B.A. Degree in Physical Education

B.A. Degree in Physical Education

To receive the B.A. Degree in Physical Education (non-teaching), the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 128 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Content Knowledge: Physical education teachers understand physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person.
  • Growth and Development: Physical education teachers understand how individuals learn and develop and can provide opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
  • Diverse Students: Physical education teachers understand how individuals differ in their approaches to learning and create appropriate instruction adapted to these differences.
  • Management and Motivation: Physical education teachers use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  • Communication: Physical education teachers use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings.
  • Planning and Instruction: Physical education teachers plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national (NASPE K-12) standards.
  • Student Assessment: Physical education teachers understand and use assessment to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of students in physical activity.
  • Reflection: Physical education teachers are reflective practitioners who evaluate the effects of their actions on others and seek opportunities to grow professionally.
  • Technology: Physical education teachers use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity.
  • Collaboration: Physical education teachers foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to support students' growth and well-being.

Core Requirements ( 46 credits )

This major is for students who DO NOT plan to complete licensure in teaching.

HLTH 110 Personal Health and Wellness (3)
HLTH 125 First Aid and CPR (2)
PE 160 Swimming I (1) or
PE 161 Swimming II (1)
PE 191 Activities Course: Dance (2)
PE 192 Activities Course: Gymnastics (1)
PE 193 Activities Course: Elementary School (2)
PE 194 Activities Course: Non-Traditional (1)
PE 200 Foundations of Physical Education (3)
PE 310 Sport and Play in the United States (3)
PE 311 Motor Learning (2)
PE 320 Anatomical Kinesiology (3)
PE 321 Human Physiology (3)
PE 360 Elementary Methods in Physical Education (3)
PE 361 Secondary Methods in Physical Education (3)
PE 362 Middle School Methods in Physical Education (2)
PE 420 Biomechanics (3)
PE 421 Physiology of Exercise (3)
PE 452 Adaptive Physical Education (3)
PE 474 Tests and Measurements in Physical Education (3)

Restricted Electives ( 3 credits )

Students must earn one credit in courses that focus on physical fitness, one credit in courses that focus on team sports, and one credit in courses that focus on individual sports. Consult your academic advisor when making your selections from the listed courses.
PE 100 Aerobic Dance (1)
PE 102 Weight Training I (1)
PE 112 Bowling (1)
PE 114 Golf (1)
PE 116 Tennis I (1)
PE 124 Badminton (1)
PE 130 Volleyball I (1)
PE 132 Basketball (1)
PE 134 Soccer (1)