Physical Education


Physical Education/Exercise Science is a discipline which focuses on the process through which individuals develop optimal physical, mental and social skills through regular physical activity. Exposure to varieties of movement experiences nurtures the development of active lifestyles necessary to achieve wellness objectives which improve the quality of life.

Program Emphasis

The Physical Education/Exercise Science department offers a diverse curriculum which includes lower division theory courses designed for those who want to complete their Associate in Arts degree in the discipline and transfer to an institution of higher learning. An additional component includes a basic instruction program which provides students a wide variety of movement experiences for the development of physical activity skills and knowledge necessary for lifetime wellness. A third program focuses on a certificate program for fitness specialist. Finally, an intercollegiate program, offers performance-oriented students opportunities for competition.

Career Options

Most career options directly related to physical education require baccalaureate degrees and some may require graduate degrees. Some of the career options in physical education include: athletic administrator; athletic trainer; coach; health/sport club manager; health and safety director; public, private or nonprofit organization recreation director; resort activities director; sports journalist and teacher. Students earning the Associate in Arts degree in Physical Education may find employment at assistant level positions in the K-12 school system, the fitness industry or recreational settings.

Student Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion the student/athlete will be able to:

  • Create an Educational Plan with the Athletic Counselor
  • Develop a greater skill level in their sport
  • Exhibit the qualities of teamwork as it relates to their sport
  • Develop a player profile to be used as a recruiting tool for four year institutions
  • Increase their levels of physical fitness


Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

  • Learn that life is a balancing act and identify how the following components of wellness will aid in successfully navigating one's life.
    • Physical
    • Spiritual
    • Emotional
    • Cognitive
    • Social
    • Environmental


Upon successful completion the student will improve in one or more of the following fitness components:

  • Cardio-respiratory endurance
  • Muscular endurance
  • Muscular strength
  • Flexibility
  • Body composition


Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to prescribe safe and effective exercise
  • Develop and implement group and individual exercise programs
  • Possess an applied understanding of human anatomy, physiology and nutrition as it applies to physical fitness
  • Develop specialized fitness programs to meet the needs of the targeted individual.