The college maintains a physical education requirement for graduation; however, the program carries no academic credit.

A total of three courses are required: Two (2) Lifetime Activity credits (2**, 3**, and 5** level courses), and one team sport credit (PE 4**).

Lifetime Activity Requirement

Two courses are required. View our Lifetime Activity course list. When enrolled for credit, you are required to attend 90 percent of the class sessions. Each absence exceeding the allowed number must be made up. While you are encouraged to continue with a subject or activity you enjoy, a class may be taken only one time for credit.

  • 200 and 300 numbered courses are designed to provide a foundation for a healthy, physically active lifestyle, helping you to find the balance between work and recreation.
  • 500-level courses are offered in partnership with Davidson Outdoors. Note: not all Davidson Outdoors activities meet the physical education lifetime credit criteria; please verify compliance before taking a course for credit.

Team Sport Requirement

One credit is required. You can fulfill the team sport requirement through varsity athletics, club sports, or intramural participation. Varsity athletes must be listed on the team's official NCAA roster, while club sport and intramural athletes are required to participate in 75 percent of the scheduled games and/or practices. Contact Allen Sutton (alsutton@davidson.edu) or Stephen Crespi (stcrespi@davidson.edu) for more information about club and intramural sports. 

Varsity Athletes

All students who complete four years as a varsity athlete will be awarded two lifetime credits and their team sport credit. Athletes competing for less than four years will receive a lifetime and team credit and are required to take a P.E. course to fulfill the second lifetime credit.