Physical Education, B.S.

As of Fall 2019, this degree is in a teach out phase, no new students will be admitted.


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 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:
KNES 201Elementary Physical Education Methods and Activities2
KNES 205Foundations in Physical Education and Kinesiology3
KNES 213Scientific Principles of Health and Fitness3
KNES 301Kinesiology3
KNES 302Exercise Physiology3
KNES 303Exercise Physiology Laboratory1
KNES 307Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
KNES 329Psychology of Exercise and Health3
KNES 335Health Concepts3
KNES 401Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
KNES 405Adapted Physical Education3
KNES 408Motor Learning3
KNES 410Sports Management3
KNES 412Secondary Physical Education Methods and Activities3
KNES 420Sociology and Psychology in Physical Education and Sport3
KNES 434Leadership in Sport and Human Movement3
KNES 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 (KNES 110, KNES 130, KNES 140 or KNES 150) in addition to the Core Curriculum Kinesiology and Health Science requirement.4
Total Credits55

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 KNES 201 in addition to the Kinesiology and Health Science 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 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
LEDU 438Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
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