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Physical Education

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. Brent Bolte, Ms. Kimberly Falkenhagen, Dr. Eric Forsyth, Mr. Bertrum Gilling, Mr. Craig Hougen, Mr. James Ingman, Mr. Rich Jahner, Dr. B. Christina Kippenhan, Dr. James Mastro, Mr. Bruce Olson, Ms. Donna Palivec, Mr. Michael Power, Dr. Patricia Rosenbrock, Dr. Karl Salscheider, Mr. Tom Serratore, Mr. James Stone, Mr. Jeff Tesch, Ms. Amanda Went, Ms. Sally Wiltse

Areas of Study

See additional departmental offerings under "Health" and "Sport Management" listings.

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.

The Physical Education teacher licensure programs, Minnesota Board of Teaching approved, lead to licensure for teaching physical education in K-12 schools. They also prepare students for graduate school. The curriculum includes studies in the basic and exercise sciences, methods and activities, curricular development, and assessment as well as professional education. Hands-on learning is emphasized in laboratory and methods classes and includes teaching experiences in the field.

The department offers several minors and specialist programs that provide students with the skills and expertise to work in health clubs, coach teams, teach special needs students, and manage aquatics programs. Also, in addition to offering a variety of activities classes that enhance students liberal education, the department works with Campus Recreation and Athletics to offer a broad range of learning experiences.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Exercise Science
Life Sciences
Physical Education

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. For example, an additional major or minor in health education may be beneficial in expanding employment opportunities.

Career Directions

Adapted Specialist
Aquatic Specialist
Athletic Coaching
Athletic Training
Industrial Fitness
Personal Trainer
Physical Education Teaching
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
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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