Physical Education Course Descriptions 

PE 111: Special Topics

This course involves a single sport or system of formal exercise selected in response to student interest.

PE 112: Health and Fitness (2)

*Cross Ref: EDU 112
*Offered fall and spring terms
This course deals with the principles and objectives of health, fitness and wellness. Emphasis will be on wellness and healthy lifestyles.

PE 113: Perceptual Motor Development (3)

*Cross Ref: EDU 113
*Prerequisite: Education major or consent of instructor
This course focuses on participation in a variety of physical education activities suitable for the preschool and elementary school level. Teaching methods and plans are stressed with emphasis on motor skills and perceptual development. Beneficial for those seeking professions in the area of child care.

PE 115: Methods in Physical Education and Games (3)

*Cross Ref: EDU 115
*Prerequisite: Education major or consent of instructor
For the classroom teacher. This course is a study in the planning and teaching of physical education. Fundamental methods in selection and presentation of games and sports at different school levels with emphasis on those suitable for elementary grades. Attention to leadership in games, physical fitness, rhythm and relays.

PE 116: Contemporary Topics in Health and Physical Education (3)

*Cross Ref: EDU 116
*Prerequisite: Education major or consent of instructor
*Offered fall and spring terms
This course is designed to assist the student who is preparing to teach. Students have the opportunity to research specific topics related to health and wellness. Attention is given to relating course content to student's major area of study when possible.


The physical education department offers a series of courses designed for students who desire to enter the coaching profession. The department recommends that students interested in coaching major in a specific teaching area and take the coaching courses as electives.

PE 117: Principles and Problems of Coaching (3)

This course involves the study of the organization, management, staff relationships and the creation of desirable behavior in athletics. Coaching ethics are strongly stressed. This course examines all levels of athletic competition: elementary school, high school and college. The course is divided into two parts, the organizational principles and the problems.

PE 118: Theory and Technique of Coaching (3)

This course involves the study of theory of various sports and techniques used by the athlete participating in sports. A practical study of the strategy-making decisions a coach should be equipped to make in the major sports: football, basketball, baseball and volleyball.

PE 119: Kinesiological Foundations of Coaching (3)

This course includes the study of the mechanics of movement and the various muscles of the body and their relationship to athletics.

PE 120: First Aid and Athletic Injuries (3)

*Offered spring semester
The course deals primarily with techniques used in emergency first aid as related to the athletic program. Areas such as bandaging, strapping and treatment for all athletic injuries are covered by practical applications. 

PE 121: Physiological Foundations of Coaching (3)

This is a course devoted to the human systems and their functions as related to heart, lungs, nutrition, conditioning programs and stress.

PE 122: Developmental Philosophies of Coaching (3)

This course includes the philosophical approaches and procedures in forming an individual's coaching mechanics and methods. The procedure to develop these methods is discussed in detail.

PE 123: Psychology of Coaching (3)

This course focuses on the psychological factors that influence athletes. Why do athletes react to situations differently? How do athletes cope with pressure? Does the coach make a difference with his team psychologically? These questions and others will be discussed in detail.

PE 124: Health and Nutrition Across the Life Span

This course examines nutrition theory and the relationship between nutrition, health, wellness and illness prevention. It examines the science of nutrition including digestion and absorption of macro-and micro-nutrients. Students will learn various methods of establishing good nutrition habits to improve overall wellness throughout the life span.