Physical Education

Changes effective Fall Term 2016


Students must complete three (3) terms of physical education: one (1) term of basic physical education (BPE) and two (2) terms of lifetime recreational activity electives. These coed courses: encourage students to maintain good physical fitness; emphasize that physical activity, done for pleasure, should become a way of life; teach new skills that enhance leisure time; provide basic health information; and develop neuromuscular systems. Usually, students take one (1) PEA course per term, although the chair may approve a second. Anyone who has finished four (4) terms may register for another activity as openings permit. Students may not earn more than four (4) semester hours of credit in lifetime recreational activity (PEA) or varsity sport (PEV) courses combined.

The college furnishes equipment for classes and intramural sports -- except tennis racquets and golf clubs. Sports participants assume a risk. Students should not undertake an activity for which they are not physically fit.

The director of Lakeside Health and Counseling Services, in consultation with the PE chair, may waive or alter requirements. The director must also endorse any certificates of disability from personal physicians. The chair reviews exceptional cases, which must also be approved by the assistant dean for academic administration and records.

Transfer students with an AA from an accredited school do not need to complete any health and wellness requirements. All other transfer students must complete an approved Health and Wellness course and two PEAs.

A fitness program based upon Dr. Kenneth Cooper's aerobic system, BPE improves vigor and health through activities that demand oxygen consumption. BPE courses include BPE Aerobic Fitness: Running; BPE Aerobic Fitness: Swimming; BPE Aerobic Fitness: Dance; PED 101, and PED 201.

PED 101 Behavioral Guidelines for Health and Wellness: Emphasizes self-awareness and responsibility in maintaining health. Deals with consumerism, emotional health, intimate relationships, stress management, nutrition, fitness, disease prevention, and individualized behavior modification.

PED 106 Sport and Society: Examines social organization, social change, and connection of sport to structure and dynamics of social life. Does not fulfill BPE or electives requirement.

PED 201 Physiology of Exercise and Performance: Explains physiological fundamentals of physical fitness and training techniques. Discusses human energy systems, aerobic exercise, muscular fitness, and training techniques. Encourages students to design individualized programs.

PED 202 Topics in Sport Psychology: Focuses on selected topics and issues in sport psychology relevant to the psychological and mental factors that influence performance and personal growth, including development of appropriate psychological skills for performance enhancement. Other topics include aggression, audiences and performers, and arousal and performance. Does not fulfill BPE or electives requirement.


Ballroom Dancing*
Jazz Dance for Exercise
Lifeguard Training*+
Sports Pilates
Stand-Up Paddleboard 101
Tae Kwon Do*
Water Safety Instruction*+
Weight Training
Varsity Sports

*Fee Courses, +Certification Courses

The following academic courses may substitute for an elective.

  • DAN 170 Ballet I
  • DAN 177 Jazz I
  • DAN 179 Modern Dance I
  • DAN 270 Ballet II
  • DAN 277 Jazz II
  • DAN 279 Modern Dance II
  • DAN 394 Intermediate/Advanced Dance Technique

Three professional preparation courses meet state Department of Education requirements, but not the BPE or electives requirement.

PED 475 Athletic Coaching Theory: Improves coaching skills by covering psychosocial development, biophysiology, legal concerns, sport management, and sport instruction. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

PED 476 Theory and Practice of Coaching a Specific Sport: Introduces recent advances. Highlights interscholastic coaching/teaching methods, trends, hands-on lab experiences, and safety procedures. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

PED 477 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (Sports Medicine): Treats injury detection and treatment, rehabilitation, reconditioning, counseling, and injury prevention. Includes hands-on lab experiences and off-the-field safety precautions. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

Students choose to participate in the intramural program. These activities supplement PE classes and include some coed sports and one-day activities.

Fraternities and sororities, independents, first-year students, special groups, off-campus students, faculty, current graduate students, and administrative staff compete as teams. Sports include basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball (beach and regulation).

Sports play a significant role in life at Rollins. The athletic program encourages individual participation in 20 intercollegiate sports--baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, golf, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and water-skiing. The college also fields club teams for women's soccer and swimming.

The Alfond Sports Center contains basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness weight room, locker rooms, a training room, classrooms, and department offices. Other facilities include Alfond Boathouse, Bradley Boathouse, Alfond Pool, Alfond Stadium, Sandspur Field, Tiedtke Tennis Courts, and Martin Tennis Courts.