Curriculum & Courses

Curriculum & Courses


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The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) requires students to complete a total of 120 credits (the equivalent of 40 three-credit courses). The 120 credits required will be taken from the following areas: core courses, major-specific courses, General Education* and electives.

Core Courses

The seven required core courses in the BHPE - Physical Literacy consist of the following:

  • HPED 1000 - Introduction to Health and Physical Education
  • HPED 1010 - Historical and Philosophical Foundations
  • HPED 1020 - Leadership and Communication
  • HPED 1040 - Wellness and the Student: From Personal Health to Community Action
  • HPED 1070 - Foundations of Outdoor Leadership
  • HPED 2030 - Statistics and Research Methods
  • HPED 3010 - Sociological Perspectives

Major Specific Courses

All BHPE - Physical Literacy students must complete the following 20 major courses as part of their requirements:

  • ATTH 2505 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • HPED 2050 - Professional Practice
  • HPED 2507 - Nutrition and Health
  • HPED 3050 - Practicum
  • PHYL 1310 - Teaching Games for Understanding
  • PHYL 1512 - Human Anatomy (This course fulfils the General Education requirement for Cluster 1, Tier 2)
  • PHYL 1530 - Movement Education
  • PHYL 1550 - Individual Activities
  • PHYL 2510 - Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • PHYL 2514 - Human Physiology
  • PHYL 2520 - Introductory and Intermediate Coaching
  • PHYL 3320 - Adapted Physical Activity
  • PHYL 3514 - Exercise Physiology
  • PHYL 3516 - Biomechanics
  • PHYL 3518 - Physical Growth and Development
  • PHYL 4340 - Health Promotion
  • PHYL 4518 - Motor Learning
  • PHYL 5300 - Issues in Physical Literacy and Health
  • HPED X8XX (3-credit activity course or equivalent)
  • HPED, ATTH, ETOL, PHYL, or SRMG XXXX (3-credit or equivalent)



  • Four Electives

General Education Requirements

There is one course listed in the Physical Literacy Major Requirements that satisfies both the major requirements and a portion of the General Education requirements. In addition to this one course, students require nine additional General Education courses to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Physical Literacy.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
  2. Two courses will be taken at the second tier: no more than one from each of the thematic clusters (excluding Cluster 1)
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Physical Literacy program requires specific general education courses to meet graduation requirements. These are specified in the program curriculum. For incoming students in the BHPE program, it is important to seek clarification of these requirements and up-to-date registration information through an Academic Advisor in the Department of Health and Physical Education.