Physical Education and Athletics

The Department of Physical Education and Athletics offers a four-fold physical education and athletics program which includes:

  1. Required physical education classes;
  2. Intercollegiate athletics;
  3. Intramural athletics and club sports; and
  4. Recreational athletics.

A large number of students use the institution's facilities for recreational purposes, including swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, weight lifting, softball, and racquetball.

Russell H. Volk Gymnasium

A tri-level complex containing a NCAA regulation basketball arena, two racquetball/handball courts, Jack Hancock Wrestling Center, weight training facility, locker space, and offices for the Athletics Department.

Steinhauer Field House

A facility of 35,000-sq. ft., which provides for the needs of intercollegiate athletics and physical education classes.

Darden Baseball Field

With dugouts, fencing, 10 inning score-board, netted backstop, press-box and lights for night games. Located west of Stermole Soccer Stadium and has seating accommodations for 500 spectators.

Softball Field

With dugouts, batting cage, perimeter fencing, sound system and an irrigation system. Located west of Darden Field seating for 200 people.

Marv Kay Stadium at Harry D. Campbell Field

Opened in 2015, the state-of-the-art Marv Kay Stadium features seating for 4,090, fan-friendly amenities, and lights for night games and practices. The playing field is a synthetic surface named in honor of Harry D. Campbell, Class of 1939.

Korell Athletic Center

Attached to Marv Kay Stadium, the Korell Athletic Center houses weight training and sports medicine facilities for Mines Athletics, as well as locker rooms and coaching staff offices for football, track & field, and cross country. The second floor includes flexible meeting and classroom space.

Tennis Courts

The Department maintains four tennis courts.

Student Recreation Center

A three-level, 108,000 square foot facility that features an 8 lane, 25 yard swimming pool with 2 diving boards and a 14 person hot tub. There are men's and women's locker rooms, a 4,000 square foot climbing wall, a full service juice bar, an elevated jogging track, a 5,500 square foot fitness area, 2 multi-purpose rooms, a recreational gym and an arena that seats 3,000 for varsity athletic contests.

Swenson Intramural Complex

Two fields are available for intramural/recreation sports.

Stermole Track and Field Complex

Nine lane metric track with all field event components necessary to host NCAA, RMAC sanctioned events. Seating for 800 spectators.

Stermole Soccer Stadium

Synthetic surface which provides a practice and playing venue for men's and women's NCAA soccer. The stadium seats 500 and features a support building with locker rooms, meeting space, and a press box.

Required Physical Activity

Each student at Colorado School of Mines is required to complete four separate semesters of Physical Activity classes (PAGN) of their choice.  Each semester must carry at least 0.5 credit hours for a minimum total of 2.0 credit hours.


  1. A medical excuse verified by a physician;
  2. Veterans, honorably or generally discharged from the armed forces (Student needs to provide Form DD-214 to the Registrar's Office.);
  3. New students entering CSM for the first time who are 26 years or older prior to the first day of class;
  4. Students holding a Bachelor’s degree.

Normally, the Physical Activity requirement is fulfilled during the first two years of attendance. Transfer students should check with the Registrar's Office regarding applicable courses in physical activity. Participation in intercollegiate athletics or club sports may be used for required semesters and hours of physical activity on a one-to-one basis. ROTC students may use their ROTC registration to meet the physical education requirement, where one semester of ROTC will meet one semester of the PAGN requirement.

Students who wish to continue taking physical activity after completing PAGN requirements may continue to apply PAGN credit towards their Free Elective. However, a maximum of 3.0 activity credits in total may apply toward Free Elective.

Some of the 200-level courses may require off campus transportation, please check with Department of Athletics.  All students enrolled in physical activity shall provide their own gym uniform, athletic shoes, sunscreen or swimming suit. Lockers are available by request in the administrative offices on the third floor of Volk Gym.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The School is a charter member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Sports offered include: football, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s cross country, baseball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball and softball. An athlete can register each semester for one hour physical activity credit to meet their graduation requirements. 

Through a required athletic fee, all full-time students attending Mines become members of the Mines Athletic Association, which financially supports the intercollegiate athletic program. With this fee, each Mines student receives free admission to all home athletic events. The Director of Athletics administers this program.

Intramural and Club Sports

The intramural program features a variety of activities ranging from those offered in the intercollegiate athletic program to more recreational type activities. They are governed by the Mines Rec. Sports Department. All activities are offered in the following categories: men, women and co-ed.

The club sport program is governed by the Mines Sport Club Council. There are 14 competitive groups currently under this umbrella. Some teams engage in intercollegiate competition at the non-varsity level, some serve as instructional/recreational entities, and some as strictly recreational interest groups. They are funded through ASCSM. Some of the current organizations are Cycling, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Men's Rugby, Women's Rugby, Ski Team, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Men's Ultimate Frisbee, Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, Water Polo, Bowling and In-Line Hockey.

Primary Contact

Dixie Cirillo

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