Physical Education Requirements

While general information regarding Physical Education Basic (PEDB) courses can be found on the UGA Bulletin, we understand that students often have additional questions regarding these courses and their criteria. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

Attention

Please read below for information regarding Summer 2020 PEDB courses in response to the recent move to deliver courses remotely per USG/UGA mandate.

UGA's Department of Kinesiology and PEDB Program are committed to helping ensure that students are able to complete their PEDB coursework at a distance this summer, in accordance with the recent USG/UGA mandate. We will be offering the same number of PEDB course sections as initially planned; however, we recommend that you review the current course sections available, as some courses have been cancelled and more PEDB 1950E: Fitness for Life Online Walking course sections have been added.

If you have any questions, please email ugapedb@uga.edu for more information!

Please see below for a complete list of your PEDB summer course options, as well as notes below regarding these courses and their expectations:

Maymester Session

see note below

May 13–June 3

  • PEDB 1400 - Intro to Weight training (remotely taught)
  • PEDB 1400 - Intro to Weight training (remotely taught)
  • PEDB 1400 - Intro to Weight training (remotely taught)
  • PEDB 1900 - Group Fitness (remotely taught)

Extended Session

May 13–July 6

  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1930E - FFL Jogging (online)

Short 1 Session

see note below

June 5–July 1

  • PEDB 1400 - Intro to Weight training (remotely taught)
  • PEDB 1400 - Intro to Weight training (remotely taught)
  • PEDB 1920 - Body Conditioning (remotely taught)

Thru Session

June 5–July 29

  • PEDB 1010 - Adapted PE (remotely taught) - POD ONLY (obtained through DRC)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)
  • PEDB 1950E - FFL Walking (online)

Short 2 Session

see note below

July 7-July 30

  • PEDB 1400 - Intro to Weight training (remotely taught)
  • PEDB 1400 - Intro to Weight training (remotely taught)

Notes About Sessions

PEDB 1400/1900/1920 courses

These courses are scheduled during a short summer session (Maymester/Short 1 session/Short 2 session) and therefore were scheduled to meet for 15 class periods, each of 100 minutes, in a very condensed, very intense manner. Please be aware that while taught remotely, students will still be expected to complete the equivalent of at least 100 minutes of course activity at home on most weekdays corresponding with the initial face-to-face schedule.

Students who prefer to spread out the PEDB courses requirements (over 7.5 weeks) or students who have one of the following Fitbit devices (Charge 2, 3, or 4, Versa or Inspire HR) and want to track physical activity with that device, should strongly consider the PEDB 1950E (walking) or PEDB 1930E (jogging) online courses (instead of Maymester/S1/S2 courses). They are offered during an adjusted extended session or Thru session (see below)

PEDB 1950E/1930E courses

While special permission is typically required for our PEDB 1930E/1950E courses, we have created several sections that do NOT require POD and are thus available to all students, given the online mandate for the summer 2020 term. As such, students are free to register for a PEDB 1930E/1950E course at their convenience. Please note that POD restrictions remain in place for CRNs 51976, 56212 and 63482 (as these sections were already loaded with special permissions); however, all other 1950E and 1930E courses are available for students.

The PEDB 1950E/1930E courses were originally designed for use with the following Fitbit devices: Charge 2, 3, or 4, Versa or Inspire HR. This online course has, in the past, exclusively worked with these approved Fitbit devices and, thus, the course structure and software lend itself to syncing, managing and tracking students' Fitbit data more effortlessly than alternative methods of tracking. Therefore, students who already have one of the listed Fitbit devices (or those who are considering purchasing a Fitbit) are highly encouraged to use it for the tracking of the physical activity component for this course. However in response to COVID-19 and the USG's decision to offer summer courses online, we have extended the tracking options, for students without a Fitbit device, to meet the course requirements for PEDB 1950E or PEDB 1930E without a Fitbit. These alternatives include, but are not limited to: Apple watch, additional tracking applications, video submission, etc.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. We wish you all the best in your summer pursuits.

General Questions

I have a gym membership/take part in intramural sports/have a certification. Does this satisfy the PE requirement?
No. UGA's physical education requirement can only be satisfied by completing and passing a basic PE (PEDB) course at UGA, or by transferring an approved physical education course.
I've taken a PE course at another institution. How do I know if it's approved?
Complete an Online Transfer Request Form and upload a syllabus of the transfer PE course there. The course description, content and assignments will then be evaluated and reviewed by the Basic PE program coordinator, Dr. Ilse Mason. You will be notified via email once your course has been either approved or denied.
What should I do if I have a disability, medical condition or long-term injury that prevents me from participating in a PEDB course?
The Department of Kinesiology is committed to fulfilling the physical education needs of all students. An adapted physical education program operates as a normal extension of the basic physical education Program for students who, because of temporary or permanent disability or medical conditions, cannot participate in the mainstream Basic Physical Education Program. Email the Department of Kinesiology to begin the approval process for this course, as approval is based on referral by the Disability Resource Center, or documentation related to your physical disability, medical condition or injury. Students given permission to sign up for PEDB 1010 will be referred to the instructor to schedule an appointment to discuss the specific options available.
I am a Veteran or Army/Air Force ROTC participant. Would my service and/or field training exempt me from the university PE requirement?
There are exceptions for Veterans, as well as Army and Air Force ROTC participants, if certain documentation and participation is verified and processed. Please consult the basic physical education portion of the UGA Bulletin for more information

Tip: Avoid additional stress by not waiting until your final semester to take PE!

Course-Specific Questions

Why do the PEDB courses consist of conceptual content (readings and quizzes)?

The philosophy of the Basic Physical Education Program at the University of Georgia is to promote lifelong physical activity and fitness for the enhancement of health and well-being. Increases in regular physical activity and fitness are influenced by people's confidence in the ability to engage in regular exercise and positive beliefs concerning the benefits of physical activity and fitness. Motivation to increase physical activity and fitness can be enhanced by incorporating fitness knowledge about fitness and behavior-modification principles into activity classes. Adopting positive health behaviors has the potential to significantly improve the lifelong health benefits for all UGA graduates.

Do you have courses that are off-campus/online?

There are off-campus PEDB courses available through study abroad programs and the Honors Interdisciplinary Field Program.

Online PEDB course(s) is/are offered during the fall, spring and summer sessions (PEDB 1950E/PEDB 1930E) BUT enrollment is restricted and registration takes place on a first-come, first-serve basis. Permission is given to students who, during that semester:

  • Are in a study abroad program
  • Are in Washington semester program
  • Are not enrolled in on-campus courses during that semester AND who:
    • Are enrolled at UGA for an internship
    • Have satisfied all other graduation requirements
    • Are enrolled in a completely online undergraduate program
  • Are on a UGA campus outside of Athens
  • Are non-traditional students
  • Are traditional graduate students
  • Are students at other institutions

Note: There is a cost associated with the online PEDB course options (approximately $200) because students will be required to have a specific heart rate monitor and—although flexible—there will be a significant time commitment.

A student who meets any of these categories should provide verification and 81# via email to the Department of Kinesiology.

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Last Updated: 06 April 2020