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Physical Education and Exercise Science (PE)

Associate Professor:  K. M. Manning; Program Coordinator: R. P. Dolciato

Physical Education and Exercise Science provides a variety of courses to serve the recreational, fitness, and professional needs of the students.  An undergraduate major in physical education, with an emphasis in exercise science or teacher education, integrated into a liberal arts course of study, provides for a well-balanced Bachelor of Arts degree.  A minor in physical education complements undergraduate preparation in a variety of other majors.  The physical education major or minor can be practically and professionally combined with many areas, including business, biology, sociology, psychology, and communications.

The Physical Education major prepares candidates for careers in teaching, fitness and recreation.  Candidates interested in teaching will pursue Initial Licensure course work through the Education Department.

The Exercise Science major is designed for candidates who are interested in graduate school and careers in such areas as allied health (athletic training, physical therapy), fitness, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, sport psychology, and cardiac rehabilitation.  Candidates interested in admission to graduate programs in allied health will be required to complete course work in natural sciences and social sciences. 

Candidates interested in either major are encouraged to meet with the academic adviser to map out an inclusive four-year plan for graduation.

 Major and Minor Requirements

Physical Education and Exercise Science Core.  40-41 credit hours, required for all major or certification programs:  PE 200, 202, 205, 205L, 206, 206L, 207, 208, 310, 407, 408, 409, 420, 430, 435. 
Major:  Physical Education (can lead to Multi-Age Licensure).  46-47 hours:  PE core (see above), plus PE 411, 432.  (For Multi-Age teaching license, additional courses in teacher education are required.)
Major:  Exercise Science.  55-56 hours:  PE core (see above), plus PE 201, 201L, 230, 304, 304L, 432, 496, or 497.
Physical Education and Exercise Science Minor.  31 hours:  PE 202, 205, 205L, 206, 206L, 208, 407, 409, 435, and three of the following:  PE 201-201L, 207, 310, 408, 430.

The Physical Education major (46-47 hours) combined with the appropriate teacher education courses leads to a Multi-Age teaching license in physical education.

Requirements for Acceptance as a Physical Education and Exercise Science Major
To be accepted as a major in physical education and exercise science, a student may apply during the second semester of the sophomore year.
The application process includes:

  • A formal application submitted to the coordinator of Physical Education and Exercise Science.
  • A formal essay stating professional goals and expectations.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • A Physical Education and Exercise Science GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • A grade of C or higher in PE 205 and PE 205L.

Note:  A student seeking the Multi-Age teaching license must maintain an overall GPA of 2.7, a major GPA of 2.7, and an Education GPA of 2.7 or higher.

Acceptance Decisions:
Accept:  Student may continue to take Physical Education and Exercise Science course work.
Conditional Acceptance:  Student may continue to take Physical Education and Exercise Science course work, but certain restrictions have been placed on the program.  Conditional acceptance may remain in effect for no longer than one (1) academic year.
Defer:  Student is not accepted into the major at this point.

Continuation in the Major:
Junior and Senior Year Evaluation

  • Students must maintain grades of C or higher in all physical education core classes.
  • In addition, Multi-Age licensure candidates must maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher in all physical education content-area courses.
  • Acceptance into a practicum and/or internship will require grades of C or higher in all physical education content-area courses, and a GPA of 2.7 or higher in the applied science courses (PE 201, 201L, 304, 304L, 407, 409, 432).
  • Students not approved for practicum and/or internship will substitute additional content-area coursework.

Each student is evaluated academically at four different points in the program:

  • Application for admission.
  • Beginning of second year in the program.
  • Prior to acceptance into specific professional field experience:  practicum, internship, or pre-student teaching/student teaching.
  • Exit assessment.

Activity Courses
Special Note:  Students may apply a maximum of 4 Physical Education (120-174) credits toward graduation requirements and, unless otherwise specified, no more than 8 credits from any combination of AR, CE, FA, or PE (120-174) courses.  Credits from physical education courses may not be used to satisfy Core or major requirements.
120. INTRODUCTORY SWIMMING 1 cr.  For the nonswimmer; based on the Red Cross learn-to-swim program.
130. INTRODUCTION TO BASIC PHYSICAL CONDITIONING (MS 130) 1 cr.  Introduction to the basics of physical conditioning and its benefits.  Modeled on the U.S. Army method of increasingly challenging exercises in order to build aerobic skills and endurance leading to enhanced physical fitness.  Principal aspects of stretching, conditioning, and recovery.  Cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, weight control, and stress control will also be covered.
131. ADVANCED PHYSICAL CONDITIONING (MS 131) 1 cr.  Builds on the student’s knowledge of physical conditioning to increase physical fitness.  Modeled on the U.S. Army method of increasingly challenging exercises in order to build aerobic skills and endurance leading to enhanced physical fitness.  Principal aspects of stretching, conditioning, and recovery.  Cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, weight control, and stress control will also be covered.
132. LEADERSHIP IN PHYSICAL TRAINING (MS 132) 1 cr.  Develops the ability to plan, organize, and lead a physical conditioning program and evaluate others conducting physical training.  Uses the U.S. Army physical conditioning method.
133. ADVANCED LEADERSHIP IN PHYSICAL TRAINING (MS 133) 1 cr.  Develops the ability to plan, organize, and lead a physical conditioning program and evaluate others conducting physical training.  Uses the U.S. Army physical conditioning method.
142. BEGINNING GOLF 1 cr.
143. INTERMEDIATE GOLF 1 cr.
144. BODY CONDITIONING 1 cr.
146. BEGINNING TENNIS 1 cr.
147. INTERMEDIATE TENNIS 1 cr.
161. RACQUETBALL 1 cr.
168. BEGINNING SELF-DEFENSE & KARATE 1 cr.
170. BASKETBALL 1 cr.
174. VOLLEYBALL 1 cr.
199. SPECIAL TOPICS 1 cr.

Theory and Method Courses
200. CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES 3 cr.  Current health issues affecting the daily lives of all people.  Physical fitness, mental fitness, behavior, drugs, alcohol, STD, nutrition.  Emphasis on current health research; discussion and application of course material.
201. CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES I 2 cr.  Prerequisites:  PE 205/205L.  Introduction to basic concepts of athletic training.  Emphasis on common athletic injuries, basic conditioning, prevention, recognition, and treatment of athletic injuries.
201L. CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES LAB I 1 cr.  Corequisite:  PE 201.  Introduction to basic wrapping and taping techniques used in the prevention, care, and treatment of athletic injuries.  A hands-on laboratory course used to develop these basic skills.
202. ADVANCED FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY CARE 2 cr.  Essential information for developing the functional first-aid capabilities required by physical education teachers, coaches, and other special-interest groups.  Designed according to the guidelines of the American Red Cross for its course in Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care.
203. AMERICAN RED CROSS COMMUNITY CPR 1 cr.  Techniques for basic life support for cardiopulmonary emergencies, as in cardiovascular collapse, ventricular fibrillation, or cardiac standstill.  Artificial ventilation and CPR for adults, children, and infants.
205. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 3 cr.  Structure and function of the human body, including cells, tissues, and skin, as well as the skeletal,  articular, and muscular systems.
205L. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I LAB 1 cr.  Corequisite:  PE 205.  Use of slides, human skeletons, and dissections to study cells, tissues, and skin, as well as the skeletal, articular, and muscular systems.
206. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 3 cr.  Prerequisite:  PE 205.  Structure and function of the body, including the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems.
206L. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II LAB 1 cr.  Corequisite:  PE 206.  Dissection, examination of animal hearts and brains, and use of various measuring devices for studying the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems.
207. FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE 3 cr.  Major ideas, institutions, movements, and individuals in the fields of physical education and exercise science.  Includes an examination of potential careers in physical education, exercise science, and allied health professions.
208. PHYSICAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 3 cr.  Study of normal developmental patterns (cognitive, sensory, neurological, skeletal, muscular), and the relative influence of these systems on neuromotor maturation and motor skills development.
213. ORIENTEERING (MS 213) 1 cr.  Designed to develop students’ ability to determine their location on a map, plot a course to travel/navigate over familiar and unfamiliar terrain, and end at a known/desired location.  U.S. Army standard maps and equipment.  A detailed introduction to the principles of land navigation and orienteering that includes map reading, compass use, terrain association, pace count, plotting techniques, route planning, and safety and survival in hot and cold weather environments.
220. SCUBA DIVING 2 cr.  Scuba and skin diving.  Meets or exceeds the national standards of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI):  1) to enable students to learn the necessary skills to safely enjoy skin and scuba diving activities in open water without the assistance of an instructor; 2) to familiarize students with the different types of equipment used in skin and scuba diving; 3) to provide students with knowledge concerning the marine environment, safety procedures, first aid, and lifesaving skills related to skin and scuba diving.
230. NUTRITION FOR ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 3 cr.  Overview of basic nutritional guidelines relevant to efficient use of the energy systems and their influence on physical and athletic performance.
299. SPECIAL TOPICS 2-3 cr.  Instructor’s permission required.  Topics are published in the schedule of classes for each term.
304. CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES II 2 cr. Prerequisites:  PE 201 and 201L.  Topics from PE 201 expanded:  in-depth examination of athletic injury evaluation, management, and basic rehabilitation concepts.
304L. CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES II LAB 1 cr.  Prerequisites:  PE 201 and 201L; corequisite:  PE 304.  Extension of PE 201L.  Emphasis on wrapping and taping techniques used in the prevention, care, and treatment of athletic injuries.  This is a laboratory course used to develop these skills.
310. METHODS, MATERIALS, AND RESOURCES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3 cr.  Methodologies, materials, and resources unique to teaching physical education.  Emphasis on developing plans and objectives as well as organizational techniques appropriate for teaching grades 4 through 12.  Field experience required.
397. METHODS, MATERIALS, AND RESOURCES IN OUTDOOR EDUCATION 3 cr.  Methodologies unique to outdoor education.  Materials and resources that permit the expansion of the curriculum beyond the confines of the classroom.  Emphasis on knowledge and practical use of methods, materials, and resources.
399. SPECIAL TOPICS 2-3 cr.  Permission of instructor required.  Topics are published in the schedule of classes for each term.
407. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 3 cr.  Prerequisites:  PE 205 and 205L.  Study of human physiology during exercise and the related physiological problems associated with physical stress.  Emphasis on bioenergetics, neuro-muscular concepts of exercise, cardiorespiratory considerations in exercise, and environmental considerations in exercise.
408. ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3 cr.  Administrative functions of planning and organizing programs in athletics, physical education, and exercise science.  Additional emphasis on staffing, directing, and coordinating programs.  Includes application in student’s area of concentration.
409. KINESIOLOGY 3 cr.  Prerequisites:  PE 205 and 205L.  Experience in movement, analysis of the physiological bases of muscular activities, and general effects on body functions.
411. PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD 3 cr.  Curriculum, procedures, methodology, instructional strategies, and physical activities that are developmentally appropriate—intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially—for children from pre-kindergarten through the primary grades.  Field experience.
420. PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS 3 cr.  Examination of disabilities encountered in schools, recreation, athletics, and allied health programs.  Emphasis is on the etiology of the disabilities, appropriate learning, and therapy environments to enhance physical development and motor proficiency, current qualitative and quantitative research, and techniques for assessment and program development.  Field experience.
430. RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENTS IN EXERCISE SCIENCE 3 cr.  Statistics and research methodology used in exercise science and allied health.  Emphasis is on the understanding and use of essential statistical methods (descriptive and inferential) in research and in applied settings. Includes measures of central tendency, t-test, probability, hypothesis testing, ANOVA.  Development of a research proposal is required.
432. MOTOR LEARNING 3 cr.  Study of human motor behavior as influenced by cognitive development, physiological development, maturation, motivation, and learning.  Emphasis is on normal development as well as regressive development as a function of aging and/or disability.
435. ETHICAL PROBLEMS IN ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3 cr.  The nature of ethics through the study of ethical issues in athletics, physical education, and exercise science, such as the use of performance-enhancing drugs; fitness guidelines for youth sports; recruiting, professionalism, and other current topics.  Open only to Physical Education and Exercise Science majors with junior or senior status.
440. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr.  Instructor’s permission required.  Intensive study of the problems and concerns in a selected area of health, physical education, or exercise science.
496. PRACTICUM 3 cr.  Prerequisites:  junior or senior standing, exercise science major, and permission of instructor and coordinator.  Supervised application of the principles of exercise science in an environment selected by the individual candidates, such as athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, fitness, coaching in environments such as education, athletics, medicine, physical therapy, and business.  A proposed plan must be approved by the coordinator of Physical Education and Exercise Science prior to enrollment.  Final paper developed in conjunction with the practicum.
497. INTERNSHIP 3 cr.  Prerequisites:  junior or senior standing, exercise science major, and permission of instructor and coordinator.  Candidates select an internship assignment in line with their graduate school area of interest, e.g., athletic training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, exercise physiology.  Final paper required.
499. SPECIAL TOPICS 2-3 cr.  Instructor’s permission required.  Topics are published in the schedule of classes for each term.

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