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Bachelor of Arts in Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences with a Concentration in Sport Pedagogy

Completing the sport pedagogy concentration and subsequent single-subject teaching credential requirement permits students to pursue a teaching career in K-12 physical education, with the potential to teach other content areas in a variety of educational settings. This is true of the regular credential program in physical education as well as the more specialized concentration in coaching. The coaching concentration is not only recommended for sport pedagogy majors but also for other teaching majors who may be interested in coaching.


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I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement
a. One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in: 

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis


Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

IV. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

V. Major Requirements
Minimum 50 units, including:

  • HESP 100 Introduction to Research
  • HESP 121 Team Sports
  • HESP 123 Individual Sports
  • HESP 127 Philosophy of Sport
  • HESP 131 Assessment and Evaluation
  • HESP 133 Kinesiology
  • HESP 139 Sport Psychology
  • HESP 141 Sport in America
  • HESP 147 Exercise Physiology
  • HESP 151 Elementary Physical Education
  • HESP 153 Adapted Physical Education
  • HESP 155 Motor Learning
  • HESP 159 Sport Pedagogy
  • HESP 161 Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • HESP 189e Practicum: Sport Pedagogy


Motor Skill Proficiencies
Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences majors completing the Sport Pedagogy Concentration must also demonstrate 10 proficiencies over six areas: aquatics (1); gymnastics and tumbling (1); combatives and/or martial arts (1); dance (1); individual sports (3); and team sports (3). The ten proficiencies must include a minimum of two advanced, four intermediate and four beginning skills.  Proficiencies may be met by successfully completing HESP 121 and HESP 123 and/or successfully completing appropriate activity classes.