Physical Education, B.S.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education is to facilitate Biblically-based learning about human movement and performance so that students are prepared to be competent and caring Christian professionals who work in the fields of teaching, coaching, exercise science, and allied health care, or who pursue advanced studies in related graduate programs.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, students will be able to:

  1. Gain a foundational knowledge of teaching strategies for K–12 students, and the appropriate application for physical education, recreation and sports ministry (ULO 1).
  2. Gain foundational knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness and how to manage wellness for self and others (ULO 1).
  3. Develop a cognitive understanding of the human body, movement and performance (ULO 1).
  4. Develop an understanding of the relevance of the discipline of psychology to physical education and evaluate the impact on motivation and physical activity (ULO 1).
  5. Develop the knowledge and capacity to integrate their faith and apply it to leadership and sports-related ministries of teaching and coaching (ULO 2).
  6. Apply their knowledge of health, the human body, motor learning, and leadership skills to real life situations (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

GPA Requirements

All major requirements and any biology, chemistry, physical science or math general education requirements must be completed with a "C-" or better grade.

Curriculum Requirements


Teaching and Coaching (54 Credits)

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Seminar in Biological Science
Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Program Courses
This concentration requires 54 credits, 43 of which must be upper division. Requirements include:
PEED 201Elementary Physical Education Methods and Activities2
PEED 205Foundations in Physical Education and Kinesiology3
PEED 213Fundamental Principles of Physical Fitness2
PEED 301Kinesiology3
PEED 302Exercise Physiology3
PEED 303Exercise Physiology Laboratory1
PEED 307Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
PEED 329Psychology of Coaching Sport and Human Movement3
PEED 335Health Concepts3
PEED 401Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
PEED 405Adapted Physical Education3
PEED 408Motor Learning3
PEED 410Sports Management3
PEED 412Secondary Physical Education Methods and Activities3
PEED 420Sociology and Psychology in Physical Education and Sport3
PEED 434Leadership in Sport and Human Movement3
PEED 485Internship 12
Select two of the following:4
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Basketball
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Soccer
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Tennis
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Volleyball
Select 4 credits of activity courses (PEED 110, PEED 130, PEED 140 or PEED 150) in addition to the four semester Core Curriculum (GE) requirement.4
Total Credits54

 PEED 485 may be taken after consulting with a department advisor and must be taken for a minimum of 2 credits.

Teaching Credential Program

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.

Students studying for the multiple subject teaching credential but not selecting physical education as a minor area of emphasis, should select PEED 201 and two other physical education activity courses to fulfill the general education requirement.

In addition to the requirements listed under the Teaching and Coaching concentration, the teaching credential program requires the following courses:

Education Courses
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
Student teaching (12 credits) may be completed at the graduate level and is not required for undergraduate graduation:
Secondary Student Teaching I
Secondary Student Teaching II
Total Credits18