Physical Education (PED)



4.21.1 Overview

  1. Faculty:
  2. Stacey Enos,
  3. Donna Read,

The Physical Education Department is designed to enhance the physical well-being of each participating student. It also seeks to provide knowledge of the requirements for keeping physically fit throughout life. The activity courses offer an introduction to recreational sports that an individual can enjoy and continue long after graduation. Most courses earn one credit and are offered on a Pass/Fail basis.

Academic credit is offered for participation in varsity athletics. Credit must be awarded in the semester of the sport’s season and must be registered for in advance of participation. A season of successful participation is worth one grade and one credit. A single varsity course or a combination of varsity courses may be repeated for credit up to four semester credit hours. Courses that are repeatable for credit are marked as such. Courses that are not marked as repeatable may not be repeated for credit.



4.21.2 General Physical Education Courses



PED 107 – Strength Training 2cr

This course provides instruction in proper strength training techniques using tubing, balls, dumbbells, barbells, sandbags, medicine balls, weight machines, and body weight. Students learn how to develop and implement strength training programs designed to meet their individual needs and capabilities. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 108 – Physical Fitness 2cr

This introductory course covers the basic components of a complete physical fitness program. Students learn and engage in proper execution of aerobic conditioning, flexibility training, core training, balance training, and strength training. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 109 – Canoeing 1cr

This course is designed to give students the skill and knowledge to paddle a tandem canoe on class II whitewater. The two day progression, which takes place on a weekend, follows the curriculum for three American Canoe Association courses: Intro to Canoe – Tandem, Level 1; Moving Water Canoe – Tandem, Level 3 (Moving Water and Course I); and Whitewater Canoe – Tandem, Level 4 (Course II). Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 111 – Kayaking 1cr

This course is a basic introduction to recreational white water kayak paddling. Students learn to paddle a kayak effectively and safely. Students learn through experience and instruction on the water. Students become familiar with the following equipment and paddling skills: parts of a kayak; equipment needed for safe paddling; features of a river; basic stroke mechanics and safety concerns of white water paddling. Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 112 – Tennis 1cr

This course provides instruction in the basic techniques of various tennis strokes and is geared toward beginning tennis players. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 113 – Outdoor Recreational Activities 1cr

This course introduces basic techniques necessary for participation in the outdoor activities of hiking/back-packing, rock climbing, and biking. Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 116 – Lifeguard Training 2cr

Students successfully completing this American Red Cross sponsored course will be awarded academic credit, certification for three years in Lifeguard training and CPR/AED certification for one year. There is a pre-course test given on the first day of class that students must pass in order to continue in the course. This is not a learn-to-swim class, but a class for students already comfortable with swimming who are interested in learning rescue skills used for professional Lifeguards. ARC standards limit class size to 10 students.



PED 125 – Outdoor Recreational Activities: Rock Climbing 1cr

This course is an introduction to rock climbing. Through course discussions and one weekend field trip, students are introduced to the fundamentals of rock climbing, belaying, knots, harnessing, and anchoring. The course also provides additional instruction as to proper use and care of equipment, rock site, risk management and stewardship in a back country setting. Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 126 – Outdoor Recreational Activities: Backpacking 1cr

This course provides an introduction to a lifetime leisure skill, as well as a technical skill utilized in many outdoor programs. Through course discussions and field trips, students develop the following backpacking skills: selection of proper clothing, packing a pack, appropriate choice of backpacking foods, safe travel techniques in a group, use of camp stoves, safety concerns while cooking, knowledge and treatment of environmental hazards, and low-impact camping techniques. Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 127 – Outdoor Recreational Activities: Winter Camping 1cr

This course is an introduction to the skills, theory and practice necessary for safe and enjoyable winter camping and travel (predominantly throughout the southeast). Through course discussions and one weekend expedition, students learn the following skills: expedition planning/ logistics for winter camping, winter clothing and layering, techniques for staying warm and dry in wet/ snowy environments, familiarity with winter gear, cold-related health and wellness, stove operation and safety, and low-impact camping techniques. Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 128 – Outdoor Recreational Activities: Orienteering 1cr

This course is a basic introduction to the use of map and compass for field work and personal recreation. Through course discussion, field trips, and a course project, students develop the following orienteering skills: parts of a compass, reading a compass, features of a map, reading a map, following a bearing, using map and compass together, triangulation and its uses, and safety concerns for off-trail travel. Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 211 – Intermediate Paddling 1cr

This course is an intermediate level whitewater paddling course. Students establish personal goals or key skills that they would like to work toward. Students choose to canoe, kayak, or raft with the goal of increasing paddling skills to accommodate class III whitewater safely. Through pool time, hands on instruction and river trips, students have the opportunity to increase skills, learn more advanced river reading skills, and more advanced strokes. Students also learn self-rescue techniques applicable to an intermediate whitewater setting. Fee charged. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



4.21.3 Varsity Sport Participation Courses

Academic credit is offered for participation in varsity athletics. Credit must be awarded in the semester of the sport’s season, and students must register for credit in advance of participation. A season of successful participation is worth one grade and one credit. A single varsity course or a combination of varsity courses may be repeated for credit up to four semester credit hours. Courses that are repeatable for credit are marked as such. Courses that are not marked as repeatable may not be repeated for credit.

A course or a combination of sports courses may be repeated for credit up to 4 credits.



PED 129 – Varsity Cross-Country 1cr*

Participation in varsity cross-country. May be repeated for credit as 130, 131, and 132. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 133 – Varsity Cycling 1cr*

Participation in varsity cycling. May be repeated for credit as 134, 135, and 136. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 137 – Varsity Basketball 1cr*

Participation in varsity basketball. May be repeated for credit as 138, 139, and 140. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 141 – Varsity Soccer 1cr*

Participation in varsity soccer. May be repeated for credit as 142, 143, and 144. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.



PED 145 – Varsity Swimming 1cr*

Participation in varsity swimming. May be repeated for credit as 146, 147, and 148. Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.