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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Health and Physical Activity

For some courses, a more detailed description may be available, accessible by clicking on the course number. All course descriptions are updated periodically.

85 courses.

BB H 048 (GHA)
Values and Health Behavior (1.5) Examination of issues that impact the social, emotional, and physical well-being of college students through a values and decision-making process.
Effective: Fall 2003

BB H 101 (GHA)
Introduction to Biobehavioral Health (3) Introduction to an interdisciplinary study of health, examining the interaction of biological processes and behavior on health.
Effective: Spring 2000

BB H 101H (GHA)
Introduction to Biobehavioral Health (3) Introduction to interdisciplinary study of health, examining the interaction of biological processes and behavior on health.
Effective: Summer 1998

BB H 119 (GHA)
Behavior, Health, and Disease (3) Principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic illness. This course is designed for non-BB H majors.
Effective: Spring 2002

BB H 130 (GHA)
Strategies for Addressing the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics (3) Strategies for understanding and modifying the factors underlying weight, health, and the current U.S. and worldwide obesity/diabetes epidemics.
Effective: Spring 2011

BB H 143 (GHA)
Drugs, Behavior, and Health (3) Health aspects of use and abuse of licit and illicit drugs; related social problems and prevention. Designed for non-BB H majors.
Effective: Spring 2002

BB H 146 (GHA)
Introduction to Health and Human Sexuality (3) An examination of human sexuality as it relates to health.
Effective: Summer 2002

C E 254 (GHA;US)
Personal & Occupational Safety (3) Students will learn about principles of safety in work and personal settings.
Effective: Spring 2008

CSD 100 (GHA;US)
Preventing Vocal Abuse, Misuse, and Disorders (3) Principles of the voice mechanisms, preventing vocal abuse, and promoting vocal health across the life span.
Effective: Fall 2012

CSD 101 (GHA;US)
Preventing Hearing Loss (1.5) Assessment, intervention, and prevention of hearing loss caused by loud music and recreational and industrial noise.
Effective: Summer 2005

DANCE 170 (GHA)
Conditioning for Dancers (1.5 per semester/maximum of 3) This course is designed to improve technique through strengthening, toning, improving coordination, increasing balance, and helping alignment. The course also addresses common areas of injury.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: and dance course

DANCE 270 (GHA)
Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals (3) Physical and theoretical approach to movement: facilitates efficiency, and expression through dynamic alignment, mobility, kinesthetic awareness; reduce physical injuries.
Effective: Spring 2003

FD SC 105 (S T S 105) (GHA)
Food Facts and Fads (3) Impact on society and the individual of modern food technology, food laws, additives, etc.; historical, current, and futuristic aspects.
Effective: Spring 2004

H P A 057 (GHA)
Consumer Choices in Health Care (3) Introduction to consumers' role in health-care decisions, including health benefits, physician and hospital choice, and end-of-life choices.
Effective: Spring 2004

KINES 001 (GHA)
Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits (1.5-3 per semester, maximum of 12) Introduction to selected outdoor pursuit activities, such as, but not limited to, rock climbing, cross country skiing, backpacking, hiking, orienteering.
Effective: Fall 2008

KINES 004 (GHA)
Principles of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Trout (1.5) A course designed to enhance student's knowledge, skill, and performance in fly tying and the sport of fly fishing for trout.
Effective: Fall 2001

KINES 006 (GHA)
Cycling (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and the ability to establish an exercise program involving riding.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 008 (GHA)
Competition Casting (1.5) A course designed to enhance student's knowledge, skills, and performance in all forms of casting for sport fishing.
Effective: Fall 2001 Ending: Fall 2014

KINES 010 (GHA)
Indoor Rock Climbing (1.5) A course designed to provide students with the basic skills, safety, and knowledge of rock climbing.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 010A (GHA)
Lead Rock Climbing (1.5) A course designed to provide students with skills, safety, and knowledge of lead rock climbing in a top rope environment.
Effective: Summer 2003
Prerequisite: KINES 010 or with permission of program

KINES 011 (GHA)
Basic Downhill Skiing (1) Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and basic level of proficiency in Downhill Skiing.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 011A (GHA)
Intermediate Downhill Skiing (1) Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in Downhill Skiing.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 012 (GHA)
Snowboarding (1) Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and basic level of proficiency in Snowboarding.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 013 (GHA)
First Aid, Personal Safety, and CPR (1) A course designed to provide students with the opportunity for Red Cross certification in Community First Aid, Safety, and CPR.
Effective: Fall 2003

KINES 017 (GHA)
Ballroom Dance (1.5) A course designed to provide students with basic dance skills and an understanding and appreciation of ballroom dance.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 017S (GHA)
Ballroom Dance (1.5) A course designed to provide students with basic dance skills and an understanding and appreciation of ballroom dance.
Effective: Fall 2007

KINES 020 (GHA)
Modern Dance (1.5) A course designed to teach the basic skills of modern dance and to develop a further appreciation of modern dance.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 024 (GHA)
Introduction to Lifetime Sports (1.5) Students participate in lifetime sports such as archery, bowling, golf, and at least one racquet and/or winter sport.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 025 (GHA)
Introduction to Court Sports (1.5) A course designed to introduce students to various court sports such as tennis, racquetball, handball, squash, and/or badminton.
Effective: Summer 1999

KINES 026 (GHA)
Archery/Indoor & Outdoor (1.5) Course designed to introduce students to Archery/Bowhunting.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 027 (GHA)
Badminton 1 (1.5) The course promotes health, fitness, and enjoyment of the game of badminton.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 028 (GHA)
Fencing I (1.5) Kinesiology 028 is designed to give students knowledge of the rules, strategies and skills of the sport of Fencing.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 029 (GHA)
Golf I (1-1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and a proficiency in golf skills, rules, and etiquette.
Effective: Summer 1999

KINES 029A (GHA)
Golf II (1.5) A course designed to provide a further understanding of and a more advanced proficiency in golf skills, rules and etiquette.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: KINES 029 or equivalent

KINES 041 (GHA)
Handball (1.5) A course designed to introduce students to a basic instructional course in the fundamentals of 4-wall handball.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 042 (GHA)
Ice Skating--Beginning (1.5) A course of instruction focused on the physical development and knowledge of basic ice skating skills.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 042A (GHA)
Ice Skating--Advanced Beginning (1.5) A course of instruction focused on the physical development and knowledge of basic ice skating skills.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: KINES 042 or some experience with the activity

KINES 042B (GHA)
Ice Skating--Intermediate/Advanced (1.5) A course of instruction in basic figure skating: field moves, freestyle, choreography, pairs skating, and ice dance.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: KINES 042 and/or KINES 042A or equivalent skating experience

KINES 043 (GHA)
Power Skating (1.5) A course of instruction in basic power skating specifically designed for ice hockey, applicable to other ice sports.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: KINES 042 or KINES 042A or equivalent skating experience

KINES 044 (GHA)
Racquetball I (1-1.5) The course promotes health, fitness, and enjoyment of the game of racquetball.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 045 (GHA)
NAUI Basic Scuba (1.5) A course to introduce students to the fundamentals of Scuba diving.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: meet NAUI standards and/or by permission of the instructor

KINES 046 (GHA)
Squash I (1-1.5) A course designed to give students an appreciation of and proficiency in the skills, rules, and regulations of squash.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 047 (GHA)
Beginning Swimming (1.5) A course designed to give students skills and knowledge necessary to be safe in shallow and deep water.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 047A (GHA)
Advanced Beginner Swimming (1.5) A course designed to give students skills and knowledge necessary to be safe in shallow and deep water.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: students should be comfortable in shallow and deep water and be moderately proficient in front crawl elementary backstroke sidestroke and breaststroke

KINES 047B (GHA)
Intermediate Swimming (1.5) A course designed to teach students a variety of swimming strokes and increase their knowledge of fitness using aquatic activities.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: KINES 047A or equivalent skills; students should be safe in deep water and have proficiency in the front crawl elementary backstroke sidestroke and breaststroke

KINES 048 (GHA)
Tennis I (1.5) A course designed to give students an appreciation of and proficiency in the skills, rules, and regulations of tennis.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 048A (GHA)
Tennis II (1.5) A course designed to give students an appreciation of and proficiency in the skills, rules, and regulations of tennis.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: KINES 048 or for students who demonstrate reasonable consistency in depth and placement of ground strokes and the serve and who have not had instruction at Penn State.

KINES 054 (GHA)
Aikido (1.5) Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and basic level of proficiency in the Japanese Traditional martial art of Aikido.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 056 (GHA)
Introduction to Martial Arts (1.5) A course designed to give students an introduction to martial arts, and the use of martial arts for lifelong fitness.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 057 (GHA)
Personal Defense (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and a proficiency in martial arts and self-defense.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 058 (GHA)
Judo I (1.5) Kinesiology 058 will help students develop stamina, confidence and discipline, and promote general fitness through the introduction to basic Judo.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 059 (GHA)
Introduction to Karate (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and a proficiency in Karate.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 061 (GHA)
Fitness Theory and Practice (3) Students will learn about the science of fitness/wellness; evaluate their present fitness levels and create a personal fitness plan.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 061S (GHA)
Fitness Theory and Practice (3) Students will learn about the science of fitness/wellness; evaluate their present fitness levels and create a personal fitness plan.
Effective: Summer 2005

KINES 062 (GHA)
Introduction to Cardiovascular Activities (1.5) A course designed to give students an introduction to various types of cardiovascular training.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 063 (GHA)
Aerobic Dance (1.5) A course designed to involve students in daily aerobic activity while teaching the fundamentals of overall health and well-being.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 065 (GHA)
Jogging (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and the ability to establish an exercise program involving jogging.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 067 (GHA)
Physical Conditioning (1.5) A course designed to give students an experience with an understanding of vigorous physical training.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 068 (GHA)
Strength Training (1.5) Designed to improve students' muscular strength/endurance, teaches students how to develop an effective personal strength/endurance training program for lifelong fitness.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 070 (GHA)
Swim Conditioning (1.5) A course designed to provide students an understanding of and proficiency in swimming conditioning.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: KINES 047A

KINES 072 (GHA)
Fitness Walking (1-1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and a proficiency in fitness walking.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 076 (GHA)
Introduction to Tai Chi Ch'uan (1.5) A course designed to introduce students to Tai Chi Ch'uan, a traditional Chinese system of personal cultivation and self-defense.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 077 (GHA)
Yoga 1 (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and proficiency in yoga.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 077A (GHA)
Advanced Yoga (1.5) A course designed to expand on a student's fundamental understanding of and proficiency in yoga.
Effective: Summer 2003
Prerequisite: KINES 077

KINES 081 (GHA)
Wellness Theory (3) Focused on preparing and engaging students in the attitudes and behaviors that enhance quality of life and maximize personal potential.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 082 (GHA)
Action Methods for Stress Management (3) Achieving wellness by studying the effects of stressors on systems of the body and effectiveness of activity to relieve stress.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 083 (GHA)
Exercise for Stress Management (1.5) A course designed to identify the factors that contribute to student stress and develop strategies that will manage these factors. Students who receive credit for KINES 083 will not receive credit for KINES 082.
Effective: Summer 2002

KINES 084 (GHA)
Fitness for Life (1.5-2) A course designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental principles of physical fitness. Students who receive credit for KINES 084 shall not receive credit for either KINES 061 or 081.
Effective: Summer 1999

KINES 088 (GHA)
Varsity Sport Experience (2) A course designed to promote an active and healthful lifestyle through participation in a varsity sport sanctioned by Penn State.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 089 (GHA)
Student Wilderness Experience (3) Incoming student wilderness experience. Backpacking and one additional adventure: rock climbing, high ropes course/canoeing. One-day of community service.
Effective: Summer 2003

KINES 090 (GHA)
Introduction to Team Sports/Indoor (1-1.5) A course designed to introduce students to indoor team sports.
Effective: Spring 2001

KINES 090A (GHA)
Introduction to Team Sports/Indoor - Volleyball (1.5 per semester/maximum of 99) A course designed to introduce students to the team sport of volleyball.
Effective: Spring 2004

KINES 090B (GHA)
Introduction to Team Sports/Indoor - Basketball (1.5 per semester/maximum of 99) A course designed to introduce students to the team sport of basketball.
Effective: Spring 2004

KINES 090C (GHA)
Introduction to Team Sports/Indoor - Team Handball (1.5 per semester/maximum of 99) A course designed to introduce students to the sport of team handball.
Effective: Spring 2004

KINES 091A (GHA)
Introduction to Team Sports/Outdoor - Soccer (1.5 per semester) A course designed to introduce students to the outdoor team sport of Soccer.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 091C (GHA)
Introduction to Team Sports/Outdoor - Rugby (1.5 per semester) A course designed to introduce students to the outdoor team sport of Rugby.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 091D (GHA)
Introduction to Team Sports/Outdoor-Ultimate Frisbee (1.5 per semester) A course designed to introduce students to the outdoor team sport of Ultimate Frisbee.
Effective: Summer 2004

KINES 093 (GHA)
Masters Activity (Sport) (1.5 per semester/maximum of 12) A course that introduces students to movement subcultures by providing the knowledge, habits, and skills for activity across the lifespan.
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: successful completion of relevant activity course or permission of the instructor

KINES 096 (GHA)
Independent Study in Physical Activity (.5-3 per semester) This course is designed to meet the needs of students to expand Kinesiology experiences beyond the designed course curriculum.
Effective: Spring 2006

KINES 303 (GHA)
Emergency Care - First Aid/Safety/AED (3) Develop skills for First Responder Certification in CPR/AED, First Aid and Safety by American Red Cross or National Safety Council.
Effective: Fall 2003

NURS 203 (GHA)
First Aid and CPR (3) An introductory first aid course designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills to provide assistance to someone injured/ill.
Effective: Fall 2008

NUTR 100 (GHA)
Contemporary Nutrition Concerns (1.5) Interpretation of nutrition principles in relation to contemporary problems in selecting a diet to promote a healthy lifestyle. Students who have received credit for NUTR 151 or NUTR 251 may not schedule this course.
Effective: Spring 2004

NUTR 251 (GHA)
Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3) The nutrients: food sources and physiological functions as related to human growth and well-being throughout life; current nutrition issues. Students who have passed NUTR 151 may not schedule this course.
Effective: Spring 2004

S T S 105 (FD SC 105) (GHA)
Food Facts and Fads (3) Impact on society and the individual of modern food technology, food laws, additives, etc.; historical, current, and futuristic aspects.
Effective: Spring 2004

VB SC 130 (GHA)
Understanding Human Disease (3) An explanation of disease mechanisms, enabling non-scientists to better understand medical journalism and apply basic medical principles to everyday life.
Effective: Summer 2014