SUNY Jefferson

Physical Education AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Teaching, athletics, sports, recreation, fitness and coaching
Skill Development: Exercise and nutrition, community health, communication, anatomy and physiology
Career Options: Health care, education, community recreation, nonprofits, business
Program Code: HEGIS 5299.30

Build a career helping others be more active and healthy

Learn the basics of physical education at Jefferson then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Jefferson’s program emphasizes classes in exercise and nutrition, community health, emergency response, and anatomy and physiology. You’ll learn how the body moves and functions and how to teach others to exercise and eat well, prevent illness, and participate in sports.

The program allows you to complete the general education classes you need to transfer to a SUNY institution or other college or university of your choice, as well as:

  • Strong foundation for further study or a career in physical education or recreation
  • Cost savings on introductory classes and general education requirements
  • Opportunities for hands-on practice in classroom settings

Graduate ready to work or further your education 

A Physical Education A.S. degree prepares you for a career as a physical education or health education teacher, fitness instructor, athletic coach, or recreational therapist, as well as other jobs in sport science, exercise physiology, or athletic training.

You may find a job right after graduation from Jefferson, especially when you pair your degree with other certifications or licensures. Or you can continue your education at a four-year college or university before pursuing work with a city or state parks and recreation department, fitness and wellness center, resort, or other employer.

Learn about fitness, wellness, and overall health

When you complete the Physical Education A.S. degree you will be able to:

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete a Jefferson Physical Education A.S. degree and choose from a wide range of transfer options, including institutions like Pennsylvania State University, Springfield College, Salisbury State University, Slippery Rock University, Canisius College, the U.S. Sports Academy, and University of South Carolina.

Formal transfer agreements with some institutions make transfer to specific programs especially smooth:

  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Canton, Emergency Management B.T.
  • SUNY Cortland, Physical Education B.S.
  • Clarkson University, Technical Communications B.S.
  • Columbia College, various programs
  • Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, various programs
  • SUNY Empire State College, various programs
“My philosophy is to teach in a way that my students can take away life lessons—not just be able to memorize things for a test but being able to apply the things they learn in everyday life.”Dr. Mark Streiff
Professor of physical education and department chair

Degree Requirements for Physical Education A.S.

Physical Education Requirements (17 credit hours)

PED 201: Introduction to Physical Education 
PED 202: Sports in Society 
HEA 101: Personal and Community Health 
HEA 110: Responding to Emergencies 
Team/Individual PE Activities and/or Athletic Team Participation 

English Requirements (6 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 

Humanities Requirements (3 credit hours)

STA 151: Public Speaking 

Social Sciences Requirements (6 credit hours)

SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 

Math and Science Requirements (11 credit hours)

MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1 
BIO 106: Human Biology or BIO 111: General Biology or BIO 131: Principles of Biology 1 
BIO 221: Survey of Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 251: Anatomy and Physiology 1 or BIO 252: Anatomy and Physiology 2 

General Education Requirements (12 credit hours)

American History
HIS 150: American History to 1877 or HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present 
Western Civilization
HIS 111: History of Western Civilization 1 or HIS 112: History of western Civilization 2 
Art Elective, please choose from area of The Arts in the SUNY General Education Course List
Music Elective, please choose from area of The Arts in the SUNY General Education Course List

Free Electives (6 credit hours)

TOTAL 61 credit hours

Students should check with their academic advisors for appropriate course selection.
It is suggested that students take ART 115, MUS 150 and BIO 252 for SUNY Cortland.
Students must select one of each Western Civilization AND American History.
Students will receive (1) credit for being a member of an intercollegiate sports team per season.

Program contact

Dr. Mark Streiff
Chair of Physical Education
(315) 786-2447

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522