About School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

School of Education & Behavorial Sciences


The Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) degree program is designed for students to turn their passion for fitness and sports into a rewarding career and the opportunity to inspire students to develop healthy lifestyles and behaviors.


The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is to enhance the health and well-being of society through the discovery, communication, and application of knowledge in physical activity. As an academic unit focusing on a multidisciplinary study of health, wellness, and human movement, the department promotes the acquisition of motor skills which enhance successful participation in perpetual physical and recreational pursuits. We aim to inspire a passion for lifelong learning and endeavor to indoctrinate our students to become leaders and valued members of society. 

Goal & Objectives
  1. Prepare health, physical education, and recreation specialists who will have a sound background in the principles and practices of the respective field. 
  2. Provide courses and experiences that accurately reflect the fields of physical education and health studies, sport performance and management, and recreational interventions. 
  3. Enhance community relationships with diverse populations. 
  4. Produce psychologically and physically literate professionals who apply and exhibit the principles of psychological and health science in programmatic areas. 
  5. Promote positive lifestyles and healthy participation in lifelong physical and recreational pursuits. 
  6. Develop professional behaviors that emphasize the importance of continuous education throughout the lifespan. 


Desmond W. Delk, Ph.D., MPH
Chairperson/Associate Professor
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Upcoming Events

Bass Reeves Film Screening and Discussion

February 22, 2024
Join us for a film screening and discussion of Bass Reeves presented by Professor Edwards! WHEN: Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Allied Health 105

Writing Pedagogy In Flux

February 27, 2024
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, hosts revisiting theories, conventions, and curriculum design. WHEN: Feb. 27 at 3:15 p.m. WHERE: Jones Hall 102

Writing Democracy Project

March 29, 2024
The Writing Center presents: Writing Democracy with Oklahoma House Representative Mauree Turner! Join us to engage in a discussion about democracy with Rep. Turner. Rep. Turner is the first Muslim and non-binary person to serve in the Oklahoma legislature. WHEN: March 29 at 4 p.m. WHERE: Allied Health 105 We can’t wait to see you there!

Book Talk: A Course in Cyborg Semiotics

April 11, 2024
Are you ready to explore the fascinating intersection of technology, communication, and culture? Join us for a captivating book talk and celebration with Dr. Mick Howard, Director of the Writing Center, as he presents his latest publication: A Course in Cyborg Semiotics. WHEN: Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Allied Health Center 105 Hosted by the English Department and Writing Center, this event offers ...