Health Education

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following, one must come from the Natural and Physical Sciences category8
Natural and Physical Sciences (ND:LABSC)
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Additional Sciences (ND:SCI)
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Technology Solutions for Society
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Information Security
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 2
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Social Implications of Computer Technology 2
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
Bible as Literature
Women and Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Digital Media
Art History I
Art History II
History of Craft
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Popular/Rock Music
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Two-Dimensional Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Photography I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39



Course satisfies the Digital Literacy graduation requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
BIOL 220Human Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIOL 221Human Anatomy and Physiology II 14
HPER 206Fundamentals of Teaching Health and Physical Education3
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 212Introduction to Stress Management2
HPER 240Principles of Nutrition3
HPER 300Drug Education and Information3
HPER 315Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases3
HPER 380Instructional Methods in Human Sexuality3
HPER 390Secondary Health Education Methods3
HPER 400Current Issues in Community Health3
Directed Electives
Select three hours from the following:3
Introduction to Physical Education
Introduction to Adapted Physical Education
Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Sport
Applied Probability and Statistics
Abnormal Psychology
The Family
Introduction to Gerontology
Total Credits35

Students with a double major in Health and Physical Education may substitute HPER 258 Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance or HPER 259 Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance for BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement  35 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 32-33 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology2
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary)10
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits32

The same courses may not be used to fulfill requirements in two areas except when the student is graduating with a double major or more than one minor.

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study for Health Education Major

First Year
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2English Composition (Gen Ed)3
HPER 2101HPER 2122
UNIV 1501MATH 104, 107, or 210 (Gen Ed)3
Computer Science and Literacy (Gen Ed)3PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3
English Composition (Gen Ed)3Speech Communications (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4 
 14 14
Second Year
EDUC 2503Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
HPER 2583Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
HPER 3003EDUC 2403
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4HPER 2063
Social Science (Gen Ed)3HPER 2593
 16 14
Third Year
EDUC 2833Directed Elective3
EDUC 3521EDUC 3002
HPER 2403EDUC 3511
Literacies (Gen Ed)3EDUC 3752
Electives8HPER 3153
 HPER 3803
 PSYC 2503
 18 17
Fourth Year
EDUC 4002EDUC 48010
HPER 3903 
HPER 4003 
EDUC 4502 
 17 10
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.


Plan of Study for a Health Education Major and a Physical Education Major

*Opportunities for Summer Courses

First Year
HPER 1002HPER 2063
HPER 1081HPER 2153
HPER 2072PSYC 1113
HPER 2101English Composition (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501Math (Gen Ed)3
Computer Science and Literacy (Gen Ed)3Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
English Composition (Gen Ed)3 
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4 
 17 18
Second Year
HPER 2083HPER 2593
HPER 2583HPER 2853
EDUC 2503HPER 3003
HPER 212 (Gen Ed)2HPER 3143
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4EDUC 2403
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Art or Music (Gen Ed)3
 18 18
Third Year
HPER 2203HPER 2403
HPER 3253HPER 3153
HPER 3863HPER 3803
HUM 201 (Gen Ed)3HPER 3882
EDUC 2833HPER 4023
EDUC 3521EDUC 3511
PSYC 2503EDUC 4002
 19 17
Fourth Year
HPER 3903HPER 4103
HPER 4003EDUC 48010
HPER 4903 
EDUC 3002 
EDUC 3752 
EDUC 4502 
Additional Gen Ed2 
 17 13
Total Credits 137

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, evaluate, and reflect age-appropriate health education content in the communication of written lesson plans.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively manage and transition in the Health Education classroom.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to provide for reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate biological and behavioral sciences into the Health Education curriculum.
  5. Students will evaluate the societal influences on personal and community health.
  6. ​Students will demonstrate proficiency in first aid, CPR, and AED.