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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 51-53
Free Elective Courses 20-22

Required pre-major courses 10 hours

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 50 hours

BIO 203Anatomy and Physiology for Human Service Majors4
PER 200Leading Physical and Recreation Activities3
PER 201Outdoor Experiential Learning2
PER 202Fundamental Movement, Rhythms, and Gymnastics2
PER 203Concepts and Skills of Sports2
PER 204Concepts and Skills of Physical Fitness2
PER 205Concepts and Skills of Racquet Sports2
PER 232Motor Learning3
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 major elective course 1-3 hours

Choose one course:

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

Free elective courses 17-19 hours

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

BUS 101Introduction to Business3
COM 280Group Communication3
COM 290Public Presentations3
EDU 250Introduction to Education and Teaching3
PER 125Map and Compass3
PER 190Learning Through Discovery3
PER 235Lifeguard Training3
PER 238Methods of Water Safety Instruction3
PER 239Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and First Aid3
PER 250Sport Safety Training3
PER 310Leadership and Group Dynamics3
PER 345Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
PER 383Intramurals and Officiating3
PER 420Law and Liability in Recreation and Sports3
PER 460Practicum in Athletic Coaching3
PER 486Teaching Physical Education and Wellness in Secondary Schools3
PER 495Special Topics1-5
PSY 201Introduction to Psychology3
SWK 318Human Diversity3
THE 315History of Dance3
THE 325Choreography3

BIO 105 - Introduction to Human Biology (4)

This course addresses human biology from its beginning, sexual reproduction and birth, to its ending, aging and death, including the physical developmental stages in between. Students will study the structure and functions of cells and organ systems and learn how these systems are integrated to support the human body over its life span. The course will cover a number of bioethical and diversity issues including such topics as advances in medical technology, recombinant DNA, and human genome studies. Students will be introduced to basic research methods and scientific writing. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab.

  • Course Fee: $35.00

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

A comprehensive course with emphasis on major body systems including musculoskeletal, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. This course is designed to give Physical Education and Recreation majors a strong foundation for PER 341 (Kinesiology). Field trips that have direct applications to the course are arranged, dependant on availability. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 105

BUS 101 - Introduction to Business (3)

This course surveys the fundamentals of business administration, including management, organizational behavior, marketing, economics, statistics, management information systems, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, international business, and ethics & social responsibility. It is intended both for students who seek a one-time exposure to business as well as those planning to major in a Department of Business program.

  • Prerequisites/Co-requisites: GSR 102 or the equivalent, and GSR 103
  • Course Fee: $60.00

COM 280 - Group Communication (3)

This course will focus on the process of thinking and problem solving in committees and small groups; methods of leading and participating in discussions and conferences.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 or permission of the instructor.

COM 290 - Public Presentations (3)

The course emphasizes the principles involved in the selection and organization of ideas and their effective presentation to a group.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 or permission of the instructor.

EDU 250 - Introduction to Education and Teaching (3)

An overview and study of contemporary trends, problems, and issues in general education in terms of educational philosophies, types of educational programs, the relation of education to the individual and society, and curriculum and instruction. Some consideration of the relevance of regular education to special education and education of deaf and hard of hearing students. Discussion of organizations and agencies related to education.

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: GSR 102 or permission of the instructor.

PER 125 - Map and Compass (3)

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to read and interpret topographic maps, compensate for magnetic declination, and determine and follow compass bearings for the purpose of accurately navigating outdoor environments. Topic covered include: longitude, latitude, magnetism, contour, elevation, map and personal orientation, grade, scale, map symbols, compass, and map bearings, types of compasses, magnetic declination, triangulation, and the sport of orienteering.

  • Course Fee: $45.00

PER 190 - Learning Through Discovery (3)

This course is a study of how people use knowledge and resources to solve problems, make choices, and make adaptations; and of recognizing individual and group potential. Mental and physical activities are used to help individuals understand themselves, their personal values, and the members of the class.

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.

  • Prerequisites: Declared Physical Education and Recreation major; or permission of the instructor
  • Course Fee: $80.00

PER 202 - Fundamental Movement, Rhythms, and Gymnastics (2)

A theoretical and practical course designed for physical education and recreation majors and dance minors. This course will include how to lead fundamental motor skills in the areas of creative movement, folk dance, aerobics, and educational gymnastics. Emphasis will be placed on a non-traditional approach to leading dance and gymnastics by linking fundamental motor skills into routines so that students with diverse learning needs can have a positive and successful experience. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to incorporate appropriate teaching leading methodologies and have the opportunity to teach, lead and assess skills.

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.

  • Prerequisites: PER 200, or permission of the instructor.

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: PER 120 and BIO 105; or permission of the instructor.

    Corequisite: Current Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and First Aid certifications are required by the completion of this course

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.

  • Prerequisites: PER 200, or permission of the instructor.

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.

  • Course Fee: $0.00

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.

  • Prerequisite: PER 235, or permission of the instructor

PER 239 - Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and First Aid (3)

Students will study how to recognize and care for life-threatening emergencies such as respiratory or cardiac problems; sudden illness; or injuries to infants, children, or adults. This course is designed to prepare the professional rescuer (e.g., lifeguards, athletic trainers, and emergency services personnel) with the knowledge and skills necessary to help sustain life in an emergency. Upon successful completion, the student will attain American Red Cross certification in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.

  • Course Fee: $80.00

PER 250 - Sport Safety Training (3)

This course covers the knowledge and techniques employed to maintain the safety of and provide immediate or temporary first aid care to athletes participating in sport activities.

  • Course Fee: $80.00

PER 310 - Leadership and Group Dynamics (3)

A study of leadership definitions, theories, and philosophies. Theories of group dynamics will be explored. Leadership study will encompass the fields of management and social and recreational settings. The essence of leadership will also be explored. An experiential approach to learning is the basis of this course. The group work approach is emphasized.

  • Prerequisites: PER 120 and PER 232; or permission of the instructor.

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: PER 110 and BIO 105

PER 345 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3)

A course designed to combine theoretical and practical knowledge related to the care and prevention of athletic injuries. The purposes of this course are to develop a safety- conscious attitude when participating in or conducting sports activities; to develop knowledge and basic skills related to the care and prevention of common sports-related injuries, including immediate and follow-up care and rehabilitative techniques; and to develop basic knowledge and skills related to the administration of a high school training room.

  • Prerequisites: GSR 102 or the equivalent and Certification in ARC Standard First Aid and Community CPR (BIO233 strongly recommended).

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 232 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 and PER 341

PER 383 - Intramurals and Officiating (3)

This course is designed to introduce the students to the theoretical and practical aspects of intramural programming and officiating.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 or the equivalent

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.

  • Prerequisite: PED 202, 205, 232, and either a declared physical education and recreation major or declared elementary education or early childhood education major; or permission of the 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 and acceptance into the major; or permission of the 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 232 or permission of the instructor.

PER 420 - Law and Liability in Recreation and Sports (3)

This course introduces the student to three major areas of legal concerns: (1) Laws and Legislation, (2) Liability and Litigation, and (3) Risk Management and Accident Prevention. Specific issues to be addressed include: (a) tort negligence in sports, playground programs, and aquatics; (b) major pieces of legislation that have made an impact on recreation and sports agencies; (c) constitutional rights as they apply to recreation and sports agencies; and (d) general legal principles.

  • Prerequisites: PER 232 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 460 - Practicum in Athletic Coaching (3)

The course offers practical field experiences in athletic coaching in an organized athletic program. The student must complete a minimum of 120 hours of practical fieldwork and the analysis of that experience. The course is required of all athletic coaching minor students. This practicum is one of the most important steps a student takes in preparing to become an athletic coach. This experience in an organized athletic venue is essential for students to develop the leadership and appropriate knowledge essential to successful athletic coaching.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor; Current Professional Rescuer CPR/AED, and first aid certification must be shown to the PER 460 instructor before the practicum begins.

PER 486 - Teaching Physical Education and Wellness in Secondary Schools (3)

This course includes methods for teaching on the middle school and secondary levels. An application of educational philosophy and principles of teaching, and the preparation of lesson and unit plans are included. In addition to class participation and peer teaching, teaching high school and/or intermediate/middle school physical education classes are planned through field trips to various local schools. Students will also have opportunities to evaluate their teaching and the teaching of others using various assessment tools.

  • Prerequisites: PER 386, 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. Current CPR/AED and first aid certification must be documented prior to the start of the internship.

PER 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
  • Course Fee: $20.00

PSY 201 - Introduction to Psychology (3)

An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior, providing an overview of the major problems, methods, and contributions of psychology. Content areas include development, language, learning, cognition, physiological psychology, motivation and emotion, perception, psychometrics, personality, and abnormal and social psychology. The course can be taken in one of two formats: traditional lecture or individualized instruction.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 or the equivalent

SWK 318 - Human Diversity (3)

This course provides students an opportunity for examination of personal attitudes, stereotypes, biases, and misconceptions that affect ethnic-competent professional practice. Attention is given to increasing students' knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and sensitivity to diversity, oppression, and racism, and the implications of each for social work and other human services. While the course addresses the cognitive and conceptual aspects of learning, primary emphasis is on the affective process. In addition to learning about racism, discrimination, power/powerlessness, and ethnocentrism, students participate in experiential groups and role play. These exercises provide opportunities to explore new ways of thinking, feeling, and responding to people who experience discrimination or oppression because of their race, ethnic background, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, or because they are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Prerequisite: Junior standing.

THE 315 - History of Dance (3)

The study of the history of dance from antiquity to the 21st century. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships and influences of dance on civilizations and cultures. Students are expected to participate in both dance activities as well as in lectures and discussions.

THE 325 - Choreography (3)

Choreography is an introduction to techniques of choreography. This course will introduce students to both the exploration of the choreographic process and the basic tools used in choreography. Through creative improvisational exercises, students explore the fundamentals of movement including time, space, and energy and basic choreographic structure and forms. Students will be required to choreograph a major dance piece to be auditioned in the spring dance production.

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