Physical Education

The Department of Health, Wellness and Physical Education (HWPE) provides academic opportunities to over 2,400 students a year through a wide variety and diverse collection of course offerings in both activity and lecture based theory classes. Classes are held on both West and East Campuses.

Courses for the current semester are listed below. Course listings for other semesters are available here.

Activity Courses

Activity courses carry a half course credit and are given on a S/U basis. The maximum amount of credit that counts for the undergraduate degree is two different activity courses, but additional courses may be taken without credit toward graduation. Students may repeat activity courses.

Classes include:

  • Basketball
  • Cardio Conditioning
  • Cardio-Kickboxing
  • Fencing
  • Golf (Beginning to Advanced)
  • Physical Fitness 
  • Pilates, Mat and Ball
  • Martial Arts (Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Running
  • Stand Up Paddle Board
  • SCUBA
  • Tennis (Beginning to Advanced)
  • Triathlon
  • Weight Training
  • Yoga

Lecture Courses

Lecture based theory courses carry one course credit. Taking theory classes does not cancel a student’s ability to take two activity classes for credit towards their undergraduate degree. Theory classes are taken as general electives towards fulfillment of a students degree requirements. We offer a number of lecture courses in the disciples of health, sport studies, ethics and performance.

Classes include:

  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Exercise & Mental Health
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Hot Topics in Health
  • Theory & Practice of Coaching
  • Psychology of Sport & Performance
  • Sport Ethics
  • Sports Finance
  • Sports Leadership
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Media

Learning Objectives

The Department of Health, Wellness and Physical Education identifies the following learning objectives based on our offerings of activity and lecture courses with the goal that students will:

  • Increase their proficiency of skill through any given activity course.
  • Increase their understanding and application of life-long health and activity based programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Develop strong leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Develop a desire for continued inquiry and development in any chosen area of interest offered through our courses.