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Courses | B.S. in Physical Education


Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

General Education

On-line course in which students discuss current topics in biology through weekly literature searches and interactive on-line postings. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Cannot be taken to fulfill elective requirements for these majors: Bio Sci: Secondary Instruction (BISI), Human Biology (BIHB), Biological Science (BIOS), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Environmental Science (BIES). Grade Mode: A.
An introduction to the structure and the function of the systems of the human body. Integration and interaction of these systems in maintaining homeostasis will be a point of focus. Laboratories will provide students the opportunity to observe and interact with human anatomical structures as well as perform relevant physiological experiments. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.
Nature of statistical methods, description of sample data, fundamental concepts of probability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, correlation and regression, application of same. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Grade Mode: A.
Prepares the student for biostatistical application essential to practice in evidence-based professions. Content includes: descriptive statistics; probability theory and rules; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; experimental design; ANOVA; linear and multiple regression; contingency table analysis; non-parametrics; survival analysis; discussion of the use of statistics in journal articles. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Credit given for only one of 210 and 318. Grade Mode: A.
A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit. Grade Mode: A.


Teaching and Coaching

The course provides students from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to consider their own health and wellness. Through a range of different learning experiences, the class considers issues from contemporary society that confront their health, well-being and quality of life.

Understanding, planning programs and implementing a range of fundamental movement and fitness activities designed for the elementary child: preparation for the upper-division methods course.

A historical review of physical education and kinesiology; objectives of physical education; development of a basic philosophy and background for professional development. Grade Mode: A.

Human movement with emphasis on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, with simple mechanical principles involved in movement skills.

Basic physiological concepts of muscular exercise with emphasis on the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the neuromuscular, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Laboratory and field applications of testing in exercise physiology. Theory and skills in fitness assessment will be covered, along with analyses of test results.

Lecture, laboratory and field experience in the development, evaluation and application of tests in kinesiology and physical education; use and interpretation of elementary statistics.

The study of applied Sport Psychology, learning, motivation, social interaction, mental training for performance, applying behavioral skills for physical activity promotion, and specific psychological rehabilitation strategies.

Physical fitness and disease; nutrition and obesity; mental health and stress management; substance abuse (drugs, tobacco and alcohol); human sexuality. Supports the teacher certification requirement in health for physical education majors. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture. Notes: The course is designed for majors in kinesiology and physical education. Not for the Core Curriculum requirement in the sciences.

The theory, fundamentals, strategies, and techniques of teaching and coaching basketball. Grade Mode: A.

The theory, fundamentals, strategies, and techniques of teaching and coaching soccer. Grade Mode: A.

The theory, fundamentals, strategies, and techniques of teaching and coaching tennis. Grade Mode: A.

The theory, fundamentals, strategies, and techniques of teaching and coaching volleyball. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to understanding athletic injuries, including principles, theories and practice in the disciplines of injury prevention, assessment and treatment. Grade Mode: A. 

Analysis of the principles underlying the teaching of physical education for students with disabilities; survey of specific disabilities and the implication of each for physical education. Grade Mode: A.

Overview of significant factors that influence and determine the learning and control of motor skills. Motor learning issues are examined from a behavioral perspective, and applications are made to teaching, coaching and rehabilitation settings.

The study of people, activities, businesses, and organizations involved in producing, promoting and organizing any sports related business, event, or product. Grade Mode: A.

Systematic analysis and refinement of teaching skills within the discipline of physical education. Planning whole school curricula; meeting needs of middle school and high school P.E. programs. Grade Mode: A.

This is an introduction to sociological and psychological aspects of physical education and sport. Within these contexts, sociological considerations include issues of access, culture, gender and power in the community and society. Psychological considerations include issues of behavior, stress, goal-setting and motivation and competitive contexts.

Professional experiences in kinesiology, health care, exercise, wellness, sport, or educational settings, with supervision. Documentation of hours and activities performed, with related assignments, must be submitted.Grade Mode: C. 

Basic qualifications of the successful leader of recreational groups; aims of a successful program; techniques of organizing and supervising the program.

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