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Department Chair

Debra Rose

Department Office/Website

KHS 121


Michele Barr, Joao Barros, Jason Bennett, Alain Bourgault, Julia Cappelli, David Chen, Jared Coburn, Pablo Costa, Koren Fisher, Andy Galpin, John Gleaves, Barbie Gil, Sarah Hamamoto, Matthieu Hoffmann, Tricia Kasamatsu, Do Kyeong Lee, Jingwen Liu, Matthew Llewellyn, Robert Lockie, Scott Lynn, Melissa Montgomery, Erica Munoz, Guillermo Noffal, Derek Pamukoff, Debra Patterson, Toby Rider, Debra Rose, Daniela Rubin, Clay Sherman, Traci Statler, Kavin Tsang, 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 areas of study, including Exercise Science, Recreation, Fitness and Health Promotion, Gerokinesiology, Special Studies, Sport Studies, Strength and Conditioning, and Teacher Education. An undergraduate Minor in Kinesiology is also available. The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a full-time professional program that prepares students to become athletic trainers (AT).

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 motor development, 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.

Degree Descriptions

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology utilizes a broad and comprehensive approach in the natural and social sciences to advance the understanding and practice of human movement across the lifespan. Graduates gain knowledge and skills needed to provide scientifically grounded, community-focused and ethically principled expertise to a diverse clientele, from children to older adults. The curriculum provides a solid foundation to prepare students to enter exciting fields, such as corporate/commercial fitness, strength and conditioning, senior fitness and wellness, teaching physical education and athletic coaching.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a full-time professional program that prepares students to become athletic trainers (AT). The American Medical Association recognizes athletic training as a healthcare profession. Students  complete traditional didactic coursework and concurrent clinical education experiences, emphasizing clinical reasoning skills that encompass the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Upon successfully completing the ATP, students earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree and are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC, Inc.) exam and earn the ATC credential.

The Master of Science in Kinesiology provides a broad, comprehensive study of the varied aspects of human movement. Movement across the lifespan is observed and studied from mechanical, physiological, psychological, sociocultural, behavioral, instructional and professional points of view. The coursework for the degree is designed to provide students with background knowledge and experience for professional careers in a variety of areas, including exercise physiology, clinical sport health care, sociocultural and philosophical aspects of human movement, gerokinesiology, pedagogy, sport and performance psychology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, and motor behavior.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

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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