Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (BSPE)

 

Call 907-786-4083 to schedule an appointment with an advisor in HPER. Frequently Asked Questions

The core of the Bachelor of Science in physical education degree emphasizes the broad fundamental principles of physical education, including scientific foundations, psychological and cultural aspects,assessment and testing methods, trends, and leadership development in a variety of physical activities. Students may choose to pursue study in one of two emphasis areas within the degree: Health and Fitness Leadership or Outdoor Leadership and Administration.

The Health and Fitness Leadership emphasis and the Outdoor Leadership and Administration emphasis prepare students for professional positions in rapidly growing fields. Each emphasis focuses on developing leadership expertise as well as the knowledge, physical skills, and technical competencies to prepare graduates for the job market. The Health and Fitness Leadership emphasis readies students for employment in hospital-based health education and fitness programs, community or public health/fitness programs, private health clubs and fitness facilities, corporate fitness/wellness programs, military fitness centers, as personal trainers, or helps them prepare for further education in physical therapy. The Outdoor Leadership and Administration emphasis readies graduates for employment with youth or recreational programs, adventure tourism, guide services, camps, schools, or a host of experiential education opportunities.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in physical education will have demonstrated:

  • Knowledge of physical education concepts as well as concepts related to a specific area of emphasis.
  • Competency in many activity forms and proficiency in a few.
  • Ability to apply established national standards in the field(s).
  • Proficiency in entry-level discipline specific administrative skills.
  • Proficiency in general and discipline-specific technologies.
  • Effective leadership skills, including the abilities to: 1) evaluate and direct/re-direct skillful movement, 2) lead a variety of activities, 3) use appropriate motivational strategies, 4) employ appropriate safety and prevention techniques, 5) exercise sound judgment and good decision-making skills, and 6) communicate effectively.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Programs Admission Requirements in the UAA Catalog, Chapter 7, Academic Standards and Regulations.
  2. Completion of BIOL A111 and PEP A181 with a grade of C or better.
  3. Meet with a Health, Physical Education & Recreation advisor regarding program requirements, and the development of a program of study.
  4. Submit a departmental application for admission to the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation.
  5. The degree requires computer competency which may be demonstrated by:
    1. successful completion of an approved university computer course,
    2. work-related experience requiring computer competency as approved by faculty or major advisor, or
    3. demonstrated computer competency as approved by faculty or major advisor. 

 
ADVISING - All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever difficulties arise.


ACADEMIC PROGRESS - A grade of C or better in all emphasis-specific courses and an overall GPA of 2.75 are required to enroll in the internship. A grade of B or better is required in the Internship PEP A495/PEP A496).

EMPHASIS AREAS

Outdoor Leadership and Administration - The Outdoor Leadership and Administration emphasis readies graduates for employment with youth or recreational programs, adventure tourism, guide services, camps, schools, or a host of experiential education opportunities.

Health and Fitness Leadership - The Health and Fitness emphasis focuses on developing leadership expertise as well as the knowledge, physical skills, and technical competencies to prepare graduates for the job market. The Health and Fitness Leadership emphasis readies students for employment in hospital-based health education and fitness programs, community or public health/fitness programs, private health clubs and fitness facilities, corporate fitness/wellness programs, military fitness centers, as personal trainers, or helps them prepare for further education in physical therapy. 

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE

See a Health, Physical Education & Recreation advisor for information on a recommended course sequence. Call 907-786-4083 to schedule an appointment.

Health & Fitness Emphasis

Outdoor Emphasis

Course Calendar Projection

 

Contact Us

Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, ESH 125
Anchorage, AK 99508-4614
Voice (907) 786-4083
Fax (907) 786-4069
uaa_hper@uaa.alaska.edu

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