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Physical Education

CONTENTS       University policy
PE credits allowed toward graduation
    100-level PE courses
    200-level PE courses
PE grades

University policy

    By action of the University Senate (May 21, 1970), physical education courses are not required for graduation from the University.

University policy places no limit on the number of PE credits allowed toward graduation, but individual colleges may impose whatever limit they wish. Since no college allows more than three 100-level PE credits toward graduation, the Office of the Registrar limits to three the number of 100-level PE credits (whether taken at the UW or at another school) included in credits earned toward graduation.

  
  

PE credits allowed toward graduation

    As of autumn 1975 the UW stopped offering 100-level PE activity courses for credit. PE activity credits earned before that time at the UW, or transferred at any time from other institutions, may apply toward graduation within the restrictions noted below.

100-level PE courses

A maximum of three credits of 100-level PE courses taken at the UW (or their equivalents at other institutions) may be counted as elective credits toward graduation with a bachelor's degree from all UW schools and colleges except Engineering. For Engineering policies, consult individual departments.

A student may receive credit toward graduation only once for a given 100-level PE course, although s/he may have registered for that course more than once. A student who has taken several quarters of the same intercollegiate sport, at a time when intercollegiate sports were offered as 100-level PE courses, may count only one credit of such a sport toward the maximum three 100-level PE credits allowed.

Before summer 1974 the Registrar's Office did not place any limit on the number of PE credits recorded in the "credits earned" column of the grade reports and transcripts, so students enrolled at the UW before summer 1974 who have taken more than three 100-level PE courses will have more credits recorded than may actually be counted toward graduation. Some other students may have been temporarily allowed more than three 100-level PE transfer credits. The Office of Graduation and Academic Records will audit out the excess credits before these students graduate.

A former restriction that only PE courses taken autumn 1970 or after could be counted has been removed. PE courses taken at any time may be counted.

200-level PE courses

PE courses numbered 200 and above count toward graduation with no restrictions.
  
  

PE grades

    Any 100-level PE course taken at the UW (in the past) for a regular grade will be counted in the student's graduation GPA, whether the course counts for credit or not. Grades for transferred PE courses, however, are not posted on the student's transfer evaluation and don't count in the student's transfer GPA.