Bryn Mawr's Physical Education curriculum is designed to provide opportunities to develop lifelong habits that will enhance the quality of life. From organized sport instruction, to dance, lifetime sport skills, and a wellness curriculum (the THRIVE seminar), the Department provides a breadth of programming to meet the needs of the undergraduate student. The physical education and dance curriculums offer more than 50 courses in a variety of disciplines and ability levels.
|For Students Matriculated Prior to Fall 2011||Students with Disabilities/Medical Conditions
Physical Education Requirement for Students who Matriculated in Fall 2011 or Any Semester Thereafter
Core Requirements – Core Requirements are mandatory for all students matriculating at Bryn Mawr College. The Core Requirements at Bryn Mawr College are designed to cover a variety of topics and to develop a certain level of skills for all students during their Freshmen year at Bryn Mawr College.
1. Swim Proficiency Requirement (1 Credit)
a. Pass the swim
b. Take 1 Beginner Class (if test cannot be passed)
2. Wellness Class (THRIVE) (2 Credits)
Students must complete the THRIVE seminar during their first semester of freshmen year at Bryn Mawr College. If an exceptional situation prevents a student from completing THRIVE in her freshmen year she must complete the course in its entirety during the sophomore year.
Core Requirements Credit Total: 3 Credits
General Electives – Students are required to accrue a minimum of 3 credits through General Elective opportunities. Students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of opportunities available to them in the completion of the General Elective requirement.
1. PE Classes (1-2 Credits)
Credits determined by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
2. Dance Classes (Credit Varies)
Dance classes may be used for academic or Physical Education credit but not both. Classes are awarded PE credit on a quarter or semester basis.
3. Bi-Co/Tri-Co PE Classes (Credit Varies)
4. Varsity Athletics and Club Sports (combined max 2 credits/year)
a. Varsity Athletics - Maximum of 2 Credits/Year
b. Club Sports - Maximum of 1 Credit/Year
A student may only earn 2 credits in a single academic year from the combined category of Varsity Athletics and Club Sports if she has competed in a Varsity Sport. Also, No student may earn more than 2 credits in single academic year from the combined category of Varsity Athletics and Club Sports, no matter how many different programs she participates.
5. Independent Study - must be preapproved (max 2 credits)
As an undergraduate a student may earn a maximum of 2 credits through the completion of Independent Study.
6. Special Offerings (Credit Varies)
Condensed department sponsored recreational classes that fall outside of traditional academic time blocks (i.e. Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguard Certification, RAD).
General Requirement Credit Total: 3 Credits
TOTAL CREDITS TO FULFILL PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 6 Credits
General Policies and Procedures
- Bryn Mawr College recognizes that the Physical Education requirement is essential to a student’s introduction to health and well-being at the College. As such, students are expected to complete the Physical Education Core Requirements during their freshmen year and complete all Physical Education requirements by Spring Break of their sophomore year.
- Students, who do not complete their Physical Education requirement by the Thursday prior to spring break, will be relegated to a last place room draw until their PE requirements are met. Students are permitted to submit a petition to the Physical Education department showing they have made sufficient progress towards completing the requirement. The petition must show completion of the core requirements, and that they are on pace to complete six Physical Education credits by the end of the sophomore year.
- Students planning on going abroad their junior year (fall, spring or full year) must complete the Physical Education requirement by the abroad deadline of February 10. Failure to fulfill the Physical Education requirement by this date may affect eligibility for study abroad. Those students enrolled in Physical Education class second semester of their sophomore year may submit a petition by the deadline, showing that they are on pace to complete the Physical Education requirement by the end of the year.
- All petitions must be submitted to the Athletic Department by the Thursday prior to Spring break.
Description - Bryn Mawr's Physical Education curriculum is designed to provide opportunities to develop lifelong habits that will enhance the quality of life. From organized sport instruction, to dance, lifetime sport skills, and a wellness curriculum, the Department provides a breadth of programming to meet the needs of the undergraduate student. The physical education and dance curriculums offer more than 50 courses in a variety of disciplines and ability levels.
Graduation Requirement - Undergraduates must complete eight units/credits of physical education, successfully pass the swim proficiency and complete the wellness seminar. To meet the College degree requirement students are urged to complete the credits by the end of their junior year. These credits do not count as academic credits toward the degree, but are required for graduation. Credit is awarded for successfully completing courses offered in the physical education curriculum, intercollegiate participation or by meeting a specified standard of participation in a club sport. Students may also earn up to two credits for a pre-approved independent study. Students may enroll in courses offered at Bryn Mawr, Haverford or Swarthmore College, but must complete the Swim Requirement and Wellness components at Bryn Mawr. Courses taken outside the Tri-College Consortium should be submitted for review to the Department before enrollment and may or may not be awarded P.E. credit.
- 8 credits total
- Pass swim proficiency requirement - 1 credit if completed before the completion of the junior year
- Complete Wellness Seminar (THRIVE) (2 credits)
Swim Proficiency Requirement – All students at Bryn Mawr are expected to complete the Swim Proficiency Requirement. Students are able to complete the requirement through:
- Any Swim Class offered through the Department AT Bryn Mawr College.
- The Bryn Mawr College Swim Test
Students should contact the Aquatics Director directly for information about classes, swim test dates, or questions about receiving P.E. credit for their Swim Proficiency.
Wellness Seminar (THRIVE) – Students are encouraged to pursue the First Year Wellness Seminar (THRIVE) as it has been adopted as part of Bryn Mawr College’s core P.E. curriculum. Students will receive 2 P.E. credits for a successful completion of the Wellness (THRIVE) course. For students who are no longer stationed at the college or are returning to the College and who feel the introductory course is no longer appropriate, students may choose to complete their 8 credits through other avenues.
Physical Education Classes - The College offers a broad curriculum in physical education. The instructional offerings include sport classes, fitness and recreational activities, dance, swimming and life skill programs.
Intercollegiate Athletics - Members of Bryn Mawr College intercollegiate athletic teams are eligible to earn physical education credit towards completing the eight-credit requirement. Each Head Coach distributes notices of organizational meetings and subsequent tryouts each year. Only students selected to the team by the Head Coach are eligible for physical education credit.
Club Sport Credit - PE credit may be awarded for Club Sport participation. Clubs must register annually with the Jill Breslin, Club Sport Coordinator. Club organizers will be responsible for articulating guidelines and requirements and providing a list each semester of students awarded PE credit.
Independent Study (IS) - Independent Study Physical Education supports students who choose to engage in an activity/course that Bryn Mawr’s Department of Athletics and Physical Education does not offer and/or is a class or activity that is performed during the summer or while a student is studying abroad. The IS opportunity does not include activities that students engage in as a part of a regular lifestyle or fitness routine. A self-paced work-out proposal will not be accepted. Classes must be instructor based with documentation of participation. The goal of the IS option is to enhance the current physical education curriculum by encouraging students to learn an activity that is not offered as part of the curriculum or accommodate a special circumstance. Students may earn up to 2 PE credits total for an independent study project. Prior to the start of the IS project the student must complete an IS proposal request to the Departments P.E. Independent Study Coordinator for approval. Appropriate documentation is required for credit to be awarded. Please see the Independent Study page here or contact Courtney Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Grades and Attendance
- Each student is expected to wear proper attire when participating in physical education classes, including, but not limited to the following: sneakers, socks, proper athletic shorts/pants and proper athletic tops. Attendance is based both on physical presence and full participation in each class.
- Semester long class: Each student is expected to actively participate in class. To earn credit a student is permitted no more than 4 missed classes. No partial credit is given for PE classes.
- Quarter long class: Each student is expected to actively participate in all classes. To earn credit a student is permitted no more than 2 missed classes.
- Multisemester Grading : Students are expected to complete each P.E. class with in the semester it is offered. Unless the class is designed as a multi-semester class, students are not given the option to cherry pick dates from multiple semester to ‘complete’ enough sessions to earn credit.
- Pass: A student successfully completes the class if she actively participates in the required number of classes required. Specific requirements for each class will be communicated by the course instructor and should be contained in the course syllabus.
- No Credit: A student not meeting the parameters for participation and attendance will receive a grade of NCR and will need to take another course for P.E. Credit
Modification to the requirements - To request a modification of the PE requirement, including swimming, students should contact the Coordinator of Access Services and submit the required documentation as early as possible.
- McBride Students are not required to take Wellness. Any introduction to the college, if deemed appropriate, will be handled by the college and not considered part of the PE requirement.
- McBrides entering with freshman or sophomore status will be treated as sophomore transfer students (see below) for the purpose of the determining their PE requirements.
- McBrides entering with junior status will be treated as junior transfer students (see below) for the purpose of determining their PE requirements.
Transfer Students Students entering as juniors: (2 credits)
- Will be expected to fulfill the swim requirement during their junior year - 1 Credit
- Will be expected to fulfill 1 Credit of PE General Elective - 1 Credit
Students entering as sophomores: (4 credits)
- Will be expected to fulfill the swim proficiency requirement - 1 Credit
- Will be expected to fulfill a minimum of 3 credits of PE General Elective - 3 Credits
Physical Education Requirement for Students with Disabilities/Significant Chronic Medical Conditions
Students with diagnosed disabilities/significant chronic medical conditions that limit their participation in Physical Education are advised to complete as many PE credits as possible through courses such as Freshmen Wellness, AHA or ARC CPR/AED/First Aid, Personal Finance, and/or pre-approved Independent Study options. In addition, students are encouraged to work with PE faculty and their physicians to explore whether there may be modifications to other PE courses that would enable them to participate safely. If it is not possible for students to complete the required credits with appropriate coursework, they may request modification of the requirement.
To request modification of the Physical Education requirement, including swimming, students should contact the Coordinator of Access Services and submit the required documentation as early as possible. The documentation must be a written report of an evaluation by an appropriate professional (i.e., medical doctor, physical therapist) relating the current impact of the condition to the request for modification of the PE requirement. At a minimum, information about the following must be included:
- Nature and severity of the condition and date of the most recent evaluation
- Diagnostic tests (if any), methods, and criteria used to make the diagnosis
- Current manifestations of the condition that cause significant limitations to participation in Physical Education including swimming if necessary
- The expected duration or progression of the condition
- Recommendations for reasonable modifications related to the Physical Education requirement
Students who receive a medical exemption from the swim test are required to take AHA or ARC CPR/AED/First Aid to fulfill the requirement, if possible based on the impact of the disability. This course is available through the Bryn Mawr College Physical Education department, or the student may complete the course at her own expense through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
Students should note that only CPR/AED/First Aid courses offered by ARC, AHA, or through the Bryn Mawr College Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation will be considered for Physical Education credit..