Physical Education

Program Description

Physical Education is education through physical activities selected and carried on with full regard to values in human growth, development and behavior. The curriculum strives to prepare students for upper division coursework leading to a bachelor’s degree. Students pursuing a degree in education with a major in physical education should complete the requirements below.1


Students should have the desire to learn more about development of the human body in both a physical and spiritual context.

Program Requirements

Those completing the required coursework earn an Associate in Arts degree.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of that institution for BSC course modifications.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a four-year degree may consider elementary or secondary school teaching and coaching or management in athletic clubs and private and public recreation programs.



Shirley Wilson • Schafer Hall 319G

Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits62-63
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
Select one of the following pairs: 6
Western Civilization I
and Western Civilization II
United States to 1877
and United States Since 1877
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
HPER 208 Introduction to Physical Education 2
HPER 210 First Aid, CPR and AED 1
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
Physical Education Activity & Skills Courses  
Select six credits from the suggested physical education activity & skill courses below 6
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
ART 210 Art History I 3
HPER 207 Prevention and Care of Injuries 2
HPER 217 Personal and Community Health 3
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher, except MATH 137) 3-4
Physical Education Activity & Skills Courses  
Select eight credits from the suggested physical education activity & skill courses below 8
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Total Credits62-63
Suggested Physical Education Activity & Skills Courses
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
HPER 101Activity: Introductory Level1
HPER 110Sports Officiating2
HPER 111Sports Officiating2
HPER 202Activity: Intermediate Level1
HPER 204Dance Skills/Techniques1

Students planning a teaching career should register for Introduction to Education (EDUC 250 - 2 credits) and Pre-Professional Experience (EDUC 298 - 1 credit) during their sophomore year.