The college maintains a physical education requirement for graduation; however, the program carries no academic credit. A total of four courses is required: Davidson 101 (required of all students, including transfers, during their first semester at Davidson); Two (2) Lifetime Activity credits (2**, 3**, and 5** level courses) and one team sport credit (PE 4**). The Davidson 101 requirement must be completed in the first semester of the first year at Davidson. Students are encouraged, but not required to complete the physical education requirement by the end of their sophomore year.
** Effective August 2011, students are not required to take a beginning swimming class in order to complete their Physical Education requirement. Students that wish to take an aquatics PE course will need to demonstrate swimming proficiency as will students that plan to compete as members of the following club teams: Crew, Sailing, and Water Polo.
Lifetime Activity Requirement
Two courses required. Students enrolled for credit are required to attend 90% of the class sessions. Each absence exceeding the allowed number must be made up.
While students are encouraged to continue with a subject or activity they enjoy, a class may be taken only one time for credit
200-level courses are designed to provide a foundation for a healthy, physically active lifestyle, helping students to find the balance between work and recreation
300-level courses are aquatics courses designed to fulfill a lifetime requirement upon successful completion of a swim evaluation.
500-level courses are offered in partnership with Davidson Outdoors. Note: not all Davidson Outdoors' activities meet the PED Lifetime Credit criteria; please verify compliance before taking a course for credit.
Varsity Athletes: all varsity athletes are eligible for one lifetime activity credit. A second credit will not be given for participation on the same team a second year. Two sport athletes may earn two lifetime credits for their participation in both sports (see the Director of Physical Education and Recreation for more information)
Team Sport Requirement: one credit required
Students can fulfill their team sport requirement through varsity athletics, club sports, or intramural participation. Varsity athletes must be listed on the team's official NCAA roster, while club sport and intramural athletes are required to participate in 75% of the scheduled games and/or practices.