Physical Education

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Program Overview

The associate degree in physical education prepares students to move into a curriculum in a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in such areas as exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy and teaching. The physical educator with a baccalaureate degree is prepared to enter graduate or professional programs of specialized study such as adapted physical education, coaching, exercise physiology, physical therapy and education.

The graduate of the AA program in physical education will:

  • Demonstrate and evaluate the factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle and contribute to the prevention of adult related diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Synthesize health education information and apply principles of exercise in order to improve personal wellness and longevity.
  • Acquire program specific information from various sources with which to better appreciate, analyze, and communicate in different situations, involving diverse individuals and viewpoints.


Santa Maria Campus, Bldg N
805-922-6933 ext. 3227


Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Summer: Varies

Physical Fitness Lab (PFL)
Monday - Thursday,  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Swimming Pool
Monday - Thursday,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Students must be enrolled in a PE course or community education in order to access the physical fitness lab or swimming pool.   

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"When I came to the US, I did not come to study; I came looking for a job to send money to my parents and younger siblings in Jalisco. Now that I have graduated with a master's degree and have been a teacher for eight years, my conclusion is that persistence and dedication helped me learn English and save enough money to pay for college completely out of my pocket and from time to time send money to my family in my country."
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Last Modified Sep 19, 2016