Health Physical Education

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The Health, Leisure, and Sport Sciences Department is an integral part of the university's whole-person philosophy. Its objectives are twofold. First, through a general education program it seeks to assist every student in developing a personal wellness life-style that is conductive to optimal health fitness and well-being. Second, through a professional education program, it provides a curriculum and experiences for students to work in the health, fitness, recreation or sports management fields, teach physical education or qualify for physical therapy or medical school.

The health and physical education major at ORU is offered in cooperation with the ORU College of Education. The College of Education emphasizes the fact that there is no substitute for thorough preparation in the subject matter. The HPE major is exposed to a variety of subject fields allowing graduates to qualify for certification to teach or to work in numerous fields of health and physical education.

Students seeking licensure to teach at the secondary levels have two options: completion of the health and physical education major, which leads to standard certification or completion of any other major in the HPE Department which can lead to alternative certification.


The HLSS department is located in the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center. Kenneth H. Cooper, a former Air Force physician and innovator of the exercise program used by astronauts, supported this aspect of the whole-person philosophy. The Aerobics Center facility includes classrooms, an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, an indoor running track and state-of-the-art exercise equipment which include free weights and machine weights as well as a variety of cardio/aerobic machines. The faculty and staff provide an encouraging environment for students to learn and participate in activities that will provide enjoyable leisure and fitness on a regular basis.


With a degree in health and physical education careers are possible as a:

  • Health teacher
  • Physical Education teacher
  • Coach

Course Offerings                                        

  • Personal Health Science
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Motor Learning, Games, and Adaptive PE
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Psychology of Human Performance
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Soccer/Volleyball
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Track and Field/Weight Training
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Aquatics
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Football/Badminton
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Golf
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Tennis/Pickleball
  • Theory and Analysis of Teaching Softball/Basketball
  • Professional Education
  • Education Seminar
  • Field-Based Experience (Elementary)
  • Field-Based Experience (Secondary)
  • Foundations and Methods of Education
  • School Health Care
  • Pedagogy
  • Prof Education Seminar/Portfolio
  • Intern/Student Teaching: Elementary
  • Intern/Student Teach
  • HPE Methods and Evaluation

Degree Plan

Phone: 918.495.6824