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Description of Courses

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HPE HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Charter School of Education and Human Sciences)

101 through 180. Physical Activities - 0-2-1

101. Weight Training
Weight-training principles.

103. Volleyball
Regulation USVBA volleyball.

105. Beginning Swimming
Offered for weak or non-swimmers; Red Cross standards.

107. Bowling
Fundamental bowling for the inexperienced player. Fee.

108. Mountain Biking
An introduction to mountain-biking techniques, products, repair tips and actual off-road cycling. Open to riders of all skill and fitness levels.

109. Badminton
Fundamental badminton for the inexperienced player.

110. Rock Climbing
Basic instruction and experiences in rappelling and climbing. Fee.

111. Tennis
Fundamentals of tennis for the inexperienced player. Not available to varsity players.

113. Racquetball
Fundamentals of racquetball for the inexperienced player. Fee.

114. Freshman Adventure Challenge

Team- and personal-confidence building course that promotes critical thinking, camaraderie and appropriate risk taking. Focus on developing a plan for enhancing student success and leadership skills. Fee. Weekend schedule.

115. Sophomore Adventure Challenge
Designed to encourage confidence building, problem solving and effective decision making through the use of adventure-based activities on the challenge course that support the goals of the sophomore year experience.  PR: Sophomore status.

116. Scuba
A basic course which meets minimum standards. No certification is earned.  Fee.

117. Junior Adventure Challenge
Designed to encourage confidence building, problem solving, goal setting and risk taking through the use of adventure-based activities on a challenge course that support the junior year experience.  PR:  Junior status.

118. Senior Adventure Challenge
Designed to develop a sense of confidence for effective goal setting and decision making in a challenge course environment. Promote a state of preparedness for beyond the senior year to confront challenges and take risks in a supportive adventure environment. Weekend schedule. Fee. PR: Senior status.

120. Soccer
Team experiences and skill development. Not available to varsity players.

123. Ballroom I
The skills of leading and following will be taught in this class as participants learn the fox trot, swing, cha-cha, waltz and rumba.

124. Golf
Fundamentals and beginning play. Fee. Not available to varsity players.

125. Intermediate Swimming
Open to swimmers above the beginner level.

*126. Introduction to Lifeguarding
A prerequisite to Lifeguarding (HPE 136*), this course provides an understanding of the basic knowledge and skills needed to advance into a lifeguarding program.

127. Introduction to Canoeing
Paddling techniques and trip-management skills for all forms of canoeing options. Full weekend canoe and camping trip. Fee.

128. Introduction to Whitewater Rafting
Develop basic paddling techniques and trip-management skills for whitewater rafting prior to full-weekend whitewater rafting trip. Fee.

129. Introduction to Kayaking
Develop fundamental kayaking skills utilizing indoor pool prior to open-water kayak trip. History, equipment, basic paddle techniques and trip planning will be covered. Weekend schedule. Fee.

132. Basketball

Fundamentals of the game for students with no playing experience in an organized league.

*136. Lifeguarding
A follow-up course to HPE 126* that develops personal and lifeguarding skills and knowledge necessary to advancing into the profession of lifeguarding. PR: HPE 126.

140. Social Dance
The night-club two-step; swing dances including the shag and West Coast swing; the mambo; and the hustle will be taught.

143. Ballroom II
The Viennese waltz, tango, rumba and samba. PR: HPE 123.

144. Dance Improvision
Introduction to the fundamentals of dance improvision, focusing on increasing the student's range of movement through individual, partner and group-movement activities.

151. Introduction to Cave Leadership
Designed to educate students about cave travel, risk management, equipment selection and the basic understanding of ecology and geology related to the cave environment.  A focus will be on the need to practice and teach “Leave No Trace” leadership techniques applied to the fragile underground wilderness. Fee required. Weekend schedule and off-site sessions required.

160. Yoga
Introduction to the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga through the practice of exercises (asanas), breathing and relaxation techniques.

165. Basic Challenge-Course Instructor
National training curriculum is available to individuals with prior challenge-course experience who want to develop the basic skills needed to effectively lead team-building and low-element challenge course activities. Basic knot-tying and belaying techniques learned. Special schedule. Fee. PR: HPE 114, 117 or 118 or CI.

166. Advanced Challenge-Course Instructor
Develop skills and techniques to manage advanced challenge-course programs. Course safety, risk management, element set-up and rescues will be focused upon to meet national challenge-course training standards. Involves weekend hours. Fee. PR: HPE 165.

170. Wilderness First Aid
Designed to provide lay rescuers with additional knowledge and information about how to respond to emergencies in the wilderness, campus, rural and work settings. Required of individuals in settings where EMS is 30 or more minutes away from site. Special schedule. Fee. PR: Prior first-aid and CPR certification required.

171. Introduction to Backpacking
Fundamental skills necessary for low-impact hiking and safe camping procedures. Knowledge of effective selection of equipment, clothing, routes and sites. Develop appreciation of wilderness and environmental awareness as a lifelong activity. Trip required. Fee.

172. Introduction to Orienteering
Combine skills of land navigation and fitness (walking/running) while learning basics of staying found in the outdoors.

175. Fitness Walk/Jog
Activity-based course emphasizing fitness acquisition through a personalized program of walking and/or jogging.

176. Disc Golf
The course is designed to educate the students in the basic rules, techniques, throwing options, and strategies of disc golf, a sport well suited for a lifetime leisure activity.

177. Softball for Women
The course is designed to teach female students basic rules and fundamentals of softball.  These fundamentals include catching, hitting, throwing and defense with an emphasis on fast pitch softball. 

180. Introduction to Snow Skiing
Introduces the basic skills necessary for snow skiing. All types of snow skiing will be introduced. Physical conditioning will be emphasized prior to an off-campus multiple overnight experience. Fee.

190. Physical Activity Topics
Offered periodically to address activities of interest not currently part of the HPE curriculum. Activities will only be offered twice in this topics course. Counts as an activity course for general education. Repeatable for credit with different topics.

*Certification is available if both HPE 126 and 136 are taken during the same semester and all standards are successfully completed.

220. First Aid - 2-0-1
Policies and procedures for emergencies. American Red Cross certification earned.

221. Survey of Fitness - 0-2-1
Comprehensive experience relating to cardiovascular fitness, exercise, diet and self-testing (may be counted as an activity course).

222. College Health Topics - 2-0-1
Survey of health problems on college level with emphasis on drug education and sex education.

223. Self-Defense for Women I - 1-0-1
Focus on prevention of violent crimes directed toward women, with special emphasis given to prevention of sexual assault (stranger and acquaintance) through development of nonverbal communication skills, assertiveness skills, stranger-danger awareness and self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses. To be completed during first seven weeks of term. CR: HPE 224.

224. Self-Defense for Women II - 2-0-1
Develops awareness of relationship violence and basic car care. Introduction to Model Mugging and role-playing scenarios utilizing self-defense skills. Fee. To be completed during second seven weeks of term. May be used as an activity course. Fee. CR: HPE 223.

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