Course Catalog



Chair: Professor K. Baker

Professors: F. Burch, D. Hunt, J. Tubbs

Associate Professors: J. Hartman, S. Snyder, D. Ware

Assistant Professors: G. Gilsdorf

Instructor: H. Hartsell, S. McNeely



The mission of the Department of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies is to provide opportunities for the development of the physical, mental, social, environmental, emotional and spiritual well-being through a core curriculum and professional studies areas which emphasize a liberal arts philosophy that promotes a Christian worldview and emphasizes faith, service, and leadership.



To produce graduates who will be:

  1. prepared for entry into professional careers and/or graduate studies within the respective fields of study;
  2. academically prepared to obtain certification and/or licensure in areas relevant to the respective fields of study;
  3. able to identify, evaluate, and demonstrate personal application of the concepts of physical activity and optimal wellness, which includes physical, mental, social, environmental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions; and
  4. innovative and critical thinkers, able to engage collaboratively and able to consume and disseminate information within a diverse global community.


Student learning outcomes specific to each major offered by the department are described in the appropriate sections that follow.



The Department of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies offers four majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:


Athletic Training

Exercise Science

Physical Education/Health Education with Teacher Licensure

Sport Management




Sport Management




Gardner-Webb University athletic training educational program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).



The Athletic Training Educational Program at Gardner-Webb University is a rigorous and intense, competency-based program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. These specific requirements are determined by National Athletic Trainer’s Association-Education Council and are identified in the document “NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies”. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Educational Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). Abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Educational Program. For a listing of the specific cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for successful completion of the Gardner-Webb University Athletic Training Educational Program, please refer to the Clinical Skills Manual or contact the Athletic Training Educational Program Director.




Students who successfully complete this program of study will demonstrate:


  1. the knowledge and skill in immediate care of injuries or illness to the physically active person;
  2. the ability to apply injury preventative measures in athletic training;
  3. the ability to evaluate and assess a physically active person with an injury;
  4. the knowledge and/or skills to treat, rehabilitate, or recondition a physically active person with an injury; and
  5. the understanding of the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice such as primacy of patient, culture competence, professionalism, legal practices, and ethical practices.



The following courses are required for admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP):


ATTR 101- Introduction to Athletic Training

ATTR 222- First Aid and Management of Acute Injuries and Illnesses

BIO 101- Human Biology


A grade requirement of “C” (2.00) or higher is required for BIO 101, ATTR 101 & 222.


Prospective athletic training students are encouraged to express their interest to the Athletic Training Educational Program Director prior to, or during, the fall semester to be advised of the necessary requirements.



Any prospective athletic training student wishing to pursue a major in athletic training must successfully progress through a 10-week spring semester observation in order to be eligible for admittance into the program.


Observation consists of prospective athletic training students being assigned to on-campus approved clinical instructors allowing each student a wide range of experience while accumulating a minimum of 60 hours of observation. The student can obtain observation hours during morning, afternoons, evenings, or weekends based upon the schedule of the assigned approved clinical instructor. ATTR 101 encompasses the Observation Period and serves as a requirement for application to the ATEP.



At the completion of the 10-week observation period and following the accumulation of 60 observation hours, prospective athletic training students are eligible to apply to the ATEP. The process begins with completing an application form that is distributed during ATTR 101. In addition, three letters of recommendation and an essay on the observation experience are required. Lastly, proof of immunizations, or a signed declination of vaccination(s) must be provided. Upon receiving all of the required information, an entrance interview will be conducted by a committee comprised of athletic training faculty and staff as well as a member of the Department of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies.


Following the interviews, prospective candidates will be selected and offered admission within the program contingent upon successful completion of required courses with required grades and an overall GPA of 2.37. Students not selected are encouraged to reapply to the program the following spring semester. The readmission process will be handled on an individual basis, but the student may be required to begin the process from the beginning (ATTR 101).


At the discretion of the ATEP, a student may be admitted on a provisionary basis. A set of benchmarks, based on the individual student’s situation, will be determined and communicated to the student in writing. A meeting will be held with the ATEP Director and student to discuss admission status and outlined benchmarks. Signatures of involved parties will be obtained indicating acceptance of the benchmarks set forth by the ATEP. In order to progress within the ATEP, the student must meet agreed upon benchmarks within the specified time frame; not doing so will result in dismissal from the program.


Students accepted into the program continue their athletic training course work and clinical education the following fall semester.


Due to the competitive admission requirement of the program, the number of prospective athletic training students accepted each year into the program will vary. Total program enrollment is limited to a maximum of 36 students. The number accepted each year will be based upon the number of vacant spots available. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed based upon a student completing the observation period, but rather upon meeting all established criteria for acceptance.


Additional Costs: All costs incurred with application and acceptance into the program is the athletic training student’s responsibility. These costs include, but are not limited to:


  1. Uniform costs
  2. Health Insurance
  3. Background Check
  4. Transportation to and from off-campus sites
  5. Supplies: fanny pack, scissors, etc
  6. Membership to athletic training organizations
  7. Liability/malpractice insurance
  8. Annual training/recertification fees as required by the ATEP



Athletic Training students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher by the end of the fall semester sophomore year. In accordance with University policy, each student must have a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) on each course in the major field of study. Failure to make a mark of “C” (2.00) or higher will not allow the student to take additional coursework within the major until a satisfactory grade is completed for the course(s) involved.


Athletic training students must also have a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in their additional course requirements (PHED 335 and 406, HEWE 224, BIOL 203 and 204).


A cumulative GPA of 2.00 must be maintained for any minor selected by a student.



Any athletic training student may be placed on academic probation for unacceptable progress in his/her clinical education or if his/her cumulative GPA falls below 2.50 after admittance into Athletic Training Educational Program.


At the end of each semester each student’s academic performance is formally reviewed and if necessary, the student is notified by the Athletic Training Educational Program Director (ATEP Director) in writing of their probationary status.


Probation may include provisions such as required study hall or alteration of clinical educational experience time. Decisions regarding such provisions will be determined by the ATEP Director and student’s assigned ACI/CI. If at the end of the probation semester, the ATS has been unable to attain academic standards, make satisfactory progress or complete provisions as outline by ATEP Director, they will be suspended resulting in dismissal from the Athletic Training Educational Program.



In the event that an ATS receives below a “C” (2.00) in one of his/her required athletic training courses (this includes both the major courses and additional requirements) he/she will be placed on suspension until the class is re-taken and the minimum grade requirement is achieved. If an athletic training student is suspended from the program, he/she is eligible to reapply to the program once he/she has met ATEP standards. Reapplying consists of completing an abbreviated application form and an interview with the ATEP Director and CEC. The athletic training student would re-enter the program at the level last completed successfully. ATS who are suspended can request academic assistance from the ATEP Director.



Any student wishing to transfer into the ATEP must submit transcripts, syllabi, and course descriptions to the ATEP Director for all athletic training classes for credit evaluation. All admission requirements contained within ATTR 101 must be met for admission into the ATEP. Classes containing cognitive competencies will be evaluated to see which, if any, fulfill the ATEP requirements. Classes containing psychomotor competencies will require a challenge examination. Course credit will be awarded after a student has taken the challenge examination and demonstrated proficiency of those competencies. The student will have the first semester of enrollment to take the challenge examination and demonstrate proficiency of psychomotor competencies.



The athletic training major requires 42 semester hours with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher in the following Athletic Training courses: 101, 200, 201, 222, 225, 230, 300, 301, 324, 325, 332, 342, 400, 401, 402, 404, and 430. Additional course requirements include: EXSI 224, 335, and 306, Biology 203 and 204 (an additional elective hour must be completed for this to be counted as an 18 hour interdisciplinary minor).


General Studies Requirements

Each athletic training student must complete BIOL 101, COMM 233, and HLED 221 in their general studies requirements.


Additional information can be obtained from the Gardner-Webb Athletic Training website and the Athletic Training Student Manual.


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The Exercise Science major prepares undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work as professionals in the exercise science and health professions. Exercise science professionals are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risks factors, conducting fitness assessments, developing and implementing safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors. Exercise science professionals perform these activities in medical, commercial, university, corporate, or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion, fitness, sports performance, and rehabilitation activities.



The mission of the Exercise Science major at Gardner-Webb University is to develop competent and contributing entry-level professionals in the field of exercise science in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (abilities) learning domains, with a Christian foundation grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition. This is accomplished by providing quality academic preparation that incorporates both classroom and supervised practical experiences.





To interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral, written, and technology formats; collaborating with professionals and peers; expressing ideas clearly; and giving and receiving feedback.



To utilize knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate health behavior and risk factors; develop, implement, and evaluate exercise and wellness programs, and employ behavioral strategies to motivate individuals to adopt and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors.



To demonstrate behavior, grounded in Christian faith and the Liberal Arts tradition, that preserves the integrity of a profession, prevents misrepresentation, and protects the consumer.



To continuously improve knowledge, skills, and abilities and to uphold a professional image through actions and appearance.



To demonstrate critical thinking by making decisions based on multiple perspectives and evidence-based practice.



University acceptance to pursue the Exercise Science major does NOT guarantee admission into the Exercise Science major. Formal application to the Exercise Science Major must be completed by the student according to the following procedures:


  1. It is the student’s responsibility to submit an Application to the Major form to the PEWSS Department Office (Bost 132) in the semester in which s/he is enrolled in 48 credit hours.
  2. The application must be submitted by October 1st in the Fall and March 1st in the Spring.
  3. Entering transfers from other universities or GWU students changing their major to Exercise Science with earned credits beyond 48 have a one-semester extension.
  4. By the beginning of the semester following application, students will receive notification of acceptance or denial to the major according to the following:
    1. Acceptance – The student has fulfilled all major requirements in the section Prerequisites to the BS Major Core in the Exercise Science Major (see MyWebb Audit), and has an overall and major GPA of 2.5. Once the student has been accepted into the Exercise Science Major, it will take the student at least four semesters to complete the curriculum, plus a 6-credit internship.
    2. First Denial – Not fulfilling the requirements as stated above will result in a first denial. Failure to submit an application will also result in a first denial. Students who are denied for the first time are not permitted to take required upper level courses. Students must reapply for a second time the following semester.
    3. Second Denial – If students do not meet the requirements again, they are denied the second time. Failure to submit an application will also result in a second denial. In the case of a second denial, students are not retained in the major and their major is changed to Undecided. Students are not permitted to reapply to the Exercise Science Major for one year following a second denial. If after one year the student has an overall and major GPA of 2.5, s/he may reapply and repeat the application process as stated previously.



Students who are admitted into the program must maintain a major and overall GPA of 2.5 and earn a “C” or better in all EXSI major courses. Students are not permitted to do their internship unless they have met GPA and grade standards for the Exercise Science major. Failure to maintain the GPA requirement will result in a one semester probationary period in which the student must remedy any deficiencies. Failure to earn a “C” or better in an EXSI major course will result in a probationary period until the course is re-taken and the minimum grade standard is achieved. If s/he is not able to attain the necessary GPA requirements or grade standards by the end of the probationary period, s/he will be removed from the program. If a student is suspended from the program, s/he is eligible to reapply once s/he has met the Exercise Science standards. Reapplying consists of completing an abbreviated application form and an interview with the Exercise Science Program Director.



Any student changing his/her major to Exercise Science MUST have an overall GPA of 2.5.



Students are required to maintain current First Aid, CPR/AED while enrolled in EXSI 451 (Internship) and complete a national credentialing examination through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) OR National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) at their own cost. Students may also be asked to complete a drug test and/or criminal background check while enrolled in EXSI 451 (Internship) at their own cost.






BIOL 111, BIOL 203, BIOL 204, CHEM 111, EXSI 200.




BIOL 222, EXSI 306, EXSI 335, EXSI 432, EXSI 451, MATH 105 (Health Fitness Concentration) or MATH 151 (Pre-Professional Concentration), PHED 145, RELI 341.




EXSI 224, EXSI 300, EXSI 310, EXSI 406, EXSI 410, EXSI 420.




BIOL XXX (Specialized Biology), CHEM 112, PHED 235, PHYS 203, PHYS 204, PSYC 201, PSYC 206, SOCI 201.



BIOL XXX (Specialized Biology), CHEM 201, CHEM 202, CHEM 422, EXSI 351, EXSI 421, EXSI 496, HLED 323, MGMT 410, MRKT 304, MRKT 420/MGMT 422, PHED 235, PHED 401, PHYS 203, PHYS 204, PSYC 201, PSYC 206, SOCI 201, SPMG 305, SPMG 345, SPMG 355. *Other courses as approved by the Exercise Science Program Director.



Exercise Science major are required to obtain a minimum of 50 service learning hours at a variety of exercise and/or wellness settings (e.g., University wellness center, University strength and conditioning center, Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center, private fitness center, Allied health clinic, etc.) and maintain an Exercise Science portfolio upon acceptance into the major, to be submitted for graduation. CPR/AED and First Aid certifications must be current at time of internship and graduation. Completion of one of the following national credentialing examinations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS) OR National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Results designated to be submitted to the Exercise Science Program Director.


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In order to be admitted into Teacher Education, students seeking dual licensure in Physical Education and Health Education are required to obtainminimum scores on Praxis I. If applicable at the time of program completion, minimum scores are required on Praxis II Subject Assessment in order to be recommended for North Carolina teaching licensure. The candidate is referred to the Teacher Education Handbook for additional requirements. Students will not be permitted to register for courses in excess of 50% of the major until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program.


Enrollment in any of the department’s professional classes is limited to students having declared the intent to major or minor in one of the department’s courses of study. Exceptions to this policy can be granted only by the department chair or the course professor.



Students (teacher candidates) who complete the Physical/Health Education program will demonstrate proficiency in the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (NCPTS) as follows:


  1. Teacher candidates demonstrate leadership.
  2. Teacher candidates establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.
  3. Teacher candidates know the content they teach.
  4. Teacher candidates facilitate learning for their students.
  5. Teacher candidates reflect on their practice.


Accomplishment will be demonstrated in the following way:


Teacher candidates will be assessed on all standards (NCPTS 1-5) in accordance with the Teacher Candidate Evaluation Rubric of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System. The rubric includes a range of four categories (Emergent, Developing, Proficient, and Accomplished). All candidates will provide evidence of achievement at the proficient level or higher.



The Basic Core requirements must be satisfied; BIOL 101 is recommended as one of the Dimension of Scientific Inquiry courses. Classes required for completing the major with K-12 certification are as follows:

PHED 211, 235, 301, 331, 341, 342, 402, 408, and 409 (27 hours)

HLED 320, 321, and 323 (9 hours)

EXSI 306, and 335 (6 hours)


Additional requirements: BIOL 203 and 204 (8 hours)


NOTE: BIOL 203 has prerequisite of BIOL 101 or BIOL 111, either with grade of “C” (2.00); or SAT Critical Reading of 500 AND SAT Math of 500; or ACT Composite score of 22, ACT English Subscore of 21, ACT Math Score of 18, and ACT Reading Score of 20; or TEAS Composite Score of 67. Also, BIOL 204 has prerequisite of BIOL 203 with grade of “C” (2.00) or permission of instructor.


The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of Education 205 and 450; Psychology 303; and PHED 432 (must be taken in the semester prior to student teaching).


NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All candidates must be fully admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach, ideally no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year.


The North Carolina State Board of Education has adopted new teacher standards and has required all teacher education programs to be revisioned. All candidates starting their teacher education program with EDUC 250 in the fall of 2010 must complete the new program regardless of the catalogue under which they entered Gardner-Webb University. Candidates who are already in teacher education can choose to complete the current program or the new program.


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After successfully completing this program of study, the students will be able to:


  1. integrate the overall knowledge of the sport management field including history, sociology, governance, communications and positions available in the field;
  2. assess the basic principles of business including accounting, management, marketing, promotions, finances, and economics as they relate specifically to sport;
  3. integrate technology used in the field of sport management;
  4. analyze and evalute research in the field of sport management;
  5. demonstrate effective leadership skills in a sport management setting;
  6. critique the biblical implication on ethical/moral dilmmas as it relates to areas of sport management.



The Basic Core requirements must be satisfied. ECON 203 is required as one of the Dimensions of Heritage courses; MATH 105 is recommended as the course selection for the Dimensions of Quantitative Analysis. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

SPMG 218, 250, 285, 305, 310,335,345,360,410, 415, and 497 (39 hours)

ACCT 213 (3 hours)


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PHED 400 and 408 (6 hours)

SPMG 250 AND 305 (6 hours)


Choose two:

PHED 310, 336, 341, 342, or 331 (6 hours)


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SPMG 218, 305, 345, 415 (12 hours)


Choose two:

SPMG 250, 285, 310, or 335 (6 hours)


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All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete HLED 221 as part of the general education core curriculum.




All majors within the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies Department at Gardner-Webb University may elect to obtain a leadership certification for the LEADERS Program of Professional Excellence. LEADERS is an acronym used to categorize an array of academic and professional knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) in the categories of: Leadership, Ethics, Academics and Professional Roles, Diversity, Etiquette and Professional Disposition, Religion and Philosophy, and Service Learning and Community Outreach.


Students who choose to attain the LEADERS certification will, over the course of their tenure as PEWSS majors, collect evidences that demonstrate competence in each area and compile them in the form of an electronic portfolio. Evidences are assigned point values. Students must accumulate a minimum of fourteen (14) total points for certification. A minimum of two (2) points must be acquired for each category.


Candidate’s attainment of competencies will be assessed and approved by full time faculty members of the PEWSS department. Each submission must include appropriate documentation along with a written reflection.


Students who successfully complete the LEADERS program will be awarded a certificate of completion. They will also be recognized on awards day and receive a designation on their official transcript.


*See the PEWSS website and/or handbook for detailed guidelines for submission.