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Kinesiology

The Kinesiology major provides a breadth and depth of knowledge of human movement in the context of a strong liberal arts education. Courses address how the human body functions from a physiological, biochemical, mechanical, and psychological view using exercise and physical activity as the model for study. Students gain hands-on experience through multiple rich laboratory experiences. Each student completes a research project as a culminating experience for their degree that exposes the student to all aspects of the research process. Kinesiology majors graduate to become researchers at universities, government agencies and private organizations (such as Nike and the Gatorade Sport Science Institute); strength and conditioning coaches; exercise technologists in healthcare settings; leaders of corporate wellness programs; personal trainers; fitness instructors; and corporate sports leaders. After graduation, students can pursue graduate school in a Kinesiology-related topic, or seek advanced professional degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, medicine, and the like.

Course Catalog

Requirements for a major

Kinesiology

Total courses required Ten KINS plus statistics
Core courses KINS 100, KINS 255, KINS 256, KINS 309, KINS 353, KINS 450 (0.5 credit), KINS 451 (0.5 credit)
Other required courses
  • Four courses from KINS 230, KINS 260, KINS 350, KINS 354, KINS 410, KINS 420
  • PSY 214 or MATH 141 or MATH 247 (Statistics course)
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.

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 183

Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

An off-campus Extended Studies experience in Kinesiology.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
VAR

KINS 184

On-Campus Extended Studies Course

On-Campus Extended Studies course related to Kinesiology.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
variable

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 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 255

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

An integrated study of the normal function and structure of organs and organ systems in the human organism with some exploration of comparative/ pathophysiology to reinforce concepts of normal physiological function. Topics include examining the fundamental principles of homeostasis, biochemistry, cell biology, and energy metabolism, followed by histology, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: one course in biology or KINS 100.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Science and Mathematics Prerequisite: one course in biology or KINS 100. 1 course

KINS 256

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

An integrated study of the normal function and structure of organs and organ systems in the human organism with some exploration of comparative/ pathophysiology to reinforce concepts of normal physiological function. Topics include examining the cardiovascular, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: KINS 255 or instructor permission.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Science and Mathematics Prerequisite: KINS 255 or instructor permission. 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 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

Nutrition for Health

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 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 Kinesiology

A continuation of KINS 491.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course