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Physical Education

Colgate's recognition of the importance of personal well-being and community engagement is fostered through its required physical education program.
Physical Education
The Department of Physical Education offers a variety of programs and courses that directly reflect Colgate’s commitment to every student’s physical, social, mental and environmental well-being.

We take a holistic approach to curriculum development, collaboration with offices and departments across campus. Students may participate in a variety of programs and courses that include varsity and club level athletics, dance, outdoor education, volunteerism and five-week courses in health, fitness, positive sexuality, stress management, and more.


Two (2) PHED units or credits of class or activity as specified are required. Students are strongly encourages to complete the requirement by the end of sophomore year. Students are welcome to take courses for their own enrichment after their requirement is reached. Courses are available through the standard 5-week PHED program and the Outdoor Education PHED courses.

More detailed information about the Physical Education Program is available in the Physical Education Handbook.


Spring I Registration: January 18 - 24, 2019
Classes Run January 28 - March 2

Spring II Registration: March 18 - 21, 2019
Classes Run March 25 - April 27

Separate registration is held each semester for Outdoor Education PE classes at the beginning of each 5 week unit. 

PHED Course Descriptions

Outdoor Education

Offerings that will develop your sense of place, leadership, and adventure in the great outdoors. Courses are offered each semester, fees may apply.

A separate registration is held at the beginning of each semester for Outdoor Ed courses. Most classes are limited and have a fee. For details visit: OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Wellness Passport

Students wishing to engage in a variety of PHED wellness options may apply for the Wellness Passport program. Students will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of classes, workshops and events that encompass the eight dimensions of wellness. Students enrolled in this course must accumulate 10-hours of participation over the course of one semester by attending any combination of classes, workshops and trainings listed here. Students maintain their passport electronically using the Wellness Passport mobile check-in app.

All Group Exercise Classes will be offered as drop in classes only through ‘gate fitness and are eligible for the Wellness Passport. (Aerobics - Pilates - Spinning - Yoga - Zumba & More )

Extracurricular Credit

Students who participate in a Colgate approved Club Sport, SGA Dance Club, SOMAC, EMT Training Program, and Hamilton Fire Department may apply for PE Credit.
Only 1 credit per club is eligible for the PE requirement.
  1. Register Online for the Extracurricular Credit through the PHED Registration.
  2. Log Participation hours after each club activity session using the Google form.
    • Hours may only be logged after a student has registered for this program.
    • All PE Log ins Must be within 48 hours of Club Activity to be valid.
    • All activity hours logged by a club member will be verified by the Chair of Physical Education with the club's practice schedule and event schedule.
    • Credits will be submitted to the Registrar at the end of the semester, once 30 hours is reached. Students have 1 academic year to reach the required 30 hours.
    • Students may get updates on their completed hours by contacting
    • Violations of this process and/or falsely logging hours are a direct violation of the Academic Honor Code.

Colgate Physical Education aims to make their programs inclusive and accessible to every Colgate student. We encourage all students to enroll in the PHED courses and/or programs that interest them regardless of any financial limitations. Students can apply for financial aid through the Physical Education Department, for more information on available aid, please contact the Chair of Physical Education, Katie Kammerdiener, at

Additional Credit Options

Students who wish to earn a PE credit during a study abroad trip or for rehabilitation must seek approval in advance from the Chair of Physical Education at

Contact Information

Physical Education \ Recreation Office
102 Huntington Gym
Phone: 315-228-7613