First-Year-Only Courses


First-Year Only PE Courses

First Year Only (FYO) PE Courses focus on physical fitness and wellness skills through an interactive, team-based approach. Students will learn the fundamental principles and benefits of exercise that meet their fitness and wellness goals. Students are also introduced to nutritional concepts that assist them in making healthy eating choices, develop resiliency skills for balancing college and life stressors, and learn useful time management tips for busy academic and co-curricular schedules. Upon completion of this course, first year students will possess the necessary knowledge to make positive lifestyle choices, enhancing their transition to college and their overall experience.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the first year course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental fitness principles and benefits of an integrated approach to enhance strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness

  • Develop exercise strategies for achieving fitness goals and exercise adherence 

  • Learn useful time management tips to effectively meet academic deadlines and enhance study habits

  • Develop resiliency skills in order to create effective coping mechanisms, maximize the body’s relaxation capabilities, and adapt well to college and life stressors

  • Learn essential nutritional concepts that are related to healthy eating, improved intellectual and physical performance, and positive behavioral mood states

  • Create class/community support for maintaining positive exercise and wellness habits

Student comments about FYO PE courses:

"I really enjoyed this class because of the supportive atmosphere and the skills/exercises that I took away from it."

"This class was so much fun! I really did enjoy that it was only first years because I feel like all of us got to be really good friends, partly because of that."

"It helped me be more "mindful," and somewhat put things in perspective. Focusing on something beyond school helped me become more mentally balanced and destress. It was also extremely satisfying seeing myself getting better."