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Physical Activity Specialist Major, B.A.; B.A.A.; B.S.

B.A. degree; B.A.A. degree; B.S. degree

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This major is a professional option for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of physical activity without pursuing a teaching option. Graduates will have the foundational knowledge to prepare for certifications as personal and strength trainers. The option also provides those in the teaching major who decide after time not to pursue a teaching degree.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  1. Students seeking this major must successfully complete the Sport Skill Competency Assessment Program. This assessment program is competency based and required before enrolling in HPE 315. Additional information concerning this program can be obtained from the departmental office or the PES webpage.
  2. At least 15 hours of this major must be completed at CMU.
  3. Up to 3 hours may be taken as credit/no credit.

Program Requirements

Required Courses I (13 hours)

HSC 211Human Anatomy and Physiology

3(3-0)

PES 105Introduction to Physical Education & Skill Development

2(2-1)

PES 115Motor Development

2(2-0)

PES 186QRPrinciples of Physical Fitness for Lifelong Wellness

3(3-0)

PES 302Fundamentals of Motor Learning

3(3-0)

Required Courses II (23 hours)

HDF 247Introduction to Gerontology

3(3-0)

HPE 348Methods in Secondary Physical Education

3(3-0)

HSC 205Responding to Emergencies

2(1-2)

PES 260Exercise Psychology

3(3-0)

PES 304Youth Sports and Diverse Learners

3(3-0)

PES 330Human Movement Studies

3(3-0)

PES 338Teaching Group Fitness

2(2-0)

PES 405Physical Education Peer-Tutor Teaching

2(1-1)

PES 490Practicum in Physical Education

1-3(Spec)

Electives (12 hours)

FNS 370Nutrition

3(3-0)

HPE 323Applied Skills & Methods - Individual and Team Sports

3(3-0)

HPE 386Adapted Physical Education

3(3-0)

PES 224WSI-Swimming and Water Safety

3(2-2)

PES 313Elementary Physical Education Methods and Materials

2(2-0)

PES 322Applied Skills & Methods - Team Sports

2(2-0)

PES 324Applied Skills & Methods - Rhythmic Activities

2(2-0)

PES 406Evaluation in Physical Education and Sport

2(2-0)

RPL 218Teaching of Outdoor Skills

3(3-0)

Total: 48 semester hours