Physical Education and Exercise Science

Get yourself into great shape for a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

In Monroe Community College’s physical education and exercise science associate degree program, you’ll build up academic muscle that gets you halfway to a bachelor’s degree.

You’ll work with first-rate instructors while earning credits that transfer almost anywhere, thanks to our program’s sterling reputation.

Graduates have an outstanding record of continued education at institutions such as:

  • Coastal Carolina University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Ohio State University
  • SUNY Cortland
  • Canisius College
  • Roberts Wesleyan College

Countless physical education and exercise science graduates have gone on to rewarding careers in physical education as well as outdoor fitness, sports medicine, health and wellness, and outdoor education.

Hit the Ground Running with a Strong Combination of Science and Phys. Ed.

The physical education and exercise science A.S. at MCC combines liberal arts courses in health, biology, psychology, and chemistry with courses in physical education theory and activity.

You’ll develop a broad range of fundamental skills and concepts, enabling you to adapt your associate degree to any specialty you choose as you move toward your bachelor’s degree, and jobs such as:

  • Fitness studies teacher
  • Physical education teacher
  • Coach
  • Recreation assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Fitness trainer
  • Rehabilitation specialist

Graduates find rewarding work with sports teams, schools, clubs and fitness centers. You could start your career at employers like these:

  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Rochester Red Wings
  • Rochester Rhinos
  • Area high schools and colleges
  • YMCA
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Midtown Athletic Club
  • RehabCare

To find out more about the physical education and exercise science A.S. from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Health and Physical Education

School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

CIP Code: 31.0501
MCC Program Code: PE01
NYSED Code (BRI): 19670

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

The program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a 4-year college or university offering majors in Physical Education, Exercise Science, Sport Science, Sport Medicine/Athletic Training, or a related field. The course of studies combine liberal arts courses biology, psychology, social sciences, and mathematics with courses in Physical Education theory and activity. In addition to providing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of movement, science and sport, the program includes opportunities for exploration in the career areas. After transfer from MCC, students may choose to specialize and seek careers in fitness, sport rehabilitation, education, business, health promotion and wellness, outdoor education, and other physical education related opportunities.
(Housed in the Health and Physical Education Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Express a full knowledge base of the content and scope of the Physical Education discipline.
2) Demonstrate human movement skills.
3) Show progress in the development of positive attitudes and their progress in the discipline.
4) Reflect on their personal experiences and professional goals in the discipline.
5) Demonstrate behavior consistent with professional standards in interpersonal and technical communication and the maintenance of a safe environment.
6) Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
7) Construct a personal fitness and wellness program
8) Apply discipline-specific research to the development of a lesson or treatment plan.
9) Conduct an appropriate directed activity in the discipline relevant to teaching coaching athletic training sport management or sport psychology.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
PPE 100 Introduction to Sports Science 4
PPE 175 Philosophy and Principles of Physical Education and Athletics 3
PPE 106 Individual Sports OR PPE 120 Team Sports 3
PPE 150 Discovery and Adventures in Leadership 3
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
MTH 160 Statistics I or higher 3
BIO 134 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
PPE 106 Individual Sports OR PPE 120 Team Sports 3
PPE 214 Early Childhood Games and Activities 3
PPE 240 Selected Topics in Physical Studies 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature 3
PPE 213 Gymnastics2
BIO 135 Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE (Professional Theory)** 3
PPE 208 Sport Psychology 3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
HIS 211 History of Sport3
PPE 179 Lifeguarding+2
PPE 245 Dance Methods and Techniques for Physical Studies Majors1
PPE 275 Exercise Physiology 4
PROGRAM ELECTIVE (Professional Theory)**3

* Choose two courses from two different SUNY General Education Areas: American History, Western Civilization, or Other World Civilizations.
** Program Electives in professional theory include,PPE 155, PPE 170, PPE 211, SMT 215.

**If below 85 on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from HIS 111, HIS 112. If 85 or above on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 200, HIS 211, HIS 240, HSM 103, POS 102.

+ CPR Certification is required for all physical education students.
NOTE: Within the Physical Education program, there are two opportunities to achieve professional fitness certification. Successful completion of PPE 100 will allow students to be eligible to take the Physical Fitness Specialist certification exam by the Cooper Institute. After successful completion of the entire Physical Education program, students are eligible to take the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor certification exam.

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