Core courses in kinesiology are divided into three categories: Personal Fitness (PER 101-112), Leisure and Lifetime Activities (PER 120-159) and Sport, Dance and Society (160-189). See the academic catalog for more detailed descriptions.

2015–16 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Jogging and Road Racing

This class will focus on knowledge and application of running mechanics as they apply to the spectrum of jogging and running. This class will also focus on developing or enhancing the student?s routine participation in jogging and/or running to increase cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance.

  • Course code: PER-101
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Nordic Walking

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and activity requirements to maintain active lives through walking. Students will walk twice a week in class and once on their own.

  • Course code: PER-102
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Road Cycling

This course offers students an introduction to bicycle fitness, riding technique, and distance touring. Personal fitness will be emphasized, with coverage of other topics including, proper equipment, bike maintenance, route planning, and safe group travel. Bicycle and helmet rental are available.

  • Course code: PER-103
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Core Strength & Balance Training

This course offers students an introduction to exercises which help develop and improve stability, as well as promote symmetry of strength and mobility on both sides of the body. Special emphasis will be placed on assessment and addressing weaknesses related to core strength and balance. Proper use of Physio-Balls, bands, and Bosu balls will all be implemented.

  • Course code: PER-104
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Aerobic Dance

This course is designed to emphasize personal fitness development. Students will participate in a variety of activities, including step aerobics, aerobic dance, Zumba and other workouts as means to improve fitness.

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Cardio Cross Training

This course emphasizes personal fitness through a variety of cardiovascular modalities, including, jogging, spinning, agilities, circuit training, and water aerobics.

  • Course code: PER-106
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Weight Training

The emphasis in this course will be fitness development and maintenance through the modality of resistance training. Proper technique, program development, basic muscular physiology will all be highlighted in this class.

  • Course code: PER-107
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Aquatic Fitness

This course is designed to use the water, in particular, lap swimming and other activities to improve cardiovascular fitness. This is NOT a skills class; rather the students will spend most of their time being very active in the water. Classes will be adjusted for different abilities. Students must provide goggles and appropriate swim wear.

  • Course code: PER-108
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Water Aerobics

This course emphasizes the development of personal fitness levels. Students will participate in a variety of activities in the pool. Water will be used as a resistive force as a means of improving conditioning levels. Classes will be adjusted for different ability levels.

  • Course code: PER-110
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Special Topics in Personal Fitness

A course in this area is designed to provide

  • Course code: PER-112
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Scuba Diving

This course is designed to allow students to gain certification in Scuba. Course fee will be required.

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Swim I

This course emphasizes the fundamentals of freestyle, flip turns, streamlines and good lap swimming habits, so the student will appreciate moving through the water and feel more comfortable adding lap swimming to their fitness plan. Students must provide goggles and appropriate swim wear.

  • Course code: PER-124
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Swim II

This course is designed to develop swimming skills. Students will be required to learn all four competitive strokes. The class will also cover strategies and methods of using the water to reach fitness goals. Goggles and appropriate swimwear are required.

  • Course code: PER-125
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Cross Country Skiing

This course offers students an introduction to aerobic fitness through the modality of cross country skiing. Proper technique, equipment choice, route planning, and safety will all be addressed.

  • Course code: PER-126
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Downhill Skiing

This course offers students an introduction to downhill skiing technique. Proper apparel, safety, and etiquette will all be covered with special emphasis on stopping, turning, getting up, and proper pole use.

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Ice Skating

This course is designed for students to develop ice skating skills. Students will be instructed in basic and intermediate ice skating skills. Skate rental is available and a course fee is required.

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Karate

This course focuses on a Korean style of Karate called Pu Kang Tang Soo Do. Students will learn technique execution, low stances, high chambers for kicks, erect posture and flowing and focused movements. The four basic skill components include marching basics, kata, one-steps and slow motion sparing.

  • Course code: PER-129
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Women's Self-Defense

This course is designed to equip women with a wide array of physical and mental skills so they can make effective decisions and responses in pre-assaultive and assaultive situations. Students will learn strategies to avoid an assault, basic strikes and blocks, releases from a variety of holds, weapon defense, confrontation skills, societal issues related to the objectification of women, and defense against rape and abusive relationships.

  • Course code: PER-130
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Golf I

A beginning golf course is designed to teach basic skills and techniques used in the game of golf. Proper stance, grip, and swing of the club will be explained and demonstrated. Students will receive further instruction as they participate in practicing the basics. Training principles will also be discussed as applicable to the game of golf. *Students are required to bring their own clubs.

  • Course code: PER-132
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Golf II

An advanced golf course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning golf classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques and strategies used by advanced golfers. This will include more advanced skills such as knowing how to hook or slice in order to adapt to the challenges of a golf course. Students will receive expanded instruction as they participate in actual play on the course. *Students are required to bring their own clubs.

  • Course code: PER-133
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Bowling

The course provides beginning bowling skill instruction and practice so that the student will enhance skill and enjoy participation in a lifetime sport. History, rules, etiquette, scoring, technique, and game play strategies will all be covered. There will be a course fee.

  • Course code: PER-137
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Wilderness Pursuits

A course in this area is designed to provide

  • Course code: PER-138
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Spec Topics: Lifetime & Leisure

A course in this area is designed to provide

  • Course code: PER-140
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Rock Climbing I

This course offers students an introduction to basic rock climbing skills. The objective of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to examine, practice, and demonstrate individual proficiency in climbing safety, essential knots, basic top-rope systems, climbing technique, belay systems and techniques, introductory top-rope anchor construction, climbing site safety, and route selection.

  • Course code: PER-141
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Rock Climbing II

This course offers students an introduction to intermediate and advance rock climbing skills including advanced technique, performance climbing training program, sport climbing (lead), introduction to traditional lead climbing, and an introduction to outdoor climbing systems and anchors. Students entering this course are required to have taken PER 141, have basic knot and hitch proficiency, and/or climb 5.9 (or above) routes.

  • Course code: PER-142
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Canoeing

This course offers students an introduction to lake and river canoeing skills. It is the objective of this course to provide students with the opportunity to examine, practice, and demonstrate individual proficiency in tandem canoeing. This course will begin by focusing on equipment, equipment use, and proper posture. The class will then learn a variety of essential and advanced strokes and bracing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to apply canoeing skills to both flat-water and river canoeing environments. The course will also cover safety, risk and hazard evaluation, basic rescue skills, and general trip planning. Off-site classes and a Saturday trip will be required. There is a course fee.

  • Course code: PER-143
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Frisbee

This course is designed to learn the skills needed to play the game. Basic fundamentals of skills including throwing forehand and backhand and catching will be explained and demonstrated. After reviewing basic skills, the students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the skills. The fundamental game strategies and rules will be emphasized.

  • Course code: PER-144
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Fly Fishing

This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of fly fishing. The course will involve activities to teach students the basics of fly fishing to include terms and equipment, casting, knot tying, aquatic entomology, fly selection, reading water, wading techniques and safety, and fly fishing tactics.

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Educational Dance

This course is focused primarily on dance in Elementary Education and is required for that program. Students will explore the doing and creating of dance (process and product) and the planning and teaching of dance (lesson design and pedagogy) in the elementary classroom. Students will gain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of dance and apply them across the elementary curriculum. Students will create and peer-teach lessons in folk dance and creative dance.

  • Course code: PER-150
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Tap Dance I

This is a beginning-level course in basic tap dance technique. Students will perform steps, combinations and dances learned in class for their final skill test. Students are required to supply their own tap shoes.

  • Course code: PER-151
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Jazz Dance I

This is a beginning-level course in basic jazz dance technique. Students will perform dances learned in class for their final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-152
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Modern Dance I

This is a beginning-level course in basic modern dance technique. Students will perform 3 dances learned in class for their final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-153
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Sacred Dance I

This is a beginning-level course that explores dance with sacred meaning. Students will study basic modern dance technique to learn dances of prayer and praise. The final project will include a presentation of student choreography.

  • Course code: PER-154
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Ballet I

This is a beginning-level course in basic ballet technique. Students will perform ballet combinations and dances learned in class for the final skill test. Students are required to supply their own ballet shoes.

  • Course code: PER-155
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Creative Dance

This is a beginning-level course that introduces and explores the basic elements of dance through improvisation. Students will choreograph and perform group dances for the final project. Required for the Dance Minor.

  • Course code: PER-156
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Rhythm in Dance

This is a beginning-level course that explores the use of rhythm in dance. Students will learn the basics of various dance styles in different rhythmic structures. Dance students will partner with music students to perform a final composition.

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Social Dance

This is a beginning-level course in basic social dance styles of 20th Century America. Students will perform dances such as waltz, polka, foxtrot, Lindy-Hop and swing for their final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-158
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Square & Folk Dance

This is a beginning-level course in American Square Dance and international folk dances. Students will perform dances learned in class for their final skill test.

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Tap Dance II

This is a second-level course in tap dance technique. (Pre-requisite: 151 Tap Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances with elements of their own choreography for the final skill test. Students are required to supply their own tap shoes.

  • Course code: PER-161
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Jazz Dance II

This is a second-level course in jazz dance technique. (Pre-requisite: 152 Jazz Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances with elements of their own choreography for the final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-162
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Modern Dance II

This is a second-level course in modern dance technique (Pre-requisite: 153 Modern Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances with elements of their own choreography for the final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-163
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Ballet II

This is a second-level course in ballet technique (Pre-requisite: 155 Ballet Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances taught in class for the final skill test. Students are required to supply their own ballet shoes.

  • Course code: PER-165
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Period Styles of Dance

This is a beginning-level course in historic Western dances. Specific dances in their historical contexts will include: Renaissance Court Dances, 19th Century Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing progression. The instruction will focus primarily on dance for the theater. Students will perform dances learned in class for the final skill test.

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Visual Design in Dance

This is a beginning-level course that explores the visual elements of dance in partnership with an art class. Elements within student artwork such as line, shape, color and texture are the basis for dance compositions, shown to fellow dancers and artists in the final course project.

  • Course code: PER-168
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Special Topics in Sport, Dance & Society

  • Course code: PER-170
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Racquetball

This course is designed to learn the skills needed to play the game. Basic fundamentals of skills and shots, including serves, forehand and back hand will be explained and demonstrated. After reviewing basic skills, the students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the skills. The fundamental game strategies and rules will be emphasized *Students are required to bring their own racquet and protective eyewear (goggles).

  • Course code: PER-171
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Water Polo

This course is designed for students to learn the skills, rules and strategies of water polo.

  • Course code: PER-172
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Basketball

This course offers an introduction to basketball skills, strategies, and rules. Emphasis is placed on skill development through drill work, and game play.

  • Course code: PER-173
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Volleyball I

A beginning volleyball course is designed to teach the basic skills and techniques used in the game of volleyball. Basic fundamentals of skills including serving, receiving, setting, blocking and spiking will be explained and demonstrated. The fundamental game strategies and rules used in the actual game and training principles will also be discussed as applicable to the game of volleyball.

  • Course code: PER-174
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Volleyball II

An advanced volleyball course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning volleyball classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the advanced skills such as team offence/defense and serving and spiking. Students are expected to be very familiar with the rules of volleyball.

  • Course code: PER-175
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Cooperative World Games

This course is designed to expose students to variety of cooperative games. Students will participate in and lead the class in activities, specifically focusing on working together and developing community. Games are from the United States and around the world.

  • Course code: PER-176
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Slow-Pitch Softball

This course is designed to help students learn the basic skills and strategies for playing this lifetime sport. Students must provide their own gloves.

  • Course code: PER-177
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Badminton I

A beginning badminton course is designed to teach the basic skills and techniques used in the game of badminton. Basic fundamentals of skills including overhead and underhand clears, short and low serve, and high and deep serve will be explained and demonstrated. Positions and movement on the court for singles and doubles will be taught. The fundamental game strategies and rules used in both singles and doubles play will also be discussed.

  • Course code: PER-180
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Badminton II

An advanced badminton course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning badminton classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the advanced strokes such as powerful overhead smashes, drop shots that go down rapidly, and drive shots. Students are expected to be very familiar with the rules of badminton.

  • Course code: PER-181
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Tennis I

A beginning tennis course is designed to teach the basic skills and techniques used in the game of tennis. Basic fundamentals of skills including serving, receiving, and ground strokes will be explained and demonstrated. Positions and movement on the court for singles and doubles will be taught. The fundamental game strategies and rules used in both singles and doubles play will also be discussed. * Students are required to bring own racquet.

  • Course code: PER-182
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Tennis II

An advanced tennis course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning tennis classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the advanced strokes such as passing shots, overhead smashes, volley and half volley, drop shots, and backhand slices. Students are expected to be very familiar with the rules of tennis. *Students are required to bring own racquet.

  • Course code: PER-183
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Soccer

This course is designed to teach the basic skills needed to play the game. In addition, students who are already familiar and experienced with soccer will be able to improve their skills. Basic fundamentals of skills including passing, receiving, shooting will be explained and demonstrated. After reviewing basic skills, the students will learn advanced skills, technique, game strategies and how to perform and execute all the skills.

  • Course code: PER-185
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Adapted Physical Education

This course is available to students with special

  • Course code: PER-190
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
CODE NAME CREDITS
PER-101 Jogging and Road Racing 1
PER-102 Nordic Walking 1
PER-103 Road Cycling 1
PER-104 Core Strength & Balance Training 1
PER-105 Aerobic Dance 1
PER-106 Cardio Cross Training 1
PER-107 Weight Training 1
PER-108 Aquatic Fitness 1
PER-110 Water Aerobics 1
PER-112 Special Topics in Personal Fitness 1
PER-120 Scuba Diving 1
PER-124 Swim I 1
PER-125 Swim II 1
PER-126 Cross Country Skiing 1
PER-127 Downhill Skiing 1
PER-128 Ice Skating 1
PER-129 Karate 1
PER-130 Women's Self-Defense 1
PER-132 Golf I 1
PER-133 Golf II 1
PER-137 Bowling 1
PER-138 Wilderness Pursuits 1
PER-140 Spec Topics: Lifetime & Leisure 1
PER-141 Rock Climbing I 1
PER-142 Rock Climbing II 1
PER-143 Canoeing 1
PER-144 Frisbee 1
PER-145 Fly Fishing 1
PER-150 Educational Dance 1
PER-151 Tap Dance I 1
PER-152 Jazz Dance I 1
PER-153 Modern Dance I 1
PER-154 Sacred Dance I 1
PER-155 Ballet I 1
PER-156 Creative Dance 1
PER-157 Rhythm in Dance 1
PER-158 Social Dance 1
PER-159 Square & Folk Dance 1
PER-161 Tap Dance II 1
PER-162 Jazz Dance II 1
PER-163 Modern Dance II 1
PER-165 Ballet II 1
PER-167 Period Styles of Dance 1
PER-168 Visual Design in Dance 1
PER-170 Special Topics in Sport, Dance & Society 1
PER-171 Racquetball 1
PER-172 Water Polo 1
PER-173 Basketball 1
PER-174 Volleyball I 1
PER-175 Volleyball II 1
PER-176 Cooperative World Games 1
PER-177 Slow-Pitch Softball 1
PER-180 Badminton I 1
PER-181 Badminton II 1
PER-182 Tennis I 1
PER-183 Tennis II 1
PER-185 Soccer 1
PER-190 Adapted Physical Education 1