The Department of Physical Education aims to develop in the student an awareness and an intelligent understanding of the need for and effects of healthy physical activity. The instructional program offers opportunities for the student to acquire lifetime sport and movement skills that will enhance her overall quality of life, both now and in the future.
Four physical education units are required of all students, except transfer students. All transfer students shall complete two physical education units. Students who do not feel safe in deep water are encouraged to take a swimming course.
Most physical education courses meet two hours a week for one semester, for 2 physical education units. Some courses, however, meet for half a semester, for 1 physical education unit.
The physical education department does not offer a physical education major program but does offer two courses for academic credit: Women in Sport and Sport Pedagogy. Also offered is an academic independent credit option as well as an Educational Studies Minor (see below). See the end of the physical education listings for these courses in the Physical Education and Athletics chapter of the course catalog.