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Mark VanNess

Professor and Co-Chair, Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences


Phone: 209.946.2717
Website: ResearchGate Profile

Office Hours

Main Gym, Rm. 210


PhD, Florida State University, 1997

MS, California State University Sacramento, 1993

BS, Wheaton College, Exercise Physiology, 1990

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Philosophy

It has been said that "People cannot learn by having information pressed into their brains. Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed in". Presenting information in a lecture format is inadequate for in-depth understanding.  An effective instructor will create a collective state of mind within the classroom that craves knowledge, interest and wonder. This atmosphere will create an urge to learn and understand. How this state of mind is created depends on the instructor. Telling stories to illustrate a point, citing strange research strategies to address a hypothesis, or even acting out a famous historical researchers early experiments can produce interest in students.  

The pinnacle of teaching is creating an experience that provides lasting understanding of a concept. 

Scholarly Interest

  • Immune dysfunction in women
  • Sympathoadrenal activation during exercise
  • Cardiovascular physiology



HESP 45 - Nutrition for Health
HESP 61 - Medical Terminology
BENG 53 - Biology I for Engineers
BENG 63 - Biology II for Engineers
HESP 129 - Exercise Physiology
HESP 135 - Exercise Metabolism
HESP 177 - Cardiovascular Physiology
HESP 235 - Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
HESP 247 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
HESP 248 - Applied and Clinical Physiology