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Thomas J. Barstow, Head

Professors Barstow, Dzewaltowski, McElroy, Poole, and Musch; Associate Professor Harms; Assistant Professors Bopp and Trost. Instructors Pettay and RosenKranz; Emereti: Professors Noble and Johnson


Fax: 785-532-6486

E-mail: kines@k-state.edu

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.


Students may earn a BA or BS degree in kinesiology, BA or BS degree in health fitness instruction, and a BS dual degree with majors in nutrition and exercise sciences. Graduates seek careers in corporate and community settings in fitness and wellness and in hospital settings in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Many students enter graduate and professional schools for preparation for careers in physical therapy, pharmacy, medicine, dietetics, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, sport sociology, and other related fields.

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)
KIN 220Biobehavioral Bases of Exercise3
KIN 310Measurement and Research Techniques3
KIN 330Biomechanics3
KIN 335Physiology of Exercise4
KIN 336Physiology of Exercise Lab1
KIN 340Physical Activity in Contemporary Society3
KIN 345Psychological Dynamics of Physical Activity3
Upper-level core (9 hours; one course each from Category A, B, C)
Category A Select one course from the biological basis of human movement:
KIN 601Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology3
KIN 603Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology3
KIN 605Topics in Biological Basis of Kinesiology3
KIN 607Muscle Exercise Physiology3
Category B Select one course from the behavioral basis of human movement:
KIN 600Exercise Psychology3
KIN 602Gender Issues in Sport and Exercise3
KIN 604Exercise and Mental Health3
KIN 606Topics in the Biobehavioral Basis of Kinesiology3
KIN 655Fitness Promotion3
Category C Select one course from the following list that integrates the biological and behavioral bases of human movement:
KIN 590Seminar in Kinesiology3
KIN 591Psychology of Sports Injury3
KIN 625Excercise Testing and Prescription3
KIN 630Design and Analysis of Exercise and Sport Equipment3
KIN 635Nutrition and Exercise3
KIN 650Development of Motor Control3
KIN 657Therapeutic Use of Exercise in the Treatment of Disease3
Computer literacy
CIS 101Introduction to Information Technology1
Select 2 hours from the following:
CIS 102Introduction to Microcomputer Spreadsheet Applications1
CIS 103Introduction to Microcomputer Database Applications1
CIS 104Introduction to Microcomputer Word Processing Applications1
Kinesiology electives (6 hours) Kinesiology electives (300 level or above)  6
Basic science prerequisites
Prerequisites for several of the Category A, B, and C courses are identified in the course descriptions. Below is an overview of basic science prerequisites. Courses in biochemistry and chemistry are strongly encouraged for some areas of study.
BIOL 198Principles of Biology4
BIOL 340Structure and Function of the Human Body8
MATH 100College Algebra3
MATH 150Trigonometry3
PHYS 113General Physics I4
PSYCH 100General Psychology3
SOCIO 211Introduction to Sociology3

Pre-professional curricula

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 subcurriculum

This subcurriculum consists of a series of classes that complement the kinesiology degree in preparing students to design, implement, and administer physical fitness programs in YMCAs, private corporations, hospitals, clinics, and fitness clubs. Students completing this emphasis are prepared to seek health/fitness instructor certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. The following courses are required in addition to those required for the kinesiology degree:

KIN 520Practicum in Exercise Science3
KIN 625Exercise Testing and Prescription3
KIN/HN 635Nutrition and Exercise3
KIN 655Fitness Promotion3

Dual degree in nutrition and exercise science

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.

Kinesiology courses

The following courses may be taken by students majoring in kinesiology or other students meeting prerequisite requirements.

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.

University General Education courseKIN 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 310. Measurement and Research Techniques in Kinesiology. (3) I, II. Theory and techniques of measurement and research in the biological and behavioral aspects of kinesiology. Pr.: KIN 220

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 EDCEP215.

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 336. Physiology of Exercise Lab. (1) I, II. A laboratory course to supplement the material of KIN 335. Two hours lab per week. Pr.: KIN 335 or con enrollment.

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.

University General Education courseKIN 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 310, 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 310 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 310, 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 310 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 310, 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 310 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 310, 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 310 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 310, 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 310 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 310, 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 310, 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 310, KIN 335, and FN132 or FN502. Cross-listed with foods and nutrition; see FN635.

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 310 and BIOL 340.

KIN 655. Fitness Promotion. (3) I. The study of the implementation and promotion of preventive health programs for populations at work, hospitals, and community fitness settings. Pr.: KIN 310 and 345.

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 310 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 703. Minority Groups in Sports. (3) The contributions by, problems of, and discrimination against minority groups in sports. Pr.: SOCIO 211, KIN 340, PSYCH435, or HIST 539.

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 310 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

For students in the College of Arts and Sciences, no more than 4 credit hours in lifetime sports and exercise activity classes may be applied toward a degree.

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 106. Swimming III. (1) Pr.: KIN 105 or consent of instructor.

KIN 107. Fitness Swimming. (1) Pr.: KIN 106 or consent of instructor.

KIN 120. Basketball. (1)

KIN 122. Flag Football. (1)

KIN 123. Soccer. (1)

KIN 124. Softball. (1)

KIN 126. Volleyball I. (1)

KIN 127. Volleyball II. (1) Pr.: KIN 126 or consent of instructor.

KIN 135. Archery. (1)

KIN 136. Badminton. (1)

KIN 140. Golf. (1)

KIN 143. Handball. (1)

KIN 144. Judo I. (1)

KIN 145. Judo II.  (1) Pr.: KIN 144 or consent of instructor.

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 152. Tennis II. (1) Pr.: KIN 151 or consent of instructor.

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)

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