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Study physical education at JCC

A Physical Education Studies degree from SUNY Jamestown Community College puts you in position to pursue countless careers and professions in physical education, athletics, and sports. While coaching and teaching physical education are popular fields for students in our program, other opportunities include sports promotion and marketing, athletic training, officiating, psychology, exercise nutrition, facilities management, athletic administration, and more. Choose a career path in physical education that fits your goals and unique talents.

Our Physical Education Studies degree gives you the knowledge, physical skills, theory, and educational experiences to transfer to an accredited bachelor’s program in physical education, health studies, exercise science, athletic training, sports management, coaching, recreation, and related fields. JCC has many transfer agreements with regional SUNY, public, and private four-year universities and colleges. Many of our graduates save money on college by starting at JCC and continuing their education at these schools.

What can you do with a Physical Education Studies degree from JCC?

Physical Education Transfer & Career Options
  • Physical education teaching
  • Coaching certification
  • Personal training
  • Sports medicine
  • Health education
  • Athletic training
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport management and administration
  • Recreation and intramural administration
  • Athletic facility management

JCC Physical Education Studies internship opportunities

  • Teaching
  • Coaching
  • Intramurals
  • Sports information director
  • Facility management
  • Camp/outdoor leadership
  • Sport media/communications

Physical Education Studies program highlights

  • Graduates are prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physical education teaching, athletic training, sports management, adaptive physical education, coaching, exercise science, sports medicine, health education, and more.
  • The combination of physical education studies coursework and focus on liberal arts and professionalism gives graduates a well-rounded education.
  • Many physical education teaching, athletic, and sports internships and job shadow opportunities are available to first- and second-year students each semester.
  • JCC’s many transfer agreements with regional colleges and universities provide students options to continue their education in any number of physical education studies fields.

Physical Education Studies program overview

The program focuses on courses in the liberal arts and physical education theory and activity with an emphasis on health awareness, sportsmanship, and professionalism. Students will graduate from the program with a specific knowledge base and experiences in the areas of movement, sport/athletics, recreation, and the life sciences. Individual and dual sports, fitness and conditioning, team sports, recreation, and health are among the areas that will be studied.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Some courses need to be completed on the Jamestown Campus.

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
25 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
English Electives (college level)3 H CWRT
Social Sciences Electives

Up to 9 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

9 (X-X-X) S
Mathematics Electives (college level)3 MATH N CMAT
Mathematics and Science Electives7
Core Requirements
25 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 1500: Human Biology4 NSCI N
BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II OR Sciences Electives4 (NSCI) N
Any PHE or SPT courses17
10 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

Up to 4 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

10 (X) (X)
Important Points
  • Requirements for bachelor’s degrees in this field vary widely. Selection of electives should be made in close consultation with an advisor and should be based on student career specialization and transfer college requirements.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Classify anatomical and/or physiological terms correctly when describing the human body.
  2. Recognize the elements/benefits of sound nutrition and a healthy diet.
  3. Apply first aid and CPR and describe specific methods to prevent, recognize, and treat common injuries.