Course Descriptions

The Physical Education Activity (PEA) program offers a wide variety of academically-rigorous and innovative activity-based courses that meet Appalachian State University's General Education Wellness Literacy requirements. As part of General Education, all students are required to elect two semester hours of wellness literacy courses. We hope you will select from the courses below to complete your General Education Wellness Literacy requirement at ASU.

Please note that PEA courses are graded on a standard A-F letter grade basis using assessment data from a combination of wellness literacy online modules and fitness, skill, cognitive and affective evaluations.

Course Offerings

PEA Courses are grouped into content-related categories, which are denoted below along with course listings and descriptions. A complete listing of courses is also available in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Selected Topics (PE 1530-1545)

Selected topics represent courses that: 1) provide students an opportunity to study a new topic or subject area that is not currently offered in the standard curriculum; and 2) provide a program the flexibility to offer experimental courses that may become part of the standard curriculum. Selected Topics PE courses with numbers 1530 - 15445 carry the ASU Wellness Literacy attribute and may be repeated for credit when course content/title does not duplicate.
This course is designed to develop fundamental parkour skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, etiquette, judgement, conditioning, choosing appropriate and relatively safe obstacles, proprioception, wall running, vaults, jumps, rolls, freerunning, and tricking. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in parkour/freerunning and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental fitness drill skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, resistance training, circuit training, and calisthenics. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in resistance training and calisthenics and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental Brazilian capoeira martial arts skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, stretching, and playing instruments. Combines elements of fighting, dance, rituals, acrobatics, and music in a “Capoeira game” that is play, not combat. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in capoeira and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental stand up paddleboard yoga skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, proper breathing, relaxation techniques, body positioning, posture, meditation, and balance in a variety of body positions (asanas). Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in stand up paddleboard yoga in a pool and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental Scottish country dancing skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, cultural traditions, dance movements, music selection, and positioning. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in Scottish country dances and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundament bowling skills and knowledge. Topic include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, league play, scoring, position, delivery, and etiquette. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in bowling and make healthy life choices.

Aquatic (PE 1700-1719)

This course is designed to develop fundamental swimming skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, developing confidence in the water, floating, treading water, kicks, and beginning stroke progressions. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to be more confident in the water and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Designed for students with no deep-water experience.
This course provides a continuation in the development of swimming skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, developing confidence in the water, treading water, diving, and basic swimming strokes. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in water-based activities and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Ability to swim at least one pool length in deep water without pause.
This course provides a continuation in the development of swimming skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, swimming endurance, treading water, flip turns, shallow diving, and more advanced stroke techniques. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in water-based activities and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Ability to swim at least 50 yards using front crawl stroke in deep water without pause.
This course is designed to develop fundamental Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, underwater adaptations, and dive planning tables. Upon successful completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for certification by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Open water certification trips are available post course (fee) and are not required to earn a grade. Requirements: Must be able to swim 200 yards non-stop, tread water for 10 minutes, and be medically fit to dive.
This course provides a continuation in the development of Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, selection and care of equipment, rescues, mask clearing, regulator exchange, buoyancy, and dive tables. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired participate in more advanced SCUBA dives. Requirements: Must hold current Open Water SCUBA certification. Must be able to swim 200 yards and tread water for 10 minutes, and be medically fit to dive.
This course is designed to develop fundamental water aerobics skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, aquatic based rhythmic aerobic activities and conditioning activities that build flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in aquatic fitness classes and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental swimming for fitness skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, lap swimming conditioning drills, games, aquatic based rhythmic aerobic activities, and conditioning activities that build flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and cardio-respiratory fitness. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in water-based activities and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental water polo skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, swimming techniques, passing, shooting, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in water polo and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental lifeguarding and water safety skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, CPR for the professional rescuer, first aid, judgment, aquatic hazards, and recognizing/rescuing people in distress. Upon successful completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for certification by the American Red Cross. Obtaining certification is not required to earn a grade. Requirements: Ability to swim 300 yards (front crawl/breast stroke) without pause and retrieve brick from deep water. Course fee required for American Red Cross Certification.

Adventure (PE 1720-1739)

This course is designed to develop fundamental trail hiking skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace etiquette, judgement, trail navigation techniques, and topographic map/compass use. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in hiking day trips and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental backpacking skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace etiquette, judgement, trail navigation with a pack, topographic map/compass use, camping techniques, and meal planning. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in overnight backpacking trips in wilderness areas and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental geocaching skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/Geocaching etiquette, judgement, navigation techniques, topographic map/compass use, and strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in geocaching and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental canoeing skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/paddling etiquette, judgement, boat transportation, weather, paddling techniques, and rescues. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in flat-water canoeing trips and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental fly fishing skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, etymology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace etiquette, judgement, wading, casting techniques, knots, and entomology. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in fly fishing and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental indoor rock wall climbing top-rope skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, judgement, climbing techniques, rope handling, safety systems, and belaying. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in rock wall climbing and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental outdoor top-rope climbing skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/climbing etiquette, judgement, climbing techniques, rope handling, safety systems, belaying, and anchors. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in top rope climbing and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental bouldering skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/climbing etiquette, judgement, safety systems, climbing techniques, and problem solving. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in bouldering and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental mountain biking skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/MTB etiquette, judgement, ascending/descending steep terrain and obstacles, braking, maintaining flow/speed, and trail maintenance. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in single-track mountain biking and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental whitewater rafting skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/paddling etiquette, judgement, boat transportation, paddling and swift water rescue techniques, guiding skills, and river navigation. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in whitewater rafting and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental whitewater kayaking skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/paddling etiquette, judgement, boat transportation, paddling and swift water rescue techniques, and river navigation. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in whitewater kayaking and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental flat water kayaking skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/paddling etiquette, judgement, boat transportation, weather, paddling techniques, and rescues. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in flat-water kayaking trips and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental stand up paddleboarding (SUP) skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, Leave No Trace/paddling etiquette, judgement, board transportation, weather, paddling techniques, and rescues. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in SUP trips and make healthy life choices.

Fitness (PE 1740-1769)

This course is designed to develop fundamental aerobic dance skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, rhythmic dance routines, body sculpt, circuit training, and calisthenics. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in aerobic dance classes and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental zumba aerobic dance skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, and rhythmic dance routines/steps to traditional Latin rhythms, cumbia, salsa, samba, merengue, and hip-hop music. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in zumba classes and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental jogging/conditioning skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, distance running, interval training, games, circuit training, and calisthenics. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in a jogging program and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop the fundamental skills and knowledge to participate in a 5K event. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, distance walking/jogging, pacing, interval training, circuit training, and calisthenics. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to develop an individualized training program, make healthy life choices, and participate in a 5K running event.
This course is designed to develop fundamental walking/conditioning skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, distance fitness walking, games, circuit training, and calisthenics. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in a walking program and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental yoga skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, and proper breathing, relaxation techniques, body positioning, posture, meditation, and balance, in a variety of body positions (asanas). Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in yoga practice and make healthy life choices.
This course provides a continuation in the development of yoga skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, and proper breathing, relaxation techniques, body positioning, posture, meditation, and balance in more advanced body positions. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in yoga practice and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Students should have past yoga experience.
This course is designed to develop fundamental resistance training skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, etiquette, lifting techniques, and program design. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in a weight training program and make healthy life choices.
This course provides a continuation in the development of resistance training skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, etiquette, more advanced lifting techniques, power/speed, and program design. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in a weight training program and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Students should have past resistance training experience.
This course is designed to develop fundamental CrossFit training skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, etiquette, lifting techniques, high intensity/varied functional resistance training exercises, power/speed, and program design. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in CrossFit training and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental indoor cycling (spin) skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, riding techniques, and high intensity cycling conditioning routines. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in a group spin classes and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop the fundamental RIPPED fitness skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, resistance training, interval training, plyometrics, muscular endurance, diet, stretching, core exercises, circuit training, and calisthenics. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in RIPPED classes and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental group fitness skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, and fast-paced rhythmic aerobic routines, proper breathing, body positioning, spatial awareness, and balance in a variety of non-contact movements. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in Rumble group fitness classes and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental cardio kickboxing group fitness skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, core exercises, and fast-paced rhythmic aerobic routines, proper breathing, body positioning, and balance in a variety of non-contact movements. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in cardio kickboxing classes and make healthy life choices.

Combative (PE 1770-1789)

This course is designed to develop fundamental self-defense skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, judgement, stances, blocks, punches, and kicks, as well as strategic responses to various encounters and non-physical means of self-defense. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in self-defense situations and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental fencing skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, judgement, stances, grips, attacks, parries, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in fencing matches and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental tai chi martial arts skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, stretching, and exploration of body/energy awareness, proper breathing, physical/mental centeredness, grace, balance, and fluid body movements. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in tai chi practice and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental kung fu martial arts skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, judgement, exploration of body/energy awareness, physical/mental centeredness, fluid body movements in stances, blocks, punches, and kicks, and self-defense. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in kung fu practice and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental stick fighting skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, judgement, weapon-based fighting and sparring, movement, and self-defense. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in stick fighting and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, stretching, conditioning exercises, grappling, control, leverage, chokes, holds, and joint manipulations. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in Jiu Jitsu training and make healthy life choices.

Invasion (PE 1790-1809)

This course is designed to develop fundamental basketball skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, dribbling, passing, shooting, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in basketball games and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental field hockey skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, field positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in field hockey games and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental flag football skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, passing, receiving, evasive maneuvers, running routes, field positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in flag football games and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental team handball skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, passing, receiving, shooting, evasive maneuvers, field positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in team handball games and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental disc games skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, throwing/receiving techniques, evasive maneuvers, field positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in ultimate and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental soccer skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in soccer games and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental indoor soccer skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in indoor soccer games and make healthy life choices.

Net/Wall (PE 1810-1829)

This course is designed to develop fundamental badminton skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, serving, return of serve, drop/clear/drive/smash shots, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in badminton and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental pickleball skills and knowledge. Combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a solid paddle and whiffle ball. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, serving, return of serve, forehand, backhand, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in pickleball and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental racquetball skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, serving, return of serve, ceiling/back/front/side wall shots, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in racquetball and make healthy life choices.
This course provides a continuation in the development of racquetball skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, more advanced serves, return of serve, passing/ceiling/back/front/side wall shots, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in racquetball and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Students should have past racquetball experience.
This course is designed to develop fundamental tennis skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, serving, return of serve, forehand, backhand, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in tennis and make healthy life choices.
This course provides a continuation in the development of tennis skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, more advanced serving, return of serve, forehand, backhand, topspin/backspin, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in tennis and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Students should have past tennis experience.
This course is designed to develop fundamental volleyball skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, serving, return of serve, bump, set, spiking, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in volleyball and make healthy life choices.
This course is designed to develop fundamental wallyball skills and knowledge. Combines elements of volleyball and racquetball. Played in a racquetball court with a modified volleyball. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, serving, return of serve, bump, set, court positioning, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in wallyball and make healthy life choices.

Striking/Fielding (PE 1830-1849)

This course is designed to develop fundamental slow pitch softball skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, rules, etiquette, batting, throwing, catching, position play, and tactics/strategies. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in softball and make healthy life choices.

Target (PE 1850-1869)

This course is designed to develop fundamental archery skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, judgement, rules, scoring, and target shooting techniques. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in target archery and make healthy life choices.

Winter Sports (PE 1870-1889)

This course is designed to develop fundamental alpine snow skiing skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, and navigation techniques, including turning, stopping and entering/exiting a ski lift. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in skiing and make healthy life choices.
This course provides a continuation in the development of alpine snow skiing skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, and navigation techniques, including parallel turns, stem Christies, mogul skiing, jumps, free style, and slalom. Upon completion, students should be able to ski more advanced slope terrains and snow conditions under control and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Students should have past skiing experience.
This course is designed to develop fundamental alpine snowboarding skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, and navigation techniques, including turning, stopping, and entering/exiting a ski lift. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to participate in snowboarding and make healthy life choices.
This course provides a continuation in the development of alpine snowboarding skills and knowledge. Topics include history, terminology, wellness, safety, equipment, etiquette, and riding advanced terrain, jumps, and free style. Upon successful completion, students should be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to snowboard more advanced slope terrains and snow conditions under control and make healthy life choices. Requirements: Students should have past snowboarding experience.