Exercise Science & Physical Education

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McDaniel enjoys a long history of preparing students with the knowledge and skills in the fields of sport and exercise programs and the opportunity to conduct scientific research to successfully compete in selective careers, for graduate study in the exercise science and in allied health fields. Professors bring extensive experience into the classroom as educators, advisors, coaches and researchers. Students frequently serve internships, conduct independent study projects, or co-author publications resulting from research with faculty. Excellent athletic facilities including the Human Performance Lab provide students with hands-on experience testing cardiopulmonary, metabolic, and neuromuscular systems on equipment used in the health and fitness industry.

“Growing up with sports I knew I wanted to do something related to sports and fitness. You can walk into class and have an entire conversation with your professor about some aspect of the sporting contest the night before. Whether it be the sport psychology behind the game, the nutrition aspect, the biomechanics behind the skill, or just a conversation about how the team did the professors make an effort to connect with their students.”

Gill Center

Dr. Steve McCole
Department Chair

Exercise Science & Physical Education Online Catalog

Majors & Courses


The Exercise Science & Physical Education major program provides numerous options for the student including a basic major, teaching certification, and preparation for graduate study in a wide variety of fields (exercise science, sports medicine, physical education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, among others).

A dual major, Exercise Chemistry, is also offered for those desiring a more extensive science background.


Various minors for the Exercise Physical Education major, as well as non-majors, are also offered by the EPE department, including sports management, sports coaching, and athletic training.

Minors include programs in:


Associate Professor, director of Human Performance Laboratory and department chair Steve McColeAssociate Professor and department chair Steve McCole

(Ph.D., University of Maryland), Dr. McCole teaches human physiology and exercise physiology and directs student research projects. He also advises students interested in allied health professions (physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, etc.).

Professor Richard Carpenter and coordinator of the Exercise Science & Physical Education master’s degree programProfessor Richard Carpenter

(Ed.D., West Virginia University), Dr. Carpenter is an expert mentor having coached swimming for seven years, football for nine, track for 19 years and doubled as cross-country coach for six seasons. He also served as Athletic Director from 1984-1999 leading the college into membership with the Centennial Conference. Currently, he teaches such courses as “Sport in American Society” and “Psychology of Sport and Exercise.”

Assistant Professor Andi HoffmanAssociate Professor Andi Hoffman

(Ph.D., Temple University), Dr. Hoffman keeps wellness as a goal for all students and helps to coordinate the Tournament of Champions, an annual event where McDaniel students volunteer to help children with special needs participate in a variety of physical education activities and contests. Dr. Hoffman’s areas of teaching focus on pedagogy and motor development. She also advises all students who elect to minor in Physical Education and graduate students in the initial teaching certification program.

Assistant Professor Richard LairdAssistant Professor and Co-Director of Human Performance Lab Richard Laird

(Ph.D. Auburn University), Dr. Laird teaches exercise physiology, principles of strength development, and performance optimization and directs student research projects. His area of expertise and research has focused on high intensity interval training, strength training, and performance optimization.

Assistant Professor and co-director of Human Performance Laboratory Jennifer McKenzieAssociate Professor and Director of Human Performance Lab Jennifer McKenzie

(Ph.D., University of Maryland), Dr. McKenzie teaches exercise physiology, exercise and chronic disease, and weight management and directs student research projects.   She also advises students interested in allied health professions (physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, etc.).

Senior Coach Lecturer, Assistant Director of Athletics/SWA, and Women’s Basketball Coach Becky MartinSenior Coach Lecturer, Women’s Basketball Coach, Senior Women’s Administrator, and Assistant Director of Athletics Becky Martin

(M.Ed., McDaniel College), Coach Martin was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference’s inaugural Hall of Fame class for her stellar record as a coach and athlete. This past season she earned her 500th win as basketball coach while her team made its way into the NCAA tournament.  An avid traveler and lifelong athlete, Coach Martin regularly organizes tours to France for the basketball team and their families that include exhibition play with sightseeing.  She teaches classes in coaching and archery.

Senior Coach Lecturer and Baseball Coach Dave Seibert

(M.Ed., McDaniel College), Coach Seibert teaches a variety of courses, including fencing, weight training, tennis, and the First-Year Seminar, “America's Game: Baseball.” The EPE Department also coordinates the general education activity program required of all students taught by coach lecturers. More than 40 sections of these courses are offered each semester.


Exercise Science & Physical Education students have recently conducted internships with professional, college, and high school sports teams, hospitals and doctor's offices, physical therapy clinics, sports camps, athletic administration, and fitness centers.

Recent EPE internships include:

Carroll Sports Rehab and Physical Therapy
Robert Moton Elementary School
Cherry Tree Rehab Center, Hanover PA
Theragro, Inc.— pediatric occupational therapy practices
Velocity Sports Performance Training, Cherry Hill, NJ
Longview Nursing Home
McDaniel College Athletic Training Room
McDaniel College Sports Coaching Management
Tournament of Champions- event planning and management for special-needs children
Carroll County Public Schools – Technology In Education
Central Maryland Rehab Services
Orthopedic and Spine Specialists
Linganore High School, Frederick MD
Westminster High School

Recent student–faculty research collaboration

Student Professor Topic
Tracy Davis Dr. Richard Carpenter A Comparison of Anxiety Levels and Personality Traits Between Individual and Team Sport College Athletes
Casey Briggs Dr. Andria Hoffman Men and Reaction Time: A Study of Auditory vs. Visual Stimulus and Reaction Time
Mason Goldblach Dr. Steve McCole Assessing the Accuracy of a Submaximal Exercise Test at Predicting Maximal Oxygen Consumption
Jaina M. Maultsby Dr. Jennifer McKenzie The Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Function
Steve Krahl Mr. David Petrie An Investigation into Exercise and Sexual Frequency in Middle-Aged Obese Married Individuals

Career options for students of the program include athletic training, outdoor education, sports journalism, sport science, sports management, and sports coaching. Recent graduates are employed as health club instructors, sports information directors, athletics administrators, teachers and community recreation leaders. Recent EPE majors have attended graduate schools at the University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina, Indiana State University and Duke University.

Classes Resume
November 30, 2015, 8:00 am
Spring Graduate registration begins
December 1, 2015, 12:00 am
Therapy Dogs at Kriel Lounge
December 2, 2015, 11:00 am
De-Stress at Rec Lounge
December 3, 2015, 5:00 pm
Undergraduate classes end
December 4, 2015, 12:00 am
College Band Concert at WMC Alumni Hall
December 4, 2015, 7:00 pm
Reading Days
December 5, 2015, 12:00 am
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