Health and Physical Education

Chair: Christopher Hirschler, Department of Health and Physical Education 

Health Studies

The Health Studies program at Monmouth University is designed for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of health and prepare for careers in the exciting field of healthcare and health promotion. Courses engage students in analysis of current research, problem-solving, and valuable internships. The program enables students to develop the skills needed to positively impact lives through the application, evaluation, and creation of knowledge. Additionally, students develop an understanding of the link between new research in health science and the development of healthcare strategies and policies.

Graduates of the program are prepared to work with individuals, groups, and families in health organizations and services, corporate health programs, education, and at the local, state, federal, or international level. Students can further their education by pursuing graduate degrees in areas such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, health and physical education, healthcare administration, public health, and many others.

The mission of the Health Studies program is to increase students’ knowledge in a variety of health disciplines by teaching students to: analyze the causes and means of preventing disease and illness while seeking optimal health, develop the responsibilities and competencies of effective health educators, and advocate for the health of others. The mission of the Health and Physical Education program is to prepare well-rounded undergraduates for careers in health and physical education through a curriculum that combines courses in health education with a strong foundation in exercise science.

Health Studies graduates have secured employment in various health-related organizations as well as acceptance to graduate schools in numerous health science disciplines. Health Studies students are prepared for graduate programs including: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Pubic Health. All students are encouraged to apply to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification exam at the conclusion of their undergraduate curriculum.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies Web site provides additional information regarding employment settings.

Student Health Honor Society: Epsilon Gamma Chapter – Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honor Society

Physical Education

Note: A maximum of four credits of physical education course work will be applied toward degree requirements for non-health physical education majors. Health/Physical Education and Health/Physical Education with an Endorsement in Education majors complete six (6) credits of physical education course work.

Sasha N. Canan, Assistant Professor. BA, West Virginia University; MEd, Widener University; ABD, University of Arkansas.
scanan@monmouth.edu

Staci Drewson, Assistant Professor. BA, Gonzaga; University; MS, PhD, Springfield College. Interests include teaching through physical activities, sport and end exercise psychology.
srandrew@monmouth.edu

Kiameesha Evans, Specialist Professor. BA, Johns Hopkins University; MA, University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ. Her research interests include health disparities, community-based research, coalition building/community development, and use of social media and emerging technologies to advance health education. She has held the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential since 1998 and obtained the Master CHES credential in 2011.
kevans@monmouth.edu

Christopher A Hirschler, Associate Professor and Chair. BS, Excelsior College; MA, State University of New York; PhD, Cleveland State University. Specialty area interests include health studies topics, vegan beliefs, and environmental issues.
chirschl@monmouth.edu

Andrea Hope, Associate Professor. BS, Montclair State University; MS, The American University; EdD, CHES, Teachers College, Columbia University. Specialty areas and interests include physical activity and nutrition, childhood obesity prevention, development of worksite health promotion programming, and women’s health.
ahope@monmouth.edu

Maria Hrycenko, Lecturer. BS, Rutgers University; DC, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Specialty area interests include health policy, alternative health, and ergonomics.
mhrycenk@monmouth.edu

James F Konopack, Associate Professor.
Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies. BA, Cornell University; ME, Boston University; PhD, University of Illinois, Health Studies. Specialty interest areas include physical activity, aging, and health promotion.
jkonopac@monmouth.edu

Jeremy Lackman, Assistant Professor. BS, University of Central Missouri; MS, Brooklyn College; (CUNY); PhD, University of Georgia.
jlackman@monmouth.edu

Marilynn McNeil, Associate Professor.
Vice President and Director of Athletics. BPE, the University of Calgary; MA, McGill University;EdD, Washington State University Dr. McNeil is active on the national level of intercollegiate athletics. She is a former member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Women's Athletics and the Management Council and also served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). In 2001, Dr. McNeil was honored as the NACWAA Division I Administrator of the Year.
mmcneil@monmouth.edu

Jaime Myers, Assistant Professor. BA, MPH, Emory University;PhD, University of South Florida. Dr. Myers specializes in psychosocial determinants of health using a public health perspective. Broadly interested in sexual health, women's health, applied statistics, and maternal and child health, her doctoral work focused on determinants of and reasons for disclosure among individuals with genital herpes. In her current research, she continues to investigate the process of sexually transmitted infection disclosure.
jmyers@monmouth.edu

Marta D. Neumann, Lecturer. BA, MA, PhD, Academy of Physical Education, Wrolcaw, Poland. Specialty areas and interests include exercise physiology, physical education, physical fitness, and yoga.
mneumann@monmouth.edu

Julie Schaaff, Lecturer. BA, Bucknell University; MA, University of Delaware. Specialty areas include biomechanics, mind-body fitness, and health studies.
jschaaff@monmouth.edu

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HE-100   Technology and Health InformaticsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): TL

Designed to provide an introduction to the computer technology used in health care and its impact on decision-making. Includes an overview of the basic computer skills required to process electronic information, the nature and types of health information available on the World Wide Web, the development of search skills associated with finding information, linking electronic information to health decision-making processes, ethical and social issues involving the use of technology, and identifying major issues in computer and Internet security. Also listed as NU-100.

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HE-101   Strategies for Healthy LivingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Factors influencing personal health; function of body cells and systems; lifestyle choices such as nutrition, exercise, alcohol, drug and tobacco use, sexuality, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases; the U.S. health care system and those of other countries.

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HE-150   Medical TerminologyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE, NU.EL

Introduction of medical terminology to those students who have an interest in a wide variety of health care services. Presents a study of basic medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations, and has a special emphasis on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation for each body system. A programmed learning, word building system will be used to learn word parts that are used to construct and analyze new terms. The accurate use and understanding of medical terminology used in communications between health care professionals, clients, and other providers of care will be enhanced by taking this course.

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HE-198   Special Topics in Health StudiesCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in health studies to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or a seminar basis.

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HE-199   Independent Study in Health StudiesCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

Guided research and in-depth study of an area of health studies of particular interest to the student.

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HE-200   Becoming a Home Health AideCredits: 4   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

Through classroom lecture, discussions, reading and laboratory practice the student will learn the 76-hour training program designed to meet the NJ requirements for the Certified Homemaker/Home Health Aide (HHA). After completion of this course the student will have the opportunity to sit for the state examination and become certified as a HHA. Once certified, the student will be able to gain employment as a certified HHA in numerous agencies and institutions in NJ.

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HE-212   Lifespan Development and HealthCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL, RD

Health from conception through senescence using a developmental approach. Examines the factors that influence health at each stage of life, including the effect of environmental, biological, and genetic influences and common deviations from health. Using this approach, the student will investigate the effect of political and economic policies, education, epidemiology, health promotion, and illness prevention programs.

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HE-225   Mind-Body ConnectionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

Focuses on the psychology of wellness and illness and the healing connections between the mind and body across diverse cultures. How stress is interpreted and expressed in different cultures will be explored. The healing practices and rituals of different faiths and cultural traditions will be explored.

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HE-235   Human AgingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): EX3, HE.EL, HEPE

Designed to provide an understanding of the major health problems, health promotion, and wellness concepts that affect older people. Offers an introduction to the physical and functional changes associated with human aging. Common illnesses that are often identified in older people will be discussed. In addition, factors will be presented that are believed to cause or influence the aging process, changes in physical function and quality of life.

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HE-260   Substance Use and AbuseCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

Physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of addictive substances; legal and ethical concerns; alternative methods of dealing with stress in young adulthood; socially responsible behavior.

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HE-290   Health Research MethodsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Introduces students to the basic concepts in health sciences research. Students will gain an understanding of the rationale for conducting research, study designs, qualitative and quantitative inquiry, principles of instrumentation and measurement, data management and interpretation, and research proposal writing and presentation techniques. Students should be able to apply these concepts to evaluate research done by others.

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HE-320   Principles of Health EducationCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HE-101 and HE-290 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HEPE, RD

Examination of the principles and practices of health education for adults in the community, including program development and implementation, educational strategies, behavioral objectives, learner characteristics, and institutional assessment. Essential factors for teaching, learning, and motivating clients to make behavioral changes to promote health.

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HE-324   Human SexualityCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): GS, HE.EL

Designed to provide the student with a factual background as well as an in-depth understanding of his or her own and others' sexuality and how it affects health. Focuses on developing an understanding of the essential components of human sexuality and its interrelationship with human development. Social, cultural, and developmental determinants will be examined for their influence upon human sexuality. Examines the relationship between human sexuality and professional nursing practice. Content will include: the use of a sexual history in the nursing assessment; sexually transmitted disease; effects of pregnancy and aging on sexuality; effects of medical, surgical, and chronic health problems on an individual's sexual functioning; and identity. The role of the nurse as an educator/counselor is discussed. Also listed as NU-324.

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HE-330   Women's HealthCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): BI.EL, CD, GS, HE.EL, HEPE

Health care needs/concerns of women from diverse cultures will be examined. The focus will be on African, Asian, Caribbean, and Latina perspectives of health beliefs, health practices, physical and psychological threats, ethical issues. Body image, sexuality, marriage customs, reproduction, childbirth, parenting, lifestyle choices, menopause, and aging will be examined within the context of culture and contrasted to those of Western women. Also listed as NU-330.

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HE-340   Environmental Health IssuesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GU, HE.EL, HEPE, SUS

A comprehensive study of current environmental, occupational health issues and associated health risks. Focus on the practical applications of assessing environmental, quality and occupational safety. Major topics include: population growth, water quality, use of pesticides, air pollution, food quality, and occupational health. Legal and regulatory issues also considered.

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HE-350   EpidemiologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HE-290 passed with a grade of "C-" or higher and MA-151; or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

A study of the basic principles and methods of epidemiology. These include types of epidemiologic studies, choices in study design, measures of disease frequency and association, sources of bias, screening, and applications to public health. The course covers conceptual and practical issues in epidemiologic research and the interpretation of epidemiologic data.

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HE-360   Transcultural HealthCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GU, HE.EL, HEPE

Focuses on African, Asian, Caribbean, South- and Latin-American, Middle-East, and Indian beliefs, values, and health practices; physical and psychological threats to health; and ethical issues. Differences of cultural beliefs related to health, illness, and the impact on the delivery of healthcare will be examined. Also listed as NU-360.

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HE-365   Wisdom, Wellness and AgingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): CD, HE.EL, HEPE

Provides an understanding of the cross-cultural variations in the status of aging and health in older adults. Examples of various cultures include examining older adults from non-English speaking countries, such as North Korea, South Korea, Iran, Mexico, China, and Brazil. Examines factors that affect the economic, social, and health care decisions made by the older adults from these diverse populations as well as other nations. Topics to be covered include examinations of health implications on aging populations in non-English speaking countries. Compare countries, such as Japan, India, and Nigeria, to explore how their specific culture influences caregiving, social support networks, and community. Specific cultural views of love, intimacy, and sexuality in older adults will be examined. Also listed as NU-365.

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HE-370   Alternative/Complementary Health TherapiesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GU, HE.EL, HEPE

Cultural origins of Complementary Alternative Medical (CAM) therapies will be discussed. Perspectives of health and healing through co-mingling Eastern Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) therapies and Western biomedical practices into an integrative strategy will be examined. Appropriate therapies for health promotion and specific illness contexts, potential risks/benefits, ethical issues addressing treatment choices and global entities that employ CAM therapies will be discussed. There will be an emphasis on choosing CAM therapies that are supported by research as safe and effective. Knowledge of reliable sources of information on the Internet will improve decision making regarding therapies. Also listed as NU-370.

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HE-375   Health in Developing Countries: A Cross-Cultural PerspectiveCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GU, HE.EL, HEPE, SUS

Designed to introduce students to the concept of health as a cross-cultural issue. Students will examine their own health beliefs and practices and expand their understanding of health and health issues of the developing world. Contemporary health issues will be analyzed. Health care delivery systems in selected countries in Asia and Africa will be examined and compared to the American health care system. Students are expected to problem solve and postulate solutions to contemporary and emerging health issues. Also listed as NU-375.

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HE-376   Guatemala Public HealthCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor is required.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): CD, HE.EL, HEPE

Guatemala Public Health will introduce students to the concepts and practice of public health in a developing country. Students will expand their understanding of health issues that exist in Guatemala and they will deliver a health education lesson to "Las Amigas", Guatemalans who are being trained to be community health care workers. The group will also work on a construction project during the work week. Students and faculty will fly to Guatemala City and travel to Chichicastenango and Antigua and several surrounding towns. This is a hybrid course that involves asynchronous on-line work.

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HE-380   Nutrition and HealthCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

An introduction to the physiology of nutrition, basic concepts of normal nutrition and nutrition in chronic disease (such as diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease and obesity) will be explored. A study of the basic nutrients and the gastrointestinal system in its role of digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Food needs of an individual throughout life (birth to old age) will be considered along with necessary dietary modifications caused by decreased activity. Food fads and fallacies will be discussed, as will factors to consider in choosing a healthy diet. Current concerns, such as how safe are the additives in our foods; the role of sugar, salt, and highly processed foods; and alternative therapies, such as herbal remedies and phytochemicals and their potential roles in modern nutrition will be studied. Weight management will be addressed as it relates to medical-nutrition therapy. Also listed as NU-380.

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HE-389   Internship in Health and Physical EducationCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisites: Junior standing (and others by permission of a faculty advisor), placement opportunity and approval by the Health and Physical Education Department.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX1

Supervised, pre-professional field experience in health and physical education. The student will secure an internship site related to his/her interests and career goals. Potential internship sites include health and fitness clubs, community wellness agencies, coaching opportunities, hospitals, corporations, and private services. The student will work fifty hours per credit per term at his/her internship site. Students are required to obtain a faculty sponsor, develop learning objectives at the start of their internship, keep a journal of their internship activities throughout their placement, and write a final paper reflecting upon their internship experience. Also listed as PE-389. This is a pass/fail course. Limited to Health majors.

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HE-398   Special Topics in Health Education (300 Level)Credits: 1-3   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in health education to be announced prior to registration.

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HE-399   Independent Study in HealthCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

Guided research and in-depth study of an area of health of particular interest to the student.

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HE-430   Health AdvocacyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HE-101, HE-290 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

Focus is on personal and peer health advocacy. Being healthy involves making decisions that are right for each individual and being part of a community that promotes healthy behaviors. Advocating for individual health requires that the student has the confidence, basic understanding of advocacy, resources, and skills to make proper health decisions. Foster student health advocacy as skills are taught while students grapple with personal and social questions that affect their overall health and the health of others. Put student-health promotion into the hands of the students. They will be required to create a health initiative. These initiatives will foster a healthier Monmouth University community.

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HE-435   Community HealthCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HE-101, HE-290, EN-101, EN-102 and Junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Healthcare of groups and communities; this includes community and public health theories, epidemiology, health promotion, illness prevention, research, ethics, vulnerable populations, and common deviations from health.

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HE-440   Health PolicyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HE-101, HE-290, EN-101, EN-102, and Junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Delves into the core elements that define health policy. Describes factors, such as the healthcare delivery systems (public/non-profits vs. private/for profits), access to care, healthcare financing, quality-of-care issues, and social issues, such as gender and culture, and their impact on health and healthcare. The dynamics of the policy-making process at different levels (federal, state and local) will be explored, along with policy analysis and how policy influences healthcare decisions. The complexities and challenges of healthcare reform will be identified.

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HE-476   Interpersonal ViolenceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

Examines the various types and patterns of violence related to cultural values, beliefs, biases, and societal issues, as well as the historical perspectives of violence. Course content includes: family, community, youth, and workplace violence; child, domestic, elder, and sexual abuse. Theories concerning gender violence, gangs, bias and hate crimes, and terrorism are challenged. Public health and health care issues related to violence, and primary, secondary, and tertiary-level interventions for victims and offenders of violence are discussed. Individual responsibilities associated with identification and reporting violence are identified. Health care measures to identify and prevent violence are analyzed. Methods of treatment for victims and perpetrators of violence are evaluated.

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HE-485   Professional Seminar in HealthCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HE-101, HE-290, and Junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX5

Provides students with the experiential education requirement for the BS in Health Studies. Students will have a placement in a health setting where they will have the opportunity to work with a health professional and to apply what they have learned in class to the experiential setting. Weekly seminars will be designed to allow the students to share their experiences with their peers.

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HE-489   Internship in Health and Physical EducationCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisites: Junior standing (and others by permission of a faculty advisor), placement opportunity and approval by the Health and Physical Education Department.

Course Type(s): EX1

Supervised, pre-professional field experience in health and physical education. The student will secure an internship site related to his/her interests and career goals. Potential internship sites include health and fitness clubs, community wellness agencies, coaching opportunities, hospitals, corporations, and private services. The student will work fifty hours per credit per term at his/her internship site. Students are required to obtain a faculty sponsor, develop learning objectives at the start of their internship, keep a journal of their internship activities throughout their placement, and write a final paper reflecting upon their internship experience. This is a pass/fail course. Limited to Health majors.

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HE-498   Special Topics in HealthCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in health education to be announced prior to registration.

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HE-499   Independent Study in Health StudiesCredits: 1-3   

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

Guided research and in-depth study of an area of health studies of particular interest to the student.

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PE-110   SwimmingCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides a comprehensive foundation for recreational swimming. Students will learn and practice skills associated with proper stroke development, water safety, and improved general fitness. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-112   Lifeguard Certification/Water SafetyCredits: 2   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides the skills and knowledge necessary to become an American Red Cross Lifeguard. Certification will be given to all students who meet the Red Cross Standards for Life Saving, Standard First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-114   Advanced SwimmingCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Develop and practice advanced stroke technique and create swimming workouts. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-116   BadmintonCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Learn basic skills, history, rules and strategy for a single and double game in badminton. Dual Skills Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-117   Ballroom Dance ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides a comprehensive foundation for both men and women to successfully perform on any social dance floor. Students will learn the introductory steps to Foxtrot, English, the Viennese Waltz, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, and the Charleston. A minimum of 5 step patterns per dance will be introduced. Students will practice dance etiquette and social skills, leading to increased confidence for social dancing and improved fitness. In addition, "partner" dance positions and keeping music tempos will be addressed. Dual Skills Class. This is a pass/fail course. Also listed as DA-117.

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PE-118   Ballroom Dance IICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides a comprehensive foundation for both men and women to successfully perform on any social dance floor. Students will learn introductory steps of the Hustle, Salsa, and Tango. Intermediate/advanced skills of the Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, and East Coast Swing will be taught. A minimum of eight step patterns per dance will be introduced. Students will practice dance etiquette and social skills, leading to increased confidence for social dancing and improved fitness. In addition, "partner" dance positions and keeping music tempos will be addressed. Dual Skills class. This is pass/fail course. Also listed as DA-118.

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PE-119   Golf ICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Introduces the basic golf fundamentals, such as basic swings, equipment, rules, terms of the game, drills, etiquette, and playing the course. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-120   Golf IICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Practicing more advanced skills in golf and playing the course. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-125   TennisCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will learn the basic skills, history, rules and strategy for a singles and doubles game in tennis. The main emphasis will be placed on skill acquisition with focus on specific movements and techniques important to game play. The analysis of skills, rules, safety consideration and strategy of play will be covered. Dual Skills class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-126   Tennis IICredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Practicing more advanced skills and learning technique and tactics in singles and doubles games in tennis. Dual Skills Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-127   VolleyballCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will learn the basic skills, history, rules and strategy for playing the team sport of volleyball. The main emphasis will be placed on skill acquisition with focus on specific movements and techniques important to game play. The analysis of skills, rules, safety consideration and strategy of play will be covered. Team Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-128   YogaCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will learn and practice basic styles of Hatha Yoga. A combination of asanas (physical postures), breathing techniques and relaxation/meditation methods will help students improve fitness levels, reduce stress and enhance mind-body awareness. Emphasis will be placed on proper body alignment and exercise safety. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-130   BasketballCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will learn the basic skills, history, rules and strategy for playing the team sport of basketball. The main emphasis will be placed on skill acquisition with focus on specific movements and techniques important to game play. The analysis of skills, rules, safety consideration and strategy of play will be covered. Team Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-131   SoccerCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students are provided with learning experiences that will serve as a basic foundation for teaching the team sport of soccer. The main emphasis will be placed on skill acquisition with focus on specific movements and techniques important to game play. The analysis of skills, rules, safety consideration and strategy of play will be covered. Team Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-132   SoftballCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will learn the basic skills, history, rules and strategy for playing the team sport of softball. The main emphasis will be placed on skill acquisition with focus on specific movements and techniques important to game play. The analysis of skills, rules, safety consideration and strategy of play will be covered. Team Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-142   PilatesCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will apply the principles of Pilates exercises to improve the strength, flexibility and endurance of the core muscles. Consistent Pilates exercise practice will help to improve posture, balance, and coordination; relieve pain and tension; and enhance athletic performance. Students will learn and practice the proper form and technique for a variety of Pilates exercises. Emphasis will be placed on proper body alignment, mind-body awareness and exercise safety. Individual class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-143   Endurance RunningCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Working together to develop and achieve individual endurance running goals while cultivating a life-long love of running in a low-stress, social atmosphere. Pre-and post-run discussions focus on select topics about the history, science, and culture of running. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-144   T'ai ChiCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will improve health, mental focus and overall well-being through the practice of QiGong and T'ai Chi. Often called "meditation in motion," this ancient Chinese form of exercise blends graceful flowing movements with breathing and relaxation techniques. Students will learn proper form and technique for a variety of movements, eventually combining them into a simplified adaptation of the Yang Short form of T'ai Chi. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of T'ai Chi and QiGong to reduce stress and anxiety. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-156   AerobicsCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Learn and practice low- and high-impact aerobic activities. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-161   Self DefenseCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Designed to give the student an opportunity to experience physical activity through martial arts training at an introductory level. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-163   Weight TrainingCredits: 1   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Students will develop and practice an individualized, weight-training program using free weights and resistance machines. Proper training techniques, exercise safety and improvement of health and fitness will be emphasized. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-168   Stress Reduce RelaxCredits: 1   

Course Type(s): None

Learn and practice breathing, progressive relaxation, visualization, autogenic training, and other relaxation techniques to reduce your stress. Individual Class. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-198   Special Topics in Physical EducationCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: As announced in the course schedule.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject in physical education to be announced prior to registration.

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PE-199   Independent Study in Physical EducationCredits: 1   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair required.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Focus on an area in Physical Education under the direction of a Physical Education faculty member.

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PE-201   Safety and First AidCredits: 2   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

Safety problems that affect the individual, the community, and the nation; a standard course in first aid, including adult CPR and Red Cross Certification for those who qualify. The lab fee covers materials and cost of certifications.

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PE-215   Fitness Concepts and MeasurementsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

A comprehensive study of wellness and fitness and will include scientific principles and practical applications of exercise to promote a healthy lifestyle. The health- related fitness components, heart health, stress management, nutrition, weight management, and cancer prevention will be examined. Particular emphasis will be placed on the analysis of personal fitness and wellness status, and will lead to the creation and implementation of a behavior change program. Delivered in a lecture/practical performance format.

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PE-310   Sport and Exercise PsychologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PY-103.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

Explores the psychological determinants and consequences of physical activity, with an emphasis on psychological factors relevant to enhancing sport performance. Students will also analyze key theories in exercise psychology in order to understand exercise's influence on psychological health outcomes.

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PE-320   Exercise PhysiologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: MA-105 or higher, BY-111 or BY-211 and BY-112 or BY-212.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

A scientific foundation for understanding the physiological response and adaptation to exercise training. A comprehensive study of basic theories and practical applications of exercise physiology principles to physical education and sports performance. Focus on metabolic, cardiovascular-respiratory, neuromuscular-skeletal and endocrine systems as they relate to acute and chronic responses to exercise. Environmental concerns, cardiovascular disease risk factors and the immune response to exercise.

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PE-330   Biomechanics and KinesiologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: MA-105 or higher, BY-111 or BY-211 and BY-112 or BY-212.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

Introduction to the major principles of biomechanics, providing students with foundational knowledge that allows for the systematic analysis of human movement. Emphasis is placed on analyzing key forces and movement in the context of sport and exercise.

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PE-340   Motor Development and LearningCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: BY-111, BY-112, and MA-105 or higher.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HE.EL

Introduces students to the fundamental concepts of motor learning and development changes in human movement that occur over the lifespan. Basic research findings and applications of general human growth principles are discussed in relation to the development and acquisition of motor skills. Emphasis will also be placed on theoretical foundations for understanding motor learning principles that can be applied to the teaching and learning of physical activities.

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PE-351   Prevention and Care of Athletic InjuriesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HE.EL, HEPE

Basic information and skills for the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

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PE-360   Coaching CoursesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Theory and practice of teaching/coaching selected sports: basketball, soccer, track and field, baseball, softball, field hockey, and ice hockey.

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PE-389   Internship in Health and Physical EducationCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisites: Junior standing (and others by permission of a faculty advisor), placement opportunity and approval by the Health and Physical Education Department.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): EX1

Supervised, pre-professional field experience in health and physical education. The student will secure an internship site related to his/her interests and career goals. Potential internship sites include health and fitness clubs, community wellness agencies, coaching opportunities, hospitals, corporations, and private services. The student will work 50 hours per credit per term at his/her internship site. Students are required to obtain a faculty sponsor, develop learning objectives at the start of their internship, keep a journal of their internship activities throughout their placement, and write a final paper reflecting upon their internship experience. Also listed as HE-389. Limited to Physical Education majors only. Satisfies the Experiential Education General Education requirement. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-398   Special Topics in Physical EducationCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

An intensive study of a particular subject or problem in physical education to be announced prior to registration.

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PE-410   Exercise Testing and PrescriptionCredits: 4   

Prerequisites: HE-101, PE-320 and PE-330.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HEPE

Provides the foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for assessing the health and physical fitness profile and developing effective exercise programs for healthy individuals and those with controlled chronic diseases.

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PE-489   Internship in Health and Physical EducationCredits: 1-3   

Prerequisites: Junior standing (and others by permission of a faculty advisor), placement opportunity and approval by the Health and Physical Education Department.

Course Type(s): EX1

Supervised, pre-professional field experience in health and physical education. The student will secure an internship site related to his/her interests and career goals. Potential internship sites include health and fitness clubs, community wellness agencies, coaching opportunities, hospitals, corporations, and private services. The student will work 50 hours per credit per term at his/her internship site. Students are required to obtain a faculty sponsor, develop learning objectives at the start of their internship, keep a journal of their internship activities throughout their placement, and write a final paper reflecting upon their internship experience. Limited to Physical Education majors only. Satisfies the Experiential Education General Education requirement. This is a pass/fail course.

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PE-499   Independent Study in Physical EducationCredits: 1-3   

Course Type(s): None

Reading and research on a selected topic under the direction of a Physical Education faculty member.