PE Credit & Study Abroad
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Obtain PE and Science credits by participating in Outdoor Recreation activities in these ways:

PE Credit:
- Register for PEDB 1070 - Ropes
- Fall and Spring 
- Register for PEDB 1090 - Outdoor Adventure Activities - Fall and Spring
- Register for PEDB 1100 - Backpacking/Hiking - Fall and Spring 

Academic Credits plus PE credit through adventure travel and study abroad programs:
- Interdisciplinary Field Program (IFP) - 8-week Summer session
- NEW FOR 2014 Tanzania Study Abroad - multiple credit available (see below) - Maymester
- Costa Rica Study Abroad - Outdoor Adventure PE credit with Geology 1121L- Maymester

PEDB 1090: Outdoor Adventure Activities; available in the Fall, Spring, and Costa Rica Maymester (see below)

In this class, students are required to participate in 25 hours of adventure activities offered through the UGA Outdoor Recreation trip schedule (evenings and weekends) and 5 hours of classroom time.  This is a great way to learn outdoor activity skills and discover many natural resources in the southeast.  Course participants pay the student fee listed for each UGA Outdoor Recreation trip. 1 PE credit earned.




PEDB 1070: Ropes; available in the Fall and Spring
Participants in this class will learn how the UGA team building Challenge Course/ropes course operates.  This fun course will challenge students to actively work together to solve problems in order to negotiate the outdoor and indoor low and high ropes courses here on campus. Students learn initiative activities they can use in other settings (camps, organization meetings, team practices, staff trainings), tie knots and learn risk management procedures and students have the opportunity to learn more about their own personal leadership style as well as what it means to work as a team with others.  This course provides fundamental training to progress towards actual training for a paid position on the UGA Challenge Course staff.  This course requires 1 Saturday commitment along with scheduled class time. 1 PE credit earned.


PEDB 1100: Backpacking/Hiking; available in the Fall and Spring
This class exposes students to the basic fundamentals of backpacking and hiking. Topics to be covered include appropriate equipment selection, dressing and clothing for the outdoor environment, camp cooking, land navigation, and expedition behavior. Class meetings allow students to have hands-on learning with packs, sleep systems, tents, and camp cookware. The class culminates in a 2-day backpacking trip where students are engaging in a group-led excursion to the backcountry. A range of 6-12 miles of hiking is what one can expect to do on this trip. 1 PE credit earned.



Tanzania Study Abroad - Maymester 2014
Tanzania Study Abroad Programs are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to study in Africa. Students have the chance to interact with the local people and places in a hands-on setting instead of in a classroom. All of the courses offered are intergraded with one another. Students in both programs learn how to find sustainable solutions to common problems.This is one of the most economical ways to travel to Africa for half the price of commercial African safaris.

Two Opportunities:
(1) The Interdisciplinary Maymester programtravels across northern Tanzania and down to the coast to the city of Dar es Salaam and the island of Zanzibar. Students earn credit in two academic courses (either in core level or upper level) while participating in interdisciplinary activities. This course includes a safari experience in the Serengeti and snorkeling or SCUBA diving in Zanzibar as well as some hikes to acclimate for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for PE credit.


(2) The Service Learning program is based in Moshi where students work with several centers for orphans and street children, evaluating the programs and creating sustainable solutions. Students earn credit in two academic courses. This course includes a safari experience.


Both Programs run simultaneously during the Maymester.  The Mt. Kilimanjaro climb extends the program one week.


For more information 


Costa Rica Study Abroad - Outdoor Adventure - Maymester 2014
This two week adventure trip to Costa Rica finds students engaged in outdoor activity each day in this beautiful country rich in biodiversity.  Students hike, horseback ride, raft, kayak tour, zip-line through the canopy forest and even learn to surf!  The in-country experience starts on the UGA Costa Rica campus which includes trips to the Monteverde Reserve and local coffee, sugarcane and dairy farms, explores the Arenal Volcano area, moves to an amazing cultural experience on the Caribbean Coast to include cooking and dancing lessons, and ends with an exciting overnight raft trip on the Pacuare River navigating Class III-IV rapids.   This experience affords students the opportunity to learn more about this lush country with its misty cloud forests, volcanic mountain ranges, and tropical rain forests.  Local guides provide information about conservation, medicinal plants and a wealth of information about flora and fauna.  This study abroad experience in Costa Rica is now paired with Geology 1121 with lab for 4 credits.  Classroom and lab time will occur before, during and after the trip to Costa Rica to complete course work for this class credit.

No prior experience in either outdoor adventure activities or in the ability to speak Spanish is required.  However, a desire to learn new skills, be active outside every day, be engaged with the locals and work as a team with the group are attributes that will make this an unforgettable study abroad experience. The registration deadline is the first week of March each year and early registration is encouraged. All majors are eligible for participation. For more information about this opportunity, see the UGA Costa Rica website. 1 PE credit and 3-4 course credits earned for Geology.

Summer 2014 - Interdisciplinary Field Program (IFP)
The UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program (IFP) is an eight-week course in introductory geology, anthropology, and ecology that travels throughout the western U.S. during summer semester. It uniquely integrates basic concepts from each discipline and applies them to North American landscapes by hands-on learning in an outdoor classroom. IFP is a challenging course co-sponsored by the UGA Geology Department and Honors Program and Recreational Sports Outdoor Recreation. Students learn to balance extensive field work (including maintaining a field notebook as well as producing project reports and maps), lectures, reading assignments, and periodic exams, in addition to responsibilities associated with daily camp life and travel.  Students camp and hike in over 20 National Parks. 1 PE credit is earned in Backpacking/Hiking.

The goal of the program is to provide students a broad scale science-based understanding of the natural processes that formed and continue to shape our environment and how humans and other organisms are dependent upon, interact with, and alter the landscape. IFP fosters critical thinking skills by presenting multiple working hypotheses in discussions of past and current scientific questions and environmental issues. Registration for PEDB 1100 must also be accompanied with registration for the four academic courses (2-GEOL, ANTH, and ECOL).