The minor in Health and Physical Education provides coursework that students may use to improve their personal health and physical fitness in conjunction with career preparation. It is designed to promote healthy lifestyle habits through the study and application of the wellness principles of nutrition, physical fitness, and stress management, as well as the acquisition of physical activity skills. (Requirements & Admissions)

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing premature disease and in promoting wellness
  • Understand and discuss the roles of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modification as effective strategies for weight control
  • Understand and discuss risk factors for obesity, health problems related to obesity, methods on assessing body composition, strategies for risk reduction and the iimpact of advertising of the obesity epidemic
  • Understand and discuss the need for the improvement and maintenance of healthy lifestyle practices and their application to career choices
  • Understand and discuss the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol in the United States, financial consequences and its impact on college campuses and the workplace
  • Understand and discuss how physical fitness assists in meeting the ordinary and the extraordinary demands of daily life effectively without being exhausted and with energy to spare for recreational activities and emergencies
  • Understand and discuss the potential impact of stress and coping techniques for health, relationships and success in college and beyond
  • Understand and discuss job opportunities in commercial fitness facilities, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, sports complexes, public health facilities and police and fire department fitness programs


Minor Coordinator: Professor Vincent Maiorino, Deputy Chair, Department of Health and Physical Education,

Required Courses: 9 Credits

PED 103 - Personal Physical Fitness and Dynamic Health (3 credits)
PED 110 - Personal and Public Health; Social Contexts, Private Choices  (3 credits)
PED 300* - Community Programs for Health, Wellness, and Physical Activity (3 credits
(*Must complete all courses required for minor prior to registering for the 300-level course).  

Activity Courses: 3 credits. These courses are 1 credit, and equivalent to two hours. Three courses = 3 credits. Students are limited to one aquatics and one defensive tactics course toward fulfilling requirements for the Minor.

PED 104 - Cardiovascular Fitness (1 credit)
PED 109 - Water Aerobics and Basic Survival Skills (1 credit)
PED 111 - Aquatics I: Beginner Swimming (1 credit)
PED 112 - Aquatics II: Intermediate Swimming (1 credit)
PED 114 - Aquatics III: Advanced Swimming (1 credit)
PED 120-129: Intercollegiate Athletics Participation (1 credit)
PED 133 - Introduction to Boxing (1 credit)
PED 143 - Karate I (1 credit)
PED 144 - Karate II (1 credit)
PED 145 - Self-Defense (1 credit)
PED 150 - Tennis I (1 credit)
PED 166 - Yoga I (1 credit)
PED 168 - Weight Training and Body Development (1 credit)
PED 177 - Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement (1 credit)

Electives: 6 credits
ANT 110/PSY 110 or SOC 110 - Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse in American Society (3 credits)
PED/PSY 180 - Stress Management (3 credits)
PED 185 - Health Issues in Uniformed Services (3 credits)
SOC 224/ANT 224/PHI 224 or PSY 224 - Death, Dying, and Society: A Life Crises Management Issue (3 credits)
SCI 112- Environmental Science: A focus on Sustainability (4 credits)

*Students who have completed all other courses in the Minor must register for PED 300 in the Spring Semester. PED 300 is only offered in the Spring Semester.*