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The Health and Physical Education program at Thiel College is growing and evolving with the job market demand. Job outlook in exercise science is expected to grow 21% by 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a degree in one of our Health and Physical Education fields, students can gain knowledge in this growing field. There are two minors currently available: Coaching and Equestrian Studies.

Starting in the fall of 2018, Thiel College will also offer an exercise science major. Students will learn about kinesiology, human anatomy, and strength and conditioning. Learn more about the new bachelor’s in exercise science degree now!


The coaching minor is an interdisciplinary program taught by coaching professionals who have experienced the many facets of the field, giving them vital knowledge and access to some of the top coaching professionals in the country. Students benefit from their professors’ awareness of current trends in coaching, as well as informative guest speakers and hands-on practice.

In the equestrian studies minor, Thiel’s range of equine courses provides students with a strong working knowledge essential to any individual preparing for the horse industry. The minor complements many majors including, but not limited to: biology, business, education and criminal justice. Thiel also has an Equestrian Club that provides lessons to students.


Courses in the Health and Physical Education Department range from traditional classroom environments to completely hands-on classes. First year coaching minors might enroll in archery or bowling, while upperclassmen can take coaching organization and administration and coaching practicum.

Minors in the department don’t only take health and physical education classes either. Students learn all facets of coaching and equestrian studies, such as how to manage budgets and other administrative aspects of their respective professions. For example, coaching minors learn accounting and communication, while equestrian studies minors study equine biomechanics and nutrition and feeding.

What are Thiel Health and Physical Education alumni up to?

Thiel alumni have successful careers in coaching, sports management, sports media and athletic administration. Students interested in equestrian studies have many career options including equine trainer, humane society manager or equine facility manager! You can learn more about health and physical education alumni by visiting our alumni and careers page!

Thiel College’s health and physical education program provides students with personal attention and hands-on experience, with courses taught by seasoned coaches and faculty. Want to learn more about the program? Request more information today!