Physical Education


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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Caqxh2CROM
PED008Equestrian ClubStudents must contact the instructor for more information, provide own transportation, and pay lesson fees directly to Cedar Lodge. http://www.cedarlodge.com/
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
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.
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.
PED048Barre a TerreIt is customary for Dancers to both "warm up" before class and to "stretch" afterwards. This class is specifically designed for Ballet Dancers to prepare the body for more intensive activity. However, the class is not exclusive to Classical Ballet and may be useful for those proficient in other forms of dance. Barre a Terre employs a system of non-impact, isometric movements to improve alignment, placement and stability. Exercises are preformed on the back, stomach, and side to strengthen and sculpt both the upper and lower body. These sessions provide a most tailored approach to develop core strength as well as facilitate longevity in the joints and muscles. Special attention is provided for prevention of injury through stretching to improve flexibility, balance, mobility, and toning. Attire: loose fitting, comfortable clothes. Hair must be secured and away from the face.
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
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.
PED056Wellspring Dance ClassesJoin Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, the only professional dance company in Kalamazoo, for our Adult dance courses and earn PE credit. Our classes are taught by company members and other professional dance educators and span a variety of types. For the 10-week quarter, you will be able to choose your weekly class to fit your schedule and interests. This class is off campus.
PED060Modern DanceModern dance, established in the early 20th century, was the result of rebellion against the formal structure and rigid rules of classical ballet. Beginning with dancers like Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncan, modern dance is more grounded and uses the spine and breath more freely than ballet. This 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.
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.
PED096K-Cycle (Indoor Cycling)
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.
PED098IS: Independent Study
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.
PED111AM Power WorkoutStart your day on a healthy foot in AM Power Workout! Classes will combines elements from many group fitness styles including yoga, Pilates, aerobics, circuit training, dance, and more. This efficient workout will build strength and flexibility while also burning calories. You will be charged up and ready to face another day!
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.
PED127Pollinator GardeningIn this course, students will engage in work needed to establish and maintain native wildflower plantings on campus, while learning about the different plants and the insect pollinators they attract. Most activities will take outdoors and involve low to moderate amounts of physical activity. No previous experience required.
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.
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. Open to first-year students and sophomores or with the instructor's permission.
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 PED-156 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
PED163Introduction to Hiking and BackpackingThis 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.
PED177SnowshoeingThis activity-based class will focus on preparing students for winter outdoor travel, with weekly trips to local hiking and snowshoe trails (snow dependent). Students must provide their own winter boots and clothing. Snowshoes will be provided.
PED180Intro to CanoeingThe Intro to Canoeing course offers students the opportunity to hone their flat-water paddling skills. The class will focus on learning and practicing paddling strokes and canoe rescues. All abilities welcome. Paddling sessions will occur around Kalamazoo.
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.