Undergraduate Programs

Physical Education

The Department of Physical Education and Recreation offers a major in physical education, which prepares graduates for teaching and leading physical education activities in many settings, as well as other careers in sports and athletics. The Physical Education major program offers curriculums of study with two areas of emphasis. Students may choose a Physical Education major with an emphasis in Physical Education Teaching or an emphasis in Personal Training.

For more information about programs in Physical Education (PE) and Recreation and Sports Programming (RSP), see the menu in the left hand column, or click on:

The Department also offers minors in

Requirements for Admission to a Major in Physical Education and Recreation:
Students seeking admission to a major in Physical Education and Recreation must satisfy the following minimum criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.3.
  • Completion of PER 120 with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of the department application form, and a one-page essay.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation, one from a university faculty member and one from the PER 120 instructor.

If a transfer student is interested in the major, they must meet with the department chair to discuss acceptance into the major.
Applications are reviewed once each semester. After an application is reviewed and assessed by the department's Acceptance Committee students are notified of the admission decision. Students accepted to the major will be assigned an academic advisor within the department. Students not admitted to the major may reapply by submitting new application materials.

To continue and graduate in the Physical Education and Recreation major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 in all major and related courses. Students not receiving a grade of "C" or better in a required or related course must repeat that course.

Students interested in pursuing the physical education and recreation major should consult the department's website and meet with the department chair as early as possible, preferably during their freshman year. Early contact with the department will assist students in developing their application to the major and planning a path to graduation. The major follows a progressive sequence necessary to meet upper level course pre-requisites and planning course sequencing is best accomplished with a departmental faculty advisor's assistance.

Some courses in physical education and recreation require the use of specialized safety equipment for participation. Students are required to procure at their expense all supplies outlined on the course syllabus and have these in hand in the classroom by the second week of the semester. Students who fail to have materials needed for instruction will risk being automatically dropped from the course or asked to withdraw (WD).

Additional information may be obtained from department's website or the department chair.

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