2019-20 Course Descriptions 

Physical Education & Well Being Curriculum

Physical education is a facet of the liberal arts tradition that stresses ther interdependence of the physical, mental, and social dimensions of human experience. Students will learn to recognize and experience the positive benefits of building physical fitness and self-care habits, explore aspects of the body's structure and function, and engage in experiences within a group or community setting.

The wide array of classes that satisfy the two credit graduation requirement are offered at many levels and modes of engagement, including physical education courses (with dozens of options from weightlifting to rock climbing to yoga and meditation), varsity sports, and dance and movement classes. Courses promote personal health and well-being, often serving collective purposes of expression and teamwork. Students learn to challenge themselves by setting goals and measuring progress toward these goals.

Physical Education and Athletics courses that meet this requirement may be numbered 101, 102 or 142.  Theater Dance courses that may be counted toward this requirement are 106, 107, 108, 207, 208, 252, 308, 350. Theater courses may be taken credit/no credit. Music Performance 150 may be counted toward this requirement as well.

Students may register for only 101 course per semester. The maximum credit in Physical Education and Athletics 101, 102 and 142 courses that may be applied toward the 128 credits required for graduation is four semester credits. Up to eight one-credit courses may be recorded on the transcript (within the regulations outlined above), but only four credits will count toward graduation.


For students interested in practical applications and theory-based learning, the Department of Physical Education & Athletics offers opportunities to collaborate with experienced professionals via independent study or internships to pursue the supervised study of topics not offered in the regular curriculum.

PE/A 101 Course Offerings

  • Alexander Technique
  • Aquatics: Beginning Swimming; Intermediate/Advanced
  • Aquatics: Lifeguarding
  • Aquatics: Scuba Diving
  • Aquatics: Swim Fitness
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cardio Tennis
  • Circuit Training
  • Cross Training & Core Conditioning
  • Dance: Beginning Ballroom; Int./Adv. Ballroom
  • Fitness Walking/Jogging/Running
  • Flag Football: Co-ed
  • Golf: Fundamentals
  • Group Fitness
  • Gym Class Heroes
  • High-Intensity Interval Training 
  • Introduction to Kayak Fishing
  • Kojosho Karate
  • Pukulan 
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Personal Fitness
  • Pilates
  • Rock Climbing: Beginning Bouldering; Int. Bouldering
  • Self Defense for Women
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Tae Kwon/Hapki Do
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Training
  • Weight Training for Women
  • Yoga

Additional Physical Education Classes

  • PE 142 Wilderness Leadership
  • PE 340 Care and Prevention of Athletics Injuries
  • PE 405 Advanced Athletics Training