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, Athletic Training and Public Health. In addition, our curriculum prepares students for future study in the allied health professions (physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy).

Major in Exercise Science

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.

(B.S. degree) Twenty-two hours in the following core courses: KHS 214, 220, 305, 322, 400, 410, and 423 plus nine hours chosen from KHS 180, 185, 200, 285, 287, 290, 295, 320, 405 and BIO 305 and 306 or courses approved by the department chair. Required allied courses include BIO 111, and MAT 111 or PSY 211. Total hours required: 38.

Major in Athletic Training

The B.S. degree in Athletic Training is offered to students who desire to either enter the work environment or to pursue graduate education in this field. Certified Athletic Trainers work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician and perform a wide variety of services to the physically active population. Their primary responsibilities include, injury prevention, recognition and evaluation, management, first aid, and rehabilitation of injuries, organization, administration, education, and counseling. Certified Athletic Trainers are employed in such settings as high schools, colleges and universities, orthopedic clinics, professional sports, industrial settings, and physician’s offices. Students interested in this major should contact the department chair for more information regarding the program. Major courses include: KHS 185, KHS 285, KHS 287, KHS 290, KHS 295, KHS 305, KHS 306, KHS 320, KHS 400, KHS 423, KHS 470, KHS 460 (42 hours). Allied courses required for this major include: BIO 111, PSY 211, and COMM 312 (9 hours).

Admission to the Athletic Training Program at Georgetown College is competitive and should not be confused with admissions to the College. Athletic Training room hours (800) will be required once admitted to the program. The program requirements that must be met prior to official application are:

  1. Must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours of college credit.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of BIO 111 and KHS 185 with a grade of B or better.
  4. Current CPR and First Aid Certification.
  5. Interview with the Athletic Training Program Admissions Committee.

Students with any deficiencies in the above criteria can be admitted at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program Admission Committee.

Minor in Exercise Science

Twenty-three hours which includes KHS 111, 180, 185, 214, 322, 423, and elective(s) to be approved by department chair.

Minor in Public Health

Twenty-one hours which includes KHS 220, 310, 315, 324 plus the allied course MAT 111 or PSY 211. Six additional hours are to be selected from KHS 200, 214, 320, 400, 405 or courses approved by department chair.

Course Offerings

100. Lifetime Fitness. (1 hour) Knowledge and skills associated with the relationship of physical activity and nutrition to health and fitness; lecture and lab experiences. Fall and Spring

106. Racquetball. (1 hour) This course is designed to acquaint the student with racquetball. It enhances physical fitness, coordination, agility, and eye/hand coordination.

111. Conditioning Activities. (1 hour) This course is designed to teach skills and knowledge about aerobic exercise and weight training.

113. Archery. (1 hour) Fundamental skills, rules, techniques and etiquette of archery. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses.

120. Tennis. (1 hour) Rules, skills, etiquette, and strategy relating to singles and doubles play.

124. Billiards and Bowling. (1 hour) Rules, skills, techniques, and etiquette for bowling and billiards.

126. Horsemanship. (1 hour) Fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for basic horsemanship with emphasis on riding styles and care and maintenance of horses. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses.

132. Golf. (1 hour) Rules, basic skills, etiquette, practice, and participation under playing conditions.

134. Fencing. (1 hour) Rules, skills, techniques, and etiquette relating to fencing.

136. Badminton. (1 hour) Fundamental skills, rules, techniques, and etiquette of badminton.

140. Basketball. (1 hour) Fundamental skills, techniques, and rules of basketball.

170. Introductory Topics in Physical and Recreational Activities. (1 hour) Selected physical education activity topics. As needed

180. First Aid, CPR, and Sport Safety. (3 hours) Emergency treatment and preventive measures for injuries and accidents with emphasis on sport injuries. Successful completion of course requirements will qualify students to receive certification by the American Heart Association. Spring and Fall

185. Introduction to Athletic Training. (3 hours) Course content incorporates an overview of the mechanism, prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Practical experiences include the application of supportive techniques to the major joints of the body. Spring

200. Medical Terminology. (2 hours) Utilizing an independent method of workbook/text, weekly quizzes, and audio tape pronunciation this course provides the student with a working knowledge of common medical terms and abbreviations. This course will use a body systems approach to medical terminology; therefore, allowing the student to learn vocabulary as it pertains to each of the systems of the body (respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, nervous, etc.). Spring

214. Foundations of Kinesiology. (3 hours) Survey of principles and perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences related to the study of human movement. Fall

220. Personal Health. (3 hours) Fundamentals of health including health services, safety, drugs, and disease control. Spring and Even Falls

230. Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School. (3 hours) Characteristics, physical growth, and needs of children in grades K-6 with games, rhythms, and activities appropriate to their physiological and emotional development. Fall

260. Practicum in Kinesiology and Health Studies. (1-3 hours) Field experiences arranged by the student under a qualified professional and supervised by a college instructor. As needed

285. Evaluation and Assessment I. (3 hours) Evaluation, assessment, knowledge, and prevention of injuries related to the lower extremities, including special testing and functional return to activity. Prerequisite: KHS 185.

87. Evaluation and Assessment II. (3 hours) Evaluation, assessment, knowledge, and prevention of injuries related to the upper extremities, including special testing and functional return to activity. Prerequisite: KHS 185.

90. Therapeutic Modalities. (2 hours) Development of knowledge and practical use regarding the indications, contradictions, actions, and side effects of modalities (ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, cold and warm application, and others). Prerequisite: KHS 185 or consent of the instructor.

95. Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation. (2 hours) Focus on procedures to develop and apply exercise and rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries. Includes the use of a variety of isometric, isotonic, and isokinetic equipment. Prerequisite: KHS 185.

05. Anatomy for Allied Health. (4 hours) A course in human anatomy for allied health and KHS students, with emphasis on gross anatomy and palpation. The following systems will be covered: musculoskeletal, endocrine, integumentary, and urogenital. Prerequisite: BIO 111. Fall

306. Physiology for Allied Health. (4 hours) A course in human physiology for allied health and KHS students. The following systems will be covered: nervous system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, temperature regulation, and the reproductive system. Prerequisite: BIO 111. Spring

310. Health Care Administration. (3 hours) Introduces methods of policy analysis and concepts of economic theory as means to understand the basic issues and trends in the health care system and analyze the impact of changes on the ability of patients to access health services, the practice of health sciences professionals and the quality and process of care.

315. Epidemiology. (3 hours) Covers the basic concepts and principles of Epidemiology and biostatistics. Special emphasis is placed upon application of the epidemiological concepts that are presented. Prerequisite: MAT 111 or PSY 211 and BIO 100 or higher.

20. Nutrition. (3 hours) Scientific study of nutrition; application of this knowledge to personal and professional areas. Spring

322. Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics. (3 hours) Application of principles from anatomy, physiology, and physics (mechanics) for the analysis and appreciation of human movement in sport and exercise activities. Prerequisite: KHS 205

24. Environmental Health. (3 hours) Covers the effect of environmental factors on the health and well being of mankind. Prerequisite: KHS 220.

52. Techniques of Coaching and Officiating Volleyball. (3 hours) Skills of coaching, officiating, interpretation, and application of rules.  Odd Springs

356. Techniques of Coaching and Officiating Football. (3 hours) Intended to familiarize the student with strategy, tactics, and fundamentals of football; methods of officiating. Odd Falls

358. Techniques of Coaching and Officiating Basketball. (3 hours) Designed to acquaint the student with fundamental techniques for coaching basketball; current trends in offense and defense; insights into modern coaching psychology.  Odd Falls

360. Techniques of Coaching and Officiating Baseball and Softball. (3 hours) Techniques in coaching baseball and softball, organizational, administrative aspects of coaching; officiating techniques and rules governing baseball. Odd Springs

400. Psycho-social Issues in Kinesiology and Health Studies. (3 hours) Study of the literature pertaining to the psycho-social factors that may affect athletic performance, and rehabilitation process, compliance with medically prescribed health/fitness programs, and other current topics. Experience in basic techniques of health and rehabilitation counseling will be acquired through in-class exercises and field placements. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

405. Health Behavior Modification. (3 hours) In depth study of the theories and principles of behavioral science and skills development in the methods of modifying and controlling behavior in both clinical and personal settings. Emphasis on techniques of managing self-behavior.

410. Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology and Health Studies. (3 hours) This course is designed to familiarize the student with the various testing procedures used in Kinesiology and instruct him/her on how to use the results. The areas studied will include a wide range, including test of knowledge, skills, fitness, and attitudes. In addition, each student will be introduced to research methods. Students are expected to conduct a research project. Prerequisite: MAT 111 or PSY 211. Spring

423. Physiology of Exercise. (3 hours) Nature of neuromuscular activity; physical potential of the human body related to requirements of exercise. Prerequisite: KHS 206  Odd Springs

435. Research in Kinesiology and Health Studies. (3 hours) Analysis of research being done in selected areas of Kinesiology and Health and conduct of research on an appropriate topic.

440. Independent Study in Kinesiology and Health Studies. (1, 2, or 3 hours)

460. Internship in Kinesiology and Health Studies. (1-6 hours)

470. Advanced Topics in Kinesiology and Health Studies. (3-6 hours). As Needed