Physical Education and Exercise Physiology
The Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science promotes two
objectivesservice and scholarship. The various curricular options within
the BA in Physical Education and BS in Exercise Physiology are designed
to meet individual and job market demands. The flexibility of the program
provides for preparation of physical education teachers for elementary
and secondary schools; preparation of professionals in various fields related
to physical education.
Activity classes are designed to help students improve lifetime wellness
skills and increase their appreciation and enjoyment of physical activity
through participation in a wide variety of sport and exercise.
Chico offers a broad variety of activities for students interested in physical
activity, regardless of whether or not they intend to major in physical
education. The department is housed in the new 64,000 sq. Ft. Yolo Hall
located adjacent to the Shurmer Acker Gym complex.
Facilities include: exercise physiology, biomechanics, pedagogy labs, dance
studios, a climbing wall, ropes course, two gymnasiums with four competition-size
basketball courts, six handball/racquetball courts, swimming pools, all-weather
track, soccer and multi-purpose fields, putting green and sand traps, weight
training/fitness rooms, and athletic training rooms.
As society increasingly recognizes the wellness needs of its citizens,
graduates of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science
will be prepared to respond to these needs. Multi-competency programming
provides versatility most attractive to employers. Student-centered instruction
coupled with hands-on practical experience prepares students for future
The mission of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science
is to communicate and create knowledge about sport, exercise, and phyical
activity. The department achieves its mission through innovative and engaging
instruction, scholarship, and professional service. The uniqueness of our
integrative discipline is that we work directly to promote lifelong learning
and physical activity to enhance quality of life and health for all.