KinesiologyThomas J. Barstow, Head
Professors Barstow, Dzewaltowski, McElroy, Noble, Poole, and Musch; Associate Professors Harms and McAllister; Assistant Professors Trost and Gyurcsik.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement across a range of tasks including exercise, daily living, play, sport, and work. Course work integrates biological and behavioral approaches using biomechanical, physiological, psychological, and sociological perspectives to study human movement from cell to society.
Kinesiology promotes an understanding of the necessity of movement activities for an individual's physical and psychological health.
Kinesiology majors must take a minimum of 35 kinesiology hours that include 20 hours from the lower-level core, 9 hours from the upper-level core (one course each from categories A, B, and C), and 6 hours from the upper-level core or other elective kinesiology courses at the 300 level or above.
A minimum grade of C and GPA of 2.2 are required for all kinesiology courses meeting degree requirements.
Lower-level core (20 hours)
Basic science prerequisites
Students seeking admission to physical therapy, medical, and other health professional schools may major in kinesiology (or another discipline) provided the required pre- professional course work is completed. Students should seek a pre-professional health professions advisor from the College of Arts and Sciences dean's office and a kinesiology advisor for proper planning to meet academic and professional goals.
Health fitness instructor endorsement
This degree provides preparation for professional careers in wellness and careers that interface the roles of nutrition and physical performance. Principles of nutrition, food science, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, concepts of personal health, and nutrition needs throughout the life cycle are included in this degree. Consult with advisors in the Department of Foods and Nutrition and Kinesiology for more detailed information.
KIN 206. Water Exercise and Water Fitness Instructor Training. (1) Skills and knowledge to develop competency in participating, designing, and leading different types of water exercise, as well as administering all aspects of water fitness classes. One hour lec. and one hour lab each week. Pr.: KIN 104.
KIN 220. Biobehavioral Bases of Exercise. (3) I, II. A critical examination of the role and impact of physical activity in contemporary society. Current perspectives from the biological and behavioral domains of kinesiology will be used to explore the significance of physical activity with particular emphasis placed on implications for health-related fitness. Theory and research will be used to help students make personal applications conducive to lifelong commitment to physical activity. Topics include health- fitness assessment, physiology of physical activity, biomechanics of physical activity and social/psychological determinants of sedentary vs. physically active lifestyles. Two hours of lec. and two hours of lab experiences.
KIN 320. Motor Learning and Development. (3) Issues of motor learning and development as they relate to the application of instructional techniques. Two hours lecture and two hours lab a week. Pr.: PSYCH 110 or EDCEP 215.
KIN 330. Biomechanics. (3) I, II. Mechanical and anatomical aspects of overt human movement. Kinematic and kinetic principles applied to the analysis of human movement. Two hours lecture and two hours lab a week. Pr.: BIOL 340 and PHYS 113.
KIN 335. Physiology of Exercise. (4) I. The responses of the human body to exercise. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure-function relationships of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and muscular systems and how their function is integrated to support the dynamics of muscular contraction. Limitations to exercise performance will be examined in health and disease and the adaptability of the human body to physiological (i.e., exercise training) and environmental (e.g., hypoxia) stressors will be examined. Four hours lec. per week. Pr.: BIOL 340.
KIN 340. Physical Activity in Contemporary Society. (3) I, II. Theories and research on the social significance of physical activity in American society. Includes a focus on play, games, sport, fitness, and exercise in contemporary society. Pr.: SOCIO 211.
KIN 345. Psychological Dynamics of Physical Activity. (3) I, II. Theories and research on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dynamics of physical activity and their application to changing behavior in a movement context. Pr.: PSYCH 110.
KIN 398. Topics in Kinesiology. (1-3) On sufficient demand. Study of a selected topic in an area not covered in the curriculum or involving application of theory presented in a related subject core course. May be repeated as topic varies.
KIN 399. Honors Seminar. (1-3) Selected topics in kinesiology. Open to nonmajors in the honors program.
KIN 405. Choreographing Aerobic Dance and Exercise Routines. (2) A study of choreography and methodology in teaching aerobic dance and exercise routines in various educational settings. Emphasis upon preparation and progression of routines. Selecting music, designing routines, and methods of presenting to various age groups. Pr.: KIN 330 and 335.
KIN 430. Practicum in Lifetime Sports. (2) I, II. Supervised students assist in lifetime sports classes. Four hours lab a week. Pr.: Junior standing.
KIN 435. Sport and Contemporary Society. (3) II. An analysis of sport and its role in contemporary society. Course creates a greater awareness of the social significance of sport in society and fosters the capacity to use critical thinking in the analysis of significant sport issues. Cross-listed with Sociology, see SOCIO 435. Pr.: SOCIO 211.
KIN 463. Laboratory Practicum in Kinesiology. (1-2) I, II. Supervised students assist in laboratory. Four hours lab a week. Pr.: Junior standing and appropriate background for problem undertaken.
KIN 498. Honors Tutorial in Kinesiology. (1-3) I, II. Individually directed research in kinesiology, normally as a preliminary to writing a senior honors thesis. May be repeated once to a total of three hours. Pr.: Sophomore standing, membership in the honors program of the College of Arts and Sciences, and permission of instructor.
KIN 515. History of Sport. (3) The historical development of sport (especially in Europe and North America) including the growth of competition, the rise of mass spectator sports, elitism, and the changing function of sport. History of sport as business and history of the relationship between sport and other institutions. Cross-listed with History, see HIST 515.
KIN 520. Practicum in Exercise Science. (1-3) I, II, S. Practical experiences in the fitness setting such as observation and participation in exercise testing and prescription, exercise leadership, and record keeping and program management. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
KIN 590. Seminar in Kinesiology. (3) Issues and problems involving integration of the subdisciplines of kinesiology and professional areas of application. Pr.: Completion of all or concurrent enrollment in final kinesiology core courses.
KIN 591. Psychology of Exercise and Sport Injury. (3) Intersession only. Underlying effects, treatment of psychological consequences, and physical trauma of exercise and sport injury. Topics include the impact of injury on exercise behavior, the athlete at risk, behavioral risk factors, injury assessment, treatment of injury, and psychological factors addressed by the sports medicine team. Pr.: KIN 250, KIN 345, BIOL 340.
KIN 592. Sport and Exercise Personality. (3) Intersession only. The role of personality in sport, sport performance, and exercise behavior. Theories relevant to sport and exercise personality will be examined to provide a theoretical framework for understanding and applying research. Assessment instruments and relevant research will be examined and critiqued. Pr.: KIN 250 and 345.
KIN 598. Topics in Kinesiology. (1-3) On sufficient demand. Study of a selected topic in kinesiology involving either an in-depth study or application of theory presented in a related core course. May be repeated as topic varies. Pr.: Related core course.
KIN 599. Independent Studies in Kinesiology. (1-3) I, II. Selected topics in kinesiology. Maximum of 3 hours applicable toward a degree. Pr.: Consent of undergraduate coordinator.
KIN 600. Exercise Psychology. (3) I. An examination of the theory and research related to the biopsychosocial antecedents of exercise participation. Topics will include exercise motivation, models of exercise perception and intervention strategies used to increase exercise participation. Pr.: KIN 250, 340 and 345.
KIN 601. Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology. (3) II. An examination of the structure and function of the respiratory system and the manner in which oxygen passes from the atmosphere to its site of utilization in the mitochondria. Exercise and environmental stresses will form the basis for examining the capacity, plasticity, and limitations to respiratory function. Pr: KIN 250 and 335. Cross-listed with Anatomy and Physiology.
KIN 602. Gender Issues in Sport and Exercise. (3) An examination of the impact of exercise and fitness trends on women in contemporary society with particular emphasis on how society presents obstacles to exercise and fitness. Topics include the relationship between exercise patterns and family structure, cosmetic fitness, eating disorders, and social class. Pr. KIN 250, 340, and 345.
KIN 603. Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology. (3) II. Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system as it pertains to acute and chronic exercise. Topics include the control of blood pressure, vascular volume, and blood flow during orthostasis and exercise. Pr: KIN 250 and KIN 335. Cross-listed with Anatomy and Physiology.
KIN 604. Exercise and Mental Health. (3) Study of research and theory related to mental health consequences of physical activity. Topics will include the role of exercise in developing self-esteem and body image as well as the use of exercise as a therapy for emotional and behavioral disorders. Pr: KIN 250, 340, and 345.
KIN 605. Topics in the Biological Basis of Kinesiology. (1-3) Study of a selected topic in the biological basis of kinesiology involving either an in-depth study or application of theory presented in a related course area. Pr: KIN 250 and 335.
KIN 606. Topics in the Behavioral Basis of Kinesiology. (1-3) Study of a selected topic in the behavioral basis of kinesiology involving either an in-depth study or application of theory presented in a related course area. Pr. KIN 250, 340, and 345.
KIN 607. Muscle Exercise Physiology. (3) I. Subcellular, cellular, and tissue structure of skeletal muscle and the relationship of these structural characteristics to the functioning of the muscle. Examines energy pathways available to the muscle to support the various functions, mechanisms underlying changes in exercise tolerance that accompany exercise training and detraining, and diseases that affect skeletal muscle. Pr.: KIN 250 and 335.
KIN 625. Exercise Testing and Prescription. (3) II. Benefits and risks of exercise testing and prescription with healthy populations, individuals at risk, and patients with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Includes experiences with exercise test technology and methods of exercise prescription. Two hours recitation and two hours lab a week. Pr.: KIN 250, 335, proof of current CPR, BLS, and First Aid certification.
KIN 630. Design and Analysis of Exercise and Sport Equipment. (3) I. Design and analysis of equipment used in selected sports and equipment used in both resistive and aerobic exercise. Relevant biomechanical and physiological principles will be reviewed and applied to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of equipment now available on the open market and to consider potential improvements in design. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: KIN 250, KIN 330, and KIN 335.
KIN 635. Nutrition and Exercise. (3) I. The interrelationships between diet, nutrition, and exercise. Topics covered include physical fitness, weight control, nutrient metabolism during exercise, and athletic performance. Pr.: KIN 250, KIN 335, and FN 132 or FN 502. Cross-listed with foods and nutrition; see FN 635.
KIN 650. Development of Motor Control. (3) A multi-level analysis of the neurophysiological activation of muscle, reflexes, sensory integration during movement, and theories of voluntary movement. Two hours lecture and two hours lab a week. Pr.: KIN 250 and BIOL 340.
KIN 655. Fitness Promotion. (3) II. The study of the implementation and promotion of preventive health programs for populations at work, hospitals, and community fitness settings. Pr.: KIN 250 and 335.
KIN 657. Therapeutic Use of Exercise in the Treatment of Disease. (3) II. Analysis of pathophysiology associated with a number of different diseases and the impact on exercise performance as well as the use of exercise as a therapeutic modality. Pr: KIN 250 and 335.
KIN 700. Physical Culture in the Western World. (3). A seminar on selected topics in the historical and philosophical foundations of physical culture in Western Civilization. Pr.: Three hours of Western Heritage.
KIN 718. Cinematographic and Videographic Analysis of Human Movement. (3) Techniques and instrumentation for the analysis of overt human movement using film, videotape, and other imaging techniques. Pr.: KIN 250 and 330.
KIN 792. Internship in Exercise Science. (6-8) I, II, S. Supervised field experience for the exercise science major in training settings such as YMCA, YWCA, municipal recreation agency, or industrial fitness agency. May be completed with half-time assignment for 12-16 weeks or full-time assignment for 6-8 weeks. Pr.: KIN 655.
KIN 796. Topics in Kinesiology. (1-4) On sufficient demand. Intensive study of a selected topic in kinesiology involving either greater in-depth study, or application of theory presented in a related course. May be repeated as topic varies. Pr.: 6 hours in kinesiology 500 or above. Only 6 hours may be counted toward degree. Cross-listed with Anatomy and Physiology.
Lifetime sports and exercise activity courses
KIN 100. Adaptive Physical Activities. (1) I, II. Exercise programs adapted to the needs of the special student.
KIN 104. Swimming I. (1) Beginning instruction for students who have no previous experience with swimming.
KIN 105. Swimming II. (1) For the beginning swimmer who has had some previous swimming experience.
KIN 120. Basketball. (1)
KIN 122. Flag Football. (1)
KIN 123. Soccer. (1)
KIN 124. Softball. (1)
KIN 126. Volleyball I. (1)
KIN 135. Archery. (1)
KIN 136. Badminton. (1)
KIN 140. Golf. (1)
KIN 143. Handball. (1)
KIN 144. Judo I. (1)
KIN 148. Racquetball. (1)
KIN 150. Self Defense. (1) Instruction in selected self- defense techniques derived from judo, karate, and other martial arts.
KIN 151. Tennis I. (1)
KIN 154. Tumbling and Floor Exercise. (1)
KIN 160. Aerobic Dancing and Exercise. (1)
KIN 161. Fitness and Conditioning. (1)
KIN 162. Jogging. (1)
KIN 163. Weight Training. (1)