2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Kinesiology [KIN]

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Students selecting this major will earn a B.S. in kinesiology and complete a concentration in either exercise science, sport studies or coaching.

Exercise science is concerned with how and why the human body responds to physical activity. There are two primary areas of inquiry where exercise scientists focus their attention: health-related aspects of physical activity and sports performance.

In regard to health-related aspects of physical activity, exercise scientists have studied how exercise benefits health. The study of sports performance by exercise scientists involves diverse areas, which can include the growth and development of athletes, nutritional needs of athletes and movement analysis.

Sport studies is the liberal arts and sciences approach to studying human movement through the humanities and social science subdisciplines of the field. The humanities subdisciplines include sport history and sport philosophy and can be expanded to include sport art, sport communication and journalism, sport literature and sport law. The social science subdisciplines include sport psychology and sport sociology.

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in coaching provides the academic preparation for those students wanting a career in the coaching profession. Academic content includes study in key sports science disciplines described by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) domains of coaching effectiveness. This 39 credit hour concentration contains a unique sequence of subjects that focus on theory and practice of coaching. It also provides students with an experiential learning component with a coaching internship.

Program objectives are established to make students aware of the multiplicity of the demands involved in coaching and the important role that coaches have in society. Through this program, students will gain the knowledge and expertise to become successful coaches on several levels including sports programs in junior high or high school, college and at the international level.

A. General Education and Liberal Arts: 75 credit hours

  • General Education Courses (28 cr. hr.)
  • Liberal Arts Electives (29 cr. hr.)

C. Concentration Requirements (must complete a concentration)

Sport Studies Concentration Requirements: 30 credit hours

Track (courses outside the major): 12 credit hours

The track will consist of 12 credit hours outside the major comprised of appropriate courses taken from the following areas:

African American Studies (AAS)
Cinema Study (CIN)
Communication Studies (COM)
English (ENG)
Health (HLH)
History (HIS)
Philosophy (PHI)
Psychology (PSY)
Sociology (SOC)
Sport Management (SPM)
Women’s Studies (WST)

A minimum of six credit hours must have the same prefix. These 12 credit hours must not include courses that fulfill general education requirements. Students will determine these credit hours in consultation with their advisor and department approval.

Exercise Science Concentration Requirements: 24 credit hours

Quantitative Skills - GE 1

Three credit hours, select one course from the following:

Coaching Concentration Requirements: 39 credit hours

Category B. Practica/Internship Requirements (8 credit hours)

Category C. Required Workshops (non-credit)

CAR: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
SAVE: School Violence Prevention Training

Category D. Concentration Elective

(Choose at least three credit hours; students may also choose additional electives)

  • SPM 345: Sport in Society

D. Exercise Science, Sport Studies and Coaching Activity Requirements

Sport Studies Concentration Activity Requirements: Five credit hours

  • Aquatics activity elective
  • Activity electives

Exercise Science Concentration Activity Requirements: Five credit hours

  • Aquatics activity elective
  • Activity electives

Coaching Concentration Activity Requirements: Five credit hours

  • Aquatics activity elective
  • Activity electives

E. Free Electives

  • Sport Studies Concentration: 16 credit hours
  • Exercise Science Concentration: 27 credit hours
  • Coaching Concentration: 7 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

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