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Physical Education and Sport (B.S.)

B.S., Physical Education and Sport

College of Health and Human Services

What You'll Do

To triumph over the competition in the job market, you’ll need to build academic muscle. As a Physical Education and Sport major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find a curriculum that offers you the training you’ll need to be successful in sports and fitness-related professions.

Through your major, you’ll take courses such as Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active, Human Structure and Function, Physiology of Exercise, Aerobic Fitness, Biomechanics, Physiological Basis of Strength Training, and Water Safety Instructor.

Many scholar-athletes at IUP combine their studies with their interest in sports. A Division II school, IUP is a respected competitor in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in eight varsity sports for men and eleven for women. IUP also offers a variety of club and intramural sports.

Admission to this program, one of six bachelor’s degree programs offered by IUP’s Department of Health and Physical Education, is by permission of your advisor. You will have to obtain clearances before participating in preprofessional experiences.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Sport prepares you for a career in exercise science, community and corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, sport industry management, and executive fitness programming. This program does not lead to certification as a teacher in schools.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness workers is expected to grow by 27 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster-than-average employment growth. According to the study, more people are interested in fitness, and more companies are interested in health and fitness programs for their employees. The labor study also noted that many fitness and personal training jobs are part time, but trainers can expand their hours by working at several facilities or for individual clients.

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Special Features

  • Physical Education majors can choose to live in the Wellness building located in the Suites on Maple East. This living arrangement groups together Physical Education majors and others with an interest in healthy lifestyles.
  • IUP offers a Master of Science in Sport Science degree and a Master of Education in Health and Physical Education degree.
  • IUP’s Exercise Science program is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine under the University Connection Program.
  • The IUP Department of Health and Physical Education includes the Center for Health Promotion and Cardiac Disease Prevention, the Highway Safety Center, and the James G. Mill Center for Health and Fitness.