Physical Education

Department

Melissa Falen, M.A, Coordinator

Degrees offered

Special Academic Program

Campuses


The Physical Education Program is an integral part of a liberal arts education as it incorporates the concept of a healthy body with a healthy mind.  Physical education is designed to encourage the student's knowledge, interest, competence, and participation in physical activities.  Both theory and skill-based courses are offered.  Emphasis is on developing and maintaining holistic wellness, including physical fitness, through lifetime fitness activities.

Requirements

All Physical Education courses fulfill the 1-credit General Education Requirement in Physical Education. Students may choose either a skill (100-level) or theory (200/300-level) course. Students may complete up to 3 credits of physical education toward the 120 graduation credit total. Students may opt to take more than 3 credits of Physical Education credits as electives that do not count toward the 120 credit minimum.

The General Education Requirement may be fulfilled through participation on a University varsity athletic team in accordance with University policy. Policy information is available in the Physical Education office, the Athletic Department and from the Office of the Registrar.


Courses

PED-128 Pickleball

Instructs students in the theoretical and practical application of basic principles of fitness and training in addition to the vocabulary, rules, and basic skills necessary to play pickleball.  Fulfills general education requirement in physical education.  [1 credit]

PED-129 Racquetball

Instructs students in the fundamental skills and rules of the game. Playing regularly will be the emphasis of this course. Fulfills general education requirement in physical education. [ 1 credit ]

PED-145 Disc Golf

Instructs students in the vocabulary, rules, and basic skills necessary to play disc golf. Participation in disc golf, both in practice and informal completion will be the primary component of physical activity in the course. Students will also be instructed in the basic components of fitness and principles of training. Fulfills general education requirement in physical education. [ 1 credit ]

PED-150 Walking for Fitness

Instructs students in the basic principles of training and in walking for fitness.  Walking will be the primary component of physical activity in the course.  Fulfills general education requirement in physical education.  [1 credit]

PED-160 Busy Life, Healthy Life

Instructs students in the basic components of fitness and principles of training.  Students will assess their personal daily activity levels and diets and explore ways to easily incorporate more physical activity and a healthier lifestyle into daily life.  Students are required to have a wearable fitness tracker that at a minimum measures steps and distance.  Fulfills general education requirement in physical education. [1 credit]

PED-231 Theory of Physical Fitness and Wellness

Introduces the concept of “wellness” as it relates to students in today’s society.  Individual and global wellness issues will be explored.  Class discussion, student input, and student projects & presentations are paramount to this course. [2 credits]

PED-232 Theory and Practice of Aerobic Conditioning

Instructs students in the in the theoretical and practical application of basic principles of fitness and training with an emphasis on aerobid conditioning. Exposes students to a variety of aerobic activities and teaches the necessary techniques to develop individualized aerobic conditioning programs.  Fulfills General Education Requirement in Physical Education.  [1 credit]

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PED-233 Theory and Practice of Weight Training

Instructs students in the in the theoretical and practical application of basic principles of fitness and training with an emphasis on weight training.  Students will develop individualized weight training programs by applying principles to personal goals.  Fulfills general education requirement in physical education.  [ 1 credit ]

PED-301 American Women in Sports History

Introduces the history of women in sports with an emphasis on the important contributions of American women. Examines how the social and cultural evolution of gender roles and stereotypes has influenced women's participation and achievement in sports. Focuses on how race, class, sexual orientation and significant events in history have affected women's sports in America. Fulfills the general education requirement in physical education and gender studies. Elective in women's studies program. [ 3 credits ]