Physical Education AS
SUNY Jefferson
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Physical Education AS

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Teaching, athletics, sports, recreation, fitness and coaching
  • Skill Building: 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 with all SUNY General Education requirements completed
  • Be able to recite and test the five components of fitness and seven dimensions of wellness
  • Treat and evaluate injuries in sports settings


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday


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.”Mark Streiff
Professor of physical education and department chair


Degree requirements for Physical Education A.S.

Effective Fall 2018

Physical Education Requirements (17 credit hours)
Physical Education Requirements (17 credit hours) Credit Hours
PED 201:  Introduction to Physical Education 3
PED 202:  Sports in Society 3
HEA 101:  Personal and Community Health 3
HEA 110:  Responding to Emergencies 3
Team/Individual PE Activities and/or Athletic Team Participation 5
Liberal Arts Requirements (38 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (38 credit hours) Credit Hours
BIO 106:  Human Biology or 
BIO 111: General Biology 1 or
BIO 131:  Principles of Biology 1
BIO 221:  Survey of Anatomy and Physiology or
BIO 251:  Anatomy and Physiology or
BIO 252:  Anatomy and Physiology 2
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
HIS 111:  History of Western Civilization 1 or 
HIS 112:  History of Western Civilization 2
HIS 150:  American History to 1877 or 
HIS 151:  American History 1877 to Present
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or
MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
PSY 133:  Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 144:  Introduction to Sociology 3
STA 151:  Public Speaking 3
Art Elective1 3
Music Elective1 3
Free Elective Requirements (6 Credit Hours)
Free Elective Requirements 6 Credit Hours
Choose Approximately Two Free Electives  

 Total Credit Hours 61


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Choose from area of The Arts in the SUNY General Education Course list.  
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 Contacts

Dr. Mark Streiff

Chair of Physical Education
(315) 786-2447

Dr. Mark Streiff

Interim Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division 
(315) 786-6542