Physical Education

Physical Education Courses

PE111 Wellness. 1 hour. The recognition of physical fitness and physical well being as expressions of strength of character is rooted in the ancient Greek and modern Olympic Games. Both the study of physical well being and the practice of physical well being have a long tradition in higher education. Strength of character includes (1) understanding the nature and bases of physical well being, (2) the development of physical as well as mental disciplines, (3) habits of life that support physical as well as mental well being, and (4) enhanced awareness of the meaning and applications of sportsmanship. This course includes both classroom and laboratory experiences to move students toward these dimensions of character formation. This course is part of the General Education Common Core requirement. (Army Physical Training fulfills this requirement.)

PE202 Motor Learning and Motor Development. 3 hours. The study of scientific principles, concepts, and theories related to motor learning and human behavior in sport and physical education. The focus of the course is to introduce students to information on motor learning and acquisition of motor skills and encompasses three areas: motor learning, motor control, and motor development.

PE203 Introduction to Strength and Conditioning.2 hours. This course offers instruction and practice through teaching strategies and participation to demonstrate developmentally appropriate strength and conditioning principles to both K-12 students and collegiate athletes in muscular strength, endurance, power, flexibility, and conditioning.  The course focuses on kinesiology and the biomechanic principles used in training athletes and clients for the primary goal of improving athletic performance and fitness.

PE210 Personal and Community Health. 2 hours. Education majors study the personal health problems and the safety education of students PK through grade 12. Areas of study include growth and development, nutrition, sex and drug education, personal hygiene, and how these areas relate to the students and the community.

PE212 First Aid/Community CPR. 2 hours. This course provides certification for first aid and CPR.

PE216 Nutrition and Athletic Performance. 3 hours. Fundamental principles of human nutrition and their application essential to health, from a physiological point of view. The focus of this course is to learn about nutrient requirements, food sources and adequate diet selection in regards to the effects and benefits to athletic performance.

PE217 Foundations of Physical Education. 3 hours. Historic and philosophic analysis of physical education emphasizing physical education as an academic discipline, professional opportunities, and associated fields. Recommended for freshmen. K-12.

PE221 Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Physical Education. 3 hours. This course applies the principles and scientific methods from psychology to study human behavior in physical education. It also includes the study of the sociological perspective of sports in today's society. Students will explore achievement, motivation, anxiety, self-confidence, cohesion, adherence and leadership in sports and physical education. They will also examine sport-related behaviors as they occur in social and cultural contexts. Fall.

PE321 Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs K-12. 2 hours. Examines recognized and successful ways of setting up physical education and athletic programs and carrying them out to meet stated aims and objectives. Specific attention is given to dealing with curriculum development, program creation, finance, physical layout, school policies, safety policies/practices, record keeping and purchasing and caring for equipment. Cross-listed with RM321. Prerequisite: PE217.

PE322 Teaching Elementary School Physical Education. 3 hours. Fundamental skills, sports, and games for the elementary school physical education program. Students will study and develop knowledge, understanding participation and application in teaching motor skills in the primary grades. This course includes a minimal amount of time in clinical experiences. K-9.

PE323 First Aid, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries. 3 hours. Lecture, demonstration and practice of the techniques used in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

PE327 Physiology of Exercise. 3 hours. Emphasis is on the study of the effects of exercise on the various systems of the body and its relationship on the physiological aspects of human nature (K-12). Prerequisite: BI101 or BI107.

PE328 Adapted Physical Education. 3 hours. Methods of teaching and program development for special needs students in physical education for Grades Pre-K to 12.

PE331 Advanced Strength and Conditioning. 3 hours. The study of the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning and their applications to athletic performance designed to prepare students to teach and supervise strength and conditioning programs in athletics and recreation. Prerequisites: PE327 and either PE203 or PE324.

PE339 Methods and Techniques for Tests and Measurements in Physical Education. 3 hours. Designed to study methods and techniques for testing and measuring the basic factors on which the performance of a wide variety of physical education activities are based. Major emphasis is on the measurement of skills, knowledge and attitudes pertaining to physical education (K-12).

PE440 Program Design. 3 hours. (Capstone) This course is an advanced course for strength and conditioning majors focusing on independent research in design, application, and evaluation of exercise prescription. It includes a professional supervised internship to apply current research in training methods to practical experiences. Prerequisites: PE203, PE324, PE327, and PE331.