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Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport
College of Professional Studies
Physical Education Complex 218-755-2940
Fax: 218-755-3898


Dr. Muriel Gilman (Chair;, Mr. Rich Jahner, Dr. Karl Salscheider, Mr. James Stone, Ms. Sally Wiltse

Areas of Study

See "Physical Education" and "Sport Management" for other Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport offerings.

Graduates of BSU’s Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport will be recognized as competent and prepared professionals, empowered lifelong learners, responsible citizens, participants in regular physical activity, and advocates for programs in physical education, health, and sport.

The mission of the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport is to provide students with opportunities to excel through purposeful experiences resulting in skills for lifelong learning, skills for citizenship, and skills for work that include communication, use of technology, and appreciation of individual differences. Through our programs, students develop an appreciation of the contributions of physical activity and sport to health by developing personalized exercise programs.

Health is an ever-changing condition of well being. It is influenced by intellectual, occupational, social, emotional, physical and spiritual factors. Health education combines learning experiences in all of these areas to encourage and facilitate the development of healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

Students majoring in health prepare to teach others about healthy living. The program in teacher licensure, leading to State of Minnesota teaching certification, and the Community Health program both offer an academic foundation, professional preparation, student teaching/internship experiences, and a learning environment conducive to personal application of health goals.

Both programs also provide sound academic preparation for entry into health-related master's degree programs. Graduate study is recommended for students pursuing careers beyond entry-level positions.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
First Aid

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Community Health Service
Community Teacher
Primary and Secondary School Teaching
Private and Public Health Agencies
University/College Health Centers
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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