Physical Education

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree Requirements

phys_edThe Physical Education major focuses on the study of human movement using scientific and social foundations. The study of Physical Education develops a scientific understanding of human movement and the skills to apply theoretical concepts in practical settings.

Students enrolled in the Physical Education major are required to choose one of two options: Physical Education Teacher Certification (K-12) or Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Certification (K-12).  Students are only able to choose the Contract option (listed below) after accumulating 90 credits once the department chair has given approval.

Graduates of the Physical Education major go on to work in public and private schools, recreation and athletic programs.

Physical Education, Bachelor of Science (120 credits)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education offers students two professional focus areas: Physical Education Teacher Certification or Physical Education/Health Education Teacher Certification. The core courses of the Physical Education major provide the biological, psychological, philosophical, historical, and social/behavioral science principles in the study of physical activity, exercise, and sport. Students complete the core coursework and select one or more of the options to complete their studies through advanced courses. Each option is organized to reflect the current scholarship and practices in the field and allows students to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and a philosophical understanding specific to their future role as a teaching practitioner in the field of Physical Education and/or Health Education.

Physical Education Professional Activity Courses
The 2000 level, 1.5 credit courses are letter graded and with the exception of PE 2200 Lifeguard Training and PE 2280 Water Safety Instruction, are for the majors and minors in the Department of Health and Human Performance only.

Physical Activity Skills Courses
The Physical Activity Skills courses are one credit electives designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and engage in a wide variety of physical activities, with the goal of promoting health and lifelong participation in physical activity. These 1000 level courses are graded Pass/No Pass.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.


Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Certification (K-12)
Physical Education Teacher Certification (K-12)


Health & Human Enrichment