Undergraduate Programs

Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees in physical education will be prepared for teaching careers. By also completing an education sequence, including three in-classroom teaching experiences, students may qualify for K-12 or secondary teaching certificates.

Major Requirements (BA)

Course descriptions are available at the bottom of this page.

8 semester hours (sh) of required prerequisite courses — BIOL 1250 and STAT 1490

36 sh of major courses:

  • Required core exercise and sport courses (26 sh) — EXS 1500, 1600, 2700, 3010, 3130 or 3140, 3160, 3700
  • Electives (10 sh) — any EXS course or others approved by major advisor

Major Requirements (BS)

Course descriptions available at the bottom of this page.

8 semester hours (sh) of required prerequisite courses — BIOL 1250 and STAT 1490

8 sh of recommended supporting courses — EXS 2500, 3190

41 sh of major courses:

  • Required core exercise and sport courses (34-42 sh) — EXS 1500, 1600, 2700, 2800, 3000, 3010, 3130, 3140, 3160, 3700; one from EXS 4970, EDUC 4110, EDUC 4120
  • Electives (0-7 sh) — any EXS course

Notes

  • Students pursuing teacher certification/licensure must also complete the required education sequence.

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all psychology courses. For a complete list of all North Park’s programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

An introductory course giving an overview of physical education including history and principles and a study of organization, administration, and assessment in physical education, exercise science, and sport. Includes the development of a philosophy of physical education.


Study of immediate care of the injured or ill. Based on American Red Cross standards. Certification in First Aid, CPR, and AED available.


Study of the dimensions of health and selected health topics with emphasis on how one's behavior affects health.


Introduction to designing physical education programs for regular and special populations in elementary schools. Emphasis is on application of curricular models to programming of physical education activities in order to accomplish desired outcomes. A focus on tumbling, appropriate apparatus stunts, and rhythmic activities based upon movement analysis and an exploratory approach.


Introduction to designing physical education programs for regular and special populations in the secondary schools. Emphasis is on application of curricular models to programming of physical education activities in order to accomplish desired outcomes within an established philosophical framework.


Instruction and practice for teaching basic swimming skills and American Red Cross water safety courses. Emphasis on the various educational methods and approaches applicable to swimming and water safety instruction, as well as on health and safety precautions and guidelines. American Red Cross certification as Water Safety Instructor is available.


Systematic analysis of human movement. The integrated study of applied anatomy and applied mechanics to the analysis of movement. Movement terminology as well as muscular system function in sport will be studied.


Instruction and practice for teaching basic motor skills related to individual and dual activities to regular and special populations with specific study of rules and equipment required.


Instruction and practice for teaching basic motor skills related to team sports to regular and special populations and specific study of the rules and equipment required.


Study of human physiology with emphasis on the acute and chronic effects of exercise upon the muscular and cardiorespiratory systems. Lecture and lab required. Cross-listed with BIOL 3160.


Class planning and exercise prescription based on test and appraisal results. Teaching group exercise classes and use of exercise equipment is also emphasized.


Includes structure and organization of human organ systems emphasizing skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and urogenital systems. Lab included with cadaver demonstrations. It is recommened that the student complete one year of high school laboratory science.


Introduction to applied statistical analysis. Descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics; concepts of population, sample, sampling distribution; elements of probability; parameters of discrete distributions; hypothesis testing: analysis of proportions, means, and variance; linear regression. Computer applications required. Cross-listed with MATH 1490.


Supervised observation and teaching in the elementary school. Early Childhood teacher candidates must also complete five weeks in grades 1-3 (4sh). Elementary Education teacher candidates must complete ten weeks in grades 2-4 (8 sh). K-12 majors must complete eight weeks in grades 1-8 (6sh) and eight weeks in EDUC 4120, grades 6-12 (6sh). The candidate must meet the required grade and GPA requirement, pass the state content-area test, and be fully admitted into the Teacher Education program prior to beginning student teaching.