HPE – Recreation Transfer AA

Last updated 6/30/2015

Associate in Arts Code 1039

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Jennifer Johnson, 309-796-5120, johnsonj@bhc.edu
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709


Students planning to major in health education, physical education or recreation at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a health, physical education or recreation major, students should identify the school of transfer as soon as possible and follow that curriculum.

Although there are employment opportunities for associate degree graduates, these curricula are primarily intended for those who wish to transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education, recreation, or a closely related area. Associate in Arts degree graduates can find entry level employment opportunities in the areas of recreation or sports/fitness club organizations.

Opportunities for bachelor’s degree graduates may include physical education, health education, coaching, recreation, sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, sports journalism, sporting goods manufacturing and sales, facility management and other related occupations.

It is essential for the student to work closely with a departmental academic advisor to select courses which will apply to a specific program at the chosen four-year school.

HPE – Recreation Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1039
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
HEAL 102 — Living In A Changing World (2)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology 3
PE Elective – from courses numbered 125-199 (1)
Physical Science (4)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
HEAL 200 — First Aid (3)
PE 211 — Introduction to Community Recreation (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
Mathematics  or  Computer Science (3)
Elective (2)

Third Semester
PE 193 — Lifeguard Training (1.5)
PE 194 — Water Safety Instructor (1.5)
PE 215 — Leadership in Leisure Activities (3)
PE 230 — Intramural Management
Humanities (3)
*Political Science Elective (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)

Fourth Semester
BIOL 200 — Environmental Biology I  or  (3)
BIOL 201 — Environmental Biology II
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Fine Arts (3)
Mathematics (3)
Non-Western Studies (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

*See school of transfer.

Courses for this program include: »

BIOL 200 Environmental Biology I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Familiarizes the students with dimensions, complexities, and gravity of man’s impact on the earth. Includes growth strategies, human demography, ecosystem structure and function, eco-agro conflicts, food production limits. IAI: L1 905

BIOL 201 Environmental Biology II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Extension of BIOL 200 (but not required for this course). Covers habitat destruction, extinction, introduction of exotics, biocides, limits to growth, water, air, and ground pollution, and the stationary state. IAI: L1 905

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

HEAL 102 Living in a Changing World
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Focuses on wise health practices and consumer health service information.

HEAL 200 First Aid
1-3 cr. hrs.;
.5-2 lecture hours; 1-2 lab hours per week.
Methods and skills of emergency care for the ill or injured victim. May be repeated twice. Variable credit as follows: 1.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Standard First Aid; 3.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care Red Cross certification upon successful completion of course.

PE 193 Lifeguard Training
1 cr. hrs.;
0.5 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years old and successfully complete the pre-course session.
Lifeguard training provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to acquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

PE 194 Water Safety Instructor
1 cr. hrs.;
0.5 lecture hour; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisites: Must be 16 years old and successfully complete the pre-course session.
Train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety course, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Preschool Aquatics and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics.

PE 211 Introduction to Community Recreation
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides beginning student with background, development, scope and status of community recreation, its organization and management.

PE 215 Leadership in Leisure Activities
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PE 211 recommended.
Examines all forms of leadership in the field of recreation and sport.

PE 230 Intramural Management
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2-4 lab hours per week.
Studies the organization and management of intramural and recreational activities. Each student is required to assist in officiating, supervising, and planning of activities.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900