Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science

B.S. in Health Education & Physical Education

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers a highly respected dual undergraduate major in health education and physical education that prepares you to teach both disciplines in elementary, middle and high schools. The redesigned 127-credit 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree in the Health Education and Physical Education program will provide you with greater career flexibility and will lead to New York State Initial Teaching Certification in two distinct disciplines. 

Students in the program learn effective techniques of classroom management, curriculum design, and lesson planning for children in Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Liberal arts courses in biology equip you with knowledge in human anatomy and physiology. 

The Health Education component examines nutrition, health care services, sexuality and family planning, personal well-being, and drugs in contemporary society. You will learn how to encourage children and teenagers, in a non-judgmental approach, to discuss their experiences, attitudes and values related to health issues.

The Physical Education portion shows you how to create a program that motivates children and adolescents to stay fit. You will learn how to organize movement activities, create rules and regulations, conduct lessons that allow for maximum practice opportunity, analyze student performance and identify sports-related injuries. 

In both disciplines, you will gain extensive field-based experience through methods classes and student teaching in local school districts. 

Career Options
We provide versatile educational experiences that lead to a wide range of employment opportunities in each discipline, including K-12 teaching in health education and physical education, coaching, sports officiating, physical training,  recreational programming, and health education programming and promotion within schools and communities, to name a few. 

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits

HPE 201

Introduction to Physical Education and Health Education


PE 139

Skills, Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Football and Ultimate Frisbee


HE 201

Critical Health Issues I


PE 106

Fitness and Conditioning


PE 138

Skills, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Team Handball


HE 202

Critical Health Issues II


EDI 14

Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education


HE 255

Nutrition for the K-12 Educator


EDS 60

Literacy Development: Birth – Grade 6


HE 204

Human Sexuality and the Family


HE 205

Substance Abuse


PE 255

Motor Learning and Development


PE 257

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries


HPE 293

Technology in Physical Education and Health Education


PE 203

Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis of Movement


PED 260

Curriculum Design in Physical Education


PED 261

Secondary Methods in Physical Education


PE 299

Exercise Physiology


PED 262

Elementary Methods in PE


PED 263

Teaching the Individual with Special Needs


HED 261

Methods of Teaching Health Education


HPE 202

Responding to Emergencies


HPE 295

Measurement and Evaluation


HPE 296

Student Teaching in Physical Education


HPE 298

Student Teaching Seminar


Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 68
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27-28
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 127

Core Requirements


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