Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation

Photograph of the MIT athletic center exterior.

The Al '51 and Barrie Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.)


Featured Courses

The mission of the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) is to bring students, faculty, and staff together in educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance a sense of community, foster growth in leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.

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.


Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Courses

Course # Course Title Level
PE.210 SCUBA Undergraduate
PE.550 Designing Your Life (Spring 2009) Undergraduate
PE.550 Designing Your Life (January IAP 2007) Undergraduate
PE.710 Tennis Undergraduate
PE.720 Weight Training Undergraduate
PE.730 Archery Undergraduate
PE.740 Fencing Undergraduate
PE.810 Sailing Undergraduate
PE.910 Physical Intelligence Undergraduate
PE.920 PE for ME Undergraduate