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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)
BIO1103/1103L General Biology II with Lab (3/1)
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
Total Prerequisites  17-18

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

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
PSY2149 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