Physical Education (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Core Requirements
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
PED 191Foundations of Physical Education3
PED 303Kinesiology3
PED 304Physiology of Exercise3
PED 305First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
or PED 306 Sport Safety Training
PED 352Fitness and Sports Nutrition3
PED 385Athletic Training3
PED 393Measurement in Physical Education3
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:27-60
Health and Exercise Science
General
Teacher Education

Health and Exercise Science Concentration

Students with a concentration in exercise science are preparing for private, industrial and commercial fields as exercise specialists. Graduating students are strongly encouraged to have one of the following:

  • certification or application for certification as a health fitness specialist or higher from ACSM, athletic trainer from the NATA;
  • personal trainer or higher from the NSCA, club coach or higher from the USWF, or other certifications cleared by the department via petition or acceptance into an accredited graduate program at graduation.
Concentration Requirements
PED 317Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning2
or PED 318 Principles of Aerobic Training
PED 374Psychology Of Sport2
PED 391Personal and Environmental Health3
PED 401Graded Exercise Testing3
PED 430Field Experience in Health and Exercise Science9
PED 451Research in Health and Exercise Science3
PED 480Practicum in Physical Education2
or PED 481 Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum
RSM 325Recreation Law for the Practitioner2
Select a minimum of four credit hours from the following:4-6
Medical Terminology
Drug Education
Community Health
Health Psychology/Stress Management
Total Credit Hours30-32

General Concentration

Students not wishing to teach are encouraged to select a minor in a related discipline to maximize career opportunities upon graduation. Suggested areas include criminal justice, military science, journalism, or business.

Concentration Requirements
PED 240Concepts of Lifetime Activities3
PED 241Concepts of Sport Activities3
PED 246Concepts of Dance and Gymnastics3
PED 375Sociocultural Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity3
PED 380Rhythms and Creative Movement for Elementary School3
PED 382Elementary School Physical Education3
PED 383Adapted Physical Education3
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Dev3
PED 420Senior Seminar in Physical Education1
PED 481Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum2
Total Credit Hours27

NOTE: The HPER department may require of their students in major and minor programs of study that are enrolled in certain classes that will be going out for applied learning experiences, internship and/or practicums to obtain at their cost an appropriate professional conduct, background checks, and fingerprinting. This requirement is to be completed before HPER students engage with students, clients and all other participants in their programs.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

Teacher Education Concentration

The Bachelor of Science degree with Teacher Certification leads to certification to teach physical education in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

Concentration Requirements
PED 240Concepts of Lifetime Activities3
PED 241Concepts of Sport Activities3
PED 246Concepts of Dance and Gymnastics3
PED 375Sociocultural Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity3
PED 380Rhythms and Creative Movement for Elementary School3
PED 382Elementary School Physical Education3
PED 383Adapted Physical Education3
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Dev3
PED 420Senior Seminar in Physical Education1
PED 481Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum2
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence33
Total Credit Hours60

NOTE: The HPER department may require of their students in major and minor programs of study that are enrolled in certain classes that will be going out for applied learning experiences, internship and/or practicums to obtain at their cost an appropriate professional conduct, background checks, and fingerprinting. This requirement is to be completed before HPER students engage with students, clients and all other participants in their programs.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours, (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.