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PE 1. Student Designed Fitness. 3 units; first, second, third terms. May only be used for 3 units of the 9-unit physical education requirement. Independent fitness program as arranged with instructor, three times a week. Detailed proposals must be submitted in writing during first week of each term. Instructor: Staff.
PE 3. Hiking. 3 units; third term. This class is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the outdoors of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Mountains while participating in physical fitness activities. Learn about proper hiking gear, basics for safety, trip plans, and how to research trails in the local area. The class will meet on campus and then travel to one of the local trails for an afternoon hike. Students will be asked to use maps, compass, and GPS devices on various hikes to teach them proper use of all forms of location guidance. Along the trail, students will be asked to identify local flora and vegetation, learn trail etiquette, discuss survival scenarios in the event of emergency, and practice basic trail first aid. Topics such as trail nutrition and hydration will be presented, and students will create a search and rescue plans in the event of an overnight emergency. This class will only be offered on Friday afternoon in the spring, meeting once per week for a three hour block to accomodate travel off campus. Instructor: Marbut.
PE 4. Introduction to Power Walking. 3 units; first term. Introduction to walking for fitness. Emphasis on cardiovascular benefits for a healthy lifestyle. The program is progressive and suitable for walkers of all levels. Instructor: Staff.
PE 5. Beginning Running - Half Marathon Training. 3 units; second term. This class helps anyone learn to conquer the distance of a half marathon, regardless of your previous running experience. Beginners welcome! Learn to complete a distance event using the Jeff Galloway method of training. The Galloway method employs run/walk cycle to provide the runner with rest and recovery while tackling the long mileage of a half marathon. This class will give students a training schedule, determine the individually appropriate run walk ratio, and help students find an appropriate pace that fits their running ability. Class sessions will include a short lecture and run, with students designing a long run course for themselves and running longer mileage on a third day outside of class meetings. Short topics such as hydration, nutrition, race strategy, proper clothing, and shoe choices will be given at the beginning of each session. Speed work options are provided for runners who want to increase their pace. Students are encouraged but not required to pick a race to participate in toward the end of the term. Instructor: Marbut.
PE 6. Core Training, Beginning/Intermediate. 3 units; first, second terms. Learn to develop functional fitness using core stability training techniques that focus on working the deep muscles of the entire torso at once. The course is taught using exercises that develop core strength, including exercises on a stability ball, medicine ball, wobble boards as well as with Pilates exercise programs. Instructor: Staff.
PE 7. Speed and Agility Training, Intermediate/Advanced. 3 units; second term. Instruction to increase foot speed and agility with targeted exercises designed to help the student increase these areas for use in competitive situations. Instruction will focus on increasing foot speed, leg turnover, sprint endurance, and competitive balance. Proper technique and specific exercises as well as the development of an individual or sport-specific training workout will be taught. Instructor: Staff.
PE 8. Fitness Training, Beginning. 3 units; first, second, third terms . An introductory class for students who are new to physical fitness. Students will be introduced to different areas of fitness such as weight training, core training, walking, aerobics, yoga, swimming, and cycling. Students will then be able to design an exercise program for lifelong fitness. Instructor: Staff.
PE 9. Soccer. 3 units; third term. Fundamental instruction on shooting, passing, trapping, dribbling, penalty kicks, offensive plays, defensive strategies, and goal keeping. Class includes competitive play using small field and full field scrimmages. Instructor: Uribe.
PE 10. Aerobic Dance. 3 units; first, second, third terms. Each class includes a thorough warm-up, a cardiovascular workout phase that also includes a variety of conditioning exercises designed to tone and strengthen various muscle groups, and a relaxation cool-down and stretch, all done to music. Instructor: Staff.
PE 14. Basketball Skills, Beginning and Beginning/Intermediate. 3 units; third term. Features fundamental instruction on shooting, dribbling, passing, defensive positioning, and running an offense. Class includes competitive play and free-throw shooting. Instructors: Eslinger, Marbut.
PE 20. Fencing, Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced. 3 units; first term. Beginning fencing includes basic techniques of attack, defense, and counter-offense. Lecture topics include fencing history, strategy, scouting and analysis of opponents, and gamesmanship. Intermediate/ Advanced covers foil theory and techniques, group drillwork, and video analysis. Instructor: Corbit.
PE 24. Yoga, Beginning. 3 units; first, second, third terms. Hatha Yoga is a system of physical postures designed to stretch and strengthen the body, calm the nervous system, and center the mind. It is a noncompetitive activity designed to reduce stress for improved health of body and mind while increasing flexibility, strength, and stamina, and reducing the chance of athletic injury. Instructor: Staff.
PE 27. Ultimate Frisbee. 3 units; first and third term. Instruction will center on developing students’ knowledge of techniques, rules, strategy, etiquette, and safety regulations of the game. Students will develop the ability to perform all the skills necessary to play the game confidently on a recreational basis. Instructor: Staff.
PE 30. Golf, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. 3 units; third term. Beginning class covers fundamentals of the game, including rules, terminology, etiquette, basic grip, set-up, swing, and club selection for each shot. The following shots will be covered: full swing (irons and woods), chip, pitch, sand, and putting. Intermediate class will focus on swing development of specialty shots and on course play management. Advanced instruction covers course management and mental aspects of performance. Instructor: Staff.
PE 35. Diving, Beginning/Intermediate. 3 units; first term. Teaches the fundamentals of springboard diving to include basic approach, and five standard dives. Intermediate class includes instruction in the back somersault, forward somersault, forward somersault full twist, and reverse somersault. Instructor: Staff.
PE 36. Swimming, Beginning/Intermediate and Advanced. 3 units; first, second, third terms. Instruction in all basic swimming strokes, including freestyle, elementary backstroke, racing backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly. Advanced class focuses on proper technique of the four competitive strokes using video and drills along with instruction on training methods and proper workout patterns. Instructors: Dodd, Moser.
PE 38. Water Polo. 3 units. Basic recreational water polo with instruction of individual skills and team strategies. A background in swimming is encouraged. Not offered 2012–13.
PE 44. Karate (Shotokan), Beginning and Intermediate/ Advanced. 3 units; first and third terms. Fundamental self-defense techniques including form practice and realistic sparring. Emphasis on improving muscle tone, stamina, balance, and coordination, with the additional requirement of memorizing one or more simple kata (forms). Instructor: Staff.
PE 46. Karate (Tang Soo Do), Beginning and Intermediate/ Advanced. 3 units; second term. Korean martial art focusing on self-defense and enhancement of physical and mental health. Practical and traditional techniques such as kicks, blocks, hyungs (forms) are taught. Intermediate/Advanced level incorporates technique combinations, sparring skills, jumping and spinning kicks, and history and philosophy. Instructor: Staff.
PE 48. T’ai-Chi Ch’uan, Beginning and Intermediate/ Advanced. 3 units; first, third terms. Chinese movement art emphasizing relaxation and calm awareness through slow, flowing, meditative movement using only the minimum of strength needed to accomplish the action. Instructor: Staff.
PE 50. Badminton, Beginning/Intermediate. 3 units; third term. Basic skills will be taught, including grips, services, overhead and underhand strokes, and footwork. Rules, terminology, and etiquette are covered. Intermediate skills such as drives, service returns, forehand and backhand smash returns, attacking clears, and sliced drop shots are taught. Singles and doubles play along with drill work throughout the term. Instructor: Staff.
PE 54. Racquetball, Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced. 3 units; first and second term. Fundamentals of the game will be emphasized, including rules, scoring, strategy, and winning shots. All types of serves will be covered, as well as a variety of shots to include kill, pinch-off, passing, ceiling, and off-the-backwall. Singles and doubles games will be played. Intermediate/Advanced course will review all fundamentals with a refinement of winning shots and serves and daily games. Instructor: Staff.
PE 56. Squash, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced. 3 units; second term. Learn by playing as the basic rules and strokes are taught. Fundamentals to include proper grip, stroke, stance, and positioning, along with serve and return of serve. Intermediate and Advanced classes will concentrate on skill development with the inclusion of forehand and backhand drives, lobs, volleys, and drops, with an emphasis on court movement, shot selection, and tactics. Instructor: Staff.
PE 60. Tennis, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. 3 units; first, second, third terms. Stroke fundamentals, singles and doubles play, plus rules, terminology, and etiquette are covered in all classes. Beginning class emphasizes groundstrokes, volleys, serve, and grips. Beginning/Intermediate class is for those players caught between levels and will concentrate on strategy, drills, and match play. Intermediate level focuses on improving technique, footwork, and court positioning, with instruction on approach shots, volleys, overheads, and lobs. Advanced course fine tunes each individual’s skills while targeting weaknesses. Instructor: Staff.
PE 70. Weight Training, Beginning/Intermediate. 3 units; first, second, third terms. Active participation in a strength and conditioning program designed for individual skill level and desired effect. Course will enlighten students on various methods, terminology, and techniques in the areas of isokinetic strength and cardiovascular fitness training. Instructor: Staff.
PE 77. Volleyball, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. 3 units; second term. Fundamental instruction on drills, strategies, and rules, with game-playing opportunity. Basics of serve, pass, set, spike, defense, and court position will be taught. Intermediate level focuses on skill development to a more competitive standard and features multiple offenses and understanding officiating. Advanced class emphasizes specialization of all skills, court position, and multiple offenses and defenses. Instructor: Staff.
PE 80 abc. Health Advocates. 3 units (1-1-1); first, second, third terms. Does not satisfy the Institute physical education requirement. A course designed to involve students with health care and education, develop familiarity with common college health problems, and provide peer health services on and off campus. First term: CPR and first aid certification and basic anatomy and physiology. Second and third terms: lectures and discussions on current student and community health problems, symptoms, and treatment. Each student will be expected to devote one hour per week to a supervised clinical internship at the Health Center. Instructor: Stapf.
PE 82. Rock Climbing, Beginning and Intermediate. 3 units; second and third term. Taught at Upland Gym – 2 hours travel time – transportation provided. Basic skills will be covered to utilize each student’s strength and endurance while learning to climb safely. Use of climbing rope and other equipment for belaying, rappelling, and emergency ascent will be taught. Instructor: Staff.
PE 84. Table Tennis, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. 3 units; first term. Introductory course to provide general knowledge of equipment, rules, and basic strokes, including topspin drive, backspin chop, and simple block in both forehand and backhand. Multiball exercise utilizing robot machines and video. Intermediate class covers regulations for international competition and fundamentals of winning table tennis, including footwork drills, smash, serve, and attack. Instructor: Staff.
PE 83 ab. Intercollegiate Basketball Team (Women). 3 units; first, second terms. Coach: Marbut.
PE 85 ab. Intercollegiate Track and Field Team (Men and Women). 3 units; second, third terms. Coach: TBA.
PE 87 ab. Intercollegiate Swimming Team (Men and Women). 3 units; first, second terms. Coach: Dodd.
PE 89 ab. Intercollegiate Fencing Team (Men and Women). 3 units; first, second terms. Coach: Corbit.
PE 90 abc. Intercollegiate Water Polo Team (Men and Women). 3 units; first term Men; second, third term Women. Coach: Moser.
PE 91 ab. Intercollegiate Basketball Team (Men). 3 units; first, second terms. Coach: Eslinger.
PE 92. Intercollegiate Soccer Team (Men). 3 units; first term. Coach: Uribe.
PE 93 ab. Intercollegiate Baseball Team (Men). 3 units; second, third terms. Coach: Mark.
PE 95 ab. Intercollegiate Tennis Team (Men). 3 units; second, third terms. Coach: Gamble.
PE 96 ab. Intercollegiate Tennis Team (Women). 3 units; second, third terms. Coach: Gamble.
PE 97. Intercollegiate Cross-Country Team (Men and Women). 3 units; first term. Coach: Jung.
PE 99. Intercollegiate Volleyball Team (Women). 3 units; first term. Coach: Lindsay.