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Penn State Berks

Kinesiology

44-03-043

Kinesiology

Berks College (KINBL)
Capital College
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: Applied Exercise and Health; Movement Science; and Exercise Science (offered only at Penn State Berks). All 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 121 credits for graduation. Additional requirements are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for entrance to the Health and Physical Education (HPE) certification emphasis in the Applied Exercise and Health Option (AEH). Additional requirements are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for entrance to the Health and Physical Education (HPE) certification emphasis in the Applied Exercise and Health Option (AEH). 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.

APPLIED EXERCISE AND HEALTH OPTION: This option provides applied interdisciplinary training in the foundations of the scientific understanding of exercise and health through the lifespan. Students identify one of two areas of emphasis that are certification-based and practice-oriented: (a) courses and practical experiences directed toward certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or (b) a series of courses and student teaching leading to teacher certification. In order to qualify for the teacher certification track, students must meet the requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). PDE requirements can be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergraduate/physical-health-education. The completion of the Applied Exercise and Health Option will prepare students to work in the private or corporate fitness arenas, community-based fitness organizations, and university or hospital settings, or be Pennsylvania certified in health and physical education (K-12) and secure teaching positions in public or private schools.

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary scientific training in academic areas such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, movement neuroscience, psychology of physical activity, and sport history and philosophy to understand movement for prevention and diagnosis of chronic disease, rehabilitation and treatment, and/or theoretical study. Students are prepared for graduate study in many clinical fields including medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical assistant, cardiac rehabilitation, as well as a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields.

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.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. KINES requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park. Courses taken at other Penn State campuses may not be counted toward this 24 credit minimum. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18-27 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: 95-109 credits
(This includes 18-27 credits of General Education courses: Applied Exercise and Health Option - 9 credits GN, 6 credits GQ, 3 credits of GH, 6 credits of GS and 3 credits of GHA. 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--9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GHA courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 41-43 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)[1]
BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES 202(4), NUTR 251 GHA(3) (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 321(3), KINES 341 US;IL(3), KINES 345(3), KINES 350(3), KINES 360(3), KINES 384(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13-15 credits)[1]
Select 3 credits: KINES 100(3); KINES 141 US;IL(3) (Sem 1-4)
Select 3 credits: KINES 180(3); KINES 101(3) (Sem 1-4)
Select 1 credit: KINES 295B(1); KINES 295(1) (Sem 1-4)
Select 3-4 credits: PHYS 150 GN(3); PHYS 250 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-4 credits: STAT 200 GQ(4); or STAT 250 GQ(3); or SCM 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 2-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 54-66 credits

APPLIED EXERCISE AND HEALTH OPTION: (62-66 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (34 credits)
CHEM 101 GN(3)[1], C I 280 GH(3), EDPSY 010 GS(3)[1], KINES 200(3)[1], KINES 201(3)[1], KINES 267(3)[1], KINES 367(1)[1], KINE3S 368 (2)[1], KINES 401(3)[1], KINES 455(3)[1], KINES 456(4)[1], PSYCH 100 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 2-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
MATH 026 GQ(3) or Satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination--i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 026 (Sem: 1-2_

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (25-29 credits)
Take the following required courses with selected emphasis area:
a. HPE Certification Emphasis (Sem: 7-8)
KINES 366(3), KINES 395A(1), KINES 400(3), KINES 464(3), KINES 468W(3), SPLED 400(4) (Sem: 7)
KINES 495A(12) (Sem: 8)
b. ACSM/NSCA Certification Emphasis (Sem: 7-8)
KINES 395(1), KINES 421(3), KINES 457(3), KINES 485(3), KINES 492W(3)
Select 3 credits from approved 400-level KINES courses: KINES 410(3), KINES 411(3), KINES 422(3), KINES 424 US(3), KINES 425W(3), KINES 460(3), KINES 465(3), KINES 467(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 483(3), KINES 493(3) (Sem: 7)
KINES 495B(6), KINES 495E(3) (Sem: 8)

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: (54-56 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)[1]
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 142(1), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
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 426(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 455(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 460(3), KINES 463(3), KINES 465(3), KINES 467(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 483(3), KINES 484(3), KINES 485(3), KINES 488(3), KINES 492W(3), KINES 493(3), KINES 495E(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)[1] and CHEM 111 GN(1)[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: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-03-043

Review Date: 11/17/2015

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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