 432, 450, 399, 499 (and EXS 500 if not student teaching). 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

Students pursuing a major in exercise science-physical education desire to become certified to teach physical education in the PK-12 schools. Students in this field may find careers as a physical education teacher, fitness specialist, athletic coach and health educator.

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

  • Through the Department of Educational Studies, certification in adapted physical education and health are available in early childhood/adolescence (birth-grade 12).
  • Exercise science-physical education students have completed student teaching at all school districts within 50 miles of campus. Those from further away can and have done their student teaching at their home district.
  • Valuable teaching experience can be acquired through multiple campus organizations such as Exercise Student Club, in cooperation with regular coursework such as Adapted Physical Education and special events such as Journey Charter Physical Activity Days.