All Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) academic programs include extensive science and communications components. Students will be expected to develop a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, the ability to critically evaluate and direct human movement and skills to communicate well with various groups of people. Higher level programs will also require additional math, writing and technology competence.


Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - The core of the bachelor's 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.


Fitness Leadership, occupational endorsement certificate - This certificate provides students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a career in the ever-changing fitness industry. An array of career possibilities is available to individuals who successfully complete this program in group fitness instruction or personal training.


Outdoor Leadership, occupational endorsement certificate - This certificate is designed to provide quality education and training to individuals interested in working in the outdoor recreation industry. The Outdoor Leadership OEC provides students the opportunity to acquire the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an entry-level position in the ever-changing recreation and tourism industry. 


Minors - Students in most degree programs may add a minor in athletic training, coaching, health and fitness leadership, outdoor leadership and physical education.