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Kinesiology - ARCHIVE

Begin Date: Summer Session 2004
End Date: Spring Semester 2006

Kinesiology - ARCHIVE

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


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. Four options are offered: (1) Athletic Training; (2) Movement Science; (3) Teacher Preparation; and (4) Wellness Development Specialization.

All options require a culminating practicum or research experience. First Aid, CPR, and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification are highly recommended for the Teacher Preparation 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. First Aid and CPR are also recommended for the Applied Fitness Emphasis in the Movement Science Option.

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 and meet the following requirements: complete, with a grade of C or higher, the following two courses: KINES 141(3) and KINES 180(3).

ATHLETIC TRAINING OPTION: This option provides a concentrated program of courses designed to prepare students for a career in the profession of athletic training. The option has been designed to meet the standards for certification by the National Athletic Trainers Association - Board of Certification and legal certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Students are admitted into the program on a competitive basis following completion of prerequisite courses (see requirements for admission). Students must also meet the "Technical Standards for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Penn State University" related to the physical and psycho-emotional demands placed upon students in the option. The Technical Standards can be found at or obtained through The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Kinesiology, 276 Recreation Building, University Park, PA 16802. Upon admission, students complete a 5-semester sequence of coursework and supervised clinical rotations. Students typically commit 200 to 300 hours to clinical practical experiences in each of the last 4 semesters of the program. The course sequencing and prerequisite courses can be found at or obtained through the Department of Kinesiology. Full course descriptions are found in the University Bulletin (available online at

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges or universities will have their transcripts evaluated after acceptance to Penn State to identify those courses and credits that will be applied to completion of degree requirements. Coursework specific to athletic training will not be considered for transfer unless completed in a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredited athletic training education program.

Minimum Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training Option (admission is competitive--meeting minimum requirements does not assure admission into the option):

  1. Submission of written application ( or the Department of Kinesiology Advising Office, 276 Recreation Building, University Park, PA 16802).
  2. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
  3. 3.0 grade-point average in BIOL 129 GN(4), KINES 135(3), KINES 231(2), KINES 233(3).
  4. Completion of entrance interview with Athletic Training Program Director or designee.
  5. Evidence of ability to meet the physical and psycho-emotional standards as outlined in the "Technical Standards for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Penn State" (, or the Department of Kinesiology Advising Office, 276 Recreation Building, University Park, PA 16802).

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option consists of three areas that provide an opportunity for the concentrated study of physical activity in relation to science and medical emphasis; human behavior and humanities emphasis; and applied fitness emphasis. Upon graduation, students enter a variety of careers in relation to physical activity, be they professional, business-oriented, or private agencies, and also may enter graduate school.

TEACHER PREPARATION OPTION: This option helps prepare teachers for K-12 Health and Physical Education. It includes all the academic requirements for the Instructional I Certificate in these fields issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. There are entrance requirements for all University teacher preparation programs:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00.
  2. An assessment of reading, writing, and mathematics.
  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 115A GS(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(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.

WELLNESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIZATION OPTION: (offered only at the Berks-Lehigh Valley College) This option is a program of study in the science of human movement. This program offers Kinesiology background and applied experience in health assessment, exercise physiology, motor skill development, stress management, nutrition and healthy living skills. The program also has an emphasis in basic business skills of accounting, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship.

This program will prepare students with a knowledge base, practical experience, and entrepreneurial business skills for careers in human wellness. This combination will enable graduates in this field 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 wellness consulting company.

Graduates will be able to scientifically assess fitness levels of people. Analyzing those assessments, graduates will then be capable of designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs. The program is designed to prepare graduates for advanced study in related fields, if they so choose.

For the B.S. degree in Kinesiology with an option in Athletic Training, a minimum of 123 credits is required; with an option in Movement Science, a minimum of 122 credits is required; with an option in Teacher Preparation, a minimum of 128 credits is required; with an option in Wellness Development Specialization, a minimum of 126 credits is required.

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

(7-17 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)



ELECTIVES: 0-14 credits

(This includes 7-17 credits of General Education courses: Athletic Training Option--4 credits of GQ courses; 7 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses. Movement Science Option--3 credits of GN courses; 4 credits of GQ courses. Teacher Preparation Option--3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses. Wellness Development Specialization Option--8 credits of GN courses; 4 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GHA courses.


PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)[1]
BIOL 141 GN(3), KINES 141(3), KINES 180(3) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES 202(4) (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 321(3), KINES 345(3), KINES 350(3), KINES 360(3), KINES 384(3) (Sem: 3-6)



BIOL 129 GN(4)[1], KINES 135(3), PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 250 GN(4), NUTR 251 GHA(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 231(2)[1], KINES 233(3) (Sem: 3)
KINES 232(3), KINES 334(3) (Sem: 4)
KINES 395F(3)[1], KINES 335(3), KINES 436(3), KINES 437(2) (Sem: 5)
KINES 395G(3)[1], KINES 336(3), KINES 434(3), KINES 435(2) (Sem: 6)
KINES 395I(3)[1], KINES 438W(3) (Sem: 7)
KINES 495F(3[1], KINES 431(3) (Sem: 8)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)


PRESCRIBED COURSES (12-18 credits)[39]
KINES 295B(1) (Sem: 1-4)
STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
KINES 395B(1) (Sem: 5-8)
KINES 495B(6-12) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (30-32 credits)
Select one course from categories a, b, and c; select 6-7 credits from category d (Sem: 5-8)
a. KINES 400(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 481W(3), KINES 484(3)
b. KINES 420(3), KINES 463(3), KINES 483(3)
c. KINES 439W(3), KINES 440(3), KINES 441(3), KINES 442(3), KINES 443(3), KINES 444(3), KINES 446 IL(3)
d. KINES 400(3), KINES 420(3), KINES 439W(3), KINES 440(3), KINES 441(3), KINES 442(3), KINES 443(3), KINES 444(3), KINES 446 IL(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 483(3), KINES 484(3), KINES 492W(3)

Select 15 credits--choose one of the following emphasis area groups and select 15 credits from that emphasis, of which at least 6 credits must be at the 400 level:

a. Physical Activity/Science and Medical Emphasis (15 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
B M B 211(3), B M B 221(2), BB H 101 GHA(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 142(1), BIOL 240W GN(4), CHEM 034(3), CHEM 035(3), CHEM 038(3), CHEM 039(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), NUTR 251 GHA(3), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
BB H 310W(3), BB H 315 US(3), BB H 411(3), BB H 432(3), BIOL 409(3), BIOL 421(4), BIOL 472(3), BIOL 473(2), KINES 310(3), KINES 409(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 484(3), KINES 485(3), KINES 492W(3), PHIL 432(3) (Sem: 5-8)

b. Physical Activity/Human Behavior and Humanities Emphasis (15 credits)
HIST 020 GH(3), HIST 021 GH(3), HIST 100 GH(3), HIST 107 GH(3), PHIL 100 GH(3), PHIL 103GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
EDPSY 010(3), EDTHP 115(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PSY 202 GS(3), PSY 203(3) (Sem: 3-6)
EDTHP 440(3), KINES 310(3), KINES 420(3), KINES 439W(3), KINES 440(3), KINES 441(3), KINES 442(3), KINES 443(3), KINES 444(3), KINES 446 IL(3), PHIL 425(3), PHIL 427(3), PHIL 432(3), PSY 402(3) (Sem: 5-8)

c. Physical Activity/Applied Fitness Emphasis (15 credits)
KINES 060(3), SOC 023 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES/ESACT activity GHA (2) (Sem: 1-6)
BB H 101 GHA(3), BIOL 055 GN(3), HD FS 129 GS(3), HD FS 249 GS(3), NUTR 251 GHA(3), NUTR 358(2), PSY 213 GS(3), PSY 231 GS(3), PSY 243 GS(3), RPTM 277 US(3) (Sem: 3-6)
BB H 315 US(3), BB H 415(3), BB H 420(3), BB H 432(3), BIOL 409(3), CN ED 415(3), H P A 457(3), HD FS 411(3), HD FS 413(3), HD FS 434(3), HD FS 445(3), HD FS 446(3), HD FS 447(3), KINES 445(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 492W(3), PSY 445(3), R P M 462(3), SOC 423(3), SOC 435(3) (Sem: 5-8)


EDPSY 010 GS(3), EDPSY 014(3), EDPSY 101 GQ(3), EDTHP 115A GS(3), KINES 109(1.5), KINES 101(1.5), KINES 103(1.5), KINES 126(3), KINES 165(3), KINES 215(3), KINES 295A(1), NUTR 251 GHA(3) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES 111(1.5), KINES 105(1.5), KINES 107(1.5) (Sem: 3-6)
BB H 446(3), KINES 382(4), KINES 390(4), KINES 395A(1), KINES 445(3), KINES 490W(3), SPLED 400(3) (Sem: 5-8)
KINES 495A(14) (Sem: 8-9)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)


BIOL 129 GN(4), CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), STAT 200 GQ(4), PHYS 250 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
ACCTG 211(4), KINES 200(3), KINES 295B(1), MIS 103(3), NUTR 251 GHA(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 243(4), KINES 356(3), KINES 358(l)(Sem: 5-6)
KINES 420(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 461W(2), KINES 462W(2), KINES 495C(10) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 6 credits from B A 321(3), B A 322(3), MKTG 301(3), MGMT 301(3) (Sem: 7-8)

[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 teacher certification.
[39] Students interested in research/writing should consult with adviser relative to possible substitutions in this area.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-01-074

Review Date: 9/2/03




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