Physical Education

Physical Education Department


De Anza's physical education staff is committed to excellence and the development of each individual by creating an atmosphere of fun, focus and friendship.

The mission of the Physical Education and Athletics Division is the development of the total individual by offering a comprehensive program emphasizing health, wellness and lifelong learning through exercise, sports skill development and critical thinking. The division is also committed to providing vocational training opportunities to prepare students for employment.

IMPORTANT NEWS:  starting Fall, 2016 all activity courses will be listed under a new department:  KINESIOLOGY (KNES). All Massage Therapy Courses will be listed under MASSAGE THERAPY (MASG). Athletics Courses will be listed under Physical Education and Athletics (PE).

What We Offer

Photo of students in a yoga class.We offer several vocational programs leading to certificates or degrees. Massage Therapy is our largest vocational program. In the 2016-17 College Catalog, look for Massage Therapy will be listed in the Schedule of Classes the new prefix will be  "MASG".  Students may earn a certificate or continue their studies for an A.A. degree. Our winter quarter massage clinic is extremely popular with students, staff, faculty and the community. 

The  De Anza Athletics program is one of the most diversified and comprehensive in Northern California. It is comprised of 18 sports for men and women.  Look in the class schedule under Physical Education and Athletics (PE) for our current course listings.

Course Information

Photo of students in a step class.There are over 70 activity courses ranging from one-half to two units. Classes are offered Monday through Friday between 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.  Saturdays and Sundays with more limited offerings.

Physical Education courses are offered in a variety of formats: 1/2-unit laboratory sections two hours per week; 1-unit laboratory sections three hours per week; lectures range from 1-4 units offered in face to face, hybrid or online formats.  These courses will be listed under KINESIOLOGY (KNES) in the current class schedule.

Grading Policy: Most Physical Education courses are now accepted for completion of Area E General Education and are graded on a four-point scale. However, students can take the courses on a Pass/No Pass basis upon request. Note: All students who wish to earn a certificate of achievement or proficiency must take "required" courses for a grade.

Information on specific activity courses and programs is provided on this site. Students can find advisory and prerequisite notes in the course listings.

Contact Us

See the physical education staff directory for phone numbers and e-mail addresses of instructors. If you have further questions, please contact the Physical Education/Athletic Division office at: (408) 864-8751, Building PE4, Room 41C.

(Photos by Marjan Sadoughi, courtesy of La Voz)

Physical Education
Building: PE
Contact: Susan Ho
Phone: 408.864.8751

Last Updated: 8/2/16