Students may pursue major and minor programs offered in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies that will prepare them both for entry-level professional careers and graduate study in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training and Public Health.

Exercise Science borrows from many parent disciplines in the natural and social sciences in order to understand the phenomenon of exercise and human movement activities, ranging from sport training to injury rehabilitation. Graduates typically work in corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitations, YMCA’s, community recreation programs, commercial health clubs, and other settings. Other graduates have entered graduate programs in physical therapy, nutrition, athletic training, occupational therapy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. A major and minor are offered in this area.

Graduates of the majors offered in the Kinesiology and Health Science department will demonstrate:

  • a basic understanding of the physiological, anatomical, and mechanical foundations of movement;
  • the skills associated with planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate fitness programs;
  • the fundamental understanding of behavior as it applies to adherence to exercise/fitness;
  • the knowledge and skills associated with assessing emergency health conditions requiring first aid and/or CPR;
  • the knowledge and physical skills associated with health-related fitness activities;
  • a basic understanding of research techniques and tools used in the field of Kinesiology and Health.

Major

(B.S. degree) Forty-four or forty-five hours required. Thirty two hours in KHS, which must include KHS 214, KHS 220, KHS 304, KHS 306, KHS 320, KHS 322, KHS 400, KHS 410, KHS 423, and KHS 452, and 1-hour course from courses numbered KHS 111-170, plus six hours from any KHS course numbered 180 or above. Students may not enroll in more than 3 hours of internship. Required allied course must include PSY 211 or MAT 111 and BIO 100 or 111. With the consent of the KHS Department Chair, substitutions may be made for allied courses.

Students intending on applying to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Physician Assistant programs must take Biology 111 (not Biology 100) as requirement for applying to the graduate program.

Minor

Twenty-two hours required, including KHS 214, 220, 304, 306, 322, 423, plus one course from KHS 185, 310, 315, 320, 400, 405, 435.

For the course descriptions for Exercise Science, please see Kinesiology and Health Studies.