Physical Education

University of California, Berkeley


The Physical Education Program (PhysEd) is located within the historic Hearst Gymnasium and offers both lecture-laboratory courses and a wide range of physical activity courses for academic credit to the general student population. As part of the greater College of Letters & Science, Physical Education reports directly to the Dean of Biological Sciences. Lecture-laboratory courses are listed as breadth requirements in L&S and are also cross-listed through Integrative Biology.

The Physical Education Program provides a unique opportunity for Berkeley students to incorporate exercise and wellness into their weekly schedules under the guidance of expert Berkeley faculty. Offerings fall under the headings of Aquatics, Dance, Fitness, Martial Arts, Team and Individual sports, and Wellness. Sequential instruction in small-class and personalized atmospheres is the hallmark of this program, making our classes extremely popular and rewarding. Courses range from levels 1–5 so that learning is tailored to meet specific student needs. Students can expect to learn new skills, improve their technique, gain knowledge about themselves both physically and mentally, collaborate with one another, and reduce stress. In general, students will receive all the benefits of regular exercise that are essential to being a fit, focused, and successful student.

According to the Registrar, PhysEd courses are among the most impacted on campus. It is important to register early, get on waitlists, and attend the first class meetings in order to increase chances of enrolling. Please refer to our website for FAQs and the schedule of offerings

A minor in Health and Wellness is also offered.


A course materials fee is assessed to every student enrolled in an in-person physical education activity class. There are no fees for online offerings or lecture courses. The fees are listed here.

Undergraduate Program

Health and Wellness: Minor

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Physical Education

Contact Information

Physical Education Program

200 Hearst Memorial Gymnasium

Phone: 510-642-3288

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Director, Physical Education Program

Dr. Steven Ross Murray

207 Hearst Memorial Gymnasium

Facilities Manager/Student Services

Stefan Olendrowicz

200 Hearst Memorial Gymnasium

Phone: 510-642-3288

Department Manager

Andrew Park

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