Physical Education

Professors: Dougal, Farrell, Goyings, Hess (Chair), Hughes, Krajacic , Krasinski, Miller, Milliken, Murphy, O'Farrell, Olds, Ott, Redko, Riley, K.J. Smith, Shabazz, Ward, Zorbo

Through its physical education activity requirement and offerings that carry academic credit, the College honors the "sound mind in a sound body" philosophy that is a landmark of a liberal arts education. Several opportunities for healthful activities are housed in the department of physical education which includes intramurals administration and the department of athletics in addition to the cadre of activity classes.

The Physical Education Graduation Requirement

All students shall earn one unit of physical education (PE) activity, which may be met by electing and satisfactorily completing five activities, each equal to 0.2 units, selected from physical education activity classes, intercollegiate athletics, study abroad, and LandSea, subject to the following conditions:

  1. A modified or otherwise specifically planned program will be developed by an advisor in the department for any student having a complete or partial restriction as indicated on that individual's health record.
  2. Students are urged to complete the requirement over the period of five quarters.
  3. Students may take as many PE activity classes as they desire, but only one unit, or five 0.2-unit activities, will be counted toward the graduation requirement.
  4. All activity courses may be repeated as often as desired, with the exception of PED 101, Mind/Body, which carries 0.4 units.
  5. Varsity athletes earn one activity credit per sport per academic year, and split seasons such as golf will award one activity credit for the academic year, whether the athlete participates in fall or spring or both.
  6. One activity credit for physical education may be granted for each six months of military service or each quarter of ROTC training.
  7. In some instances students may receive PE activity credit for activity classes on study abroad, especially those indigenous to a particular culture. These credits must be certified through the Center for International Programs.

Activity courses include various opportunities. Some require that students furnish their own equipment or transportation; some require a modest fee (indicated by *); but one can achieve the full unit with on-campus, non-fee courses. For on-campus fee courses, the fee is charged directly to the student account; for off-campus fee courses, the student pays the instructor as indicated on the course schedule. Activity classes may include the following: all intercollegiate sports, advanced physical training, ballet, basketball, choreography*, developmental swimming, fencing*, first aid and CPR, gardening, individual fitness, indoor rock climbing*, jazz dance*, Land/Sea* (as a participant or a leader), mindfulness,, modern dance*, pilates*, scuba*, smoking cessation, stage combat *, Tae Kwon Do*, Tai Chi, tennis, triathlon training, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, weight training, yoga*. Mind/Body, (PED101), is a combination of classroom and individualized activity that focuses on personal health and recognizes a fit and active lifestyle. It is worth 0.4 units. Independent study activity credit is possible for any activity that is not offered on the course schedule, and for which the student has an instructor. All independent studies will need a faculty supervisor and approval by the chair.

Academic Physical Education classes

One academic, full-unit class is offered each quarter through the PE department. These classes are recommended for students interested in coaching, athletics, fitness, or leadership. Either PED 205 or 210 are required for the Health Studies Concentration.

Physical Education courses

PED002BadmintonTo learn the basics of Badminton and create an active and fun environment.
PED003BasketballInstruction for all levels of skill in the fundamentals of basketball. Emphasis on the development and improvement of total fitness, skill and general knowledge about basketball for leisure time use.
PED006Circus ArtsThe goal of this course is to improve students' fitness through circus arts training. The class will provide a safe and supportive setting in which students will push themselves and each other to work out effectively and wisely. A combination of strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance exercises will complement training on the aerial apparatuses. Students will have the opportunity to explore aerial silk, aerial hoop (also known as lyra), and partner acrobatics. Throughout the quarter, students will learn to form performance pieces out of the skills they acquire. See some performances from students in spring 2014 here:
PED008Equestrian ClubStudents must contact the instructor for more information, provide own transportation, and pay lesson fees directly to Cedar Lodge.
PED009FencingAn introductory course presenting the sport of foil fencing; the emphasis is on safety, skill acquisition and refinement, fun, and development of a healthy lifestyle. Basic Skills of footwork, attacking and defending with a sword are developed through a combination of lessons, drills, and supervised bouts. Also, briefly covered are the equipment used, the history of the different fencing sports, and an introduction to the rules which govern fencing tournaments. The lessons are determined by the interests of the advanced students. Topics may include advanced skills in footwork, attacks to the blade, advanced parries, or tactics. The class may work on other fencing sports such as epee, saber, or the reconstruction of Renaissance rapier combat. These are developed through intensive bouting and individual or small group instruction. Working with beginning fencers continues to reinforce basic skills and gives experience in coaching others.
PED014Learn to SwimThis class is designed to help those who cannot swim, learn the basics of the sport. This includes comfort level in the water, floating and basic swim strokes. This is an activity worth .2 units.
PED020Beginning RacquetballThis class provides students with appropriate level of knowledge and skills in racquetball.
PED022Recreational SoccerInstruction and review of basic technical soccer skills. Playing experience in an organized environment is preferred but not required.
PED024Indoor Rock ClimbingThis class is mostly self-directed and is held off-campus at Climb Kalamazoo. Students learn basic climbing and belaying techniques for climbing, and must participate in the safety training prior to climbing.
PED027ScubaThis class covers equipment setup and equipment breakdown, gear usage on both normal and emergency situations, and equipment-familiarization drills. Open-water training is conducted in local lakes or outside this area with special arrangements. Students who complete all requirements receive a lifetime SCUBA certification from the National Association of Underwater Instructors.
PED030Tae Kwon Do/ HapkidoThis class will give you martial arts training which uses Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do in combination to create the Moo Sool Do system. The class will familiarize students with the movements, forms, and philosophies that are used in martial arts. Students will learn the art of using the hands and feet for quality self defense
PED031Tai ChiThis class explores the mind/body connections and fitness aspects of traditional Chinese internal style martial arts. Each Class includes internal energy (chi) cultivation exercises, stretching and strengthening exercises, work on learning from an internal style Kung Fu form and work on learning a Tai Chi form
PED032Everyday AdventureClasses will combine instruction in the basics of group development, adventure education, leadership styles, and facilitation. Experiential initiatives and games will constitute the bulk of classroom activities, with visits to the Pretty Lake Adventure Centre for high and low-ropes elements. Students should come prepared to be physically active and dressed to be outside.
PED033Beginning TennisLearn many of the basic fundamentals and skills of tennis, as well as learning how to play the game in an enjoyable and active environment.
PED034Intermediate TennisLearn all of the basic fundamentals and skills of tennis, as well as learning how to play the game in an enjoyable and active environment.
PED035Advanced TennisEnhance established technical knowledge and learn the necessary competitive skills for singles and doubles in an enjoyable and active environment.
PED036Ultimate Frisbee Club SportStudent must be a member of the club to elect to take this class.
PED037VolleyballLearn basic volleyball skills and how to train for, and compete on a team.
PED039Fundamentals of River CanoeingThe Fundamentals of River Canoeing course offers students the opportunity to hone their flat-water paddling skills and learn how to maneuver canoes on moving water. Paddling sessions will occur around Kalamazoo. Prior experience paddling canoes is required (equivalent to skills required for LandSea or similar experience). If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact
PED045Beginning BalletAn introduction to the fundamentals of Classic Ballet taught in the Vaganova Method (Russian Style). Emphasis will be placed on basic barre work followed by center work and floor combinations. Consideration will be given to body placement and ballet terminology.
PED046Intermediate BalletA continuation of Classical Ballet taught in the Vaganoca Method (Russian style) with further emphasis placed on more strenuous barre work, elements of dance history, and pre-pointe. Beginning Ballet I is a prerequisite or permission from the instructor.
PED047Ballet Company TechniqueInstructor approval required for this class.
PED049Club LacrosseStudent must be a member of the club to elect to take this course
PED050Dance ChoreographyThis course explores different choreographic elements that will help add complexity to our work and develop the ability to look critically at every movement within a choreographed piece. Prerequisite: Must have taken previous dance class with Kate Yancho or permission of instructor
PED051Middle Eastern DanceThis is a beginning class covering the fundamental movements of what is commonly known as belly dance, as well as some of the folkloric dance styles of the Middle East. Students will learn posture, steps, and movements of these common dances, and will demonstrate beginning level proficiency.
PED055Jazz DanceDance your way through the history of the truly American dance form, Jazz Dance. Through movement combinations and music, this class will start with the beginnings and work its way to present trends in jazz dance. This very active class is appropriate for dancers of all levels.
PED060Modern DanceThis class will explore modern dance as it has progressed with a focus on contemporary modern dance that is influenced by many different techniques and styles.
PED070Stage CombatThis course provides a fundamental knowledge of several different styles of stage combat as well as an understanding of basic fight choreography for stage and film.
PED082Advanced ConditioningDevelop proper fundamental techniques in weight training. Show students the importance of teamwork in reaching fitness goals.
PED084Adv Physical Training Boot CampThis 10- week course is designed to optimize your health using the five components of physical fitness: cardiovascular health, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
PED088Community RunningHave you ever wanted to train for a 5K, 10K, or even 1/2 marathon? If so, this class will help you get there by designing an individual training plan to accomplish your goal. Not only that, but we will go out into the community and/or bring speakers to K to see and hear all of the wonderful ways you can get involved and make connections through this sport/activity now and post-K.
PED089Conditioning & SpeedThis is an advanced level Physical Education class. It is intended to enhance one's strength, speed, agility, conditioning and overall athletic ability.
PED092Developmental SwimmingThis course is designed to improve your comfort level in the water, your overall fitness and aerobic capacity, and is swimming on your own for fitness, logged and turned in on a regular basis.
PED097Individual FitnessDevelop an awareness of the importance and value of physical fitness in everyday life. The student is responsible for one meeting per week, and the practice and recording of one's own personal fitness plan.Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor
PED098inerTRAINInerTRAIN is an online personalized fitness training service connecting real trainers to real clients using technology to remove the limitations of time and place so you can work out anytime, anywhere.
PED100Kalamazoo BarreKalamazoo Barre is an off-campus, fun yet challenging, 50-minute workout, inspired by ballet and Pilates. Certified instructors lead the classes which involve small, isometric movements that promote fat burning and interval training.
PED107PilatesThis course is designed to take you through the basic moves and components of a Pilate's class: concentration, breathing, quality, focus, body awareness, core control.
PED111Stretch and Strength
PED116Beginning Weight TrainingLearn the fundamentals of weight training while helping each student reach their personal fitness goals.
PED117Advanced Weight TrainingLearn the fundamentals of weight training while helping each student reach their personal fitness goals.
PED118Beginning YogaThe course provides a foundation in the practice of yoga as a holistic approach to health, vigor, and happiness.
PED124First Aid and CPRThis course is designed to teach students the currently accepted procedures and principles for CPR and First Aid to be followed in the event of an accident or sudden illness
PED126GardeningFeel the benefits of gardening to your overall health (mental, physical); understand the fitness/wellness benefits of gardening and gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to grow vegetables that are 100% organic and non-GMO.
PED135Mind/Body IThis course is a combination of classroom and individualized activity that focuses on personal health and recognizes a fit and active lifestyle. It is worth 0.4 credits.
PED136MindfulnessThe emphasis of this course will involve learning from experience. The experience made available here will be contemplative (or meditation). The course is designed to cultivate an appreciation for everyday experiences and to live in the present moment. This course will involve how each of us can enhance our well being through inward reflection and self-awareness.
PED145R.A.D/Self DefenseThe R.A.D. Systems of Self Defense offers programs for women, children, men and seniors. These offerings provide a truly holistic approach to self-defense education, supporting the necessity of continuous learning in order to provide realistic options for each population as they go through life. Each of these programs includes educational components comprised of lecture, discussion, physical resistive strategies. All of which are facilitated by certified R.A.D. Instructors supported by a network of dedicated professionals who honor one another's student through our unique Lifetime Return and Practice Policy."
PED150Smoking CessationThis class increases awareness of smoking behavior, to provide strategies and support of cessation, and to increase fitness levels of participants.
PED151Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a DifferenceStep Up! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. This is an activity worth .2 units.
PED155Tower Bell RingingStetson Chapel houses one of only 53 English change ringing towers in North America and the only one in the state of Michigan. Change ringing is a team sport, a musical performance, an ancient art, and a challenging pattern-based exercise that involves a group of people ringing a set of tuned bells rhythmically through a series of changing sequences that are determined by mathematical principles. Despite the fact that the bells are heavy (up to a half-ton in Stetson's tower), change ringing is more mental than physical, but you don't have to be an athlete, a mathematician, or a musician to learn. Instruction is one-on-one in conjunction with attendance at weekly practices of the Kalamazoo College Guild of Change Ringers.
PED156Tower Bell Ringing IIFor students who have mastered the rudiments of rope-handling and wish to continue developing their skills in change-ringing.Prerequisite: PED-155 or Permission
PED160Arboretum Stewardship PracticumThe Arboretum Stewardship Practicum affords students the opportunity to participate in and learn about the management of trails and invasive species control at the college's Lillian Anderson Arboretum
PED163Intorduction to Hiking and BakpackingThis class will introduce students to local outdoor trails and teach introductory hiking and backpacking skills. An overnight backpacking trip is required November 5-6
PED170Michigan Land/Sea Expedition
PED175Outdoor LeadershipThe Outdoor Leadership course builds on an individual's outdoor skills to further develop proficiency in group dynamics, leadership, map and compass, trip planning, and outdoor living. Participation in one weekend trip is required. After successful completion of the class, participants will receive a nationally-recognized Leave No Trace Trainer certificate.
PED195Men's Intercollegiate Sports
PED196Women's Intercollegiate Sports
PED198Independent Study Activity
PED205Care and Treatment of InjuriesKnowledge of anatomy, first aid, and examination of techniques used in the prevention and care of athletic injuries. This class is worth 1 academic unit and does not count toward the PE Activity requirement for graduation.
PED210NutritionExamination of nutritional systems and healthy eating habits for a program of lifelong living. This class contains components of biology, microbiology, food chemistry, human nutrition and metabolism. This is worth 1 academic unit and does not count towards the PE activity requirement for graduation.
PED593Senior Individualized ProjectEach program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Individualized Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Curriculum Details and Policies section of the Academic Catalog for more details.Prerequisite: Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.