Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

The physical education undergraduate degree is registered in New York and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in physical education. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our 
Course Descriptions page lists all education courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study, below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Physical Education 67
     PHED 101. Foundations of Physical Education
     PHED 102. Gymnastics
     PHED 104. Rhythmic Techniques
     PHED 105. Early Childhood Motor Development
     PHED 201-202. Individual & Dual Physical Activities 
     PHED 203. Physical Education Curriculum
     PHED 208. Prevention and Care of Injuries
     PHED 301-302. Team Sports 
     PHED 303. Elementary School Methods
     PHED 304. Secondary School Methods
     PHED 306. Assessment
     PHED 308c. Theory and Techniques of Coaching
     PHED 309A. Adventure Education
     PHED 311. Physical Activities for Persons with Disabilities
     PHED 490. PE Student Teaching: Elementary
     PHED 491. PE Student Teaching: Secondary
     HS 107. Health-related Fitness and Health Promotion
     HS 312. Biokinesiology
     PHED Elective
     Workshops
3
3
3
3
6
3
3
6
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
5
5
3
3
0
   
 Elementary & Special Education  9 
      EDUC 210. Human Development and Learning
      SPED 230. Introduction to Special Education
      SPED 460. Communication and Collaboration Skills for Educators

3
3
3
   
 Biology 8* 
     BIO/BIOL 101. Fundamentals of Biology
     BIO/BIOL 211. Human Anatomy and Physiology I
     BIO/BIOL 212. Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4
4
4
   
 Foreign Language
3
   
 General Education Requirements 37 
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.

   
 TOTAL 124*
* Three specific biology courses required, totaling 12 hours. BIO/BIOL 101, however, also satisfies a General Education requirement, and its hours are counted in that total.

*124 hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Courses may count in several categories.

Contact Information

For more information on the degree in physical education, contact
Dr. Claire Watson, Chair 
(716) 375-2163
cwatson@sbu.edu 

If you wish to apply to this program, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at 1 (800) 462-5050 for undergraduate admission materials.



Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

This sequence illustrates how requirements can be met in a four-year program. Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable, but these must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Click on any linked course to see its full title and description. A list of all education courses is found on our Course Descriptions page. 

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
PHED 101 3 PHED 302 3
SF/THEO 101 3 PHED 104 3
SBU 101
2 PHED 105 3
PHED 301 3 BIO/BIOL 101 4
ENG 101
3 ENG 102
3
    SBU 102 1
Total 14 Total 17
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
PHED 201 3 PHED 202 3
EDUC 210
3 HS 107
4
PHED 203 3 BIO/BIOL 212 3
BIO/BIOL 211 4 Math 107 3
PHED 102 3 EDUC 099A 0
EDUC 099F 0 EDUC 099B 0


SPED 230 3
Total 16 Total 16
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
ELEMENTARY FIELD BLOCK
SECONDARY FIELD BLOCK
HS 312 3 PHED 304 3
PHED 303 3 PHED 308C 3
PHED 306 3 PHED 208 3
PHED 309A 3 Gen. Ed. Historical Studies Course 3
PHED 311 3 Gen. Ed. FS/THEO Course 3
PHIL 104 3 PHED Elective 3
Total
18
Total 18
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
 STUDENT TEACHING BLOCK
PHED 490 5 Foreign Language 3
PHED 491 5 Gen. Ed. Literature & VPA Course 3
SPED 460
3 Gen. Ed. Philosophy Course
3
EDUC 099D
0 General Electives
7
Total
13
Total 16

NOTES:
 
  • Elementary and Secondary Field Blocks must be completed prior to student teaching. Field Blocks may be rearranged depending on semester of student teaching.
  • Proof of lifeguard certification required by the end of the second year.
  • Students must complete one course coded D (Diversity) and one coded W (Writing Intensive). See General Education requirements.