Fall Semester 2011

Course Offerings:

 Directory of Classes - Physical Education


The Required Program Services the Columbia College and Engineering students at Columbia University. These students have a two semester Physical Education degree requirement and may elect to take one or two additional terms of Physical Education for academic credit. If space is available, undergraduate General Studies students are permitted to take courses in the Required Program. Other members of the Fitness Center are encouraged to take courses offered in the Voluntary Program.

Students who request to have their physical education activities limited or waived because of a medical condition should contact Professor Torrey, Chair of Physical Education. In some situations, students may require an evaluation by a clinician at health Services at Columbia in order to receive a waiver. In consultation with Professor Torrey, students may be instructed to contact Dr. Samuel Seward, medical director of Health Services at Columbia, who facilitates these evaluations. All students are required to pass a swimming test or submit a waiver from the University Health Service. The swimming tests are administered in the Uris Pool the first day of classes and are also offered on Wednesdays from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays from Noon - 2 p.m., and Sundays from 3-4 p.m., throughout the semester. A schedule of additional times to take the test will be posted on the website. Those who do not pass are encouraged to take a beginner swimming course at the first opportunity. The test consists of swimming three laps of the pool (75 yards) without resting, using any stroke or combination of strokes. If a student takes beginner swimming for one term and is still not able to pass the swimming test, the requirement is waived.

The grading in all physical education courses is Pass/Fail. Students who fulfill the attendance and participation requirement receive a pass. Those who miss more than the permissible number of classes and who do not drop the course by the official drop deadline (date to be announced) receive an unofficial withdrawal (UW). Students who anticipate attendance problems should contact their instructors or the department representative.

The Required Program offers a variety of activities in the areas of aquatics, dance, fitness, martial arts, individual and dual “lifetime” sports, team sports, and outdoor education. It is our goal that the experiences provided by these activities will contribute to the development of an active, healthy lifestyle.

The majority of the activities are offered in ten time preferences. However, there are early morning conditioning activities, Friday-only classes at Baker Field, and special courses that utilize off-campus facilities during weekends and vacation periods. A description of the activities and a listing of the course offerings for the Fall Semester are available below. Unless otherwise indicated, the activities are scheduled on a quarterly basis with each quarter lasting approximately seven weeks. At midterm the student selects another activity for the remainder of the term, although in many cases the student has the opportunity to continue the same activity. Students may register for only one section of physical education each term.

The courses offered by the Physical Education Department are listed among the courses eligible for on-line registration as well as the Directory of Classes. You may register on-line during your scheduled appointment times.


Diving Lap Swim

Lifeguard Training
Swimming (Beg., Int., Adv.)                                                                              


Martial Arts

Tai Chi Chuan



Outdoor Education 







Racquet Activities    





Special Interest
Dance Team 

Team Sports
Basketball Floor Hockey




Body Sculpting
Cardio Fitness
Cardio Kickboxing/Sculpt
Yoga Sculpt atha Yoga
Intro to Fitness and Wellness
Iyengar Yoga
Self-Paced Running
Step Aerobics
Strength Training

Registration: College and Engineering students can select Physical Education courses online. Barnard and General Studies students can register for Physical Education courses Thursday, September 8th and Friday, September 9th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 205 Kent Hall for General Studies Students and at the Physical Education Office for Barnard Students (336 Dodge Fitness Center, 854-3439). As of Monday, September 12th, students must receive approval from the instructor to register for the course.

First Day of Classes: Although most classes begin on September 6th, Physical Education Classes start on Monday, September 12th, Tuesday September 13th and Friday, September 16th. Unless indicated otherwise, all students who have registered for Physical Education should report to the Levien Gymnasium for their first scheduled class. Following the orientation lecture by Professor Torrey, students will be given attendance credit and will also have the option of acquiring a daily lock/towel service for a fee of $38 ($20 will be refunded at the end of the semester for students who pass the course). Students who need to take the swimming test will then proceed to the Uris Pool - bring swimming suits. Students registered for beginner swimming are not required to take the test.

Students who are participating on an intercollegiate team should register for the appropriate team section of Physical Education C1005—Intercollegiate Athletics. Athletes who register correctly and participate on a team receive a Pass; those who drop off a team in mid-term and still want academic credit must notify the Physical Education Office and be placed in an activity to complete the attendance requirement. Otherwise, the student must officially drop Intercollegiate Athletics or he or she will receive UW for a grade. For further information regarding the Required Program, contact Ken Torrey, Chair of the Physical Education Department, 334 Dodge Fitness Center, 854-4001.

The Barnard Exchange Program
The Columbia and Barnard Physical Education Departments have an exchange program. Space is reserved for Columbia College and Engineering students in selected Barnard physical education courses. A list of the Barnard courses offered through the exchange program is available in the Columbia Physical Education Office (336 Dodge Fitness Center) and the Barnard Physical Education Office (200 Barnard Annex). Only students who have taken a Columbia Physical Education course and passed the required swimming test are eligible to register for one of these courses. Columbia College and Engineering students interested in taking a Barnard Physical Education class must get approval at the Barnard Physical Education Office on Wednesday, September 7th
 and Thursday, September 8th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact Barnard's Physical Education Office, 200 Barnard Annex (854-2085) for further information. Due to space availability, General Studies students are not eligible to take Barnard Physical Education classes.

Swimming Test Schedule
The swimming test will be offered at the Uris Pool throughout the semester on the days and times listed below. College students who are unable to attend one of these sessions should contact Ken Torrey at 854-4001 to arrange a time to take the test. If you have any concerns regarding your ability to fulfill the swimming requirement, please contact Dr. Torrey as soon as possible.

8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Noon-2 p.m.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.


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