Physical Education

Physical Education courses are offered as electives, intended to enhance and balance the academic course load of students. All courses, with the exception of PED 100, are Credit/No Credit and may be repeated for credit; however, a maximum of six units of SPR and PED combined may be applied to requirements for the Baccalaureate degree, and a maximum of four units of SPR and PED combined may be applied to requirements for the Associate degree.

Physical Education Courses

PED 1 Fitness for Freshmen (1)

Fight off the Freshmen Fifteen with this interactive class that is designed to address the specific physical activity and nutrition needs of freshmen as they transition to life in college. Students will participate in aerobic and resistance training activities as well as meal planning and nutrition logs. Students will learn to make lifestyle changes that will enhance their mental and physical health with the support of classmates and instructors.


Use the exercise ball (Swiss Ball, Stability Ball) to strengthen your CORE (abs, glutes, and low back). Your CORE is the foundation of strength for all other movement. If you have a strong CORE, you prevent injury, enhance your ability to perform any movement (exercise or everyday living), and improve your posture. This class will build your CORE first, and move on to more advanced stability ball moves to strengthen your entire body! You'll tone, trim excess body fat, and improve your health!

Ancient Arts Courses

PED 1K Tae Kwon Do (1)

This course introduces the students to the Martial Arts of Tae Kwon Do: the history and philosophy of the art, the kicks, strikes, blocks, stances, and self-defense techniques. The student will learn the tenants of Tae Kwon Do. The course will be activity-based and will involve rigorous workouts. Hands-on application will be practiced in every class along with a constant focus on sound structural basics.

PED 1J Jujutsu (1)

A martial art designed to fit the needs of modern times.  Learn how to use pressure points, kicks and strikes to the body to effectively control and subdue an attacker. You will learn techniques of escapes, throws, chokes, grabs, joint-locks and ground defense in unarmed situations. You will also learn how to effectively defend yourself against different weapons.  Focuses on realizing your full potential, experiencing growth and positive changes, breaking through self-limiting beliefs, and the unification of mind, body and spirit through a martial art that stresses discipline and integrity.

PED 1R Karate (1)

Shorinji Renshinkan Karate practices forms that originate from the techniques of Shaolin martial arts. Its emphasis is reaching out to others with compassion and understanding. The martial art accentuates efficient combat by means of tai sabaki. This is roughly translated as the method one manipulates their body for technique and maneuvers. Though Shorinji karate is taught as a martial art system, Renshinkan really stands for aspiring to be the best humanitarian that one can be. The very kanji for Renshinkan [ ??? ] roughly translates to "hard work [training / great effort] that exudes from the heart [soul]."  Students will learn the fundamental moves, forms, and self defense techniques.

PED 1S Women's Self Defense (1)

An introduction to self defense techniques combining practical safety skills, physical conditioning, and martial art movements.

PED 1T Tai Chi (1)

An introduction to the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan, an ancient blend of mental concentration and physical movement, with applications to self-defense.

PED 1Y Yoga (1)

An introduction to yoga, an ancient blend of stretching, relaxation, and breathing techniques that increase flexibility and muscle strength and tone, improve circulation, and reduce stress.

PED 2Y Power Yoga (1)

Power Yoga is an energetic, strong practice, with yoga movements that flow from one posture to the next without the use of props or devices. Power Yoga is designed to heat the body internally to build strength, increase cardiovascular endurance, and calm the mind. Students begin at any level of expertise.

PED 3Y Pilates/Yoga (1)

Get the best of both worlds! This class is taught two days a week; work on Yoga one day: meditation/breathing, strengthening poses, and flexibility, and on the second day learn what your "Powerhouse" is by practicing some Pilates. Both classes will strengthen your body and increase your flexibility.

Aerobic Conditioning Courses

PED 2A Aerobics Hi/Lo (1)

A high intensity, low impact workout, designed for all levels, that improves cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and endurance, body composition, and flexibility.

PED 2C Boot Camp (1)

ATTENTION RECRUITS! The eight-week session requires Boot Camp participants to follow an hour-long exercise regimen four days a week. Each day students will build on the previous day's practice. Students will not be asked to do more than is comfortable and safe, but will be challenged to improve their endurance, strength, and cardiovascular capacity. Every session begins with a warm-up, followed by the day's given exercise activities, which can include cardiovascular activities such as running up and down hills, walking, jumping rope, resistance and weight training; exercises to increase flexibility and tone, sit-ups and push-ups and fitness testing. The goal of this class is to challenge the mind and body and to gain a rejuvenated sense of health and fitness.

PED 2K Kickboxing (1)

High intensity, multi-level hi/lo workout incorporating moves from kickboxing and other martial arts techniques. This class emphasizes proper technique, mental discipline and self-awareness. Give bad health the boot!

PED 2P Studio Cycling (1)

A high energy workout utilizing stationary racing bikes to improve cardio-respiratory and muscular endurance.

PED 2S Step Aerobics (1)

A high intensity, primarily low impact cross training class, utilizing the aerobic step and exercise tubing, that improves cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and endurance, body composition, and flexibility.

PED 2W Water Aerobics (1)

An aerobic conditioning class which utilizes the resistance of water to enhance cardiovascular endurance and reduce the risk for injury.

PED 2E W.E.T. Workout (1)

Water Earth Training. Learn the best of both water and earth (land-based) training! You'll work on basic swimming skills, water aerobics, weight training, & cardiovascular work. ALL levels are welcome, from beginning to advanced!

PED 2Z Zumba (1)

Zumba is a fusion of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps to the tune of Latin and International music. The routine features aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning.

PED 1W Ultimate Body Conditioning (1)

A high intensity class that combines cardiovascular endurance with circuit weight training designed to burn optimal, maximum calories in the least amount of time. This course will also introduce various aspects of fitness and wellness including fitness assessments, lifestyle management and nutrition.

Muscle Conditioning Courses

PED 3W Resistance Training (1)

Weights are for EVERYONE! Many people think that weights and resistance training are for men or women who want the "bulky" look. This is NOT true! Resistance training is one of the best ways to decrease excess body fat and lose weight. If you want a sleek, toned body, you have got to try this class! This course will emphasize muscular strength and endurance using resistance equipment and free weights. Students will develop and implement a personal workout based on individual goals, fitness level, and ability.

Dance Courses

PED 4A African and Latin Rhythms (1)

A dance class which emphasizes basic African and Latin movements to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and tone.

PED 4B Ballet (1)

An introduction to the basic movements and choreography of ballet which will increase flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, and tone.

PED 4C Cardio Dance (1)

Get on the floor! A high energy class that works to improve overall fitness, as well as dance technique. Learning to pick up different types of choreography and understanding music will also be included. Students will work on learning short dance combinations. Some strength, toning, and flexibility exercises will also be included. Styles and types of dance may vary with instructor, but may include Hip Hop, Salsa, Disco, Old School, Swing, and other varieties. All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

PED 4D Dance Workshop (1)

Instruction and choreography of various dance forms including jazz, modern, and street dance with the opportunity for performance.

PED 4H Hip Hop (1)

A high intensity free-style street dance class that increases cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and endurance, and improves body composition.

PED 4J Jazz (1)

A dance class which emphasizes basic jazz movements to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and tone.

PED 4L Latin Jazz (1)

This class is an introduction to the principles of authentic Latin dancing. The class is focused around basic body rhythms inherent in Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, and Cha-Cha-Cha. We will cover the fundamentals of leading and following, as well as introduce you to dance patterns for each Latin dance style. No dance experience necessary.

PED 4P Dancer Physique (1)

Dancer physique is a unique one-hour class that gives your body the opportunity to train, feel and ultimately look like a dancer. It is a custom workout, which combines elements of ballet, Pilates, yoga, isometrics, cardio and stretching into a series of movements that gives you a complete workout. Expect to have sculpted arms, tight abs, a trimmed mid-section, a firm bum, shapely legs, improved posture, burn fat and to have an overall elongated and lean appearance of your body. You will be firmer, leaner, centered and overall your body will carry the strength and grace of a dancer.

PED 4S Salsa (1)

An introduction to the choreography of salsa, a dynamic dance class designed to increase cardiovascular endurance and improve body composition.

Outdoor Recreation

PED 4Z Belly Dancing (1)

Emphasis is on learning and executing dance steps with accuracy and flexibility. This class is appropriate for any woman that has an interest in belly dance whether for fitness or performing.

PED 5H Hiking and Wildflowers (1)

An introduction to hiking with emphasis on wildflower identification.

PED 5S Special Topics in Outdoor Recreation (1)

Primarily off campus activities which could include mountain biking, roller blading/skating, beach volleyball, biking, hiking, snow and water skiing.

Sports Courses

PED 6A Inside Sports (1)

This course will explore the social, cultural, and historical components of sport and physical activity of today. Inside Sports will include lectures, films and videos, student presentations and field trips on historical, social, and cultural aspects of sport. What to do if you grew up not playing sports? Lack the knowledge of sports today? You want to join or learn but don't know where to start? All your co-workers enjoy games at the local pub and the office pool is circulating but you have no clue about what to do? How do you become a team player? Sports provide an important social setting and may be a critical asset for women trying to advance in today's business world.

PED 6B Basketball (1)

She shoots, she scores! An introduction to basic basketball skill techniques, scoring, rules and game strategy.

PED 6C Court Sports (1)

Get on the court! Instruction in the rules, techniques, and strategies of basketball and volleyball.

Ped 6F Field Sports and Games (1)

Weekend Warrior! Instruction in the rules, techniques, and strategies of ultimate frisbee, softball, flag football, grass volleyball, new games, soccer and much more (dependent upon instructor, facilities and equipment). All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

PED 6I Intramural Sports (1)

The Intramural Sports Program provides a wide variety of quality recreational programs in a safe and secure environment designed to enhance the social, mental, and physical well-being of the individual and core team. In the fall semester, this course is designed for volleyball players and in the spring semester it is for basketball players that compete in our intramural program.

PED 6O Softball (1)

Catch it! An introduction to softball techniques, scoring, rules and game strategy.

PED 6R Soccer (1)

Kick it! An introduction to basic soccer skill techniques, scoring, rules and game strategy.

PED 6S Swimming (1)

Splash! A comprehensive course addressing both basic stroke technique and cardiovascular conditioning.

PED 6T Tennis I/II (1)

Ace it! An introduction to basic tennis skill techniques, scoring, rules, and game strategy.

PED 6V Volleyball (1)

Bump, Set, Spike! An introduction to basic volleyball skill techniques, scoring, rules, and game strategy.

PED 6W Sports Conditioning (1)

You say you have skills? Well whether you do or don't, this class is for the sports lover! Condition your body to play any sport! This class will work on cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and power, and flexibility, with the intention of improving your body's health and fitness. Perfect for any athlete OR any wanna-be athlete! Even if you aren't into sports, this class provides great variety to your workout, and will decrease excess body fat in those who are up to the challenge!

Certification Courses

Certification Courses

PED 7B Lifeguarding (1)

This course teaches rescue skills including equipment-based rescuers, spinal injury management, and post-rescue care and surveillance skills to help prevent or immediately recognize injuries. In addition, first aid training and "CPR for the Professional Rescuer" are included in the course content. At the conclusion of this course, testing for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certificate will be offered. This course is for the intermediate and above swimmer.

PED 7C CPR/First Aid/AED (1)

This course teaches basic CPR (for adult, child, and infant) and First Aid methods, the Automated External Defibrillator in preparation for passing the American Red Cross Certification.


PED 100 Physical Education (1)

Required course for Liberal Studies majors emphasizing the State Curriculum Framework, movement skill and movement knowledge, self-image and personal development, and social development of children K-12 through the participation in rhythms, games, sports, and physical fitness activities. Letter graded course.

PED 5W Lifetime Fitness (1)

This course is an independent on-line study course designed to educate students to adopt and maintain the behaviors associated with an active and healthy lifestyle. Students will learn the facts about fitness, wellness, physical activity; become an informed fitness, wellness, and exercise consumer; and plan their own personal lifetime fitness and wellness program. Prerequisite: Junior and/or senior standing.