The Core Curriculum - Physical Education

Columbia’s Core curriculum includes a Physical Education component to emphasize the importance of intellectual and physical balance. The department offers a variety of activities in the areas of aquatics, fitness, martial arts, individual and dual “lifetime” sports, dance, team sports, and outdoor education.

What is required?

Basketball in Dodge Two courses and a swim test.


Anytime before graduation.

Can I test out?


Special Notes:

Students unable to complete the swim requirement due to physical restrictions should obtain a waiver from Health Services at Columbia before contacting the Physical Education Department. Students must take their first PE class at Columbia. The second course may be taken at either Barnard or Columbia.

Students who are members of an intercollegiate team and wish to receive physical education credit should register for the appropriate team section of Physical Education CC1005—Intercollegiate athletics .

Physical Education Office
336 Dodge Fitness Center

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

An Advisor of the Day is available by phone or in person Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.