(Formerly Exercise Science)
110 Totman Building
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Chair of Department: Professor Patty Freedson. Coordinator of Undergraduate Curriculum: Associate Professor Rife. Professors Clarkson, Hamill, Kamen, Kent-Braun, van Emmerik; Associate Professors Braun, Caldwell; Assistant Professors Alhassan, Debold, Snook, Umberger, Witkowski; Research Professor Chipkin; Adjunct Faculty Belfroy, Frederick, Gabriel, Goodyear, Grow, Osganian, Riccio, Schwartz, Selbie.
Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary field focusing on the science of human movement. Its four basic elements—biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, and physiology—can be integrated to allow kinesiologists to address a wide variety of questions. Some are basic: how are nerves, muscles and joints coordinated to accomplish complex movements? what regulates the mixture of fuels oxidized at rest and during exercise? Others have applications to health: how much of what we call aging is actually due to physical inactivity? how can physical activity be used to prevent and/or manage chronic disease and disability? Still others involve rehabilitation: what factors contribute to musculoskeletal injury and how can they be reversed? and exercise performance: what limits human performance and how can it be optimized? In recent years, the field of kinesiology has evolved toward less emphasis on sport and a much stronger focus on a basic understanding of human movement and the role of physical activity and exercise in health and disease. To those ends, kinesiologists use tools from molecular biology, neuroscience, engineering, medicine, and computer science to work on unique problems in a diverse array of settings that include laboratories, hospitals, health and wellness centers, and field environments.
Changes to the curriculum are under consideration. For the latest information, consult the department.
I. Requisite Courses (33 cr)
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II. Kinesiology Core Courses (24 cr)
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III. Kinesiology Electives
215 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
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IV. Cognate Electives—Students must take at least 6 credits at the 200 level or higher in the following areas: Engineering, Mathematics, Nutrition, Psychology, Biology, Nursing, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Sport Management, Public Health, or other areas approved by the student’s adviser.
An undergraduate degree in Kinesiology is excellent preparation for pursuit of an advanced degree that will lead to a career in medicine, research science, physical therapy, or academia. Many kinesiologists also work in the health care system, especially in cardiac, pulmonary, and stroke rehabilitation. Increasingly, kinesiologists are providing their specialized expertise to the growing biotechnology industry, particularly in areas related to cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and metabolic health. Kinesiology majors are prominent in the health and fitness industry and work with manufacturers of sport and rehabilitative equipment. In any area of employment, Kinesiology majors will find their rigorous training in scientific method, critical thinking, and clear expression of ideas to be a lifelong advantage.
The following Kinesiology courses comprise the minor:
100 Introduction to Kinesiology
A total of 15 credits (5 courses) are needed to satisfy the minor in Kinesiology. No substitutions are permitted. All courses must be taken on campus. A grade of C- or better is required in each of the five courses. Students are eligible to officially add the minor in Kinesiology after they have taken the above courses. Students are reminded that many of these courses have prerequisites. A student who wishes to minor in Kinesiology should see Dr. Frank Rife in the Kinesiology Department.