Physical Education Classes
Earn Academic Credit While You Work Out
Welcome to the Boston University Department of Physical Education Recreation and Dance. We are committed to providing quality physical education classes to the students of Boston University. On this page, you will find policies and procedures relating to our credit class (PDP) offerings, course syllabi, and course evaluations.
Policies & Procedures
Adding a PDP class
To add a PDP class to your schedule, visit the Student Link during your designated registration time and search for any class beginning with “PDP”. We offer a wide variety of half-credit, one-credit, and two-credit classes. If you are unable to add a PDP class via the Student Link, please see your advisor or the Office of the University Registrar. FitRec staff cannot enroll you in credit classes.
There are no wait lists for PDP classes. If you would like to attend a class which is already full, you may attend the first class with an Add/Drop Form for the instructor to sign in the event that other students have dropped out. You may not enroll in a PDP class that is at capacity, as space and safety concerns are deciding factors in creating enrollment limits.
PDP classes are graded on a pass/fail basis, with attendance being the main requirement. Please view your course syllabus to ensure that you are meeting the attendance requirement for your class. If you do not meet your instructor’s attendance requirement, you can request an “Incomplete” (“I”) on your transcript by filling out the Incomplete Form with your instructor. You will then be required to make up (see Make-Up Form here) the missed classes within one calendar year of the date you received the “I” or the grade will become an F (see policy here). If you do not request and fill out an Incomplete Form, you will receive a grade of MG (Missing Grade). Students may not be permitted to graduate with an “I” or an “MG” on their transcript.
Auditing a PDP Class
You may audit most PDP classes. Classes you may not audit include: certification courses, sailing, and rock climbing courses. Auditing a class does not mean that the class is free of charge, or carries no credits. If you choose to audit, you will receive a grade of “A” for the class, however you will still be responsible for the the number of credits that the class carries and be charged any resulting fees from over-enrolling. This means that the credits will still apply to your total credit count for the semester and the cost of the class will be included in your tuition, as long as you are within your program’s credit limit. To audit a PDP class as an undergraduate, please submit an Audit Form signed by your instructor to the Office of University Registrar at 881 Commonwealth Avenue. If you are a graduate student, please contact your school’s academic affairs office to learn more about how to audit a class. The PERD Office at FitRec cannot make changes to your academic record. See deadlines below.
Cost of PDP Classes
In most cases, PDP classes are included in the cost of your tuition if you are a full-time student. This means you will only be charged for the amount of credits that the class carries if you exceed the number of credits you are allowed to take per semester. Part-time students will be charged per credit for each PDP class taken. Additional fees will apply for classes that require transportation off campus, that bear certifications, or require the purchase of personal materials. Please speak to your academic advisor, Office of the University Registrar, or individual school for more details about how adding a PDP to your schedule will affect your tuition. If you are a part-time student or concerned about the cost of over-enrolling, see “Cross-listed Classes” below.
Example 1: You are allowed to take 18 credits per semester. You currently have 16 credits and want to take a 1-credit PDP class. You will not be charged additional fees for adding the PDP to your schedule.
Example 2: You are allowed to take 18 credits per semester. You currently have 18 credits and want to take a 1-credit PDP. You will incur an additional cost for 1 credit if you add the PDP to your schedule.
We strive to offer the best physical education classes in the nation and we depend on student feedback to help us achieve that goal. You will be asked to complete an online course evaluation at midterm and again at the end of the semester. These evaluations are anonymous and we truly appreciate your willingness to participate in this exciting process.
Dropping a PDP Class
As with adding a class, FitRec staff cannot drop you from a credit class. If you wish to drop a PDP class from your schedule, please do so using the Student Link. If you are unable to complete this action online, you may submit a paper drop form signed by your instructor to the Office of the University Registrar at 881 Commonwealth Ave. Please see the schedule of deadlines below.
Deadlines & Schedules
The majority of classes offered for credit through the Department of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance adhere to the standard University deadlines and holiday closures. Please visit the website for the Office of the University Registrar to view important semester dates.
If your class does not meet for the full duration of the semester, custom deadlines will apply. (Deadlines include: add/drop dates, last day to change status to audit, last day to drop without a “W”, etc.)
Classes with nonstandard dates include: Sailing and all ER courses. Please make sure to check with your instructor about the specific deadlines for these classes.
To view syllabi, please select your course below:
- PDP DA 100 Pilates-Based Conditioning
- PDP DA 101 Pilates-Based Conitioning A1 – D1
- PDP DA 111 Ballroom, Beginning
- PDP DA 112 Ballroom, Tango
- PDP DA 113 Ballroom, Swing
- PDP DA 114 Ballroom, Salsa & Merengue
- PDP DA 115 Ballroom, Latin
- PDP DA 129 Ballet, Beginning
- PDP DA 130 Ballet, Advanced Beginning
- PDP DA 138 Dance Improvisation
- PDP DA 140 Modern, Beginning
- PDP DA 150-151 Cardio Jazz Funk
- PDP DA 160 Hip Hop
- PDP DA 161 Hip Hop
- PDP DA 162 Afro Fusion
- PDP DA 170 Tap Beginning
- PDP DA 180 Jazz, Beginning
- PDP DA 229 Ballet, Low Intermediate
- PDP DA 230 Ballet, Intermediate
- PDP DA 240 Modern, Low Intermediate – A1
- PDP DA 240 Modern, Low Intermediate – B1
- PDP DA 270 Tap, Intermediate
- PDP DA 280 Jazz, Low Intermediate
- PDP DA 286 Directed Study
- PDP DA 329 Ballet, High Intermediate
- PDP DA 330 Pointe
- PDP DA 340 Modern/Contemporary, High Intermediate – A1
- PDP DA 340 Modern/Contemporary, High Intermediate – B1
- PDP DA 380 Jazz, High Intermediate
- PDP DA 400 Performance and Repertory
- PDP FT 112 Basic Weight Lifting – A1
- PDP FT 112 Basic Weight Lifting – B1
- PDP FT 112 Basic Weight Lifting – C1
- PDP FT 112 Basic Weight Lifting – D1
- PDP FT 112 Basic Weight Lifting – E1
- PDP FT 115 Basic Conditioning – A1
- PDP FT 115 Basic Conditioning – B1
- PDP FT 123 Bootcamp
- PDP FT 125 Principles of HIIT – A1
- PDP FT 125 Principles of HIIT – B1
- PDP FT 130 Boxing
- PDP FT 131 Boot Camp
- PDP FT 132 Kickboxing
- PDP FT 140 Marathon Training
- PDP FT 306 Personal Trainer
- PDP FT 308 Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach Prep Course
- PDP GS 100 Beginning Volleyball
- PDP GS 101 Beginning Fencing
- PDP GS 107 Beginning Badminton
- PDP GS 108 Beginning Gymnastics
- PDP GS 109 Beginning Gymnastics Tumbling Skills
- PDP GS 110 Beginning Tennis
- PDP GS 128 Beginning Table Tennis
- PDP GS 190 Low-Intermediate Volleyball
- PDP GS 200 High-Intermediate Volleyball
- PDP GS 207 Intermediate Badminton
- PDP GS 208 Intermediate Gymnastics
- PDP GS 210 Intermediate Tennis
- PDP GS 300 Advanced Volleyball
Mind & Body
- PDP MB 100 Beginning Tai Chi
- PDP MB 101 Hatha Yoga
- PDP MB 102 Ashtanga Yoga
- PDP MB 103 Zen Meditation
- PDP MB 104 Sivananda Yoga
- PDP MB 105 Restorative Yoga
- PDP MB 106 Yoga Meditation
- PDP MB 110 Vinyasa Yoga
- PDP MB 111 Slow Flow and Yin Yoga
- PDP MB 115 Yoga/Pilates Fusion
- PDP MB 201 Hatha Yoga Low Intermediate
- PDP MB 202 Ashtanga Yoga, Intermediate
- PDP MB 401 and 402 Yoga Teacher Training