Wellness and Physical Education
It has long been recognized that healthful behaviors and physical fitness have beneficial consequences on intellectual readiness for learning. In addition, the value of wellness to an individual also has social benefit because it results in an overall enhancement of the quality of life. All students must successfully complete the wellness course, an aquatics course (or show proficiency), and two additional physical education activity courses, or participate in two seasons of a varsity sport. Students may only earn a total of four wellness and physical education credits in the required 128 semester hours for graduation. Grades in courses beyond the requirement will not be counted in the student’s grade point average.
Course work devoted to one or more majors provides opportunity for students to acquire significant understanding of a discipline’s concepts, theories and principal paradigms. The major(s) also provides a mechanism for understanding and interpreting a broad range of ideas and empirical phenomena.
Electives are courses available to students outside of the major which provide opportunities for intellectual exploration. Such courses may be taken at any time during the undergraduate years and count toward the total number of semester hours needed to graduate.