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Kinesiology, Department of

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Department Chair

Stephan Walk

Department Office/Website

KHS 121A


Michele Barr, Joao Barros, William Beam, Andrea Becker, Lee Brown, David Chen, Jared Coburn, Andy Galpin, John Gleaves, Barbie Gil-Alviso, Daniel Judelson, Robert Kersey, Patricia Laguna, Matthew Llewellyn, Scott Lynn, Julie Max, Guillermo Noffal, Debra Patterson, Debra Rose, Daniela Rubin, Clay Sherman, Traci Statler, Kavin Tsang, Stephan Walk, Kathy Webster, Lenny Wiersma, Kathleen Wilson


The Department of Kinesiology advances the understanding and practice of human movement across the lifespan in the context of a diverse and changing society.

The Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology offer students a variety of professional focus areas, including Clinical Exercise Science, Fitness and Health Promotion, Gerokinesiology, Sport Studies, Teacher Education and Pedagogical Studies (MS only). An undergraduate Minor in Kinesiology is also available. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training meets the requirements of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Completing the B.S. in Athletic Training as part of the Athletic Training Education Program prepares students to take the national board examination to become certified athletic trainers (ATC).

Degrees in Kinesiology offer advanced study and research opportunities in one or more of the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology: Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Motor Control/Learning, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Socio-cultural Perspectives and Philosophical Perspectives.

The intra-disciplinary focus of the Department’s curriculum fosters the development of diverse values and skills important to a liberal arts education: critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, verbal and written communication, and technological competency.

The Department provides general education courses and university-wide opportunities for developing skills and knowledge leading to lifelong enjoyment of physical activity, health and well-being. Internships, independent study and scholarly outreach provide opportunities for collaboration with and service to the community.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Kinesiology:

Knowledge and skill in a variety of sport and fitness activities

  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in fitness, aquatics, combative, team sports, individual sports and court and racquet sports

Natural and Social Scientific foundations of human movement across the lifespan and across diverse populations

  • Demonstrates understanding of the scientific method and other systematic ways of knowing human movement
  • Demonstrates understanding of the biological and physical bases of human movement
  • Demonstrates how motor skills are acquired and refined
  • Demonstrates understanding of how various fitness parameters are achieved and maintained
  • Demonstrates understanding of the behavioral and psychological bases of human movement
  • Demonstrates understanding of the social structural, demographic, and economic context of programs and policy related to human movement

Perspectives from the humanities to understand key elements of human movement

  • Demonstrates understanding of the socio-cultural perspectives of human movement
  • Demonstrates understanding of the historical perspectives of human movement
  • Demonstrates understanding of philosophical perspectives of human movement

Human movement in health, wellness, and quality of life

  • Demonstrates understanding of the relationships among and contributions of human movement skill, conditioning and training to personal well being

Leadership, technological competency, and content expertise in an applied setting

  • Applies knowledge from the sub-disciplines of kinesiology to enhance motor skill and fitness in a variety of populations and conditions
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the conditions of safe practice in movement contexts, and responds appropriately to common injuries occurring during physical activity
  • Uses and applies measurement instruments and principles for qualitative and quantitative assessment of human performance
  • Demonstrates ability to integrate intra-disciplinary knowledge bases of kinesiology in an applied, problem-solving context
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively on professionally-related activities

Information Literacy, Effective communication skills and professionalism in an applied setting

  • Applies critical thinking, writing, reading, oral communication, quantitative and qualitative analysis and information management skills to movement-related questions
  • Uses information technology to support inquiry and professional practice in movement-related fields
  • Is prepared to engage in informed dialogue with professional and lay populations within local and global communities

In-depth knowledge and skills needed for advanced study and/or preparation in an area of specialization

  • Per applicable certification, credential or other guidelines

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ScienceMaster of ScienceNon-Degree



      Courses are designated as KNES in the class schedule. Students may sign up for only one section of a given performance activity in any semester. This applies to KNES 100  through KNES 167C , KNES 214A , KNES 214B , and KNES 246A . Thus a student may take KNES 102A - Beginning Jogging (1)  and KNES 112B - Intermediate Surfing (1)  since jogging and surfing are different activities; however, signing up for multiple tennis courses, for example, is not permitted.

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