VIU's bachelor of physical education degree program students participating in an indoor cycling class

Physical Education


  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Major, Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Is fitness an integral part of your life? Do you want to share your passion for a healthy lifestyle with others?

VIU’s Bachelor of Physical Education program prepares you to help others improve the quality of their lives through health and fitness. As physical activity is proven to help in all aspects of a person’s life, including their ability to concentrate and focus on learning, your future career will make a difference.

With a physical education degree (BPhEd), students will be ready to seek jobs such as an athletic trainer, camp director, adventure educator and phys ed teacher.

The Bachelor of Physical Education Program

The Sport, Health, and Physical Education program provides students with the knowledge and experience to pursue numerous careers in physical education, such as education, fitness/wellness management, movement science, outdoor leadership, physical therapy, coaching, athlete development, and sports management. Students will explore the nature of human movement and learn essential skills to communicate, administrate, and lead groups in physical activity settings. In addition, students will gain an appreciation of the disciplinary knowledge and its application to various physical activity-related professions. The program provides students with diverse learning environments and applied experiences including lectures, labs, activity classes, online learning, and applied research. The objective is to prepare undergraduates in the field of physical education with the skills, knowledge, and experience to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

Program Outline

Years 1 and 2

Credits

PHED 201* - (Human Anatomy)

3

PHED 202 - (Dynamics of Motor Skills Acquisition)

3

PHED 220* - (Intro to Human Physiology II)

3

PHED 260 - (Sport, Leisure and Physical Activity in Canadian Society)

3

PHED 280 - (Physical Growth and Motor Development)

3

Nine two–credit PHED Analysis courses

18

Degree English Requirement

6

Twenty-one elective credits

21

Total Credits

60

* These courses fulfill the Lab/Science requirements for the Education program.

Years 3 and 4

Credits

PHED 302 - (Applied Exercise Physiology and Prescription)

3

PHED 351 - (Human Wellness)

3

PHED 371 - (Organization and Administration of Physical Activity)

3

PHED 391 - (Research Methods in Physical Activity)

3

PHED 400 - (Applied Movement Analysis)

3

PHED 460 - (Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Activity)

3

PHED 461 - (Applied Leadership in Physical Activity)

3

PHED 480 - (Physical Activity of Special Populations)

3

PHED 491 - (Integrated Seminar and Field Experience)

3

Nine credits of upper–level PHED electives

9

Six upper-level elective credits

6

Eighteen elective credits

18

Total Credits

60

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements. Contact the Sport, Health, and Physical Education Department or the B.A. Degree Advisor for more information.

Requirements for a Minor

Years 1 and 2

Credits

PHED 201* - (Human Anatomy)

3

PHED 202 - (Dynamics of Motor Skills Acquisition)

3

PHED 220* - (Intro to Human Physiology II)

3

PHED 260 - (Sport, Leisure and Physical Activity in Canadian Society)

3

PHED 280 - (Physical Growth and Motor Development)

3

Six two–credit PHED Analysis courses

12

Degree English Requirement

6

Twenty-seven elective credits

27

Total Credits

60

* These courses fulfill the Lab/Science requirements for the Education program.

Years 3 and 4

Credits

PHED 302 - (Applied Exercise Physiology and Prescription)

3

PHED 351 - (Human Wellness)

3

PHED 400 - (Applied Movement Analysis)

3

PHED 460 - (Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Activity)

3

PHED 461 - (Applied Leadership in Physical Activity)

3

Three credits of upper–level PHED electives

3

Twenty-four upper-level elective credits

24

Eighteen elective credits

18

Total Credits

60

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements. Contact the Sport, Health, and Physical Education Department or the B.A. Degree Advisor for more information.

Updated 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $150.71 per credit)

4,521.30

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

180.85

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.66 per credit)

199.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.32 per month)

162.56

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,839.51

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.32 per month)

162.56

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

19,380.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Darlene Norby
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2594
Email: darlene.norby@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: LOUIS MATTAR
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2493
Email: louis.mattar@viu.ca

Coordinator Contact

Name: Dawna Copeland
Phone: 250-740-6221
Email: dawna.copeland@viu.ca

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