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Courses Offered

PE 111 Body Mechanics

(Either semester) 

A physical education course designed for those interested in proper body mechanics and lifting/transporting techniques.

PE 112 Basic Conditioning

(Either semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Improvement in cardiovascular health, muscle strength and weight control through a basic exercise program. Aerobic activities and a variety of exercise techniques are stressed.

PE 114 Aerobics

(Either semester) 

Improvement in cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength through vigorous dance activities. A variety of resources is used.

PE 116 Step Aerobics

(Either semester) 

Improvement in cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength through step training. Focus is on the beginning stepper with attention directed to safe stepping methods and development of a personal fitness program.

PE 117 Interval Circuit

Prerequisites: PE 114 and/or PE 116 (Either semester) 

Intense intervals of cardiovascular and muscular training.

PE 119 Weight Training

(Either semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Techniques and principles of weight training. Attention is directed to correct use of all free- weight and selectorized equipment in the weight room and development of an individualized fitness program stressing high intensity or low intensity endurance.

PE 121 Walking and Jogging for Fitness

(Either semester) 

The use of walking and/or jogging to improve health and fitness. Attention is directed at development of an individualized program and increased understanding of the importance of aerobic exercise.

PE 115 Zumba Fitness

(Both semesters/full semester/1 credit) 

Improvement in cardio-respiratory health, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body weight control through an aerobic exercise in combination with Latin-inspired dance.

PE 104 Swimming for Beginners

(Second semester) 

Basic water skills for individuals who cannot swim. Achievement of minimum competency levels in the front crawl and elementary backstroke are stressed. This course does satisfy one activity class for the physical education requirement even though it is only offered on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

PE 105 Swimming

(First semester) 

The front crawl, elementary backstroke, back crawl, breaststroke and sidestroke for individuals who can swim, including an introduction to the butterfly. Mechanical principles of movement in the water and stroke analysis are included.

PE 126 Aqua Zumba

(Both semesters/full semester/1 credit)

Improvement in cardio-respiratory health, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body weight control using water resistance with aerobic exercise in combination inspired by Latin and International Dance.

PE 110 Aquacise

Prerequisite (Either semester))  Improvement in cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility through exercises performed in the water. Focus is on learning water exercise skills to maintain a lifelong health and wellness program. Swimming skills are not required.

PE 123 Ballet, Basic

(First semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Basic technique for the barre, center and allegro. Initial experience in improvisation is included.

PE 124 Ballet, Low-Intermediate

Prerequisite: PE 123 or permission of instructor. (Second semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Development of clarity of technique, performance, balance and low-intermediate combinations for students who have mastered basic skills. Experience in choreography also included.

PE 127 Contemporary Dance, Basic

(Second semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Basic techniques in traditional modern dance. Opportunities for individual and group improvisation are included.

PE 139 Jazz

(First semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Basic technique, barre, center, isolations and combinations. Traditional funk and lyrical styles; improvisation and choreographical problems are included.

PE 140 Jazz II

Prerequisite: PE 139. (Second semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Intermediate jazz dance technique with emphasis upon clarity of movement. Barre, floor and center work, isolations and combinations are included. Also experience with choreography.

PE 143 Social Dance

(Both semesters/full semester/1 credit) 

20th century dances including the waltz, polka, fox trot, Latin, country line dancing, ethnic and popular dances. Basic steps, formations, positions and rhythms are included.

PE 145 Yoga

Extra fee. (Either semester) 

A basic introduction to the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of Hatha yoga. Focus is upon basic postures with emphasis on body alignment, stretching, strengthening, breathing and relaxation techniques.

PE 146 Advanced Yoga

Prerequisite: PE 145. (Either semester/full semester/1 credit) 

This course will deepen the asana practices introduced in PE 145 with the study of pranayama (advanced breathing), building more tapas (heat) with the bandhas (locks), introduce mulabandha (root lock), uddiyanabandha (flying up lock) and jalandhara bandha (throat lock). Guest teachers will share their expertise.

PE 152 Badminton for Beginners

(Either semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Basic skills of badminton for beginners, including serves, strokes, net-shots and footwork. Rules of badminton, scoring procedure and elementary strategy are included.

PE 163 Golf

Extra fee. (Either semester) 

Instruction in the fundamentals of golf with emphasis on developing a consistent swing. The use of all clubs, scoring and course play are included.

PE 170 Self Defense

(Either semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Emphasis is on awareness of potentially dangerous situations and the mastering of techniques appropriate for self protection. A basic approach to personal protection, common sense avoidance techniques and skills such as kicks, blocks and strikes are stressed.

PE 171 Advanced Self Defense

Prerequisite: PE 170. (Either semester/full semester/1 credit) 

Emphasis is on awareness of potentially dangerous situations and the mastering of weapon defense. The armed tactical training teaches the student not only defensive tactics against a variety of weapons—bludgeons, edged weapons, guns and knives. The student will be taught to deflect, redirect and deploy methods of unarmed self defense and use of said weapons in defense of her/his life. The techniques are also taught to teach the student how to retain and remove the attackers weapons.

PE 174 Tennis

(Either semester/Offered in Term I and Term IV/1 credit) 

Strokes and strategy for the beginning player. Attention is given to beginning strokes: forehand, backhand, volley and serve. Elementary strategy is discussed along with basic rules and etiquette.

PE 147 Tai Chi for Beginners

(Either semester) 

Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Tai chi is sometimes referred to as "moving meditation"—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply. Over time, people began to use it for health purposes as well. The class is designed to provide an opportunity to learn and master Tai Chi skills. The basic Tai Chi includes 24 movements and its essential skills.

PE 197 Volleyball

(Second semester/1 credit)

Students will gain proficiency in the specific fundamental skills for volleyball (serving, passing, and attacking) and gain a knowledge of the rules, strategies and etiquette of the sport.

PE 154 Basketball

(Both semesters 1 credit)  Basic skills for basketball will be practiced, including ball handling, shooting, passing, and defensive principles. Rules and strategies of the game will also be included.

PE 162 Flag Football

(First semester full semester 1 credit)  Allow students an opportunity to participate in an activity that promotes the five components of physical fitness cardiovascular cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Students will also gain a knowledge

PE 187 Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Extra fee. (Either semester) 

Fundamentals of climbing and rappelling, equipment use and safety procedures. Classes are conducted on campus and at local climbing areas.

PE 189 Rock Climbing and Rappelling II

Extra fee. Prerequisite: PE 187 or permission of the instructor. (Either semester) 

Advanced techniques of rock climbing and rappelling for students with previous experience in rock climbing.

PE 191 Whitewater Canoeing

Prerequisite: PE 102 or previous paddle sport activity. (Second semester) 

Fundamentals of whitewater canoeing, including learning to “read” the water, equipment usage and safety procedures. This course includes several river trips on whitewater. Swimming skills required.

PE 199 Special Topics/Activity


PE 102 Canoeing

(First semester)  Basic canoeing skills for lake and river paddling. Canoe safety, stroke work, practical boat handling and trip planning are included. Swimming skills required.

PE 167 Orienteering

Extra fee. (First semester)  An introduction to the basic skills necessary to navigate through an unknown area using a map and compass as guide.

PE 214 First Aid and CPR

Extra fee. (Both semesters/3 credits) 

Training in first aid and CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation). This course provides the application of CPR to adults, children and infants; CPR, using advanced techniques including bag mask ventilation and two-person CPR and theoretical and practical aspects of emergency treatment for sudden illnesses and accidents. Information on the prevention and care of wounds, application of dressings and bandages, choking procedures, musculoskeletal system injuries, burns, heat and cold injuries, emergency techniques. Practice on mannequins and classmates is required. Nationally recognized certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and in basic/advanced first aid may be earned through this course.

PE 225 Health Maintenance: Stress Assessment and Control (CORE—Foundation)

Credit by exam. (Either semester/3 credits) 

Investigation of stress management and relaxation techniques as related to health maintenance and wellness. Emphasis on developing a lifestyle conducive to overall wellness through the assessment of personality, values, diet and exercise. Each student is expected to participate in an individualized stress reducing program. This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of all students regardless of physical ability.

PE 228 Lifetime Wellness and Health (CORE—Foundation)

(Either semester/3 credits) 

The physiological, sociological and psychological aspects of health are introduced. Emphasis is placed on developing self-responsibility for total wellness. Students will participate in classroom instruction, discussion and lab work.

PE 250 Introduction to Exercise Physiology (CORE—Foundation)

(Either semester/3 credits) 

Provides an introductory level knowledge of exercise science and exercise physiology. What are the objectives of exercise science? What are the effects of exercise on human body? What kind of research methods are used to investigate these effects? The course will examine these questions, starting with the history of exercise physiology. Emphasis will be on the nutrition and energy supply for exercise, on the cardiovascular function and exercise, on the muscular types and exercise, and on the research methods in exercise science. Students will participate in classroom lectures, discussions and presentations.

PE 335 Assistantship in Physical Education

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of the department chair. (Offered as needed/1, 2 or 3 credits, may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits) 

Supervised experiences related to teaching physical education, coaching an athletic team or gaining athletic training skills. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

PE 375 Independent Study in Physical Education and Dance

Prerequisites: 2 credits in physical education and permission of the instructor. (Either semester/1, 2 or 3 credits) 

Intensive study in a specialized area of dance or physical education.

PE 227 Women's Health Issues (CORE—Foundation)

(Either semester/3 credits) 

The purpose of this course is to examine major issues related to women’s health with an emphasis on social, psychological, cultural, economic, political, and medical influences, particularly in the United States. Research, the translation of research into interventions, policy, and programs will be included.