Physical Education

New enrollments into this transfer option are restricted as of Fall 2023. Please contact an academic advisor about alternative options.


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


Teaching Degree Track

Register for Introduction to Education (EDUC 250, 2 credits) and Pre-Professional Experience (EDUC 298, 1 credit) during sophomore year. These classes should be taken in the same semester from the same instructor. Adjust BSC course plan to comply with program requirements of chosen four-year transfer institution. During sophomore year, check the licensure requirements for professional educators in the state where you plan to pursue a career. Graduates planning to teach in North Dakota are prepared for initial licensure testing in conjunction with EDUC 250.


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


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

Bismarck State College has many cooperative, articulation, or transfer agreements with postsecondary institutions both inside and outside of the North Dakota University System. Some of these agreements are established to allow students to remain on campus as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In all cases, students seeking to transfer after completing a degree at BSC should consult the academic catalog of their destination college and work with their academic advisor to plan for this transition.

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.