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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Health and Human Development

Kinesiology

Berks College (KINBL)
University Park, College of Health and Human Development (KINES)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

PROFESSOR NANCY I. WILLIAMS, Head, Department of Kinesiology

Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program of study in the science of human movement and is designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas. The Kinesiology major options are: Movement Science; and Exercise Science (offered only at Penn State Berks). Both options require a culminating practicum or research experience. Relocation away from the University Park campus is generally necessary for the practicum. All options require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. Information about the major and its options can be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/index.html.

Students who have completed a minimum of 28 credits and have a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average are eligible for entrance into the major after completing an Entrance to Major form.

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary training that utilizes movement for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and/or theoretical study. Course work is designed to help prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields. The option can also prepare students for graduate studies in the health professions. Students may select supporting courses that will fulfill requirements for advanced study in scientific disciplines and a variety of professional areas such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and physician's assistant.

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION: (offered only at the Penn State Berks) This option is a program of study in the science of exercise. This program offers Kinesiology background and applied experience in fitness assessment, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor skill development, nutrition and healthy living skills. Graduates will be able to scientifically assess fitness levels of individuals. Analyzing those assessments, graduates will then be capable of designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs. Students in the Business Emphasis will select courses from a department list that will enhance their opportunity for graduate studies in Kinesiology related fields, Physical Therapy and Medical schools. The completion of the Exercise Science Option will enable graduates to compete for employment in the corporate fitness arena, private fitness clubs, cummunity-based fitness organizations, hospital and university settings or possibly to operate their own health and fitness company.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15-21 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES :
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-5 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 89-96 credits
(This includes 15-21 credits of General Education courses: Movement Science Option--9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses. Exercise Science Option--6-7 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GHA courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 35-36 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (32 credits)[1]
BIOL 141 GN(3), KINES 141 US;IL(3), KINES 180(3), KINES 295B(1) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES 202(4), NUTR 251 GHA(3) (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 321(3), KINES 345(3), KINES 350(3), KINES 360(3), KINES 384(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)[1]
STAT 200 GQ(4); or STAT 250 GQ(3); or SCM 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 2-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 54-60 credits

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: (58-60 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)[1]
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 142(1), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112(3), CHEM 113 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
KINES 395B(1) (Sem: 5-8)
KINES 495B(6) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-23 credits)
CHEM 106 GN(5)[1]; or CHEM 110 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 026 GQ(3)[1]; or Satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination--i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 026 (Sem: 1-4)
Select an additional 15 credits from approved 400-level KINES courses:
KINES 410(3), KINES 411(3), KINES 420(3), KINES 421(3), KINES 422(3), KINES 423(3), KINES 424 US(3), KINES 425W(3), KINES 427(3), KINES 428(3), KINES 429(3), KINES 439W(3), KINES 440(3), KINES 441 US(3), KINES 442 IL(3), KINES 443 IL(3), KINES 444 US(3), KINES 446 IL(3), KINES 447W(3), KINES 450(3), KINES 452(3), KINES 453(3), KINES 454(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 460(3), KINES 463(3), KINES 465(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 483(3), KINES 484(3), KINES 485(3), KINES 488(3), KINES 492W(3), KINES 493(3), KINES 499 IL(1-12) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits in University-wide offerings from an approved list, in consultation with advisor. (Sem: 1-8)

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION: (54-56 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (29 credits)[1]
KINES 200(3), KINES 201(3), KINES 260(3), (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 356(3), KINES 358(l) (Sem: 5-6)
KINES 420(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 495C(6) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-11 credits)
CHEM 101 GN(3)[1]; or CHEM 106 GN(5)[1]; or CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 022 GQ(3)[1]; or Satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination--i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 022 (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits from KINES 001 GHA(1.5) to KINES 099(3) (Sem: 1-2)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16 credits)
Select 16 credits from one of the following emphasis area from an approved list, in consultation with advisor. At least 3 credits must be at the 400 level.
a. Business Emphasis (Sem: 1-8)
b. Science Emphasis (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-01-048

Review Date: 08/19/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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