2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences (B.S.): Physical Education concentration - J

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The Physical Education concentration in the B.S. in Health Sciences is a rigorous program that provides a strong foundation in the health sciences and meets or exceeds all national standards for PE teachers. An internship and/or field placements are required. Students have the option of earning the degree without teaching endorsement, in which case they can pursue career opportunities in physical activity and recreation programs, including fitness centers and corporate wellness programs. Graduates earn a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Physical Education. Graduates who successfully complete the education curriculum for the unified arts become candidates for a license to teach physical education in grades PreK-12.

In addition to the learning outcomes for all Health Sciences majors (see below), there are two additional outcomes for students in this concentration:

  • Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to develop and deliver standards-based curriculum units and lessons for PreK-12 physical education, as well as assess and evaluate student learning, instruction and the curriculum itself.
  • Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to establish an effective learning environment that is engaging, inclusive and recognizes cultural and learning diversity.

Health Sciences Programs at NVU-Johnson

Students majoring in Health Sciences at NVU-Johnson choose one of three concentrations: Health Sciences (B.S.): Health & Exercise Science concentration - J , Health Sciences (B.S.): Physical Education concentration - J  with or without licensure, and Health Sciences (B.S.): Pre-Physical Therapy concentration - J . Students graduate with a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in one of these specialties. Graduates who successfully complete the appropriate education curriculum also become candidates for a license to teach science (grades 7-12) or physical education (grades PreK-12).

The major is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in health, fitness, physical education and the allied health fields. It trains students in the basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology; assessment of health status; the disease process; health and fitness; and cardiac and pulmonary assessment and rehabilitation. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career options as well as graduate study (which is required for students pursuing careers as physical therapists, chiropractics, physician assistants and similar fields). In addition, with the current increases in lifestyle-related disease and the growing elderly population, graduates will be poised to take advantage of new prospects in the health field.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the outcomes identified within each concentration, the B.S. in Health Sciences seeks to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate through both speaking and writing an understanding of biological, physical and social sciences related to human movement, sport exercise and contemporary health issues.
  • Identify and describe challenges to the natural homeostasis of the body and mind and how they respond to these challenges.
  • Apply knowledge related to physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors to prevent and control diseases in diverse populations.
  • Use both qualitative and quantitative methods to appraise risk factors, health status, fitness and physical skills, and then design safe and effective programs to target these factors in healthy and diseased populations.
  • Possess in-depth understanding of the scientific methods and the ability to accurately interpret and apply scientific findings related to the human body, health and disease.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical knowledge, research skills, use of technology and professionally appropriate and ethical behaviors in workplace settings.

Physical Education Concentration

Total: 90-91 credits


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .

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