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Kinesiology, Department of

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Department Chair

Kavin Tsang

Department Office/Website

KHS 121D


Michele Barr, Joao Barros, William Beam, Andrea Becker, Lee Brown, Julia Cappelli, David Chen, Jared Coburn, Pablo Costa, Koren Fisher, Andy Galpin, John Gleaves, Barbie Gil-Alviso, Tricia Kasamatsu, Robert Kersey, Patricia Laguna, Matthew Llewellyn, Scott Lynn, Julie Max, Melissa Montgomery, Guillermo Noffal, Derek Pamukoff, Debra Patterson, Toby Rider, Debra Rose, Daniela Rubin, Clay Sherman, Traci Statler, Kavin Tsang, Stephan Walk, Kathy Webster, Lenny Wiersma, Kathleen Wilson, Alison Wrynn


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 areas of study, including Exercise Science, Fitness and Health Promotion, Gerokinesiology, Special Studies, Sport Studies, Strength and Conditioning and Teacher Education. 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 learning goals and student learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Kinesiology:

Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of key concepts in the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology

  • Describe the biological, physiological and biomechanical bases of movement under a variety of environmental conditions
  • Describe the behavioral and psychological bases of movement and/or physical activity under a variety of environmental conditions
  • Describe the sociocultural, historical and philosophical perspectives of human movement and/or physical activity within and across diverse cultures, historical periods and social settings
  • Describe how movement skills are acquired and refined across the life span and within diverse populations

Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of fitness, sport, physical activities and culturally-relevant movement

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and skill in a broad variety of motor skill, fitness and physical activities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conditions of safe practice in movement-related contexts across the life span and within diverse populations
  • Describe how fitness and a physically active lifestyle is achieved and maintained across the life span

Apply previously learned trans-disciplinary concepts to Kinesiology-related problems and activities

  • Apply disciplinary knowledge and methods from multiple kinesiology subdisciplines to investigate specific problems and activity related to human movement and/or physical activities across the life span or in various populations
  • Use methods from multiple subdisciplines (e.g., measurement instruments, technology) to generate greater knowledge or understanding of basic or applied human movement or physical activity

Critically analyze and evaluate research knowledge in Kinesiology

  • Use appropriate technology to analyze, critique and support research oriented inquiry of professional practice in movement-related fields
  • Describe the scientific method and other systematic ways of knowing relative to research and scholarship in human movement and/or physical activity

Recognize professional, ethical and legal behavior in promoting the discipline of Kinesiology

  • Be familiar with standards, ethics, and expectations of professional communities related to human movement and physical activity.
  • Be familiar with guidelines and legal issues of professional communities related to human movement.

Promote a physically active lifestyle in an interdependent global community

  • Engage in professionally related community activities
  • Engage in informed dialog with diverse professional and lay communities regarding kinesiology-based principles and practices

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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