Physical Education

PE 153: Outdoor Skills for the Backcountry

This course will introduce students to many of the skills necessary to survive and thrive in the wilderness. The objective of this course is to prepare students to be able to plan and execute their own backcountry experience with guidance in trip planning, plant and animal identification, first aid, orienteering shelter building, food planning, packing and preparation, and an introduction to group dynamics and leadership.


PE 193: Winter Sports Fitness

This course is designed to introduce students to winter sport and fitness activities. Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, skating, broomball, and all other sports will be included. Open to all looking for an enjoyable workout and athletic social interaction.


PE 217: Cross Country Intercollegiate, Men

The men's cross country team has accrued an impressive record since its beginning as a club sport in the early 1930s, and it has been particularly formidable over the past two decades. Carleton harriers won every Midwest Conference championship from 1974-82, placed in the top 10 at the national championships seven times during that span, and won a national title in 1980. The Knights won MIAC crowns in 1994, 1995, and 2002. Carleton runners have earned 21 All-America citations, paced by four-time honoree Dale Kramer '78, who also captured two individual national titles.


PE 218: Cross Country Intercollegiate, Women

The Knights have enjoyed great success in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005 before posting runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2007, the closest three-team finish in MIAC history. The program has earned top-three finishes in 11 of the last 15 conference meets.


PE 263: Nordic Ski Club

Nordic Skiing at Carleton has existed continuously since at least 1939! It used to be a combined alpine and nordic team which separated in the early 70's. The Nordic has been extremely competitive in past decades, producing many olympic prospects and nationally ranked skiers. It has alternated between varsity and club status a couple times during its existence.