Physical Education (B.S.)

Admission into the Education Department and additional Education Departmental coursework is required. This subject endorsement is designed to prepare students for the teaching profession in Physical Education. With the addition of approximately 37 hours of education requirements, the student will be eligible for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:

  1. Provide the experience of designing and implementing a physical education program utilizing current pedagogical principles.
  2. Demonstrate teaching abilities, and apply educational and physiological principles to human performance.
  3. Administer and analyze assessments to evaluate motor skills, motor development and fitness performance.

BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours)

An introductory study of cellular physiology and tissues along with a comprehensive study of the integumentary skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, and special senses.
Three lectures per week.
Does not count toward a biology major or general education.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1090L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

BIO 1090L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1 hour)

Laboratory experiments and investigative exercises supporting BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1090.

BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours)

An introductory study of the blood, cardiovascular lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems in addition to metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance and acid-base balance of the body.
Three Lectures per week.
Does not count toward a biology major or general education.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I or permission of the instructor.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1100L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab.

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

BIO 1100L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 hour)

Laboratory experiments and investigative exercises supporting BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1100.

HHP 1140 Swimming (1 hour)

A beginning course designed to teach the fundamental skills of water safety, gliding, floating, treading, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.

Pass/Fail only.

Normally offered each semester.

HHP 1160 Fitness Swimming (1 hour)

A course designed to improve cardiovascular endurance through individual workouts and to introduce students to fitness-related principles. The student must have swimming competency. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.
Pass/Fail only.
(Normally offered each semester.)

HHP 1260 Human Health and Wellness (2 hours)

A course designed to give the students a better understanding of how the body functions. Health and wellness involves the study of factors affecting the physical, emotional and mental well-being of individuals. Health is a state of body and mind viewed within the context of the individual, community, society, and environment. This class will offer a holistic view of how ones external and internal factors affect health.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
HHP 1270 Advanced Emergency Care (1 hour)

A study and application of the principles and techniques involved in the advanced administration of first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs). Students will earn American Red Cross certifications. Cross listed with ATTR 1270.
(Normally offered each semester.)

HHP 1350 Intro To Health & Physical Education (2 hours)

This course provides an overview of the field of Health and Physical Education. Topics addressed will include: How to become a Health and Physical Education teacher; Passing the Praxis; the role of Health and Physical Education in society; the role of Health and Physical Education in the school setting; the history of Physical Education; and current issues in Health.

Normally offered each spring semester.

HHP 1400 Games And Activities I (2 hours)

The purpose of this course is to teach students the fundamental skills and basic rules for games and activities commonly played in physical education classes (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball). Additionally, students will learn about and participate in a few less-common games and activities that are popular throughout the world.

Normally offered each Fall semester.

HHP 1450 Games And Activities II (2 hours)

The purpose of this course is to teach students the fundamental skills and basic rules for games and activities commonly played in physical education classes (badminton, golf, pickleball, tennis, track and field). Additionally, students will learn about and participate in a few less-common games and activities that are popular throughout the world.

Normally offered each Spring semester.

HHP 2500 Basic Human Nutrition (2 hours)

This is a course designed to provide students with the basic scientific principles of nutrition focusing on their personal choices and experiences. The student will develop a definition of nutrition, and learn how nutrition has evolved. The student will be introduced to the concepts of: essential nutrient classifications, defining and developing a healthy diet, recommendations for specific nutrients, eating disorders, energy balance and obesity, body composition, lifetime nutrition (infancy to older adults), and food/beverage choices and the influence on chronic disease and optimal wellbeing.
(Normally offered each semester)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
HHP 3120 Motor Learning and Control (3 hours)

A course that will introduce students to current understandings of how complex motor skills are initially learned, and how they are controlled and refined with practice, from a behavioral point of view. A variety of activities will provide students with practical examples to deepen understanding. This course has applications to general exercise science, physical therapy, and coaching.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

HHP 3150 Principles Of Sport Performance (3 hours)

An advanced study of the scientific principles and theories related to sport performance in both the private and public sectors. Discussions related to applications and concepts in the exercise sciences, testing and evaluation, exercise technique, sport nutrition, exercise psychology, program design, and strength and conditioning administration and facility organization will be emphasized.

Normally offered each semester.

HHP 3500 Elementary PE Methods (3 hours)

A course designed to instruct students on how to teach physical education to elementary students. Topics include curriculum development, planning, assessment, behavior management, modifications, and locomotor and object control skills. Students will have numerous opportunities to create and teach PE lessons to each other. For PE majors, a 20-hour practicum experience in a local elementary physical education class is required. For non-PE majors, a final project will be required.

Prerequisite(s): Major in HHP or Education, and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

Normally offered every fall semester.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
HHP 3600 Secondary PE Methods (3 hours)

A course designed to instruct students on how to teach physical education to middle and high school students. Topics include curriculum development, planning, assessment, behavior management, modifications, team sports, individual and lifetime activities, and technology. Students will have numerous opportunities to create and teach PE lessons to each other. For PE majors, a 20-hour practicum experience in a local middle or high school physical education class is required. For non-PE majors, a final project will be required.

Prerequisite(s): Major in HHP or Education and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

Normally offered every spring semester.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
HHP 3650 Adapted Physical Education (3 hours)

A course designed to instruct students on how to teach physical education to students with disabilities. Topics include curriculum development, planning, assessment, behavior management, modifications, IEPs, law, and disability sports. Students will learn about the different disability classifications found in the school system. Students will also participate in a number of disability simulation labs. A 10-hour practicum experience working with students with disabilities in a physical activity setting is required.

Prerequisite(s): Major in HHP or Education and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

Normally offered every spring semester.

HHP 3850 Biomechanics (3 hours)

This course integrates physics with human movement to provide understanding of human movement from a kinetic and kinematic perspective. Students will explore and apply these principles to a human movement or exercise of their choice. 
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 3200 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
Normally offered each spring semester.

HHP 4150 Physiology of Exercise (4 hours)

This course explores the physiological effects and adaptations of exercise using a system approach. Students will be exposed to the latest research in the field that contributes to our understanding of how the human body is designed for exercise and movement. Practical application of these principles will be explored during class and throughout the laboratory experience.
One 1.5 hour lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II or BIO 3210 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II and junior standing.
(Normally offered each semester.)

HHP 4990 Senior Capstone (1 hour)

This senior capstone class is the final course for a degree in the Health and Human Performance Department. In a capstone experience, students will reflect on your academic growth while finalizing a customized electronic portfolio. The ePortfolio will be used to review and reflect on previous work, carryout an assessment of their academic career, and project a future vision for an intended career in their chosen field. This ePortfolio can be used for future academic goals as well as to serve as an aid for housing acquired material. Prerequisites: Senior standing and Departmental major or permission of the instructor. No Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and a departmental major, or permission of the instructor.

(Normally offered each semester.)