This program will provide students with transferable first and second year courses typically required for such a degree, and allow successful students to enter baccalaureate institutions as juniors.

The need for this program is generated by the continued and growing demand, for health and wellness education, stimulated by the increasing costs of health care. The demand for Physical Education instructors will continue to increase as population of youth increase that have Health issues that are brought about by lack of exercise and physical activity.

The Associate of Science in Physical Education is designed to articulate to:

  • Concordia University B.A. in Kinesiology degree
  • Augsburg University B.A. in Physical Education degree
  • Augsburg University B.A. in Physical Education (Teacher) degree



2020 - 2021

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1120
    Course Title:Human Biology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory level course provides students with a one semester overview of the structure and function of the human body. The course is open to all students: however, it does not fulfill the human anatomy and physiology requirement for those who are planning to pursue a career in the health sciences. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3.Prerequisite: ENGL 0990 or a 78 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension
    Human BiologyView-BIOL 1120n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1050
    Course Title:Weight Training      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is designed to introduce students to methods of lifting weights for the development of lifelong physical fitness. Students will develop the basic principles of designing and participating in a safe and effective weight training program. This course can be repeated for credit.
    Weight TrainingView-EXSC 1050n/a1
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1250
    Course Title:Wellness for Life      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is designed to investigate the implications of exercise, diet, nutrition, stress, and physical activity in the total health of the individual. EXSC 1250 and HLTH 1250 are the same: credit may not be earned for both. (2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs lab)
    Wellness for LifeView-EXSC 1250n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1500
    Course Title:Foundations of Exercise Science      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the study of exercise science. The course includes the presentation of historical information and philosophical foundations the exercise science field. Students will investigate a major or minor in exercise science, areas of concentration, and related certifications within the field. The purpose of the class is to acquaint students with prospective career paths within the exercise science field and introduce them to professional organizations which provide certification and career enrichment opportunities.
    Foundations of Exercise ScienceView-EXSC 1500n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1520
    Course Title:Elementary Methods and Movement in Physical Education      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an exploration of the various types of body movements. It includes loco-motor movements, spatial elements, tumbling skills, rhythmic movements, as well as paired and group cooperative activities. It will incorporate developmental skills and low ropes activities. In addition, the course introduces cultural, folk, line, social, and square dance. Students will explore dances of other cultures and present a dance to the class along with a brief cultural history. Students will incorporate skills learned in the classroom to use in the local elementary or pre-schools as they lead activities on a weekly basis.
    Elementary Methods and Movement in Physical EducationView-EXSC 1520n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2490
    Course Title:Kinesiology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Course Content includes study of human movement and the muscular system. Skeletal and major muscular systems will be studied in detail in order to better understand how human movement is produced. Students will anatomically analyze movements and be introduced to the concepts of biomechanics. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisites: EXSC 2010 - Essentials of Exercise Science (Minimum grade: 1.67 GPA Equivalent)
    KinesiologyView-EXSC 2490n/a4
    Course Subject: HLTH         Course Number:1060
    Course Title:Drugs and Health      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course examines how drugs will relate with and affect holistic health, with a focus on the physiological, sociological and psychological effects these drugs may have on an individual and their relationships. The emphasis of this course is on the basic tools and information needed to understand and interact with individuals who may have problems with chemicals. It is designed to provide current information regarding the various drugs in society today.
    Drugs and HealthView-HLTH 1060n/a3
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1210
    Course Title:Child Development      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course focuses on psychological, intellectual, and physical development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Topics include general theoretical approaches and research methods in studying child and adolescent development, birth and the newborn child, and development in the following areas: prenatal, physical, perceptual, cognitive, intellectual, language, personality, social and atypical.Completion of General Psychology is helpful prior to taking this course.
    Child DevelopmentView-PSYC 1210n/a3
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1220
    Course Title:Adult Development      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:As a psychological journey through the stages of adulthood, this course covers individual differences in adjustment strategies used to cope with typical problems from early adulthood to the time of dying and death.
    Adult DevelopmentView-PSYC 1220n/a3
    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Exercise Science Electives - 3 credits: EXSC1010(2), EXSC1020(1), EXSC1041(1), EXSC1042(1), EXSC1050(1), EXSC1070(1), EXSC1110(1), EXSC1130(1), EXSC1140(1), EXSC1151(1), EXSC1152(1), EXSC1200(1), EXSC1210(1), EXSC1230(1), EXSC1240(1), EXSC1250(3), EXSC1260(1), EXSC1270(1), EXSC1310(1), EXSC1400(1), EXSC1420(1), EXSC1430(1), EXSC1440(1), EXSC1451(1), EXSC1452(1), EXSC1500(3), EXSC1510(2), EXSC1520(3), EXSC1600(1), EXSC1610(1), EXSC1630(1), EXSC1640(1), EXSC1700(3), EXSC1710(3), EXSC1720(2), EXSC1730(1), EXSC1740(1), EXSC1750(1), EXSC1751(1), EXSC1752(1), EXSC1760(1), EXSC1800(1), EXSC1810(1), EXSC1820(1), EXSC1830(1), EXSC1840(1), EXSC1850(1), EXSC1880(1), EXSC1990(1), EXSC2101(4), EXSC2102(2), EXSC2110(3), EXSC2390(3), EXSC2490(4)
    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Chemistry and Society      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This is a basic introduction to chemistry in the everyday world, with emphasis on the role that chemistry plays in personal and professional lives. It is intended for anyone seeking to become a better informed citizen of our technological society. Basic chemical principles will be introduced and their impact on society will be discussed. The course enables students to use concepts of chemistry to think critically about current issues in science and technology. No background in Chemistry or other Natural Sciences is presumed; a strong background in math is not required. Heavy use of the internet for research and communication will be an important component of this course. This course is recommended for non-science majors looking to fulfill the science course with lab component. (3 hours lecture / 3 hours lab)
    Chemistry and SocietyView-CHEM 1000n/a4
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1010
    Course Title:Fundamentals of Public Speaking      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides instruction and practical experience in the basics of public speaking. This course has a performance component: students are expected to create and deliver informative, persuasive and other types of speeches.
    Fundamentals of Public SpeakingView-COMM 1010n/a3
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1202
    Course Title:College Writing II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on the research process, textual analysis of primary and secondary sources, rhetorical strategies for argument and persuasion, and successful integration of sources into a longer academic paper utilizing MLA (or other, as appropriate) documentation format. The class may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or topical in content, as noted on the class registration site.
    College Writing IIView-ENGL 1202n/a2
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1130
    Course Title:Elementary Statistics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This is an introductory course in descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, and inferential statistics. Topics include exploratory data analysis, measures of central tendency and variation, linear regression, binomial and normal distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one population and two populations. Additional topics may include basic probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, analysis of variance, and chi-squared tests.
    Elementary StatisticsView-MATH 1130n/a3
    Course Subject: MUSC         Course Number:1300
    Course Title:Music in World Cultures      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course teaches music primarily from non-Eurocentric cultures which may include but is not limited to Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, African, Native American, and African American. Through their studies of the diversity of world music, students will develop a broader understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
    Music in World CulturesView-MUSC 1300n/a3
    Course Subject: SOC         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Introduction to Sociology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is a study of social and cultural aspects of human behavior. Topics include society and culture, roles and norms, groups and organizations, deviance, inequality, social and cultural change, and research methods.
    Introduction to SociologyView-SOC 1110n/a3
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView-ENGL 1200n/a4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView-ENGL 1201n/a4
    MnTC Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Goal Area 5) - 3 credits: ANTH1010(3), ANTH1130(3), ANTH1140(3), ECON1050(3), ECON1060(3), ECON1070(3), HIST1010(3), HIST1020(3), HIST1030(3), HIST1110(3), HIST1120(3), HIST1130(3), HIST1140(3), HIST1200(3), HIST1210(3), HIST1220(3), HIST1240(3), HIST1270(3), HIST1700(3), HIST1800(3), HIST1900(1), HIST2500(3), HIST2600(3), HIST2700(3), POLS1100(3), POLS1140(3), POLS1600(3), POLS1700(3), POLS2130(3), PSYC1110(3), PSYC1150(3), PSYC1160(4), PSYC1165(3), PSYC1170(3), PSYC1210(3), PSYC1220(3), PSYC1250(4), PSYC2110(3), PSYC2320(3), PSYC2330(3), PSYC2340(3), PSYC2350(3), SOC1110(3), SOC1710(3), SOC1750(3), SOC2110(3), SOC2200(3), SOC2210(3), SOC2410(3), SOC2730(3)
    The Humanities and Fine Arts (Goal Area 6) - 6 credits: ARBC1030(3), ART1040(3), ART1101(3), ART1102(3), ART1160(3), ART1170(3), ART1270(3), ART1301(3), ART1302(3), ART1310(3), ART1320(3), ART1340(3), ART1341(3), ART1361(3), ART1362(3), ART1401(3), ART1402(3), ART1770(3), ART1810(1), ART1820(2), ART2180(3), ART2190(3), ART2300(2), ART2611(3), ART2612(3), ART2640(3), ART2740(1), ART2750(1), ART2780(1), ART2781(1), ART2782(1), ART2800(1), ART2820(1), ART2860(1), ART2900(1), ART2970(1), ENGL1150(3), ENGL1250(2), ENGL1400(3), ENGL1450(3), ENGL1900(3), ENGL1950(3), ENGL2010(3), ENGL2020(3), ENGL2030(3), ENGL2270(3), ENGL2300(3), ENGL2310(3), ENGL2320(3), ENGL2330(3), ENGL2340(3), ENGL2350(3), ENGL2360(3), ENGL2370(3), ENGL2380(3), ENGL2390(3), ENGL2450(3), ENGL2460(3), ENGL2550(3), ENGL2560(3), ENGL2580(3), ENGL2590(3), ENGL2900(3), ENGL2950(3), GCST1030(3), GERM1030(3), INTD1030(3), MUSC1130(1), MUSC1160(1), MUSC1170(1), MUSC1180(1), MUSC1200(3), MUSC1220(3), MUSC1241(3), MUSC1242(3), MUSC1300(3), MUSC1320(1), MUSC1350(3), MUSC1500(2), MUSC1501(2), MUSC1502(2), MUSC1510(1), MUSC1560(1), MUSC1600(2), MUSC1610(1), MUSC1800(2), MUSC1801(2), MUSC1802(2), MUSC1810(1), MUSC1830(1), MUSC1850(1), MUSC1860(1), MUSC1870(1), MUSC2010(2), MUSC2170(3), MUSC2180(3), MUSC2241(3), MUSC2242(3), MUSC2970(1), PHIL1010(3), PHIL1020(3), PHIL1030(3), PHIL1040(3), PHIL1060(3), PHIL1220(3), SPAN1030(3), SPAN2201(5), SPAN2202(5), TFT1200(3), TFT1210(3), TFT1250(3), TFT1260(3), TFT1270(3), TFT1280(3), TFT1310(3), TFT1320(3), TFT1350(3), TFT1500(3), TFT1510(3), TFT1520(3), TFT1531(3), TFT1532(3), TFT1540(3), TFT1600(1), TFT1610(1), TFT2010(3), TFT2500(3), TFT2950(1)
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required60

  • Program Outcomes

    Develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, and natural worlds, and individual wellbeing.

    Develop intellectual and practical skills, including:

    • explaining how lifetime activities contribute to wellness
    • describing patterns of good nutrition and how they contribute to wellness
    • describing the stress mechanism and stress reduction techniques
    • identifying and analyzing muscles used in single and multiple joint movements
    • demonstrating the importance of oral and written communication in successful individual and team play

    Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, including:

    • describing the influence of cultural diversity in physical education and its influence in areas of dance, sports and participation
    • practicing habits to ensure personal safety
    • applying the components of sportsmanship and fair play to both the discipline and to life skills
    • developing an awareness of effective practices to create a safe environment for physical education

    Integrative Learning, including:

    • designing a personal efolio, which includes one’s philosophy of physical education
    • through service learning, creating a learning environment which respects and incorporates learners’ experiences (personal, cultural, and community)

    Be prepared to transfer to, and succeed, at an upperlevel academic institution.

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: and

  • Transfer Information

    If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelorandrsquo;s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.

    A student shall:

    • Earn a minimum of 60 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College. A student must complete at least 50% of career specific courses at North Hennepin Community College.
    • Earn 30 credits in at least 6 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas.
    • Earn 30 professional/technical credits.
    • Have four years to complete the graduation requirements as published in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the fouryear period preceding their graduation.

    Completion of an A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504