Health Science & Physical Education Transfer Program

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The Life Sciences Department offers classes in four areas of biology: general biology, environmental biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology.


The mission of the Physical Education Department is to promote lifelong physical activity, fitness and health through a variety of physical activities.

Physical Education Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

The student will be able to:

  • Describe the mental and physical benefits of regular physical activity.
  • Explain the different benefits of aerobic exercise, resistance exercise, and stretching activities.
  • Monitor their personal heart rate to determine if it is in the target heart rate zone.

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.


Recommended AS Transfer Curriculum for Health Science/Physical Education

This AS curriculum is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credit hours in transfer to fulfill requirements in Health Science/Physical Education. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and program. Peruse some of the offerings in the Life Sciences/Physical Education Department.

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

Minimum General Education (45)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Communications (9)
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
GROUP II Select from Humanities and Fine Arts Electives
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Social and Behavioral Science (9)
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
GROUP III Select from Social Science Electives 9
Mathematics (3)
MTH 115
MTH 126
General Education Mathematics
Fundamentals of Statistics
Physical and Life Science (8)
BIO 102
BIO 105
Introductory Biology
General Biology I
CHM 111 Introductory Chemistry I 4

Area of Concentration/Electives (24)

Select from program-specific courses. The selected electives listed below may satisfy the additional Math and Physical or Life Science courses required for the AS.

FAD 205 Emergency Care and Safety 2
HLT 101 Health and Wellness 2
PSY 211 Human Growth and Development 3
Select from Activity Courses (14)
P-E 100 Physical Fitness I 1
P-E 101 Physical Fitness II 1
P-E 106 Beginning Weight Training I 1
P-E 113 Fitness Walking 1
P-E 115 Low Impact/Step Aerobics 1
P-E 201 Physical Fitness IV 1
P-E 206 Progressive Weight Training II 1
P-E 215 Advanced Impact Step Aerobics 1
P-E 216 Progressive Weight Training III 1
P-E 226 Progressive Weight Training IV 1
Minimum for AS Degree 62