Physical Education

Physical Education

  Ever since my dad coached me as a kid, I wanted to be able to coach my son one day. My classes here have been small and my professors know who I am and are invested into helping me realize that dream.  -Isaac Rodriguez/Chandler, AZ

The physical education program enriches the life of each student by providing knowledge concerning good health practices, efficient use of body mechanics to meet the demands of a lifetime and the sharpening of skills necessary for participation in physical activities throughout life. A student can obtain a bachelor of science degree in physical education with or without teacher education certification. A coaching emphasis is available also for students who desire to coach interscholastic sports.

The majority of graduates with a major in physical education pursue an elementary school or secondary teaching career and are often asked to coach a sport in a co-curricular activity program. Many go to graduate school enabling them to specialize in fields such as exercise physiology, sports administration or public and private health/activity management. Other graduates will go into businesses related to their major preparation.

The primary aim of physical education on the secondary school level is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, capacities and values – along with the enthusiasm  – to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout adulthood.

Activities included in the program are designed to promote physical fitness, to develop motor skills, to instill knowledge and understanding of rules, concepts, and strategies, and to teach students to work as part of a team, or as individuals, in a wide variety of competitive activities.

Note: Items on this page and page links are intended for informational purposes only. Please consult the current USAO catalog for actual class requirements for this or any other major field of study. Current USAO students should consult their advisor.

Notable Alumni

  • Tyrone Tarbitt | 2012

    Tarbitt’s physical education degree and passion for fitness led to his fruitful career.
  • Dave Kunitz | 2002

    A USAO double major graduate went to coach the Deaf Men’s National Soccer Team.
  • Phil Barnes | 1981

    Six-time State Championship coach Phil Barnes credits his post-graduate success to his time at USAO.