HMC students need to complete the three physical education (PE) course requirements with the objective of developing skills for a lifelong physical fitness program. Starting with the Fall 2010 semester, all HMC students will receive one unit of credit for a PE class, with the maximum not to exceed three units total while attending HMC. When three units of PE have been earned, subsequent PE courses will be taken with zero units of credit. PE credits will not be included for academic overload consideration.
Harvey Mudd College students must satisfactorily complete three semester course units of physical education, consisting of an approved first-year aerobic fitness class and two additional elective courses. This is a mandatory requirement for graduation.
The first-year aerobics PE course requirement must be completed during the first year. These courses, with varying levels of fitness and instructional content, are taught by full time CMS Athletic Department staff members. Season-long participation in an intercollegiate team sport with CMS Athletic Department staff members also fulfills this requirement, but the student must remember to enroll in the team sport for PE credit. The remaining two required PE courses are PE electives and must be completed before graduation. A season-long participation in an approved intercollegiate or club sports team may count for the two required elective courses. The student must remember to enroll in the team sport for PE credit.
Participation in two season-long, approved intercollegiate or club sports teams will fulfill the three Physical Education courses graduation requirement.
Any PE courses taken from the Joint PE Program (CMS) or from Pomona College can fulfill a PE elective. Fitness training with an associated ROTC program can also fulfill a PE elective. PE courses can be repeated to fulfill the graduation requirement.