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-090 (Major Portfolio), HES-211 (Health Behavior), HES-212 (Lifespan Development), HES-236 (Alt Medicine Systems), and HES-238 (Intro Epidemiology)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-121Tai Chi242014/SP, 2013/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: Conditioning142014/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
HES-226Community Health Education Theory and Practice122015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
HES-223Stress Management122014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
HES-201Personal Health92014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
HES-397Seminar in Health Education72015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
FTS-100FTS:Living With Stress62014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
HES-230Sexuality Education62014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
HES-122Relaxation62007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
HES-213Youth Sport Wellbeing42015/JN, 2013/JN, 2012/JN, and 2007/JN
HES-229School Health Program32013/FA, 2011/FA, and 2009/FA
HES-302Foundations of Sport and Coaching32011/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
HES-268Career Exploration22008/JN and 2007/JN
HES-090Major Portfolio12015/FA
HES-212Lifespan Development12015/FA
HES-227Health Prog Planning12015/FA
HES-238Intro Epidemiology12015/SP
HES-236Alt Medicine Systems12015/SP
HES-218Foundations of Sport and Coaching12013/FA
HES-216Human Disease/Preventn12012/SP
HES-315Elementary Health Education Content and Methods12008/SP