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(Archive) Kinesiology (KINES)

Begin Date: Summer Session 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2000

Kinesiology (KINES) - (ARCHIVE)


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 physicial activity and for graduate study in related areas. Three options are offered: (1) Athletic Training; (2) Movement Science; and (3) Teacher Preparation.

All options require a culminating practicum or research experience. Eligibility requirements for this are completion of prerequisites, seventh-semester standing with a minimum of 100 credits, demonstrated computer competency, and a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average. First aid and CPR certification are highly recommended for the Teacher Preparation option and the Applied Fitness emphasis in the Movement Science 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 with passing grades and have attained third-semester classification with a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average are eligible for entrance into the major after (1) filing a written application; (2) participating in an entrance conference; and (3) meeting the following requirements: Complete, with a grade of C or higher, two of the following three courses: KINES 141(3), 150(3), and 171(3).

For the B.S. degree in Kinesiology with an option in Athletic Training, a minimum of 130 credits is required; with an option in Movement Science, a minimum of 130 credits is required; with an option in Teacher Preparation, a minimum of 146.5 credits is required. (To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have completed 6 credits from courses offered in the College of Health and Human Development but outside of Kinesiology.)

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 courses have been designed to meet the minimum standards necessary for certification by the National Athletic Trainers Association and licensure by the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Board as an athletic trainer. It is possible to combine either the Teacher Preparation or Movement Science option with the Athletic Training option. It should be noted, however, that such a program may require additional time.

The following requirements for admission to the Athletic Training option are in addition to those for entrance to the Kinesiology major:

1. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.50
2. A 3.00 grade-point average in BIOL 129(4), KINES 303 GHS(3), 135(3), 295F(2)
3. A written application
4. Participate in an entrance interview with the Athletic Training program director or designee
5. A minimum of 100 clock hours of clinical experience in one or more of the training rooms under supervision of a certified athletic trainer. This opportunity is part of KINES 295F(3)

It is recommended that students apply for admission prior to the fourth semester in order to meet the sequence of course requirements, as there is often a waiting list.

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 2.50
2. An assessment of reading, writing, and computation skills
3. Completion of an Education Core: EDPSY 014(3) and EDTHP 115(3)
4. An early field experience, preferably in a diverse setting (one with at least 25 percent minority students): for KINES majors, KINES 295A(1)
5. Nine credits of required course work in the teaching field: for KINES majors, KINES 154(3) and two of the following: KINES 141(3), 150(3), 171(3)
6. 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
7. Approval by the Teacher Preparation option coordinator

MOVEMENT SCIENCE MINOR: Students must take two of the following: KINES 141(3), 150(3), and 171(3); and select additional courses (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) in Kinesiology for a total of 18 credits. Only courses in which the students earns a grade of C or better may be counted toward the fulfillment of the requirements for the minor.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45-46 credits including 1 credit of First-Year Seminar
(7-11 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 0-8 credits

(This includes 7-11 credits of General Education courses: Athletic Training Option--7 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 1 credit of GHS courses. Movement Science Option--3 credits of GQ courses; 4 credits of GQ courses. Teacher Preparation Option--3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 1 credit of GHS courses.)


PRESCRIBED COURSES (30 credits)[1]
BIOL 141 GN(3), KINES 141(3), 150(3), 171(3) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES 202(3) (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 321(3), 345(3), 350(3), 360(3), 384(3) (Sem: 3-6)



BIOL 129(4)[1], KINES 060 GHS(3), 135(3), 303 GHS(3)[1], PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 215 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 295F(2)[1], NUTR 251 GHS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
KINES 235(3), 395F(3)[1], 395G(3)[1], 436(3), 437(2) (Sem: 5-6)
KINES 335(3), 431(3), 434(3), 435(2), 438(3) (Sem: 5-8)
KINES 395I(3)[1], 495F(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

Select 3 credits from University list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)


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(12) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (30-31 credits)
Select one course from categories a, b, and c; select 6-7 credits from category d (Sem: 5-8)
a. KINES 400(3), 456(4), 481W(3), or 484(3)
b. KINES 420(3), 436(3), or 483(3)
c. KINES 439W(3), 440(3), 441(3), 442(3), 443(3), or 444(3)
d. KINES 400(3), 420(3), 439W(3), 440(3), 441(3), 442(3), 443(3), 444(3), 456(4), 457(2), 458(1), 481W(3), 483(3), 484(3), 492W(3)

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), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
B M B 101(3), 121(2), BB H 101 GHS(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), 129(4), 142(1), 240W GN(4), CHEM 034(3), 035(3), 038(4), 039(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), NUTR 251 GHS(3), PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4), 215 GN(4), 265 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
BB H 310W(3), 315 DF(3), 411(3), 432(3), BIOL 409(3), 421(4), 472(3), 473(2), KINES 310(3), 409(3), 456(4), 457(2), 458(1), 481W(3), 484(3), 485(3), 492W(3), PHIL 432(3) (Sem: 5-8)

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

c. Physical Activity/Applied Fitness Emphasis (15 credits)
KINES 060 GHS(3), SOC 023 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES/ESACT activity GHS (2) (Sem: 1-6)
BB H 101 GHS(3), BIOL 055 GN(3), HD FS 129 GS(3), 249 GS(3), NUTR 251 GHS(3), 358(1), PSY 174(3), 213 GS(3), 231 GS(3), 243 GS(3), R P M 277 DF(3) (Sem: 3-6)
BB H 315 DF(3), 415(3), 420(3), 432(3), BIOL 409(3), CN ED 415(3), H P A 457(3), HD FS 411(3), 413(3), 434(3), 445(3), 446(3), 447(3), KINES 445(3), 456(4), 457(2), 458(1), 481W(3), 492W(3), PSY 445(3), R P M 462(3), SOC 423(3), 435(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 6 credits from courses in the college that are not in the student's major


EDPSY 010(3), 014(3), 101 GQ(3), EDTHP 115(3), KINES 051(1.5), 060 GHS(3), 126(3), 154(3), 215(3), 295A(1), NUTR 251 GHS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
BB H 446(3), INSYS 400(2), KINES 382(3), 389(2), 390(4), 395A(1), 445(3), 456(4), 490W(2), 493(3), LL ED 450(3), SPLED 400(3) (Sem: 5-8)
KINES 491(2), 495A(13) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (0-9.5 credits)(competency in each activity must be demonstrated through testing or by taking course)
KINES 030(0.5), 031(0.5), 032(0.5), 033(0.5), 034(0.5), 035(0.5), 036(0.5), 037(0.5), 038(0.5), 039(0.5), 040(0.5), 050(1), 052(1.5), 055(1.5) (Sem: 1-4)

[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.

The Pennsylvania State University ©1999

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 27-04-021

Review Date: 8/24/99


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