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Developing Whole Leaders for the whole World

Bachelor of Science in
Health Physical Education


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s commitment to the Whole Person philosophy is well-represented in the Health, Leisure, and Sports Sciences Department. You will find a dual approach in this major. First you will get the general education program that emphasizes overall healthy living, lifestyle and wellness. Secondly you will get the benefit of our professional education program that provides the foundation for you to eventually work in the health, fitness, recreation or sports management industries, teach physical education or qualify for physical therapy or medical school.

If you choose to major in Health Physical Education, you will be exposed to a variety of subjects and areas of focus that will prepare you to teach or get a job in a number of fields of health and physical education.

Students seeking licensure to teach at the secondary levels have two options: completion of the health and physical education major, which leads to standard certification, or completion of any other major in the HPE Department, which can lead to alternative certification.

Degree Plan for B.S. in Health & Physical Education

What can I do with a degree in Health Physical Education?

When you graduate with a degree in Health Physical Education, there are numerous exciting and fun careers available to you:

  • Health Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Coach

What are some of the core experiences?

  • Personal Health Science
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Motor Learning, Games, and Adaptive PE
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Psychology of Human Performance
  • School Health Care

What makes ORU’s Health Physical Education program stand out?

As a Health Physical Education major, you will be offered a wide variety of courses in all facets of the industry. You will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities including an indoor running track, modern exercise equipment, an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, etc.

Fast-track program

ORU's Fast Track program offers you the opportunity to complete up to 12 hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate student…with no additional cost! For more information click here.

What about accreditation?

As a university we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission. The Health Physical Education program meets certification requirements set by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability.

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship.

Quest Whole Leader Scholarship

General ORU Scholarships and Financial Aid

College of Education Scholarships (Applications available every spring for current ORU College of Education candidates)


Department of Health, Leisure and Sport Science

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