Each student must complete a CHOICES I and CHOICES II class as part of the General Education Curriculum.
This requirement recognizes that education should also serve to enhance the physical and mental well-being of students at SMU. The Department of Wellness aims to provide leadership and facilities for helping students become more aware of the comprehensive nature of wellness; to identify personal relationships with wellness; to provide techniques to help students respond positively to any imbalances in their lifestyle; to familiarize students with campus wellness facilities, equipment, and services; to promote a lifetime of physical fitness; to promote the learning of a lifetime physical activity; and to provide opportunities and promote action in a variety of wellness areas.
The list of Wellness courses offered per term
can be accessed at
(click on “View Schedule of Classes”).
Please visit http://smu.edu/wellness/ for more information!
Designed to be taken during a student’s first year, CHOICES I classes (WELL 1101) are part of the General Education Curriculum and, therefore, are required for graduation. The class is called Concepts of Wellness, and students are introduced to a broad range of personal experiences with the seven elements of wellness (social, physical, environmental, occupational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual), which the CHOICES for Living program addresses. Interaction occurs in a relaxed, small group environment that features a series of lectures, discussions, personal assessments and other action-oriented activities. Registrants are also expected to complete approximately four hours of out-of-class experiences under the guidance of their instructor.
WELL 1101 Choices I: Concepts of Wellness
Designed to be taken during a student’s second year, successful completion of a CHOICES II class is a requirement for graduation. A variety of physical activity offerings are made available each semester. Students are guided in a fun, nurturing environment through the skills, rules and competition of a given activity with the primary objective to increase the likelihood of participating in the activity for a lifetime.
A special fee
is charged to help defray the extra cost involved in some CHOICES II classes:
Mountain Sports (Taos Campus $475)
Beginning Marathon Training ($75)
Rock Climbing ($50)
WELL 2109 Bench Aerobics
WELL 2110 Jogging
WELL 2111 Weight Training
WELL 2112 Weight Training for Women
WELL 2113 Individual Fitness
WELL 2114 Walking
WELL 2115 Beginning Triathlon
WELL 2116 Beginning Marathon Training
WELL 2117 Spinning
WELL 2118 Group Fitness
WELL 2119 Pilates
WELL 2122 Rock Climbing
WELL 2125 Intermediate Triathlon
WELL 2129 Golf
WELL 2131 Mountain Sports (SMU-in-Taos)
WELL 2132 Racquetball
WELL 2135 Table Tennis
WELL 2136 Tennis
WELL 2139 Fly-Fishing (SMU-in-Taos)
WELL 2140 Badminton
WELL 2141 Swimming
WELL 2142 Ballroom and Folk Dance
WELL 2144 Scuba Diving
WELL 2145 Beginning Swimming
WELL 2146 Lifeguard Training Today
WELL 2147 Power Yoga
WELL 2148 Aikido
WELL 2149 Karate
WELL 2150 Judo
WELL 2151 Self-Defense
WELL 2153 Fencing
WELL 2161 Basketball
WELL 2170 Volunteer Activities
WELL 2190-2191 Wellness Practicum
WELL 3144 Advanced Scuba