Physical Education

Physical Education is a graduation requirement for Columbia College and Engineering students at Columbia University.

About the Requirement

CC and SEAS students have a two-semester Physical Education requirement. CC students must also pass a swim test or take beginner swimming. Students may register for only one section of physical education each semester. Students may elect to take additional semesters of Physical Education for academic credit after the minimum requirement has been fulfilled. No more than four points of Physical Education courses may be counted towards a degree. One point of the Physical Education requirement may be a Barnard Physical Education course or a Barnard Dance Course. If space is available, undergraduate General Studies students are permitted to take courses in the required program.

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Students who have completed their Physical Education requirements prior to their final semester will receive a Columbia PE shirt celebrating the requirement completion! To receive the shirts, please come by the PHED office between 9am and 5pm and show a copy of your DARS indicating completion of the PHED requirement.