Physical Education Policies and FAQ
Physical Education Requirement
Fulfilling the Requirement
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 (maximum credit: unlimited)
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 (maximum credit: 4 credits)
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 (maximum credit: 2 - 4 credits)
Students may earn PE credit for certain College-sponsored activities with a physical component, including PERA-approved student organizations, and certification programs. 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.
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).
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.
Visit the Registrar's Page for registration dates and times.
To join or drop class during the PE add/drop period, use the registration and drop buttons in Workday. If no seats are available when you attempt to register, you will be added to the Workday waitlist. If a seat becomes available, Workday will offer you a seat. After the drop deadline, you may use the withdraw button in Workday to withdraw from the course.
You will find course descriptions and scheduling information for PE classes in the course browser.
Yes, students may take more than one PE course per semester.