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Physical Education, Fall 2020

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Physical Education Requirement

To complete the College degree requirement in physical education, a student must earn at least eight (8) physical education credits through physical education classes, varsity athletics, or recreation programming. These credits do not count as academic units toward the degree, but are required for graduation. Students are strongly urged to fulfill the requirement by the end of the sophomore year.

Fulfilling the Requirement

Most students fulfill the PE requirement by taking two or more physical education classes. Students may normally earn PE credits for participation on one or more of Wellesley’s 14 varsity athletic teams or for participation in a department-approved, College-sponsored recreational program (maximum two or four credits). These co-curricular options -- varsity sports, club sports, student orgs -- are NOT available for credit in 2020-21.

Qualified students may also earn physical education credit for pre-approved independent study programs (maximum four credits).

No student is exempt from the physical education requirement. If a student has a temporary or permanent medical restriction, the student may work with PERA and Health Services to arrange an activity program to serve the student’s individual needs.

Incoming transfer students are awarded partial credit toward the physical education requirement dependent upon year and semester of admission. Typically, students admitted as sophomores will be expected to complete four credits at Wellesley. Students admitted as juniors or as Davis Scholars will be considered as having completed the degree requirement.

Moratorium on PE Credit for Co-Curricular Activities for 2020-21

For the health and safety of the Wellesley College community, and to provide equal opportunities for all students seeking/needing PE credit in uncertain and unpredictable times, students will be able to earn credit only for completing regular PE classes during the 2020-21 academic year. Students will not be able to earn credit for any co-curricular activities, including varsity sports, club sports, student organization participation, and ROTC. **Please keep this policy in mind as you plan your schedule for the year, as you will be able to earn PE credit only by completing regular PE classes during 2020-21.

A. Physical Education Classes (maximum credit: unlimited)

Physical education activity classes are scheduled either for a semester or a term. Semester courses are worth four credits. Term courses are worth two. For Fall 2020, the Department will offer only term classes, with start and end dates that coincide with academic classes.

All classes are graded on a credit/non-credit basis:

• MCR—Credit for course completed satisfactorily.

• MNCR—No credit for course not completed satisfactorily. Inadequate familiarity with the content of the course or excessive absence may result in an MNCR grade.

Students may take a given physical education class only once for credit. Students are encouraged to enroll in physical education classes after they complete the PE requirement to support their own individual fitness and wellness. 

B. Varsity Athletics (not for credit in 2020-21)

The intercollegiate varsity program offers 14 sports for which a student may earn PE credit. Enrollment and eligibility for earning credits for intercollegiate varsity athletics is limited to those students who are selected to the team by the head coach. Notices of organizational meetings and tryouts for these teams are distributed each year by head coaches. 

C. PERA-Sponsored Recreation Programs (not for credit in 2020-21)

PERA sponsors eight club sports for which a student may earn up to four PE credits. Students may also earn two PE credits for PERA’s Outdoor Adventure Trips. Students must fulfill the remainder of the graduation requirement either through physical education course work or varsity athletics. For more information about these options, please see the Recreation website.

D. Other College-Sponsored Options (not for credit in 2020-21)

Students may earn PE credit for certain College-sponsored activities with a physical component, including PERA-approved student organizations, certification programs, and ROTC. Students may earn credit for such programs only once, for a maximum of two or four credits. Offerings and notice of organizational meetings and participation for these activities are available through the Office of Student Involvement or PERA. For more information about these options, please see our Other Credit Options page. Students must fulfill the remainder of the graduation requirement either through physical education course work or varsity athletics.

Policies

Absences

Students are allowed to miss a maximum of two class meetings in a term course and three class meetings in a semester course. 

Repeating Courses

Courses may be taken only once for credit. Students who have already received credit for the semester version of a given class (e.g., Semester Pilates) are not eligible to receive credit for its term version (Term Pilates). However, students who have already earned credit for the term version of a class are eligible to receive credit for its semester version.

Withdraws

If a student withdraws from a PE course at any point during the term or the semester, there is no penalty, nor will the withdrawal appear on the student’s transcript, but the student will not receive credit for that course.

Medical Restrictions

Students with medical restrictions must meet with the College Health Services Staff to be placed on the Department’s Medical Restrictions List. Assistance in choosing appropriate courses is available from the Department Health Services Liaison. In cases where appropriate activities are not available in the curriculum, a Modified Independent Program may be arranged individually through the Physical Education Liaison. No student is exempt from the physical education requirement.

Physical Education FAQ

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How many PE credits does the College require?

The College requires eight PE credits. Semester classes are worth four credits; term classes are worth two. Students may also earn PE credit for varsity athletics (8 credits per sport per year), certain recreation programs (max 2-4 credits), and pre-approved, instructional independent programs (max 4 credits). Due to the coronavirus crisis, students may earn credit ONLY for PE classes during 2020-21.

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Will PE courses appear in my academic schedule in Workday? Will they appear on my transcript or affect my GPA?

Yes, No, and No. Your PE courses will appear in your academic history in Workday, along side your academic classes. But the only PE-related information that will appear in your degree audit or on your transcript is an indication that you fulfilled the PE graduation requirement.

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When do I register for physical education courses?

Visit the Registrar's Page for registration dates and times. 

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How do I add or drop a physical education class?

To join or drop class during the PE add/drop period, use the registration and drop buttons in Workday. If a class reaches its enrollment maximum at any time during add/drop, the waitlist will become active. Add yourself to the waitlist via the course browser and attend the first/next session. If space is available, the instructor will offer you a seat through the waitlist app.

To withdraw from a PE class after add/drop ends, please contact the Registrar's Office (registrar@wellesley.edu).

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How can I find out what physical education courses are offered and when they meet?

You will find course descriptions and scheduling information for PE classes in the course browser.

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May I take more than one PE course per semester/term?

Yes, students may take more than one PE course per semester.