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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; Physical & Health Education Teacher Education; and Exercise Science (only offered at Penn State Berks). All options require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation, with the exception of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education, which requires 128 credits. Information about the major and its options can be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/index.html.

All options require a culminating practicum or research experience. First Aid, CPR, and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification are highly recommended for the Physical & Health Education Teacher Education Option. (See additional requirements for student teaching under General Information, Special Academic Programs.) Relocation away from the University Park campus is generally necessary for student teaching and may be necessary for practicums in other options.

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. Students who are interested in Health Education Teacher Education must meet additional criteria in order to enter this option (see information on Physical & Health Education Teacher Education Option).

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.

PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION OPTION: This option is designed to prepare students to become licensed K-12 Health and Physical Education teachers. The licensure certifies them to teach elementary, middle or high school Health and Physical Education. The program includes all the academic requirements for the Instructional I Certificate in these fields issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The entrance requirements for all University teacher preparation programs include:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00.
  2. Either qualifying scores from the PECT PAPA for Reading, Writing and Mathematics; or qualifying SAT scores for the combined and individual Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections; or qualifying American College Test Plus Writing composite and individual English/Writing score and Math score as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  3. ENGL 015 or ENGL 030.
  4. 6 credits of quantification.
  5. 3 credits of literature.
  6. 48 credits minimum.
  7. Completion of an Education Core: EDPSY 014(3) and EDTHP 115 US(3).
  8. An early field experience, preferably in a diverse setting (one with at least 25 percent minority students): for KINES majors, KINES 295A(1).
  9. 6 credits of required coursework in the teaching field: for KINES majors, KINES 141 US;IL(3) and KINES 180(3).
  10. Documented evidence showing completion of at least 80 hours of paid or volunteer work in a setting with an age-appropriate population, including a minimum of 40 hours of work in each of two settings, one of which should involve students from an underrepresented group, or who are from rural or urban areas, but different from the candidate's own background.
  11. Approval by the Teacher Preparation option coordinator.

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 can obtain a Business Minor through this program. Students acquire basic business skills in accounting, marketing, management and entrepreneurial skills.

Students choosing the Science 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, community-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: 0-2 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 90-101 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. Physical & Health Education Teacher Education Option--6 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 3 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): 31 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (31 credits)[1]
BIOL 141 GN(3), KINES 141 US;IL(3), KINES 180(3) (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)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 59-70 credits

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: (63 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (36 credits)[1]
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 142(1), CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112(3), CHEM 113(1), KINES 295B(1) (Sem: 1-4)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4), PSYCH 100 GS(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
KINES 395B(1) (Sem: 5-8)
KINES 495B(6) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
a. MATH 026 GQ(3) OR satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination--i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 026 (Sem: 1-4)
b. 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)

PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION OPTION: (70 credits)[18]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (70 credits)
C I 280 GH(3), CHEM 101 GN(3), EDPSY 010 GS(3), EDPSY 014(3), EDTHP 115 US(3), KINES 165(3), KINES 261(1), KINES 262(1), KINES 264(1), KINES 266(1), KINES 268(1), KINES 295A(1), MATH 022 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
BB H 146 GHA(3), KINES 362(1.5), KINES 364(1.5), KINES 366(3), KINES 395A(1), KINES 400(3), KINES 445(3), KINES 464(3), KINES 466(2), KINES 468(3), KINES 469W(3), SPLED 400(4) (Sem: 5-8)
KINES 495A(12) (Sem: 8-9)

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION: (59-60 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (34 credits)
STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
KINES 200(3)[1], KINES 201(3)[1], KINES 260(3)[1], KINES 295B(1)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 356(3)[1], KINES 358(l)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
KINES 420(3)[1], KINES 456(4)[1], KINES 457(3)[1], KINES 495C(6)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
a. CHEM 101 GN(3) or CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
b. MATH 022 GQ(3) or satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination--i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 022
(Sem: 1-2)
c. 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.
[18] A grade of C or better per course is required for Physical & Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE).

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-04-027

Review Date: 01/14/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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