Physical Education

The Physical Education and Recreation programs at MVCC are housed in a state-of-the-art athletic facility featuring racquetball courts, playing fields, a pool, free weight room, aerobics rooms and a gymnasium. 

The programs lay the groundwork for students wishing to transfer to four-year institutions in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree as a Physical Education teacher or in the field of Sports Medicine. The field of Sports Medicine can lead to professions such as an athletic trainer with a high school, college, university or professional athletic program, as well as with a sports medicine clinic and other athletic healthcare settings.

Recreation and Leisure Services is an Associate in Applied Science degree that prepares students for entry-level positions with such organizations as youth centers, nursing homes, state and federal parks programs or fitness centers. 

The Coaching Certificate program fulfills the requirements of New York State Department of Education's Coaching License, which is needed to coach a high school athletic team.

Physical Education Emphasis Plan of Study

First Semester

  • ED100 College Seminar (1)
  • EN101 English 1 (3) 
  • HI___ American History (3)
  • SO 101 Intro. Sociology (3)
  • MA 115 Intermediate Math (4)
  • PM____ PM Activity (1)
  • PM ____PM Activity (1)

Second Semester

  • EN102 English 2 (3)
  • BI101 General Biology 1 (4)
  • MA 110 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • SO___Sociology Elective (3)
  • PM___PM Activity (1)
  • PM___PM Activity (1)

Third Semester

  • HU___Humanities Elective****(3)
  • BI216 A&P 1 (4)
  • PY101 Intro. Psychology (3)
  • HI101 History of Civilization 1 (3)
  • ___Science Elective* (3)
  •            OR
  • ___Social Science Elective**(3)
  •           OR
  • ___Coaching Elective***(3)
  • PM___PM Activity (1)
  • PM___PM Activity (1)

Fourth Semester

  • HU___Humanities Elective**** (3)
  • BI217 A&P 2 (4)
  • PY___Psychology Elective (3)
  • HI102 History of Civilization 2 (3) 
  • PM___PM Activity (1)
  • PM___PM Activity (1)

This program is designed specifically for students intending to transfer to a four-year college as a Physical Education major, after graduation from MVCC.

Sequences may be selected from the following:

*Science Electives

  • CH141-142 General Chemistry 1&2
  • GL101-102 Physical Geology and Historical Geology
  • PH151-152 General Physics 1&2
  • PH141-142 Astronomy 1&2

**Social Science Electives

  • BM101 Survey of Economics
  • BM110 Principles of Microeconomics
  • BM115 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • PS101 American National Government

***Coaching Electives

  • CO231 Principles of Coaching
  • CO232 Health Science Applied to Coaching

****Humanities Elective

4th semester Humanities elective must meet SUNY General Education Requirements.

Sports Medicine Emphasis Plan of Study

First Semester

  • ED 100 College Seminar (1)
  • EN 101 English 1 (3)
  • BI___Natural Science Elective (4)
  • PY101 Intro. Psychology (3)
  • MA115 Intermediate Math (4)
  • CO232 Health Science Applied to Coaching (3)

Second Semester

  • EN102  English 2 (3)
  • BI___   Natural Science Elective (4)
  • MA110 Elementary Statistics
  • PY___  Psychology Elective (3) (PY212 recommended)
  • AT101 Intro. Sports Medicine (3)

Third Semester

  • EN150 Effective Speech (3)
  • BI___  Natural Science Elective (4)
  • _____  Restricted Elective (3)
  • HI101 History of Civilization (3)
  • AT201 Sports Medicine Practicum 1 (1)
  • PE172 Health and Wellness (2)

Fourth Semester

  • HU___ Humanities Elective* (3)
  • BI___  Natural Science Elective (4)
  • HI102 History of Civilization 2 (3)
  • BI151 Nutrition & Dietetics (3)
  • AT202 Sports Medicine Practicum 2 (1)

This program is designed specifically for students intending to transfer to a four-year college as a Sports Medicine major, after graduation from MVCC.

Sequences may be selected from the following:

Natural Science Electives

  • BI101: General Biology 1
  • BI102: General Biology 2
  • BI216: Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • BI217: Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • CH131: College Chemistry
  • CH141: General Chemistry 1
  • CH142: General Chemistry 2
  • PH151: Physics 1
  • PH152: Physics 2

Psychology Electives

  • PY201: Learning: Behavioral Analysis
  • PY202: Childhood & Adolescence
  • PY203: Abnormal Psychology
  • PY204: Social Psychology
  • PY205: Adulthood and Aging
  • PY206: Theories of Personality
  • PY207: Life-Span Developmental Psychology
  • PY208: Death, Dying & Bereavement
  • PY212: Adolescent Psychology

Humanities Electives*

4th semester Humanities elective must meet SUNY General Education Requirements

Restricted Electives:

  • HI111:  American History (1492-1850)
  • HI112:  American History (1850-present)
  • SO101: Introduction to Sociology

Recreation Leisure Services Plan of Study

First Semester

  • ED100 College Seminar (1)
  • EN101 English 1 (3)
  • IS101 Computer Applications & Concepts 1 (3)
  • RE100 Intro to Recreation (3)
  • RE105 Recreation Leadership/Activity Development (3)
  • _____ Restrictive Elective (3)
  • PE___  Physical Education (.5)

Second Semester

  • EN102:  English 2 (3)
  • MAx01: Tier 1 Math (3)
  • BI105:  Environmental Science (4)
  • RE102:  Recreation Safety & Liability (3)
  • RE106:  Outdoor Recreation & Leisure Activity (3)
  • PE____:  Physical Education (.5)

Third Semester

  • EN150:  Effective Speech (3)
  • RE205:  Recreation Internship, Fall (3)
  • RE214:  Therapeutic Recreation (3)
  • PY101:  Intro. Psychology (3)
  • ______:  Restricted Elective (3)
  • PE170:  First Aid (1)

Fourth Semester

  • RE207: Recreation Internship, Spring (3)
  • RE210: Recreation Program/Facility Management (3)
  • SO101: Intro to Sociology
  • ______: Restricted Elective (3)
  • ______: Restricted Elective (3)

Restricted Electives:

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis:

  • ED211: Intro to Exceptionalities
  • HS232: Counseling Techniques
  • PY203: Abnormal Psychology
  • PY___:  Developmental Psychology Elective (ED205, PY205, PY207, PY212)

Generalist Emphasis:

  • Restricted electives chosen in consultation with Advisor

Sports/Coaching Emphasis:

  • CO231: Principles of Coaching
  • CO232: Health Science Applied to Coaching
  • CO233: Theory & Techniques of Coaching
  • PY212:  Adolescent Psychology
  • BM___:  Business Elective (BM120, BM150, BM250)

Fitness/Wellness Emphasis:

  • BI151:  Nutrition & Dietetics 1
  • RE204:  Fitness Program & Management
  • CO232: Health Science Applied to Coaching
  • PE154:  Fitness Center*
  • PE172:  Health and Wellness*
  • * Taken in addition to 2 credits of PE

Transfer Emphasis

  • AN102: Cultural Anthropology
  • HI101: History of Civilization 1
  • HI102: History of Civilization 2
  • HI104: History of Western Civilization
  • HI111: American History 1492-1850
  • HI112: American History 1850-present
  • SO207: Sociology of Religion

Coaching Certificate Plan of Study

First Semester

  • CO231: Principles of Coaching (3)
  • PY101: Intro to Psychology (3)
  • EN101: English 1 (3)
  • BI103: Human Life Science (4) OR
    BI101: General Biology (4)
  • ED151: Prevention and Safety Issues (1)

Second Semester

  • CO232: Health Science Applied to Coaching (3)
  • CO233: Theory & Techniques of Coaching (3)
  • PY212: Adolescent Psychology (3)
  • EN150: Effective Speech
  • ED151: Prevention & Safety Issues (1)
  • PE111: Strength Training (.5)
  • PE112: Speed Training (.5)

Physical Education Requirement Classes

Most two-year degrees require two credit hours of Physical Education. MVCC offers a diverse selection of Physical Education courses with emphasis in promoting lifetime activities in the pursuit of one's health and well-being. 

Students with physical limitations or disabilities should consult with a member of the Physical Education Faculty to discuss their specific needs. Although physical education courses may be repeated for credit toward full time status, any given course may be counted only once toward the two-credit requirement (e.g., PE154 may only count as one credit of the graduation requirement no matter how many times it is taken). Students having met the physical education requirement for graduation may elect to participate further in the physical education program. The application of elective credits earned in physical education is the prerogative of the degree-granting program in which the student is enrolled. Some physical education courses may have additional fees attached.

Current Courses offered in Physical Education Department:

  • PE101: Bowling (.5)
  • PE102: Golf (.5)
  • PE103: Tennis (.5)
  • PE104: Badminton (.5)
  • PE110: Racquet Sports (.5)
  • PE111: Strength Training 1 (.5)
  • PE112: Speed Training (.5)
  • PE130: Swimming for Beginners (.5)
  • PE131: Basic Swimming (.5)
  • PE133: Aerobic Swimming (.5)
  • PE134: SCUBA Diving (1)
  • PE143: Basketball (.5)
  • PE151: Personal Fitness (.5)
  • PE152: Jogging (.5)
  • PE153: Aerobic Fitness (.5)
  • PE154: Fitness Center (1)
  • PE155: Police Fitness Training (.5)
  • PE157: Walking for Fitness (.5)
  • PE158: Basic Yoga (.5)
  • PE162: Self-Defense (.5)
  • PE164: Tai Chi (.5)
  • PE170: First Aid (1)
  • PE171: CPR (.5)
  • PE172: Health & Wellness (2)
  • PE178: Varsity Lacrosse - Women (1)
  • PE179: Varsity Soccer - Women (1)
  • PE182: Varisty Lacrosse - Men (1)
  • PE183: Varsity Ice Hockey (1)
  • PE184: Varsity Bowling (1)
  • PE185: Varsity Soccer - Men (1)
  • PE186: Varsity Basketball- Men (1)
  • PE188: Varsity Baseball (1)
  • PE189: Varsity Tennis - Men (1)
  • PE191: Varsity Volleyball (1)
  • PE192: Varsity Tennis - Women (1)
  • PE193: Varsity Basketball - Women (1)
  • PE194: Varsity Softball (1)
  • PE195: Varsity Cross Country (1)
  • PE196: Varsity Indoor Track (1)
  • PE197: Varsity Golf (1)
  • PE198: Varsity Track & Field (1)
  • PE211: Strength Training 2 (.5)
  • PE230: Lifeguard Training (2)
  • PE234: SCUBA Diving 2 (1)
  • PE300: Independent Study in Physical Education (1-2)