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Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology provides Physical Activity Courses (PE) and study toward the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Kinesiology (KINS). The major is designed to provide the undergraduate student with a strong liberal arts background and prepares the student in the discipline of kinesiology. Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement and includes such sub-disciplines as biomechanics, physiology of work and exercise, motor control/motor learning, athletic training, sport pedagogy, i.e., teaching and learning of sport skills and strategies, sociology/psychology of sports and exercise, and philosophy of human movement. The department's educational goals encompass both the breadth and depth of knowledge of human movement. Courses address such questions as how and why the body moves, how simple and complex motor skills are acquired and developed over a life span, how the effects of physical activity may be immediate and lasting, and how and why injuries occur in the physically active. Students who major in Kinesiology have a variety of career opportunities, including further study in areas of kinesiology, e.g., physiology, biomechanics, psychology of exercise and sport, motor control/motor learning; further study toward a professional degree, e.g., medical school, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, physician's assistant; athletic training; researcher at a private or public university, government agency or private organization, such as Gatorade Sport Science Institute or Nike; teacher of physical education; coach, including strength coach of a school or university; exercise technologist in a hospital or clinical setting; program director and exercise leader in corporate wellness programs; personal trainer in private business or in association with health and fitness clubs; instructor in health and fitness clubs, including YMCAs, resort centers, etc.; corporate sport leadership; sports marketing/event planner.


Requirements for a major

Kinesiology

Total courses required Nine KINS plus anatomy and statistics
Core courses KINS 100, KINS 254, KINS 309 (formerly 409), KINS 353, KINS 450, KINS 451
Other required courses
  • Two courses from KINS 350, KINS 354, KINS 410, KINS 420.
  • Two courses (one must be at the 300 or 400 level) from KINS 230, KINS 260, KINS 269, KINS 363, KINS 366, KINS 406
  • BIO 203
  • PSY 214, MATH 141 or MATH 247
Number 300 and 400 level courses Six
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of the completion of KINS 450, Senior Seminar, in the fall semester of the senior year followed by KINS 451, Senior Thesis, in the spring semester. Each senior designs and proposes a research study during KINS 450. During KINS 451 the research is carried out through data collection and analysis. Results are presented in a formal setting. A faculty member mentors students throughout the process.
Writing in the Major

Writing in a scientific discipline is an integral part of disseminating knowledge. Gaining new knowledge through the scientific process is meaningless unless the knowledge is passed on to a wider audience. All writing in the sciences requires the presentation of data or ideas with precision, clarity, and objectivity so the reader can evaluate the research based on the facts presented. At all levels students will be exposed to courses that develop their ability to write in this manner.

In the Kinesiology courses leading up to the senior thesis, majors will write lab reports, reviews and summaries of original research, and at least one proposal to an institutional review board (IRB) for research involving human subjects. For their senior thesis, majors will again write an IRB proposal for their data collection and a review of current literature prior to writing their thesis in the form of a peer-reviewed journal article. Students must earn a C on their thesis to complete the writing in the major requirement.

Kinesiology (Sports and Exercise Science)

Total courses required Nine
Core courses
  • KINS 100, KINS 201
  • two courses from KINS 231, 232, 354
  • KINS 254, KINS 353, KINS 309 (formerly 409), KINS 450, KINS 451
  • either KINS 401 or KINS 290
Other required courses PSY 214, MATH 141 or MATH 240 is a prerequisite for KINS 450.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Three and one-half
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of the completion of KINS 450, Senior Seminar (fall semester senior year) and KINS 451, Senior Thesis (spring semester senior year). Each senior designs and proposes a research study during KINS 450. During KINS 451 the research is carried out through data collection and analysis. Results are presented in a formal setting. Students are mentored throughout the process by a faculty member.
Additional information Students seeking teacher certification should take KINS 401.
Recent changes in major The major in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Science was discontinued as of 7/1/2013. After this date there will be just a single Kinesiology major.

Kinesiology (Sports Medicine)

Total courses required Nine
Core courses KINS 100, KINS 262, KINS 353, KINS 354, KINS 363, KINS 366, KINS 367, KINS 369, KINS 309 (formerly 409), KINS 450, KINS 451
Other required courses BIO 203 is a prerequisite for KINS 366 and KINS 367. PSY 214, MATH 141, or MATH 240 is a prerequisite for KINS 450. KINS 254 or BIO 335 (with permission) is a prerequisite for KINS 353.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Six and one-half
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of the completion of KINS 450, Senior Seminar (fall semester senior year) and KINS 451, Senior Thesis (spring semester senior year). Each senior designs and proposes a research study during KINS 450. During KINS 451 the research is carried out through data collection and analysis. Results are presented in a formal setting. Students are mentored throughout the process by a faculty member.
Additional information Students completing the Sports Medicine emphasis are encouraged to meet graduate or professional program course prerequisites in a health science area such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, nursing, wellness, nutrition, athletic training, health care administration or pre-med.
Recent changes in major The major in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine was discontinued as of 7/1/2013. After this date there will be just a single Kinesiology major.

Requirements for a minor

Kinesiology

Total courses required Five
Core courses KINS 100, KINS 230, KINS 254, KINS 309, KINS 353
Other required courses
Number 300 and 400 level courses Two

Courses in Kinesiology

KINS 100

Introduction to Kinesiology

Includes laboratory. Designed to introduce students to the discipline of kinesiology including the major subdisciplines and approaches to studying movement. Laboratory activities are designed to allow for measurement of phenomenon discussed in class, to introduce common laboratory procedures and techniques, and to learn how to collect and analyze data to answer questions of interest in kinesiology.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Science and Mathematics 1 course

KINS 197

First-Year Seminar in Kinesiology

A seminar focused on a theme related to the study of kinesiology. Open only to first-year students.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 201

Philosophy, History and Sociology of Human Movement

Overview of physical education, fitness and sport, including a study of the historical, philosophical and sociological concepts contributing to physical education, fitness and sport, as well as foundations related to instruction and curriculum development in physical education.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 211

Coaching Techniques I

Coaching techniques with emphasis upon methods, tactics and strategy. Students choose one outdoor sport and one indoor sport from the following: A. outdoor sports: football or soccer; and B. indoor sports: volleyball or basketball. Three meetings a week of lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: experience in the selected sports.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Experience in the selected sports 1/2 course

KINS 212

Coaching Techniques II

Coaching techniques with emphasis upon methods, tactics and strategy. Students choose two sports from the following: A. first half of semester: tennis or golf; and B. second half of semester: baseball, softball or track. Three meetings a week of lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: experience in the selected sports.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Experience in the selected sports 1/2 course

KINS 230

Scientific Principles of Conditioning

Study of physiological and biomechanical mechanisms underlying both neuromuscular and cardiorespiratory conditioning; acute and chronic adaptations of cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and neuromuscular systems to exercise stress; and methods of enhancing performance via structured aerobic, anaerobic and resistance training. Also presents techniques associated with anaerobic, aerobic and resistance training, and evaluation.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 231

Methods of Teaching Team Sports

Instruction in the methods of teaching team sports to students of physical education or participants in a different sport setting, such as camps, commercial clubs or community recreation centers. Such topics as appropriate equipment, safety considerations, teaching progression, game rules, grade-level sequencing and lesson plan format are presented along with laboratory experiences in the performance of and teaching of basketball, softball/baseball, soccer and volleyball. Five meetings a week of lecture and lab.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 232

Methods of Teaching Rhythmic and Physical Activities

Instruction in the methods of teaching rhythmic and physical activities to students of physical education or participants in a different activity setting, such as camps, commercial clubs or community recreation center. Methods will include fundamental skills and rules, progression in learning, sequencing for different ages, safety, unit plans and lesson plans. There are laboratory experiences in the performance of and teaching of rhythmic activities, such as basic movement, folk and square dance; and the physical activities of weight training, racquet sports, leisure activities, and track and field. Five meetings a week of lecture and lab.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 254

Human Physiology

An integrated study of the normal functions of organs and organ systems in the human organism. The course begins with fundamental principles of biochemistry, cell biology and histology, followed by study of endocrine, nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Science and Mathematics 1 course

KINS 260

Sport and Exercise Psychology

An examination of the psychological factors which influence human performance in adults, children and the elderly and the role of gender and race on these psychological factors. In addition, the course involves investigation of the role of psychology in health and exercise. Topics covered include personality, motivation, arousal, anxiety control, psychological skill training in sports,models of behavior change, psychology of injury and other topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 262

Therapeutic Modalities

Investigates the physiological theories and the physical properties involved in promoting tissue healing through utilization of contemporary modalities. Describes principles and techniques of modality application.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course (includes laboratory)

KINS 269

Concepts & Perspectives Bridging Allied Medicine

This writing intensive course provides an opportunity for students interested in fields of allied medicine to investigate ethical and philosophical considerations for medical care, the development and regulation of allied medical professions through national organizations and the government for the protection of society, and the effect of health insurance--from its infancy to today's current practices--on how care is managed and provided. Prerequisite: At least one from KINS 100, BIO 135, BIO 145, CHEM 120, CHEM 130. Not open to students with credit in KINS 369.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
At least one from KINS 100, BIO 135, BIO 145, CHEM 120, CHEM 130. 1 course

KINS 290

Topics in Sports Science and Sports Medicine

Assorted topics related to physical education and sport; i.e., American sport, Olympic sport, sport psychology and sports marketing. Course may be repeated with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

KINS 309

Biomechanics

(Formerly KINS 409) The science of human motion based on anatomical, mechanical and physiological principles. Laboratory experiences.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 350

Motor Control

This course is an overview of the neural mechanisms underlying the control of human movement. Current theories of human motor control are used as a backdrop for the importance that different portions of the nervous system play in creating movement. Prerequisite: KINS 254. Not open to students with credit in KINS 250..

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
KINS 254 1 course

KINS 353

Physiology of Exercise

Includes laboratory. Study of physiological factors which influence human performance and the responses of body systems to physical activity. Laboratory emphasizes observation of concepts using the scientific method and developing quantitative skills in data interpretation. Prerequisite: KINS 254 or BIO 335.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
KINS 254 or BIO 335 1 course

KINS 354

Bioenergetics of Human Movement

Examination of energy metabolism, including metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and the role of vitamins and minerals in energy metabolism. The laboratory introduces techniques of measurement in energy metabolism.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 363

Therapeutic Exercise

Includes laboratory. Examines the physiological and biomechanical theories of therapeutic exercise in the rehabilitation of the physically active individual. Presents principles and techniques of therapeutic exercise commonly integrated into the treatment/rehabilitation plan. Prerequisite: KINS 366.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
KINS 366 1 course

KINS 366

Musculoskeletal Pathomechanics

Designed to enhance student's knowledge and understanding of pathomechanics by exploring structure, function, biomechanics and dysfunction of the human musculoskeletal system in order to improve orthopedic evaluation. The course will enhance the students understanding of underlying causes of pathomechanics and the effect of such pathomechanics on function of the musculoskeletal system. Prerequisite: BIO 203.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
BIO 203 1 course

KINS 367

Injury Recognition and Evaluation II

Principles and methods utilized in the systematic evaluation of thigh, hip, spine and head injuries in sport. Integrates applied anatomy, injury pathology characteristics, head injuries in sport. Integrates applied anatomy, injury pathology characteristics and early injury management. Laboratory practice in clinical evaluation of pathologies.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course

KINS 401

Methods and Evaluation in Physical Education

Explores methods of instruction for varied student populations and lesson planning in physical education. Acquaints students with the general field of tests and measurements as an administrative and teaching device used in presenting and evaluating the physical education program. Includes elementary statistics, pertinent tests in the field and alternative forms of assessment.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course

KINS 406

Administration and Risk Management

Administrative process is applied to sports science and athletic training. Includes program philosophy, program development, facility and fiscal management, management of supplies and equipment, office procedures and public relations. Students learn to implement safety measures to ensure participants in physical activity and sport programs of a safe environment and to safeguard institutions and their employees from court lawsuits. The two emphases, sports medicine and sports science, divide into specialized learning groups for the second half of the semester.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

KINS 410

Muscle Physiology

This course is provides an in depth examination of skeletal muscle from the molecular to system level function. Skeletal muscle physiology, production of movement, adaptation to increased and decreased use of skeletal muscle, and the physiological response to insults on system integrity are explored. Prerequisites: KINS 353 or permission of the instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
KINS 353 or permission of the instructor. 1 course

KINS 420

Environmental Physiology

This course explores the physiological responses and adaptations that humans make resulting from exposure to environmental stressors. Exposure to high environmental temperature, low environmental temperature, hypobaria, hyperbaria, reduced gravitational effects, and air pollution will be considered. Prerequisites: KINS 353 or permission of the instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
KINS 353 or permission of the instructor. 1 course

KINS 450

Senior Seminar

A. Sports Medicine B. Sports Science. This course provides students an opportunity to directly study an area of selected interest within the discipline while examining contemporary issues relevant to the field. This course provides students numerous opportunities for oral participation through various assignments and activities centered around article reviews, discussions, group debates, and presentations of common issues prevalent in the discipline today. Students will also complete and present a senior paper/thesis on a selected topic. Prerequisite for KINS 450: PSY 214, MATH 141 or MATH 247.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
PSY 214, MATH 141 or MATH 247. 1/2 course

KINS 451

Senior Thesis

This course is the continuation of KINS 450 Senior Seminar. Each student is required to complete an individual research project under faculty supervision and to submit a thesis. Prerequisite: KINS 450 and permission of research sponsor. This course is required of Sports Medicine and Exercise and Sport Science majors in the senior year. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
KINS 450 and permission of research sponsor 1/2 course

KINS 491

Projects in Kinesiology

Independent projects under the direction of a kinesiology faculty member. A detailed written project proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty member and the chair of Kinesiology. Prerequisite: Permission of department. May be repeated up to 2 course credits. Not open for pass/fail credit.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of department 1/2-1 course

KINS 492

Projects in Kinsesiology

A continuation of KINS 491.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Courses in Physical Education

PE 001

Physical Education Activities

PE 001-098. Knowledge and skill development to satisfactorily participate in team sports, individual and dual sports, dance, swimming and physical fitness activities. Emphasis is placed on lifetime sports and fitness-wellness instruction. Any student who is unable to participate in regular activities due to physical disabilities should consult the department chair. No more than one full course of physical education activities may be applied toward the bachelor's degree. Classes meeting twice a week are for one-fourth course credit; classes meeting four times a week are for one-half course credit. Activity classes may not be counted toward a major in physical education, nor the major courses counted toward Group 6 requirement. Activities offered include: Aquatics: Aerobic Swimming, Beginning Swimming, Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and First Aid Instructor, Scuba Diving, Water Safety Instructor Fitness: Free Weights, Aerobic Conditioning, Physical Conditioning, Super Circuit, Weight Training, Cross Training Fitness-Wellness: Lifefit includes personal fitness assessment: body composition, nutrition, cardiovascular, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and understandings for formulating personal exercise programs. Specific course topics are swimming, walking, physical conditioning or triathalon. Lifefit meets three times a week for activity and one time for lecture/discussion. Lifetime Sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Racquetball, Volleyball Martial Arts: Tae Kwan Do, Hap Kido, Self-Defense, Tai Chi Recreational Sports: Pickleball, Walleyball

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/4-1/2 course

PE 044

LIFEFIT Extended Studies

A LIFEFIT course offered during the Winter or May term.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course

PE 099

Varsity Athletics

A. Baseball, B. Mens Basketball, C. Womens Basketball, D. Mens Cross Country, E. Womens Cross Country, F. Field Hockey, G. Football, H. Mens Golf, I. Womens Golf, J. Mens Soccer, K. Womens Soccer, M. Softball, N. Mens Swimming, P. Womens Swimming, Q. Mens Tennis, R. Womens Tennis, S. Mens Track, U. Womens Track, V. Volleyball. Participation in a varsity sport earns one-quarter PE Activity credit (Group 6) per season. No academic credit is awarded toward the 31 courses required for graduation. A maximum of 1.0 course credit PE Activity, including participation in varsity sports, may be applied toward completion of Group 6.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
0 course credit

PE 184

On-Campus ES Course

K: Kinesiology, P: Physical Activity. On-Campus Extended Studies course related to Kinesiology or Physical Activity.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
variable