Physical Education Studies

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program
Department: Health and Physical Education

CIP Code: 13.1314

MCC Program Code: PE01

NYSED Code (BRI): 19670

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


This program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university offering majors in physical education, physical studies, sport studies or a related area. The course of studies combines liberal arts courses in health, biology, psychology, and chemistry 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 area.
After transfer from MCC, students may choose to specialize and seek careers in fitness, sport rehabilitation, education, business, and other physical studies related opportunities.
The student should meet regularly with his or her program advisor to make certain that course selections meet the requirements of the college and major to which he or she plans to transfer.
Recommended Preparation: High school algebra and biology are required. At least three years of high school mathematics as well as chemistry are recommended. Students not meeting these requirements may need more than two years to complete this degree.
(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). Experience in vocal or instrumental performance and reading music recommended.

Distribution RequirementsCredit 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: 15-16 Credit Hours
MTH 160 Statistics I (or higher) 3-4
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: 16-17 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)**3-4

* FOR SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION: Students planning to transfer to a SUNY school should choose courses from American History, Western Civilization, or Other World Civilizations.
** Program Electives in professional theory include PPE 170, PPE 271, SMT 215. Six hours of General Education or the Foreign Language requirement may be used with permission of the Physical Education Program Director.
+ CPR Certification is required for all physical education students. If students are not already certified, HED 101 may be taken as an activity elective.

NOTE: Within the Physical Education Studies program, there are two opportunities to achieve professional fitness certification. Sucessful completion of PPE 100 can lead to certification by the Cooper Institute as a Physical Fitness Specialist. After successful completion of the entire Physical Education Studies program, students are eligible to take the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor certification exam.