Physical Education

A.A. Degree, Transfer
An Option of Arts & Sciences

Provides students with the first two years of course requirements leading to a bachelor’s degree in physical education. It requires completion of general education courses and selected PE/health courses. High school preparation for this option should include algebra, biology and chemistry. 


Jan Sholes
Program Manager

Ann Geyer
Academic Office Manager

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Courses Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PS 101–General Psychology 3
ED/PS 208–Human Growth & Development 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
BI 101–General Biology 4
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology 4
BI 104–Anatomy & Physiology 4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
HE 204–Health Education 3
Computer Literacy Elective  (GenEd course list)  or  
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective  (GenEd course list) ‡  or  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
PE 153–Introduction to Physical Education 3
PE 154–Fitness for Living 3
HE 102–Nutrition in a Changing World 3
Other Requirements  
PE Methods Electives: Select 1 from the following:  
PE 241–Fitness & Conditioning (1)  
PE 247–Weight Training (1) 1
Electives: Twelve (12) credits from the following suggested courses  
ED 102–Foundations of Education (3)*  
ED 202–Educational Psychology (3)*  
ED 203–Foundations of Special Education (3)*  
PE 161–Psychology of Sport (3)  
PE 236–Coaching Principles (3)  
PE 250–Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3)  
HE 201–Stress Management (3)  
CH 101–General Chemistry (4)**  
PE 252–Essentials of Personal Training (5)  
Any 1 credit PE class (may take more than one) (1) 12
Total 61/62

Those who are planning to teach in the K-12 system should take these courses.
This course is required by many transfer schools.  See you’re advisor in order to match the elective credits to your specific transfer institution.
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. If a specific course is not required, choose at least one course from the Cultural Competence list in the academic catalog.

Physical Education AA

Students will be able to:
  1. Students will define the role of physical education in the broader context of education both in the private and public sectors.
  2. Students will apply the knowledge and skills necessary to delay or  prevent lifestyle diseases that are prevalent in our society today.
  3. Students will identify factors that affect sports participation and motor skills performance.
  4. Students will correlate the principles of human nutrition to the functioning of the human body.
  5. Students will interpret results of wellness, fitness and nutrition evaluations.
***Changes to the program will be made starting in the Fall of 2015.  Please see Jan Sholes, the program manager for information.


Prepares students for a career in personal training, the training of different populations to improve their fitness levels. Certification is through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Gainful Employment Information
Courses Credits
BI 103–Anatomy & Physiology (4)  or  
BI 107–Human Biology (4)  or  
BI 117–Study of the Human Body (3) 3/4
BU 109–Entrepreneurship & Small Business Enterprise 3
PE 108–Body Mechanics 1
PE 154–Fitness for Living 3
PE 237–Psychology of Exercise 1
PE 241–Methods of Fitness and Conditioning or  
PE 247–Methods of Strength Training 1
PE 252–Essentials of Personal Training 4
INTR 102–Internship 2
Total 18/19
Other Recommended Courses:  
HE 102–Nutrition in a Changing World or  
HE 200–Principles and Applications of Nutrition 3
PE 198A–Boot Camp 1
PE 190–Pilates 1
HE 201–Stress Management 3

Gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in athletic coaching.
Courses Credits
PE 161–Psychology of Sport 3
PE 236–Coaching Principles 3
PE 250–Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
Total 9
Frederick Community College’s Physical Education program offers a certificate option for students interested in a career in personal training. Students who earn their certification may work in fitness centers and gyms conducting exercise classes and assisting people one-on-one through personalized plans to improve the client’s fitness level.

FCC’s fitness/personal trainer program prepares students to take certification testing through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) upon completion of the instructional content. The NASM certification program includes a specified curriculum and requires an internship, as well as passing the certification exam.

On the job, personal trainers:
  • assess fitness levels and establish training goals and personalized programs for clients,
  • work independently and with co-workers to help diverse clients improve their fitness levels,
  • submit and maintain appropriate records, and
  • fulfill duties assigned by the health club employer.

In addition to having knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and kinesiology, personal trainers must be able to communicate effectively, maintain professional standards, and abide by the NASM code of ethics.

Students may enter the workforce directly after earning the certificate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Fitness Trainer/Aerobics Instructor field will grow 29.4 percent from 2009-2018. Fitness Trainers are on the Bureau’s list of “the 30 fastest-growing occupations, 2008-2018.”
Students who achieve the Fitness/Personal Trainer certificate have a strong foundation for further coursework in physical education related fields. This certificate can be used to meet the elective requirements of FCC’s Associate of Arts degree in general studies.

With the A.A. degree, students can transfer to one of the many institutions with which FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements. These agreements assist students in a smooth transition from one institution to the other.

For more information on schools that have articulation agreements with FCC, visit the Counseling & Advising Office, Enrollment Services Building, J201, or call 301.846.2471.