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Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in general health and physical education

Admissions suspended effective spring 2014. Program will close upon completion of teach out plan.

Special requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree is open only to students who will enroll in the Extended Teacher Preparation Program and is not intended to be a stand-alone baccalaureate degree.

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers programs that prepare students to pursue careers in athletic training/sports medicine, community health and/or careers that employ exercise interventions for both healthy and diseased populations. The department offers one undergraduate degree program: Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. There are two concentrations within the program: exercise science and general health and physical education.

The general health and physical education concentration requires 120 credits within a pre-professional program. It is the required concentration for students who intend to become health and physical education teachers. This program is the undergraduate component of the Extended Teacher Preparation Program in the School of Education. Completion of the extended program takes an additional year and results in the simultaneous awarding of a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in general health and physical education and a Master of Teaching degree with a concentration in teaching health and physical education.

Degree requirements for Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in general health and physical education

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will know and apply knowledge of core concepts and principles as evidenced by successful completion of the PRAXIS II test.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competent movement performance and health fitness as spelled out in the NASPE standards.
  • Graduates will be able to plan and implement developmentally appropriate health and physical education experiences that are aligned with local, state and national standards to address the needs of all students.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate effective communication and teaching skills to enhance student engagement and learning.
  • Graduates will be able to utilize assessments and reflect on the impact they have on student learning.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the behaviors and attitudes that are consistent with being an effective professional in the field.
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
   
Collateral requirements (17 credits)  
BIOL 101 and BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts and Laboratory (fulfills approved science and technology and University Core natural/physical sciences)  
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
EDUS 300 Foundations of Education 3
EDUS 301 Human Development and Learning 3
MATH 131 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or MATH 141 Algebra with Applications or MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry (fulfills University Core quantitative literacy)  
PHIS 206 and PHIZ 206 Human Physiology and Laboratory 4
SLWK 230 Communication in the Helping Progress or SPCH 121 Effective Speech or SPCH 321 Speech for Business and the Professions 3
   
Activity requirements (15 credits)  
HPEX 200 Strength, Endurance and Flexibility Training 3
HPEX 201 Individual Sports and Lifelong Leisure Activities 3
HPEX 202 Team Sports and Activities 3
HPEX 203 Wilderness Education I 1
HPEX 211 Tumbling and Elementary Rhythmics 1
HPEX 214 Teaching Social Rhythmics 1
HPEX 337 Technology in Teaching Health and Physical Education 3
   
General health and physical education core (44-45 credits)  
HPEX 230 History and Philosophy of Health and Physical Education 3
HPEX 330 Elementary Health and Physical Education 3
HPEX 332 Motor Learning and Performance 3
HPEX 333 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity 3
HPEX 334 and HPEZ 334 Measurement and Analysis in Teaching and Exercise Science and Measurement and Analysis in Teaching and Exercise Science Laboratory 4
HPEX 350 Nutrition or BIOL 217 Principles of Nutrition 3
HPEX 352 Substance Abuse 3
HPEX 353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control 3
HPEX 354 Coping and Adaptation or SOCS 340 Human Sexuality 3
HPEX 355 School and Community Health Resources 3
HPEX 373 and HPEZ 373 Structural Kinesiology and Structural Kinesiology Laboratory or HPEX 374 Biomechanics 3-4
HPEX 375 and HPEZ 375 Physiology of Exercise and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 4
HPEX 431 Adapted Physical Activity 3
TEDU 588 Classroom Management 3
   
Field Experiences (6 credits)  
HPEX 291 Special Topic in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science (when the topic is professional conference) (taken as three 1-credit courses) 3
HPEX 393 Field Experience I (fulfills capstone experience) 3
   
Electives (0-6 credits) 0-6
   
Total minimum requirement 120

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