Physical Education

East Field House

(831) 459-5076


Physical education (P.E.) offers students opportunities to learn and improve skills in a variety of areas while gaining knowledge about the relationship between fitness and wellness. With this information, students will be better prepared to make important choices leading to healthy lifestyles.

Physical education courses at UC Santa Cruz, which are elective and without academic credit, are offered in a wide variety of activities. The courses consist of instruction, practice, and full participation consistent with each student’s ability. While many of the courses are for students at a beginning level, some are designed with more advanced students in mind. Most courses involve class meetings one hour in length, twice a week; but some consist of two weekly one-and-a-half-hour meetings or a single two-hour meeting per week. Some courses are offered exclusively to graduate students.