Physical Education


Melissa Falen, M.A, Coordinator

Degrees offered

Special Academic Program


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.


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.