PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2 semesters/10 credits required

Classes

#2505 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHY LIVING
5 credits - Grade 9 – required class 
Prerequisite: None     
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This required course provides a foundation for students to be able to take steps toward a healthier life through a focus on personal fitness and socio-emotional wellness.  This course will emphasize the importance of regular physical activity through a combination of instructor-led workouts to build appropriate fitness skills, and instruction on key topics such as nutrition and kinesiology (mechanics of body movement).  Areas of focus for socio-emotional wellness include healthy relationships, mental health & stress management, and women’s health in order to encourage students to make responsible, informed, and respectful decisions that may affect their own, and others’, well-being. 

#2550 DANCE: GENESIS - SURVEY OF DANCE TECHNIQUES AND AESTHETICS
5 credits - Grade(s) all 
Prerequisite: None

This class is for visual and performing arts credit but can also be taken for physical education credit.  

This course is designed to provide an introductory view of dance as an art form. Our main focus will be to introduce and establish various dance techniques, investigate the history of dance, condition the body to maximize strength, and analyze the various aesthetics of dance. Dance will be integrated through video, literature and live performance. We will culminate our overall knowledge by performing two different styles of dance in a dance performance.

#2555 DANCE: REVELATION - COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE
5 credits - Grade(s) all   
Prerequisite: Survey of Dance Techniques and Aesthetics or instructor approval.

This class is for visual and performing arts credit but can also be taken for physical education credit.  

This course will focus on the technique, structure and creation of expressive choreography for performance. Each student will gain knowledge of body function and ability, while exploring its possibilities and limitations. With the foundation of the history of dance, the goal of this course is to provide a knowledge base, practical skill and performance experience in dance. This course will culminate in the students choreographing and performing their own work in a dance performance.

#2590 INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: None 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

An invigorating all-levels yoga practice. Students will start with sun salutation and get familiar with other dynamic segments that will generate some sweat and leave them feeling energized and more flexible.  New students can build a strong base while more advanced students can go deeper into the poses with variations such as chaturanga and backbends. Gain flexibility, strength, and stamina and always leave feeling energized and stretched out.

#2580 SPORTS MEDICINE           
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology or Biology Honors with a C or better 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This course provides students with a general overview of athletic training, sports medicine and its history. It includes introductory information about the Athletic Trainer’s scope of practice: injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, emergency injury management and administrative functions. This course is intended to help students gain an understanding of sports medicine, various associated disciplines and the role they play in the physically active community.  This course helps prepare students for future studies in health sciences and health related fields. Students enrolled in this class will not provide patient care.

#2750 INTERSCHOLASTIC VARSITY ATHLETICS
5 credits - Grade(s) 10, 11, 12     
Prerequisite: Approval from the athletic director 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement                 

This option is open to any 10th-12th grade student who competes on a Notre Dame interscholastic team. Students may elect to receive one semester elective PE credit for their participation at the varsity level or equivalent in an interscholastic sport.

To qualify for credit, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Participate for one full season on a varsity team at Notre Dame
  • Meet daily attendance guidelines for practices and competitions as established by the team coach/athletic director.
  • Adhere to team rules and guidelines by the coach.
  • Adhere to athletic policies as stated in the Notre Dame Athletic Handbook.

Students wishing to exercise this option should speak with the athletic director in March during course scheduling.   The Athletic Director and  the team coach will verify that the student has met the requirements for credit at the end of the season. The verification will be submitted to the registrar with a pass/fail grade.