The Physical Education program offers a wide variety of sports and activities, which fulfill MIT's General Institute Requirement. Annually we offer 50 different classes to more than 4000 participants. Our programs emphasize the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle, leadership, and team skills development in both outdoor and traditional activity classes.

All classes are taught by faculty coaches or certified specialists who bring a high level of expertise to each instructional area. The "mens et manus" motto of MIT is extended to "mens et manus et corpus" through attention to strengthening the body while developing the mind. Through Physical Education, students, faculty, staff, and alumni learn movement skills that contribute to lifelong fitness and take advantage of our innovative pedagogy.

Specifically, Physical Intelligence classes take an experiential approach to the investigation and application of our innate ability to learn physical skills. Philosophically, the curriculum is founded on the premise that physical education is more than strength training, flexibility and aerobic fitness; physical education is also the development of our ability to access and benefit from the physical intelligence of the human organism.

For more information, go to the Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation department site.

Recent Submissions

  • PE.210 SCUBA, Fall 2006 

    Taylor, Halston W. (2006-12)
    This course will thoroughly educate the successful student with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a certified beginning SCUBA diver. The prerequisite for the course is passing the MIT SCUBA swim test and demonstrating ...
  • PE.710 Tennis, Spring 2006 

    Matsuzaki, Carol (2006-06)
    The goals of this instructional course are to get you started in this wonderful sport and to give you a working knowledge of tennis. It should help you to understand the basics of a sport and how to perform these basics. ...
  • PE.740 Fencing, Spring 2006 

    Koniusz, Jaroslav (2006-06)
    This course is intended to provide students with the fundamentals of fencing, including footwork, bladework, bouting and refereeing. It will allow students to develop the ability to analyze a fencing bout, and promotes ...