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Program Description


Physical education provides opportunities for students to gain current knowledge of physical fitness facts, healthful living practices, leisure time pursuits, stress management techniques, and to receive instruction in the skills necessary for successful participation in activities necessary for optimum health and physical efficiency.

The profession is based on the philosophy that physical education is an academic discipline, an essential portion of the General Education process. Further, the physical education curriculum is centered on the concept that movement skills, intellectual development, physical fitness and healthful living practices are elements of life that must be taught and reinforced. Specific knowledge, skills and practice techniques that best benefit the student do not just happen. Instruction, analysis and evaluation by a credentialed professional is essential for implementing this philosophy.

The Santa Barbara City College Physical Education Department is proud to provide SBCC students, faculty and staff with the Life Fitness Center (LFC), a state-of-the-art physical fitness facility. The Life Fitness Center offers a series of courses that employ an open-entry format that allows students to use the facility during a variety of convenient hours. The Life Fitness Center offers a series of courses that employ an open-entry format that allows students to use the facility during a variety of convenient hours. The LFC features the “aerobic super circuit” considered by many experts to be one of the most effective ways to train and improve physical health. The LFC is set up to accommodate the needs of students of all ages, sizes and skill levels. The LFC is also home to the Human Performance Lab, which provides students with an opportunity for a complete fitness assessment. Lastly, the LFC and the Human Performance Lab provide an excellent teaching facility for students interested in careers in personal fitness training. See department chair for information. 

The A.A. Degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Exercise Science, is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the nationally recognized leader in physical fitness certification. Students completing the A.A. Degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Exercise Science, can take the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor (HFI) certification examination at SBCC. The HFI is a professional qualified to assess, design and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for low or high risk individuals, as well as those with controlled disease.

The varied offerings of the department are grouped within these categories:

• Aquatics
• Combatives
• Dance
• Fitness/Cardiovascular Activities
• Gerontology: Skills for Health Aging
• Health Education Courses
• Individual/Dual Activities
• Intercollegiate Athletics
• Team Sport Activities
• Theory and Professional Preparation Courses

NOTE: A student is allowed to take one course in each level only of any one discipline. There is a total of four enrollments only in the Life Fitness Center  family of courses. The student is encouraged to move progressively through the skill levels. All such activity courses transfer to CSU and UC branch institutions: however, there are limitations. UC limits the total credit for any/all activity courses to four (4) units. See a counselor for details. 

The Physical Education Department at SBCC currently offers three A.A. degrees in Physical Education which provide students with a foundational knowledge on the processes through which individuals obtain optimal health, physical skill, and fitness. The physical educator, whether in a laboratory, school, medical or business setting, is ultimately concerned with improving the individual’s health and well-being. The programs prepare students to make a successful transition into a Baccalaureate Degree in Kinesiology at any four year institution. These Physical Education degrees present students with more career opportunities than ever before. In addition to the traditional areas of teaching, coaching, recreation and dance, Physical Education majors are finding that the disciplines of physical therapy, athletic training, rehabilitation services, exercise specialties and fitness are more and more in demand. In addition, as preventive health care becomes more prevalent, the physical educator should find an even wider range of opportunities. Students with such interests should discuss their plans with a counselor or department adviser as early as possible. In addition, the Physical Education department offers an A.A.-T Degree in Kinesiology for Transfer. This degree will provide the foundational knowledge in Kinesiology to students who want to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in Kinesiology. This degree is in compliance with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) and guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Upon completion of the transfer associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system. Students will be given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college area of emphasis. For the latest information about transfer degrees, www.sb1440.org.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the differences between Physical Education and Athletics.
  2. Recognize the potential for service to the individual, community and society provided by Physical Education and Athletics.
  3. Describe the role of P.E./Kinesiology as an academic discipline and its role in health promotion and disease prevention.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of functional human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and demonstrate proficiency in a variety of physical activity skills.
  5. Develop appropriate physical training programs for adults based on demonstrated knowledge of coronary risk factor analysis, exercise prescription and nutritional guidelines established by industry standards.

Physical Education Emphasis in Athletic Training Program

  1. Articulate the differences between Physical Education and Athletics.
  2. Recognize the potential for service to the individual, community and society provided by Physical Education and Athletics.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and properly demonstrate proficiency in a variety of physical activity skills.
  4. Explain the appropriate course of treatment for each of the most common sports injuries.
  5. Identify the factors that contribute to an evaluation of an injury and determine the treatment plan for safe return to sport participation.
  6. Demonstrate and implement rehabilitative exercises appropriate to each sport.

Physical Education Emphasis in Exercise Science Program Outcomes

  1. Articulate the differences between Physical Education and Athletics.
  2. Recognize the potential for service to the individual, community and society provided by Physical Education, Athletics and Physical Fitness.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and properly demonstrate proficiency in a variety of physical activity skills.
  4. Assess motivational readiness for client exercise and develop effective strategies for health behavior change consistent with the stages of the Transtheoretical Model of motivational readiness.
  5. Develop appropriate physical training programs for children, adults and special needs populations, based on demonstrated knowledge of coronary risk factor analysis, exercise prescription and nutritional guidelines established by industry standards.
  6. Administer practical fitness assessment.
  7. Demonstrate academic competencies sufficient to pass professional certification exams consistent with entry-level positions in the health and fitness industry.

Faculty & Offices

Kathy O’Connor, Chair (PE-212, ext. 2322)
Paula Congleton (PE-304, ext. 2883)
Scott Fickerson (PE-310, ext. 2275)
Morris Hodges (PE-309, ext. 2272) 
Tracy Kofford (PE-308, ext. 3732)
Charles Melendez (PE-305, ext. 3467)
Craig Moropoulos (PE-307, ext 2460)
Ellen O’Connor (PE-306, ext. 2270)
Sandrine Rocher-Krul (PE-313, ext. 4028)


Faculty Advisers/Special Program Advisers
Kathy O'Connor, Faculty Adviser (PE-212, ext. 2322)
Michael Gamboa, Special Program Adviser  (PE-211, ext. 4180)

Emeritus Faculty
Maxine Dekker
Robin Paulsen
Robert Dinaberg
Albert H. Revis
Carmen DiPoalo
Jack Sanford
Harold "Rusty" Fairly
Eleanor Simmons
Patricia MacPhee
Richard Weist
Kay Fulton

 


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