ki.ne.si.ol.o.gy n. [Greek kinēsis]: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.
The Kinesiology major is for students interested in studying the art and science of human movement. With a solid foundation in the sciences, the program in Kinesiology is composed of coursework that provides students a thorough understanding of the human body, how it functions, and how it responds and adapts to physical activity. Additionally, upper level courses emphasize the role of physical activity in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. A degree in Kinesiology provides a solid preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate work and acceptance in professional programs such as physical and occupational therapy.
The Department of Kinesiology is housed within the School of Health Sciences and is located in the Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building. This 30,000 square foot facility features state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms that may be utilized by students majoring in Kinesiology.
Requirements for the major in Kinesiology
76 s.h., including ATP 1590 or ATP 1120 and 2200; BIO 1530, 3060, and 3080; BIO 3980, 4010, or 4400; CHE 1510 and 1520; ENG 3200 or 3210; HCA 2300; KIN 3100, 4100, 4200, and 4900; MAT 1130, 1140, 2200; PHY 1510 and 1520; PSY 2040 or 3410; PXS 2400, 3120, and 4040; WEL 2180.
KIN 3100 HEALTH-RELATED PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT AND PRESCRIPTION (3 s.h.)
A course focusing on client-centered assessment and exercise prescription, emphasizing the components of health-related physical fitness. Includes both lecture and laboratory activities. Prerequisite: WEL 2180 or permission of department chair. This course is offered every fall semester.
KIN 4100 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Examines the etiology and risk factors of diseases and associated health problems attributable to physical inactivity. Prerequisite: KIN 3100or permission of department chair. This course is offered every fall semester.
KIN 4200 CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (3 s.h.)
A focus of this course is on the impact certain chronic diseases have on one’s ability to be physically active and how exercise can be prescribed to treat such conditions. Prerequisites: KIN 3100 and PXS 4040 or permission of department chair. This course is offered every spring semester.
KIN 4900 CLINICAL OBSERVATION IN KINESIOLOGY (2 s.h.)
A supervised observation and learning experience in a clinical setting. A minimum of 80 hours will be required. Prerequisites: KIN 3100 and senior standing. This course is offered every semester.