• A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.


All Hartwick students must complete two one-credit skill courses (PHED) in physical education in order to graduate. Students are urged to do this prior to the senior year. The department offers many 1 credit skill courses and athletic participation opportunities that may be combined in a variety of ways to meet this requirement. A maximum of one credit may be earned for a specific activity. No course may be repeated for credit. It is strongly recommended that students enroll in at least one swimming course, as this activity is important for safety in water-related recreational activities.

One 1 credit skill course credit may be granted for participation in the total traditional season of an intercollegiate varsity sport. A particular sport may generate 1 credit only once. Students may receive physical education credit for participation in a course or related sport, but not both.

Theatre Arts courses 110, 111, 112, of 212 (any one) may count toward the skill-course requirement.

Some activities outside those offered by the College may qualify for physical education credit. Prior approval from the physical education department chair is required.