Physical Education

Morton College's Physical Education courses not only fulfill degree requirements and contribute to a well-rounded education but also promote fitness, health and discipline!

Students can apply lessons learned in coursework to careers in the healthcare industry, Education, Physical Sciences, etc.


This course provides therapeutic and recreational activities for students with disabilities, unable or not wishing to, enroll in regular physical education courses. These focus on the development and progress of individual skills and are tailored to individual needs. The instructor may work with the student’s personal physician to design an activity program. Laboratory two hours per week. Repeatable three times for additional credit. May be taken four times for college credit.

This course will instruct in the basic techniques of both fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball. Topics covered will include basic hitting and fielding techniques and rules of the game. Practice games will be used, as well as drill work.

This is a co-educational course that covers the principles and techniques of volleyball. It offers students the opportunity to compete with other students of their own ability level.

This is a co-educational course that covers the advanced principles and techniques of power volleyball. It offers students the opportunity to compete with other students of their own ability level.

This course will examine the basic rules and practices in golf. Practice techniques for the skills of putting, chipping, pitching and driving will be covered. In addition, the history of the game will be examined as well as the rules and scoring of golf.

This course is a continuation of Golf, PEC 139. The perfecting of skills and the proper approaches to specific aspects of play on the course are covered. May be repeated twice for additional credit.

This course consists of an aerobic style fitness program designed to trim and tone the body. Vigorous exercise routines are choreographed to music to increase flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and movement efficiency.

Basic basketball techniques will be explored in this course. The areas of dribbling, passing and shooting will be covered. In addition, the student will practice these techniques and learn the basic rules of the game.

Advanced theories of basketball will be covered. Strategies of the game will be examinedand basic coaching theory will be introduced. A continuation of skill development will be emphasized.

Physical fitness encompasses all the components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and body composition. This is displayed by participation in the Super Circuit three times per week. Stretching, attending a seminar on aspects of fitness and participating in other aerobic activities such as power walking, jogging, aqua exercise and step aerobics.

Instruction is a sequel to the basic physical fitness course, PEC 171. Students study and practice advanced techniques of conditioning and routines are tailored to individual needs. Students will participate in a high repetition type of exercise program along with an approved jogging program prescribed by the instructor. May be repeated twice for additional credit. Prerequisite: PEC 171.

The theory and practice of weight training skills are covered. Through individually tailored exercise routines, students gain a knowledge and understanding of various weight lifting techniques that are designed for the development of various muscle groups.

This course is a sequel to the basic weight training course, PEC 173. Students study the theory and practice of weight training and conditioning at a more advanced level. Activities involve the discussion of, and participation in, various methods of conditioning and exercise. Routines are tailored to individual needs within the course program. May be repeated twice for additional credit. Prerequisite: PEC 172.

This course is a continuation of PEC 174. It will focus on individual development of fitness and wellness levels. Advanced techniques of cardiovascular exercise weight training technique and flexibility training will be a point of emphasis. Prerequisite: PEC 173 and PEC 174.

This is a continuation of PEC 175. This course will emphasize a personal fitness and wellness plan for students for lifelong activity. In addition, concepts of body image, body fat levels and risk factors for disease will be examined. Prerequisite: PEC 175.

This course provides a program for weight reduction through a three-phase aerobic floor exercise routine. The first phase deals with stretching. The second phase concentrates on the upper extremities and the third phase deals with abdominal muscles.

This course will develop the basic skills of soccer for the student. Emphasis will be placed on individual skill build-up, as well as team strategies. The course will also introduce the rules of soccer and strategies of team play. Practice games are a part of the course.

The coeducational course emphasizes history, principles, philosophy, aims and objectives of physical education. It reviews important issues, career opportunities and trends. Lecture two hours per week.

The course provides instruction in the basic skills and techniques of jogging and power walking. Laboratory two hours weekly.

This course will examine the basic rules, strategies and techniques of the All-American game, baseball. Special emphasis will be put on individual skill development. In addition, rules and strategies of the game will be covered.

This course teaches officiating procedures and techniques for baseball, basketball, football, volleyball and softball. Students study contest rules and officiating techniques, receive practical experience and take tests for certification in a sport of their choice. The course may be taken twice for a second certification and additional credit. Lecture one hour, laboratory two hours per week.

Students study methods and techniques of teaching individual and team activities and cover the problems of planning, administering and organizing learning activities. They learn techniques of oral communication, demonstrating, discussing and guiding student performances and gain practical experience in using these techniques. They undertake fieldwork with youth. Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours per week.

Students learn about personal and mental health, nutrition, communicable diseases, community health, intimate relationships and discuss the physiological aspects and importance of physical fitness. Students explore the effects of alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse on personal health and society. Lecture two hours per week.

This course covers the knowledge and practical application of basic first aid, treatment of injuries and common illnesses and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students furnish bandages and tape. Lecture two hours per week.

This course acquaints students with the basic theory and practices of nutrition. Topics include various types of nutrients, human digestive system, nutritional planning, importance of the major categories of foods and weight reduction and control. Lecture two hours per week.

This course covers the physiological aspects of wellness and physical fitness; discussion and testing of obesity, nutrition, cardiovascular conditioning and diet; personal fitness evaluation; development and evaluation of a personal fitness program; appraisal of programs available to the individual through private and noneducational agencies; health and fitness myths; superstitions and misconceptions. Lecture two hours per week.

This course introduces students to aspects of health maintenance. Topics include physical fitness, weight control, nutrition, stress and time management, mental health and development, social and spiritual concerns and employment.

This course provides students with knowledge about substance abuse. It helps each develop a healthful and intelligent lifestyle and better deal with the substance abuse problems of family or friends. Topics include the social, psychological and physiological aspects of alcoholism, drug abuse and smoking. Lecture one hour per week.