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B.S. in Physical Education and Recreation

Summary of Requirements

General Studies 37
Pre-Major Courses 10
Major and Related Courses 52-54
Free Elective Courses 19-21

Required pre-major courses 10 credits

To be taken during the freshman or sophomore year:

BIO 105Introduction to Human Biology4
PER 110Wellness3
PER 120Foundations of Physical Education and Recreation3

Required physical education and recreation major courses 51 credits

BIO 203Anatomy and Physiology for Human Service Majors4
PER 200Leading Physical and Recreation Activities3
PER 201Outdoor Experiential Learning2
PER 202Fundamental Movement2
PER 203Concepts and Skills of Sports2
PER 204Concepts and Skills of Physical Fitness2
PER 205Concepts and Skills of Racquet Sports2
PER 232Motor Learning3
PER 275Practicum1
PER 341Kinesiology3
PER 350Event Planning and Management3
PER 368Physiology of Exercise3
PER 386Physical Education and Wellness in a School Environment3
PER 387Athletic Coaching3
PER 400Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education and Recreation3
PER 410Management of Physical Education and Recreation3
PER 440Adapted Physical Education and Recreation3
PER 490Physical Education and Recreation Capstone3
PER 491Internship3

Required physical education and recreation aquatic course options 1-3 credits

Choose one course:

PER 223Aquatic Activities1
PER 235Lifeguard Training3
PER 238Methods of Water Safety Instruction3

Free elective courses 17-19 credits

Students choose courses offered by the Department of Physical Education and Recreation or by other academic departments in consultation with their major advisors.

BUS 101Introduction to Business3
COM 280Group Communication3
COM 290Public Presentations3
EDU 250Introduction to Education and Teaching3
PER 235Lifeguard Training3
PER 238Methods of Water Safety Instruction3
PER 239Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and First Aid3
PER 250Sport Safety Training3
PER 345Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
PER 383Intramurals and Officiating3
PER 460Practicum in Athletic Coaching3
PER 495Special Topics1-5
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
SWK 318Human Diversity3
THE 315History of Dance3
THE 325Choreography3

BIO 105 - Introduction to Human Biology (4)

This course addresses human biology through the lens of evaluating scientific claims. Students will learn about select organ systems (reproductive, skeletal and muscular, immune and nervous systems) and about human genetics in a way that helps them make decisions relevant to their daily lives. The course focuses on developing skills that scientists use: basic experimental design, research methods, and scientific writing. It also teaches the language of biology and especially how to critique arguments related to human biology that we encounter in the media. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

  • Course Fee: $35.00

BIO 203 - Anatomy and Physiology for Human Service Majors (4)

This comprehensive course covers major body systems including the musculoskeletal, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. One or more field trips that have direct applications may be arranged, dependent on availability. This course is designed to give Physical Education and Recreation majors a strong foundation for PER 341 Kinesiology. Biology majors should instead enroll in BIO 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BIO 331 Human Anatomy & Physiology II. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 105
  • Course Fee: $75.00

PER 110 - Wellness (3)

This course includes a study of quality of life components to assist students in realizing their maximal personal potential and taking responsibility for maintaining and improving that quality of life through their life span. The course emphasizes both the acquisition of knowledge involving social, emotional, mental, and other considerations and the practical application through participation in a program of planned physical activity for the development of a healthy lifestyle.

PER 120 - Foundations of Physical Education and Recreation (3)

Students will study the historical and philosophical bases of physical education and recreation. The course will include the philosophies of well-known physical education and recreation professionals, and their implications and consequences for the individual and society. The course reflects the continuing growth of these fields within a variety of educational, sport, and recreational environments.

  • Prerequisite/co-requisite: GSR 102

PER 200 - Leading Physical and Recreation Activities (3)

This course will focus on basic principles, concepts, and skills of leading physical and recreation activities for children, adolescents, and adults. The psychomotor, social, cognitive, affective, and learning domains will be addressed as students learn to utilize a task analysis model to choose, and then lead appropriate activities that contribute to an improved quality of life for the participants.

  • Prerequisites: PER 120; or permission of instructor.

PER 201 - Outdoor Experiential Learning (2)

Students will study the theories of experiential learning, and adventure education through experiencing new games, activities, outdoor initiatives, problem solving, physical activities, field experiences, creative development, leading groups, discussions, sharing quotes and stories, and written expression. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills and physical fitness needed in canoeing, orienteering, camping, rock climbing, and participating on the University's ropes course.

  • Prerequisite/co-requisite: Declared PER major or Recreation and Sport Programming minor
  • Course Fee: $80.00

PER 202 - Fundamental Movement (2)

A theoretical and practical course designed to prepare students to teach and lead fundamental motor skills as the foundation of all physical activity with an emphasis on dance and gymnastics. Students will apply teaching methodologies through a non-traditional approach of linking motor skill progressions into dance and gymnastics routines to enhance success for diverse participants in a variety of educational, fitness, and recreational settings.

PER 203 - Concepts and Skills of Sports (2)

This course will focus on the concepts, techniques, and skills inherent in various sports utilized in physical education and recreation programs such as soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball. The course focuses on skills, strategies, and conceptual similarities and differences of the sports and their lead-up activities. Students will develop an intermediate skill level; and incorporate developmentally appropriate learning progressions, learning cues, and assessment techniques while leading activities for peers. Students will acquire knowledge of the value of participation and develop strategies for promoting lifespan health and fitness within various sports.

  • Prerequisite: PER 200

PER 204 - Concepts and Skills of Physical Fitness (2)

A study of the basic principles of physical fitness and weight training as applied to a school or community setting. This course will also provide the opportunity for fitness and weight training skill development. A focus on techniques for assessing and integrating physical fitness throughout a variety of activity programs will also be included.

  • Prerequisite: BIO 105

PER 205 - Concepts and Skills of Racquet Sports (2)

A study of the concepts, techniques, and skills inherent in a variety of racket sports including tennis, badminton, pickleball, and table tennis. The course focuses on skills, strategies, and conceptual similarities and differences of racket sports. Students will develop an intermediate skills level, and will begin to utilize developmentally appropriate learning progressions, learning cues, and assessment techniques.

  • Prerequisite: PER 200

PER 223 - Aquatic Activities (1)

Students will study basic water safety skills; develop intermediate level swimming and water safety skills; be able to analyze and modify swimming skills using movement principles for improved effectiveness; develop a swimming fitness and exercise program; and acquire knowledge and skills to be safe in water environments. Not more than six hours of credit in physical education activities may be counted toward the requirements for a bachelor's degree.

PER 232 - Motor Learning (3)

Students will study the central factors that make up the best approach to the acquisition of motor skills, while leading physical activities in a variety of settings. Topics include basic concepts of motor learning, development of motor responses, the nature of motor learning, feedback, timing, information processing, transfer of learning, perception, personality and performance, motivation, and practice conditions. The topics will focus on principles of human performance and principles of skill learning and how to integrate these principles in real life situations. For each major topic, guiding principles for the physical education and recreation leaders are presented.

  • Prerequisites: PER 120, and acceptance into the major or minors; or permission of the instructor

PER 235 - Lifeguard Training (3)

The course will include appropriate surveillance techniques and prevention of injuries at aquatic facilities. The participants will become proficient at rescue skills and the use of first aid and CPR techniques. Students will develop the skills to recognize emergency situations and respond effectively.

  • Prerequisite: 500 yard continuous swim, and permission of instructor

    Corequisite: Current Pro Rscr CPR/AED, and first aid certifs are rqr'd by the completion of the Lifeguard Training course to receive Amer Red Cross Certif. in lifeguard training.
  • Course Fee: $65.00

PER 238 - Methods of Water Safety Instruction (3)

This course will focus on strategies for planning, teaching, and assessing swimming and water safety skills. This is a comprehensive course designed to train water safety instructors to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety courses.

  • Prerequisites: PER 235, passing swim test, or permission of the instructor

PER 275 - Practicum (1)

This course offers practical field experience in developing recreation, physical education, and sport activity leadership skills and experience in a recreation, physical education, or sports agency. The student will receive one credit for the successful completion of a seminar, 40 hours of practical fieldwork, and the analysis of that experience. This course provides a supervised, guided learning experience.

  • Prerequisites: PER 200; Permission of the instructor; Professional CPR/AED/FA Certification

PER 341 - Kinesiology (3)

Students will study the movement potential of the human body using anatomical and mechanical principles. Emphasis is given to the action of joints and muscles, the basic mechanics of human motion, analysis of motion, the major types of motor skills, and the application of kinesiology to sport and daily living activities.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 203, PER 232

PER 350 - Event Planning and Management (3)

This course includes concepts of event planning, management, leadership skills, and evaluation. This course is designed to develop students' familiarity with the special event program planning for recreation, physical education, and sports programming in diverse environments. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning through the actual planning and leadership of a community-based event within the Gallaudet or the greater deaf community, similar to a service-learning course.

  • Prerequisites: PER 200 or permission of the instructor

PER 368 - Physiology of Exercise (3)

Students will study the immediate and long-range effects of physical activity on the functions of the human body. Special attention is focused on physical fitness, metabolism, training and conditioning, nutrition, environment, athletic aids, and the sex of the participant.

  • Prerequisites: PER 204, PER 232, PER 341

PER 386 - Physical Education and Wellness in a School Environment (3)

This course will cover teaching and leading theories and techniques necessary for planning and delivering physical activities and wellness programs that foster health enhancing active participation, within a comprehensive school environment. Emphasis is given to the principles of motor development; assessment techniques; and the psychomotor, cognitive, psychological, and social developmental needs of children of various ages, diversity, and abilities. Also included is an overview of the many education, community, and government organizations that provide and advocate for health enhancing physical activity participation.

  • Prerequisites: PER 200, PER 232, and declared PER major or declared elementary education or early childhood education major; or permission of instructor.

PER 387 - Athletic Coaching (3)

This course will cover the full spectrum and experiences involved in athletic coaching. This course will focus on the techniques of coaching; the psychological aspects of coaching; the growth, development, and learning of athletes; and the medical and legal aspects of coaching. In addition, it will provide the students with the practical application of these components in simulated and actual coaching situations.

  • Prerequisites: PER 232, GSR 150 or the equivalent; or permission of the instructor.

PER 400 - Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education and Recreation (3)

This course will cover the knowledge and skills surrounding measurement and evaluation related to the delivery of wellness, physical education, and/or recreation services. This course will focus on how to conduct individual assessments and activity/program evaluation.

  • Prerequisites: PER 204, PER 232; or permission of instructor.

PER 410 - Management of Physical Education and Recreation (3)

This course will include a study of administrative practices and their application to physical education, recreation, and sports in diverse environments. Students will gain an understanding of the underlying principles and practices of planning, organizing, leading, and evaluation of physical education, recreation, and sport programs in school and community settings. Upon completing the course the student will demonstrate human and technical skills to provide leadership and supervision for activity-based programs.

  • Prerequisite: PER 350 or permission of the instructor.

PER 440 - Adapted Physical Education and Recreation (3)

The course includes scientific principles, and teaching methodology necessary for the modification of physical education programs, sport, or recreational activities to meet the developmental needs and capabilities of students with diverse abilities. Emphasis is given to the principles of motor development; assessment techniques; developmental needs; psychomotor, cognitive, psychological, and social characteristics of individuals with various disabilities; legal requirements; resources for participation in community sport and recreation programs; and developing appropriate instructional and behavioral strategies for an inclusive or adapted activity learning environment.

  • Prerequisites: PER 200, PER 232, and PER 341; or a declared elementary education or early childhood education major; or permission of the instructor.

PER 490 - Physical Education and Recreation Capstone (3)

Students will study how physical activity professionals can foster healthy active lifespan participation to meet the needs and preferences of diverse individuals. This course guides students to synthesize and apply what they have learned in physical education and recreation courses to understand changes within society that affect physical activity, fitness, and sport services provided in various segments of the community. The goal of the class is to facilitate an understanding of the impact that social and economic variables have on participation behavior, service, and program delivery.

  • Prerequisites: PER 386 or PER 387; or permission of the instructor.

PER 491 - Internship (3)

The internship experience, of a minimum of 150 hours, is designed to provide a student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained from classes to professional practice. Students are encouraged to seek and select internship placements that provide him/her opportunities that correspond to their own professional goals. This formal, guided learning experience is supervised simultaneously by the agency supervisor and a university faculty member. This experience will better prepare a student to make the transition from the university to work in his/her profession.

  • Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and current Professional CPR/AED/FA certifications.
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