The Physical Education (PE) classes that are offered at Portland State University (PSU) emphasize the development of physical skills, improvement in physical-fitness levels, and the acquisition of knowledge that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. These classes usually meet twice per week for 50 minutes per session. Some courses will meet once per week for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The Physical Education program offers over 40 unique classes each term. Many courses offer a variety of skill levels to accomodate all abilities. Class offerings include activities like bowling, golf, aerobics, abs lower body, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, lap swimming, tai chi, circuit training, weight training, soccer and basketball.
Classes generally meet in the Peter W. Stott Center (PSC) and the community recreation field. On occasion, classes meet at alternate facilities check the bulletin for class location. Many sections of PE classes fill up quickly however people drop so check the status often. Should a class be listed as closed, attend the first class meeting and talk with the instructor about the possibility of enrolling many are willing to take extra students.
How do I find a PE class?
To find the current schedule of PE courses being offered visit the PSU home page and click on the classes link under the Classes & Programs heading. Select the class schedule in the information box and scroll to the Physical Education heading.
Why do PE classes charge an extra fee?
PE courses are not directly funded by the University. The activity fee assessed for each course covers the cost of instruction, equipment, administrative support, and a portion of the facilities operation & administration.
Fees vary depending upon the nature of the course. In some cases additional fees are required to pay for the rental of equipment (e.g. bowling, fencing or flyfishing gear).
Students with disabilities
Students with disabilities are welcomed by Physical Education. Students with special needs who plan to enroll in a PE class should notify the Students with Disabilities office, prior to the time of registration and, if necessary, request special assistance. The Physical Education program does provide personal assistants for those with special needs, so arrangements need to be made through the students with disabilities union at (435 SMSU) 503 725-5664.
Click on the appropriate link for course descriptions.