Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Welcome Students

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Department is an integral part of the university's whole-person philosophy.  Its objectives are twofold.  First, through a general education program, it seeks to assist every student in developing a personal wellness lifestyle that is conducive to optimal health, fitness and well-being.  Second, through a professional education program, it provides curriculum and experience enabling students to:

  • Work in the health/fitness/recreation/sports management fields
  • Teach physical education
  • Qualify for physical therapy or medical school

The HPER Department is located in the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center. 


HPER General Education and Activity Classes

Aquatic Exercise Bowling Step Aerobics
Pickleball Soccer Equestrian
Archery Creative Aerobics Swim Conditioning
Racquetball Softball Exercise & Weight Control
Rock Climbing Cycling Swimming
Basketball Varsity Sports Golf
Scuba Diving Health Fitness I and II Tennis
Badminton Volleyball Fencing
Self-Defense Lifeguarding Total Conditioning
Basic First Aid & CPR Weight Training Gymnastics
Snow Skiing    


Indoor Facilities

  • Departmental and faculty offices
  • Gymnastics room
  • Human performance labs
  • 6 Classrooms
  • 50 meter pool with 1 & 3 meter diving boards
  • Women's exercise room
  • 3 racquetball courts
  • Athletic training room
  • 4 basketball courts
  • 4 volleyball courts
  • 16 badminton/pickleball courts
  • Men's and women's locker rooms with showers
  • Indoor track (6 laps = 1 mile)
  • Free weight room with mirrors
  • Aerobic exercise room with Stairmasters, Lifecycles and treadmills
  • Life guarding


Outdoor Facilities Include

  • 2 sand volleyball courts
  • 6 tennis courts
  • Jogging track
  • 2 soccer fields