Physical Education


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, and Outdoor Leadership which carry 0.4 units.
  5. Varsity athletes earn .25 units 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. Therefore, should a student play 4 seasons of a varsity sport, they will earn the full PE unit. (Effective academic year 2016-2017)
  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 courses require that students furnish their own equipment or transportation; some require a modest fee; 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.

Course categories include Fitness, Dance, Sport Skill, Life Skill/Health, Outdoor, Independent Study, Varsity Sports, and Full Unit.

Fitness: BootCamp, Barre, Conditioning and Speed, Developmental Swimming, Individual Fitness, inerTRAIN, Pilates, K-Cycle Weight Training, and Yoga

Dance: Ballet (Beginning and Intermediate), Jazz, Modern, and Stage Combat

Sport Skill: Badminton, Basketball, Circus Arts, Equestrian, Racquetball, Scuba, Soccer, Learn to Swim, Tae Kwon Do (Hapkido), Tai Chi, Tennis (Beginning and Intermediate) Ultimate Frisbee Club, and Volleyball

Life Skill/Health: CPR and First Aid, Gardening, Mind/Body (.4 units), Mindfulness, Smoking Cessation, Step Up, Tower Bell Ringing, Pollinator Gardening, Composting

Outdoor: Arboretum Stewardship, Backpacking, Land/Sea and Land/Sea Leadership, Outdoor Leadership (.4 units), River Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Wilderness First Aid and CPR, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking

Varsity Sports: Athletes who complete 4 varsity seasons will be awarded the full PE unit

Full Unit: Care and Treatment of Injuries, Nutrition, and Senior Individualized Projects

Independent study activity credit is possible for any activity that is not offered on the course schedule, and for which the student has a certified 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.