Karl Larson


Associate Professor in Health and Exercise Science

Dr. Karl L. Larson completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services in 1989. Shortly after he returned to the college setting, completing his Master's degree in Student Affairs in 1991. In 1997 he completed his PhD. in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He spent 2 years in public health and 4 years teaching at the University of Southern Indiana before coming to Gustavus in 2005. He is the author of three books in the health arena.

Karl and his wife Kathy have 3 children, Danielle, Evan, and Brenden.

Karl is also the head women's soccer coach at St. Peter High School.


Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Courses Taught


HES-100 (Physical Fitness: Conditioning), HES-121 (Tai Chi), HES-201 (Personal Health), HES-223 (Stress Management), HES-226 (Community Health Education Theory and Practice), and HES-230 (Sexuality Education)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-121Tai Chi232013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
HES-100Physical Fitness: Conditioning132011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
HES-223Stress Management112013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
HES-226Community Health Education Theory and Practice92013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
HES-201Health Education82013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
HES-122Relaxation62007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
FTS-100FTS:Am. Health Care52013/FA, 2012/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
HES-230Sexuality Education52013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
HES-397Seminar in Health Education52012/FA, 2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
HES-229School Health Program32013/FA, 2011/FA, and 2009/FA
HES-213Youth Sport Wellbeing32013/JN, 2012/JN, and 2007/JN
HES-302Foundations of Sport and Coaching32011/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
HES-268Career Exploration22008/JN and 2007/JN
HES-218Foundations of Sport and Coaching12013/FA
HES-216Human Disease/Preventn12012/SP
HES-315Elementary Health Education Content and Methods12008/SP