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Physical Education

Assistant Professor: Paul Soong (chair)

At a time when the nation is witnessing an obesity epidemic and has an aging population at risk for falls, and the population enjoys watching sports more than playing sports, health science and sport science bring together individuals with backgrounds in physiology and wellness and health education to work on these and many other important public health problems.

The Department of Physical Education offers course work directed at increasing student awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity and at gaining the skills and understanding basic to a lifetime of wellness. Students have the opportunity to complete lecture classes focusing upon sports science and health education, as well as activity classes focusing upon physical fitness, creative expression, risk-taking and sports skills.

Facilities: The College’s sports facilities include Gambrill Gymnasium which houses a dance studio, gymnasium floor, aerobics room and yoga room; Hodson Fitness Center with treadmills, stair machines and exercise bicycles, as well as weight machines and free weight equipment; Hood Tennis Complex with six tennis courts; Huntsinger Aquatics Center; and Thomas Athletic Field.

Physical Education Programs

The basic instruction program in the Department of Physical Education (PE 100-199) is designed to encourage students’ personal growth and understanding of the importance of physical activity in their lives. Students have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to enhance their quality of life and establish lifestyles that promote wellness. Courses are directed at physical fitness, creative expression, risk-taking and sports skills acquisition.

The PE Core Curriculum requirement may be met by completing 2 credits of physical education 100-199 activity classes, or by completing one of the following courses: PE 225 Health Maintenance: Stress Assessment and Control, PE 226 Health Maintenance: Physical Fitness, PE 227 Women's Health Issues, PE 228 Life Wellness and Health or PE 250 Introduction to Exercise Physiology. 

Athletes who participate in intercollegiate sports may be waived from all or part of the 2-credit physical education activity option. A 1/2 credit of exemption will be granted for each season of participation. No credit is earned for these exemptions.

Students who participate in the United States Army Reserve Officers Training Program (ROTC) may be waived from all or part of the 2-credit physical education activity option. A 1/2 credit of exemption will be granted for completing each of the following courses: MSCI 101, MSCI 102, MSCI 201, MSCI 202.

The physical education requirement should be completed during the first year.