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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Dr. Mandi Dupain



Kinesiology is the study of human motor performance and those physical activities yielding exercise benefits and/or satisfying a person’s competitive nature. Such study includes an investigation into the nature of motor performance, how it is assessed, what its effects are upon the rest of the system, and how motor performance is learned. The kinesiology curriculum provides the necessary foundation for students who wish to pursue careers in teaching, coaching, or physical therapy or to continue onto graduate school.


The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology is offered by the Natural Sciences Department in cooperation with several other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, a graduate will have:

  • Developed the ability to communicate effectively through oral and written formats
  • Acquired the ability to examine and analyze physical activity as it relates to the physiological responses/adaptations to exercise
  • Identified, explored, and developed a career and continuing education plan
  • Developed the skills to critically analyze scientific information, especially as it relates to the science of movement
  • Developed a thorough understanding of how to minimize motor skill decline and injury and optimized effective and efficient movement


Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.


Prerequisites                                                                                                   Units

BIO1101/1101L                  General Biology I with Lab (3/1)                           4

BIO1103/1103L                  General Biology II with Lab (3/1)                         4

One Chemistry course from the following:                                                         3-4

CHE1101                   Introductory Chemistry

CHE1202/1202L       General Chemistry I with Lab** (3/1)

CHE1204/1204L       General Chemistry II with Lab** (3/1)

MTH2502                             Statistics                                                                3

PSY1001                              Introduction to Psychology                                   3


**Recommended for students interested in graduate Physical Therapy and Kinesiology programs.


Total Prerequisites                                                                                         17-18


Major Requirements                                                                                      Units

BIO2205/2205L                  Human Anatomy with Lab (3/1)                         4

BIO2210/2210L                  Human Physiology with Lab (3/2)                       5

KIN2100                              Structural Kinesiology                                           3

KIN2108                              Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury                 3

KIN2116                              Exercise Physiology                                               3

KIN2124                              Mechanical Kinesiology                                         3

KIN2132                              Fundamentals of Strength Conditioning                3

PSY2133                              Social Psychology                                                  3

One of the following courses:                                                                             3-4

PSY2141                          Developmental Psychology
PSY2149C                       Developmental Psychology in the Classroom

and Community (CE) (4)
PSY2150                         Lifespan Development


Total Major Requirements                                                                                           30-31


Additional courses recommended for students interested in teaching physical education and/or coaching:

EDU2003                             Physical Education in the Elementary School

EDU2006                             Introduction to Education: Practicum in Teaching

KIN2110                              Wellness and Stress Management


Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                          75-77
*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).


Total Unit Requirement                                                                                124

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