Programs of Study

Physical Education Studies

Degree: AS |  Graduation Requirements: 62 credits

Program Summary:

The Physical Education A.S. degree program serves as a transfer-degree path to 4-year baccalaureate institutions for students wishing to become primary or secondary school Physical Education teachers.

Upon completion of this degree students will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will have a practical understanding of the dynamics behind various sports and sport-related activities. These include how to play the sport, the history, rules, and regulations of the game.
  • Students will have acquired a working knowledge of the theory of Physical Education and activity, how it was developed, what is going on currently in the field, and how to apply it in a future classroom.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the body in human performance.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the treatment and care of an injured individual.
  • The student will have an understanding of nutrition and diet, and why a healthful diet and ongoing physical activity are integral to one’s well-being, quality of life and longevity.
  • The student will demonstrate an acceptable level of health-related fitness.
  • The student will understand why cooperation/team work is essential among individuals and groups.
  • And through Gen Ed outcomes students will acquire the skills of critical thinking, diversity in understanding, analysis of argument, methodological approaches, essential work habits, and technology literacy, which a broader, contemporary and historical perspective on the world promotes.

The SUNY Sullivan


  • The Physical Education Studies AS curriculum closely parallels the first two years of study of comparable Physical Education programs at SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport in order to facilitate transfer.

  • Once students successfully complete their baccalaureate degree, they become eligible for K-12 certification and employment in education in the state of New York.

Composition I
Intro to PE, Sport, Recreation & Leisure
Intro to Biology I w/ Lab
Principles of Biology
Project Adventure
Fitness I
GE: Choose from lists 4, 5, 6, or 7
Fundamentals of Speech
Composition II
General Psychology
GE: Choose from lists 4, 5, 6, or 7
Philosophy of Sport
Fitness & Wellness
Contemporary Health
Theory & Techniques of Coaching
Human Performance – A&P I
GE: Choose from List 8
GE: Choose from List 9
PED Elective
College Math I OR Higher
Human Performance – A & P II
Advanced First Aid and CPR
GE: Choose from lists 4, 5, 6, or 7
Motor Learning


Interested in Transferring to a SUNY 4-year college?

Check out SUNY’s Course Equivalencies to find out what and how courses will transfer.

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