Program Description

This program is designed for students transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a degree in physical education, health education, or coaching. Study in Physical Education serves as a preparation for careers such as: teacher of health and physical education, recreation director, private fitness center administration, and personal trainer/coach.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Physical Education:

Physical Education (AA)

General Information

All physical education classes are co-ed unless otherwise stated in the course description and/or Schedule of Classes. The dress for Merced College Physical Education activities classes is dependent upon the nature of activity; students will be advised of proper dress at time of orientation.

Staff members of Kinesiology, Health & Physical Fitness will screen all students participating in physical activity classes who show a medical problem which may adversely affect their participation. Students so identified will be required to obtain a physician’s clearance. When appropriate, screening may be achieved through the Disabled Student Services Office. Students who lead a sedentary lifestyle or who have a history of heart disease or other medical conditions should check with their physician before starting any exercise program.

Students are advised to use caution when participating in physical activity classes. Strains, pulls, and similar injuries may be caused by improper use of equipment, or failure to follow directions of instructors.

Physical Education Faculty