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2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Literacy, BHPE

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The Physical Literacy major provides an opportunity for graduates to contribute to the physical, emotional, and psychological wellness effects of living an active life. Students who complete this major will contribute to the Provincial focus on health and physical education. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to shift the focus to the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles through educating, facilitating and promoting healthy and active lifestyles at the community and recreation levels throughout Alberta.

All BHPE - Physical Literacy major students must complete the following courses in order to complete the BHPE core and major specific degree requirements:


The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) requires students to complete a total of 120 credits (the equivalent of 40 three-credit courses). The 120 credits required will be taken from the following areas: core courses, major-specific courses, General Education* and electives.

* Please consult the University Calendar for information concerning the University’s General Education requirement.


  • Four Electives

General Education Requirements

There is one course listed in the Physical Literacy Major Requirements that satisfies both the major requirements and a portion of the General Education requirements. In addition to this one course, students require nine additional General Education courses to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Physical Literacy.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
  2. Two courses will be taken at the second tier: no more than one from each of the thematic clusters (excluding Cluster 1)
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Physical Literacy program requires specific general education courses to meet graduation requirements. These are specified in the program curriculum. For incoming students in the BHPE program, it is important to seek clarification of these requirements and up-to-date registration information through an Academic Advisor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. For details on the nature and structure of General Education visit:  mtroyal.ca/gened/courses.

Certification Opportunity

Students in the Physical Literacy Major have the opportunity to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). In order to obtain this certification students need to complete the required courses for the Physical Literacy major and the following course work:

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education students must achieve a minimum final grade of C in each core course and major course. Students must satisfactorily complete all of the Mount Royal General Graduation Requirements as published in this Calendar as well as all the Major specific graduation requirements.

Students must follow the graduation application procedure outlined in the current Academic Calendar. Applications must be submitted by the date published in the Calendar. All BHPE students must successfully complete at least two practicum related courses in order to graduate (see major-specific curriculum for additional information).

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