X's and O's Chalkboard StrategyHealth and Physical Education Transfer Degree Program

This program includes academic courses for students wanting to pursue a degree from a four-year institution in health, physical education, coaching and other related fields. A student’s class choices should be planned with the requirements of the transfer institution in mind.  See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements.

Most students who decide to major in Health and Physical Education at a four-year institution will plan a course of study that will lead to an Associate in Arts Degree.

Recommended Courses

Course Code Course Title Credit Hrs.
BIOL-203 Anatomy and Physiology 5
HPER-165 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
PSYC-101 General Psychology 3
PSYC-102 Developmental Psychology 3
HPER-101 First Aid 2
HPER-115 Instruction and Analysis of Individual and Dual Sports 3
HPER-130 Instruction and Analysis of Team Sports 3
HPER-103 Introduction to HPER 3
FACS-210 Nutrition 3
HPER-111 Lifetime Fitness Concepts 2
HPER-102 Personal Hygiene and Community Health 3


To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours, which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee, must total at least 64 credit hours.

Description of Courses

AGRI-121.  Rodeo Techniques.  1 Hour.  This course includes the history, agricultural importance and competitive sport aspects of rodeo.  

HPER-101.  First Aid.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to acquaint the student with procedures necessary when assisting victims of accidents or sudden illness needing emergency treatment.  Meets the requirements for American Red Cross certificates:  Standard First Aid and CPR.

HPER-102.  Personal Hygiene and Community Health.  3 Hours.  This course discusses the physical
and mental aspects of healthy living and the application of the principles of health to the individual, school and community.  Helps students view health as a quality of life and explores a variety of health alternatives.

HPER-103.  Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Recreation.  3 Hours.  This course is designed to provide prospective health and physical educators with an insight into health, physical education and sports so they may obtain a basic understanding of the profession.  It discusses philosophy, history, concepts and the significance to total education.

HPER-105.  Rules and Officiating of Sports.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to provide information to students in the areas of contest rules and official's responsibilities in the following five major sports: basketball, football, baseball, softball and volleyball.  Each sport will represent a unit in which the students will display an understanding and appreciation of general rules and official responsibilities by performing well on quizzes/tests, daily assignments and presentations.

HPER-106.  Weight Training and Body Conditioning.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce and develop strength and endurance through various methods of weight training and conditioning techniques.  Different principles of total fitness development will be discussed.  

HPER-111.  Lifetime Fitness Concepts.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to inform and motivate students to learn techniques which will improve fitness, promote personal wellness and develop a positive lifestyle behavior.  Health related components of physical fitness will be presented through lectures, demonstrations and personal assessment.  Students will be expected to apply these concepts through implementation of their own personal exercise and weight control programs.

HPER-112.  Physical Fitness.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce and develop fitness and conditioning through various methods of cardiorespiratory and muscular training techniques.  Different principles of total fitness development will be discussed.  

HPER-113. Physical Fitness II. 2 Hours. This course is designed to introduce and develop fitness and conditioning through various methods of cardiorespiratory and muscular training techniques.  Different principles of total fitness development will be discussed.  

HPER-114. Weight Training and Body Conditioning II. 2 Hours. This course is designed to introduce and develop strength and endurance through various methods of weight training and conditioning techniques.  Different principles of total fitness development will be discussed.  

HPER-115.  Instruction and Analysis of Individual and Dual Sports.  3 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce history, theories, safety precautions, teaching progressions and skill development so the student can understand and acquire competency in individual and dual sports.  Sports activities to be selected from the following:  badminton, table tennis, golf, racquetball, tennis and fitness activities.

HPER-130.  Instruction and Analysis of Team Sports.  3 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce history, theories, safety precautions, teaching progressions and skill development so the student can understand the acquisition of competencies in team sports.  Sport activities to be selected from the following: basketball, field hockey, flag football, soccer, softball, team handball and volleyball.

HPER-140.  Individual Activity.  1 Hour.  This is a service course designed to meet the interests of students who desire to participate and develop skills in individual lifetime sports and activities:  archery, bowling, fly casting, fly tying, golf, knitting, tennis, pocket billiards, swimming, dance, tumbling, walking, weight training, jogging. Specific courses emphasizing only one sport or activity will be offered each semester.

HPER-150.  Team Activity.  1 Hour.  These are service courses designed to meet the interests of students who desire to participate and develop skills in team sports and activities:  baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball.  Specific courses emphasizing only one sport or activity will be offered each semester.

HPER-172.  Wellness.  1 Hour.  This course is designed to acquaint the student with the various aspects of a healthy lifestyle, to understand behavior modification techniques and incorporate them into healthy lifestyle options.  It discusses diet, stress and fitness principles necessary for healthy living.

HPER-190. Introduction to Weight Training. 3 Hours. This is a "Teach the Teacher" course in beginning weight training. The emphasis is on teaching the what, why, and how of weight training and program development for beginners.

HPER-201.  Recreational Activities.  3 Hours.  This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic rules and fundamentals of several recreational activities.  The course will include a brief consideration of a wide variety of lifetime activities including billiards, bowling, swimming and table tennis.

HPER-203.  Theory and Techniques of Football.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals, techniques, various teaching and coaching theories and skill progressions involved in football.  Individual and offensive and defensive team strategies will be discussed through lectures, demonstrations, videos and reports.

HPER-204.  Theory and Techniques of Basketball. 2 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals, techniques, various teaching/coaching theories and skill progressions involved in basketball.  Individual and team offensive and defensive strategies will be discussed through lectures, demonstrations, videos and reports.

HPER-205.  Theory and Techniques of Baseball.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals, techniques and various teaching and coaching theories involved in baseball.  Strategies for success at every level will be discussed through lectures, demonstrations, videos and practical applications of the techniques.

HPER-206.  Theory and Techniques of Track and Field.   2 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals, techniques, various teaching/coaching theories and skill progressions involved in the various events of track and field.  Individual training strategies will be discussed through lectures, demonstrations, videos and reports.

HPER-211.  Theory and Techniques of Softball.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals, techniques, various teaching/ coaching theories and skill progressions involved in softball.  Individual and team offensive and defensive strategies will be discussed through lectures, demonstrations, videos, practical application and reports.

HPER-212. Adventure Hiking. 3 Hours. This physically strenuous course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the fundamental knowledge needed to enjoy hiking and backpacking with fun and safety. Students will experience a lifelong activity that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. Topics will include safety, first aid, ecology, clothing, food, walking technique, navigation, fitness training.

Varsity Athletics

AGRI-123.  Applied Rodeo.  1 Hour.  This is a comprehensive course in implementing the regulations, methods and techniques used in rodeo as a team sport.    Prerequisite:  Basic understanding of the skills involved.

HPER-112.  Physical Fitness - Cheerleading. 2 Hours.  This course is designed to develop fundamental skills in the various techniques associated with cheerleading which includes stunts and tumbling.  Members of the team are selected annually.  Their responsibilities include regular practice, various competitions and performances at most intercollegiate athletic football and basketball games.

HPER-112.  Physical Fitness - Dance.  2 Hours.  This course is designed to develop specialized skills in a minimum of five different styles of dance including pom, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and modern.  Members of the team are selected annually.  Their responsibilities include regular practice, various competitions as budgets allow and performances at most home intercollegiate athletic football and basketball games.

HPER-119.  Football.  1 Hour. This course is designed to develop fundamental skills using selected drills and participation. Fall semester only.  Prerequisite:  Approval by the Head Football Coach.

HPER-120.  Basketball.  1 Hour.  This is a service course designed to meet the interests of students who desire to participate and develop skills in the team sport of basketball.  Prerequisite:  Instructor approval.

HPER-121.  Golf.  1 Hour.  This course is designed to help a student develop skills unique to golf.  Opportunities will be presented to enable a student to build skills and develop techniques which are specific to the game through drills, teaching progressions and activities.  

HPER-123.  Track.  1 Hour.  This course is designed to develop fundamental skills using selected drills and participation.  Spring semester only.  Prerequisite:  Instructor approval.

HPER-124.  Baseball.  1 Hour.  This course is designed to help a student develop skills unique to baseball.  Opportunities will be presented to enable a student to build skills and develop techniques which are specific to the game through drills, teaching progressions and activities.  

HPER-125.  Volleyball.  1 Hour.  This course is designed to help a student develop fundamental kills unique to power volleyball. Opportunities will be presented that enable a student to play and have fun while building skills and developing techniques which are specific to the game through drills, teaching progressions and activities.  

HPER-127.  Softball.  1 Hour.  This course is designed to develop fundamental skills using selected drills and participation.  Spring and Fall semesters only.  May

HPER-131. Basketball II. 1 Hour. This is a service course designed to meet the interests of students who desire to participate and develop skills in the team sport of basketball.  Prerequisite:  Instructor approval.

HPER-132. Golf II. 1 Hour. This course is designed to help a student develop skills unique to golf.  Opportunities will be presented to enable a student to build skills and develop techniques which are specific to the game through drills, teaching progressions and activities.  

HPER-133. Baseball II. 1 Hour. This course is designed to help a student develop skills unique to baseball.  Opportunities will be presented to enable a student to build skills and develop techniques which are specific to the game through drills, teaching progressions and activities.  

HPER-134. Track II. 1 Hour. This course is designed to develop fundamental skills using selected drills and participation.  Spring semester only.  

HPER-136. Softball II. 1 Hour. This course is designed to develop fundamental skills using selected drills and participation.  Spring and Fall semesters only.  

HPER-150.  Team Activity: Soccer.  1 Hour.  This is a service course designed to meet the interests of students who desire to participate and develop skills in the team sport of soccer.