Physical Education (PE)

PE 004: Hiking (1 Credits)

In this class, students will hike the trails of the local regional parks, hiking a different trail each week. Trail maps will be distributed, and highlights of the trail will be discussed.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 005: Personal Defense (1 Credits)

This course teaches verbal and physical skills, as well as emotional strategies for dealing with a single unarmed attacker. The class is built around four basic principles: awareness, personal safety, and prevention; assertiveness and self-esteem; physical techniques; and emotional recovery.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 010: Trail Running (1 Credits)

This class provides runners with a noncompetitive opportunity to train on challenging, scenic trails in the East Bay hills. Workouts are designed to meet individual fitness levels. Out and backs, loop trails, and drop-off runs will be incorporated. Class meets rain or shine.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 011E: Strength Training/Cardio-Fitness (1 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to strength training, cardiovascular training, and plyometrics—exercises that use explosive movements to develop muscular power. Students will learn the proper techniques for these types of training, develop an effective conditioning program, and learn to utilize the equipment in the fitness center. The course is designed to teach students how to safely train in a program that fits their individual needs for health, strength, and enjoyment.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 011F: Advanced Conditioning (1 Credits)

This advanced course focuses on optimizing cardiovascular conditioning and strength training. Workouts are designed to prepare participants, bodies for a multitude of athletic challenges. Students will learn how to safely engage in conditioning programs and properly use fitness center equipment. Activities will include running, strength training, and a variety of other conditioning activities.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 011G: Pilates (1 Credits)

Pilates takes an integrated approach to creating a stronger body. Developing the "core" - the deep muscles of the abdomen, back, and pelvis - is at the heart of this approach as it creates a stable and powerful center from which we can move the entire body with greater ease and control. The arms and legs work in tandem with the center, improving mobility and muscle tone. Potential benefits of Pilates include: increased energy, stamina, and mental focus.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012B: Cardio-Kickboxing (1 Credits)

This aerobics course uses kickboxing movements and upbeat music in high-energy workouts designed to improve cardio-respiratory conditioning and muscular strength.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012D: Anusara Yoga (1 Credits)

Students will engage in the practice of Anusara Yoga which is broadly categorized into three parts: Attitude—“the power of the heart as the force behind every action or expression in an asana [body position]." Alignment—“the mindful awareness of how various parts of ourselves are integrated and interconnected." Action—“the natural flow of energy in the body, which provides both stability and joyful freedom."

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012G: Abdominal and Back Strengthening (1 Credits)

This aerobics course will focus on a variety of exercises that will strengthen the abdominal and back areas.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012H: Capoeira (1 Credits)

This class will teach the basic elements of Capoeira, a Brazilian art form and self-defense with strong aerobic and dance elements.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012K: Zumba (1 Credits)

This class uses Latin cardio dance as the basis for an aerobic workout.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012L: 20/20/10 (1 Credits)

This is an aerobics course that includes twenty minutes of kickboxing, twenty minutes of toning and ten minutes of abdominal strengthening in each class session.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012M: Zumba Toning (1 Credits)

Zumba Toning is a Latin dance aerobic workout with light weights. It is a fun way to get in shape and burn calories.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012N: Hip Hop Aerobics (1 Credits)

This class uses hip hop dance movement as the basis for a high energy aerobic workout.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 012O: U-Jam Fitness (1 Credits)

U-Jam Fitness is an athletic dance fitness workout that combines dance and high energy music for a workout that is bound to get your heart rate up while having fun! It is designed to be easy-to-follow and for all fitness levels.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 013: Water Exercise (1 Credits)

Students learn how to utilize water resistance to increase cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone, flexibility, and range of movement, while minimizing stress on joints. Excellent workout for all people, including those recovering from injuries or surgery, or managing back or knee soreness. No swimming skills required.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 016: Iyengar Yoga (1 Credits)

Basic yoga postures and mind work are introduced. Emphasis is placed on integrating yoga principles into daily life.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 016C: Flow Yoga (1 Credits)

In this course, students will learn many different yoga asanas (postures) and how to connect them into one long-flowing sequence. Alignment, proper breathing technique, and attention will be the keystone to performing the asanas and their sequencing safely and effectively, with the aim of purifying and strengthening the body. Modifications will be given to accommodate many physical limitations.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 016D: Anusara Yoga (1 Credits)

Students will engage in the practice of Anusara Yoga which is broadly categorized into three parts: Attitude—“the power of the heart as the force behind every action or expression in an asana [body position]." Alignment—“the mindful awareness of how various parts of ourselves are integrated and interconnected." Action—“the natural flow of energy in the body, which provides both stability and joyful freedom."

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 016E: Hatha Yoga (1 Credits)

Basic yoga postures and mind work are introduced. Emphasis is placed on integrating yoga principles into daily life.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 018A: World Massage Western (1 Credits)

Various massage techniques are taught in this class including Swedish/oil, sports massage, PNF stretching, trigger point therapy, and Energy Healing. Students explore new ways to relate to their bodies and discover how to create and maintain optimum health and vitality through the art of massage.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 018B: World Massage Eastern (1 Credits)

Various massage techniques are taught in this class including Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), self-acupressure, shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang (internal organ massage), and Qigong (energy healing and exercise). Students explore new ways to relate to their bodies and discover how to create and maintain optimum health and vitality through the art of massage.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 023: Fencing (1 Credits)

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of foil fencing as a lifetime recreational sport. Fencing equipment provided. Athletic shoes required.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 024: Golf (1 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to basic golf skills, rules, and etiquette. Students have an opportunity to learn and practice the golf swing, putting stroke, long and short game skills, and chipping.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 026A: Elementary Tennis (1 Credits)

Tennis stroke fundamentals, strategy, and scoring are taught in a fun-filled environment. Individual strengths, challenges, and learning styles are taken into consideration. Rackets and balls are provided.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 026B: Intermediate Tennis (1 Credits)

Stroke fundamentals are reviewed. Skills and strategies are practiced in game situations. Tennis as a sport, the broader social perspective, and the physical and mental challenges of competition will be discussed. Racquets and balls are provided.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 26AB: ELEMENTARY,INTERMED TENNIS (0.25 Credits)

PE 027A: Elementary Swimming (1 Credits)

The purpose of this class is to help the nonswimmer become more comfortable in the water. Basic skills such as breath control, floating, treading, front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke will be taught in a safe, fun, and supportive learning environment. Each student progresses at her own rate.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 027B: Intermediate Swimming (1 Credits)

The purpose of this class is to help students become more confident in the water and improve stroke efficiency.

Note(s): Student should be able to swim four lengths of the pool with relative comfort.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 027C: Fitness Swimming (1 Credits)

The goal of this class is to teach students to swim for fun and fitness. Students use fins, paddles, kickboards, pull-buoys, and other swim equipment to increase cardio-respiratory endurance. In addition to working on stroke technique, interval training, set training, and components of a workout are introduced. This class is excellent preparation for the intercollegiate swim at Mills.

Note(s): Student should be able to swim comfortably for a period of 10 minutes.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 028: Sailing (1 Credits)

Instruction in basic sailing will be provided at the City of Oakland's Lake Merritt Boathouse. The textbook is "Learn Sailing Right, Beginning Sailing" by US Sailing. Students will gain hands on experience in small sailboats. Course fee of $70 is due at the first class meeting.

Note(s): Students must be able to enter, sit in and exit a small sailboat.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 029: Soccer (1 Credits)

Basic soccer skills, including passing, trapping, heading, slide tackling, and more are taught in this course. Strategy and rules of both outdoor and indoor soccer are included. This class is excellent preparation for the intercollegiate soccer team at Mills.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 029B: Indoor Soccer (0.25 Credits)

PE 031: Introduction to Rowing (1 Credits)

Students will learn the basics of rowing and coxing in this introductory course. Equipment handling, proper technique, and appropriate conditioning will all be covered. On most days the class will meet at the boathouse and go out on the water. However, if the weather does not allow this, students will work on the rowing machines on campus. All participants will take a 10 minute treading water test the first day of class; participants who do not pass will be required to wear a life jacket while on the water. This course is not a prerequisite for joining the rowing team.

Note(s): All participants will take a 10 minute treading water test the first day of class; participants who do not pass will be required to wear a life jacket while on the water.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 036: Bowling (1 Credits)

Instruction in basic bowling techniques, rules, and strategies are taught in this course. Bowling shoes are provided at the bowling alley.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 037: Green and Healthy Living (1 Credits)

The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of lifestyle choices they can make to benefit both their personal health and the planet’s health. Green and Healthy Living will focus on interactive and diversified learning experiences. This course will provide an introduction to a variety of topics such as biking, proper hazardous waste disposal, and healthy eating. Students will learn how to use existing tools, primarily online, to sift through and interpret the many options we have for any given lifestyle choice.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 040: Volleyball (1 Credits)

The purpose of this class is to develop and improve fundamental volleyball skills including passing, setting, digging, serving, spiking, and blocking. Students practice offensive and defensive strategies and utilize these skills and strategies during game play. This class is excellent preparation for the intercollegiate volleyball team at Mills.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 045: Mind Body Exercise (1 Credits)

This class incorporates both Eastern and Western approaches to well-being and combines light physical movement and mental exercises. We will use basic techniques from Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi and general physical exercises to enhance fitness and focus on the interconnection of movement, mental activity, and breathing. Students will be encouraged to add personal training and relaxation tools to share with fellow students. This class will help students find exercise routines that best suit their personal lifestyles.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 046: Personal Wellness (2 Credits)

Students will learn how to minimize stress and anxiety and maximize feelings of well-being. Through mindfulness practices, movement, group exercises, readings and discussions, students will discover how they can be intentional and powerful, healthy and joyful, productive and playful, calm and resourceful. By encompassing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions, we will: - practice meditation and other centering techniques - enjoy different movement modalities - cultivate self care and self-acceptance - discuss healthy habits - do a creative project

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 048: Farming in Action (1-2 Credits)

We will get our hands in the soil; develop skills of self-sufficiency, community reliance, and embodiment through the practice of growing food. We will also connect with organizations involved in the local food justice movement.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 053: Personal Wellness (2 Credits)

Students will learn how to minimize stress and anxiety and maximize feelings of well-being. Through mindfulness practices, movement, group exercises, readings and discussions, students will discover how they can be intentional and powerful, healthy and joyful, productive and playful, calm and resourceful. By encompassing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions, we will: - practice meditation and other centering techniques - enjoy different movement modalities - cultivate self care and self-acceptance - discuss healthy habits - do a creative project

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 066: Introduction to Sports Medicine (2 Credits)

This course introduces students to Sports Medicine through topics including basic anatomy, athletic injuries and treatment techniques, therapeutic modalities, physical therapy, sport psychology, and sports nutrition. The course is taught by a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and provides students with hands-on experience in the training room.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 102: Rowing Team (1 Credits)

The intercollegiate athletics program consists of practice, training, competition and travel. Contact the appropriate coach for more information.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 103: Tennis Team (1 Credits)

The intercollegiate athletic program consists of varsity competition in seven sports. Students are encouraged to try out. Travel is extensive. Contact the appropriate coach for more information.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 104: Volleyball Team (1 Credits)

The intercollegiate athletic program consists of varsity competition in seven sports. Students are encouraged to try out. Travel is extensive. Contact the appropriate coach for more information.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 105: Cross Country Team (1 Credits)

The intercollegiate athletic program consists of varsity competition in seven sports. Students are encouraged to try out. Travel is extensive. Contact the appropriate coach for more information.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 106: Soccer Team (1 Credits)

The intercollegiate athletic program consists of varsity competition in seven sports. Students are encouraged to try out. Travel is extensive. Contact the appropriate coach for more information.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 107: Swim Team (1 Credits)

The intercollegiate athletic program consists of varsity competition in seven sports. Students are encouraged to try out. Travel is extensive. Contact the appropriate coach for more information.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 180: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

A special topics course varies by instructor and departmental curriculum.

PE 180A: Special Topics - Introduction to Meditation (1 Credits)

This course provides an Introduction to mindfulness meditation and associated meditation practices. Students will engage in meditation and learn techniques for developing a meditation practice tailored to their lives. Students will become acquainted with evidence-based research that supports meditation as a practice of wellness.

Pass/No Pass Only

PE 180B: Special Topics in PE (0.25-1 Credits)