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Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Undergraduate Curricular Requirements

Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Academic Minor Requirements

Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Graduate Degree Programs

Kathy Browder, Dept. Chair (101 Phys. Ed. Bldg. 83844-2401; phone 208/885-7921). Faculty: Kathy D. Browder (Graduate Program Coordinator), Damon D. Burton, D. Clark Dickin, Dennis G. Dolny (Exercise Science & Health Coordinator), Mary Heller, Gregory J. Halloran (Dance Coordinator), Kevin Johnston, Grace Goc Karp (Physical Education Coordinator), Michael L. Kinziger (Recreation Coordinator), Elizabeth E. Miller (Basic Instruction Program Coordinator), Alan M. Nasypany (Athletic Training Program Director), David R. Paul, Philip W. Scruggs, Jeffrey G. Seegmiller, Sharon K. Stoll.

The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is one of four departments in the College of Education. The department participates in the Ph.D. in education, with tracks in sport pedagogy & character education and exercise science, and in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Neuroscience; the department offers master's degrees in recreation and participates in the M.S. in Neuroscience and the M.S. in Bioregional Planning; the department also offers baccalaureate degrees in athletic training, dance, exercise science and health, physical education, and recreation; several minors and options; and basic instruction in numerous recreational fitness, dance, aquatic, and sport activity areas.

The activity portion of the program is supported by outstanding facilities, which include three gymnasia, two dance studios, two pools, eight indoor tennis courts, nine racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor tracks, weight rooms, climbing wall and rope course, and expansive field and play areas. In addition, activity classes are taught in the Student Recreation Center.

The baccalaureate degree in athletic training program will assist the student in preparing to work in a multi-faceted medical environment that provides care to the physically active individual. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary in the prevention, acute care, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses to the physically active individual, and will also acquire an understanding of athletic training administration and professional development.

The baccalaureate degree in dance is designed to create a positive, student-focused learning environment that promotes the intellectual, social, emotional, cultural, and moral development of students to prepare for careers in dance and/or other related fields on a competitive and professional level. The Festival Dance and Performing Arts Association maintains a residency program with the department.

The baccalaureate degree in exercise science and health provides graduates with knowledge of strategies, leadership skills, and the technical abilities to plan, implement, and evaluate health and exercise programs.

The baccalaureate degree in physical education leads to K-12 teaching certification and provides a foundation for athletic coaching. The degree is designed to prepare teachers to inspire students in 1-12 schools to lead healthy, active lifestyles through a structured and engaging program of physical education.

The baccalaureate degree in recreation provides the student with an understanding of leisure and recreation and its role in society as a necessary factor for an individual to obtain a quality, healthy life and to function in our society. Further, the degree prepares a broadly educated professional to assist and lead individuals, organizations and communities in the supervision and facilitation of recreation programs and resource management. Students graduating from this program are immediately eligible to sit for the national-level examination to become a Certified Leisure Professional.

Academic and teaching minors offered by the department include: health education, dance, outdoor recreation leadership, sustainable tourism and leisure enterprises, physical education, sport science, and coaching..

Graduate programs include master's degrees in movement and leisure sciences; and a doctorate in education with specialization tracks in the HPERD areas. Each program is described more fully in the following pages. Please see the departmental web page for information regarding admission requirements.


See Part 6 for courses in Dance (Dan), Health and Safety (H&S), Physical Education (PEB & PEP), and Recreation (Rec).