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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2010
End Date: Spring Semester 2011

Kinesiology - ARCHIVE

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 KARL M. NEWELL, 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. Five options are offered: (1) Athletic Training; (2) Fitness Studies; (3) Movement Science; (4) Physical & Health Education Teacher Education; and (5) Exercise Science. All options require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation, with the exception of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education, which requires 131 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. First Aid and CPR are also recommended for the Fitness Studies 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. Students who are interested in Athletic Training or Physical & Health Education Teacher Education must meet additional criteria in order to enter these options (see information on Athletic Training and Physical & Health Education Teacher Education Options).

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. 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 Technical Standards course sequencing and prerequisite courses can be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergrad/athletic_training.html or obtained through the Department of Kinesiology. Full course descriptions are found in the University Bulletin.

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 (http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergrad/athletic_training.html) 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 KINES 135(3), KINES 202(4), KINES 231(3), 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" (http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergrad/athletic_training.html), or the Department of Kinesiology Advising Office, 276 Recreation Building, University Park, PA 16802).

FITNESS STUDIES OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary training to develop healthy living skills. Course work provides students with a knowledge base and practical skills to prepare them for careers in wellness professions, including corporate fitness, personal training, fitness management, youth and adult coaching, and community-based fitness programs. Students are encouraged to seek appropriate professional certification during the final two years of study, and may wish to consider a minor in the supporting fields of business, gerontology, nutrition, psychology, or sociology. After completion of this course of study, graduates will be able to design and implement skill and age-appropriate fitness programs, or pursue advanced study in related fields.

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. 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 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: Athletic Training Option--6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses. Fitness Studies Option--6 credits of GQ courses; 6-7 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA 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 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

ATHLETIC TRAINING OPTION: (64 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (64 credits)
MATH 022 GQ(3), CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), KINES 135(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 250 GN(4), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
KINES 231(3)[1], KINES 233(3)[1] (Sem: 3)
KINES 232(3)[1], KINES 334(3)[1] (Sem: 4)
KINES 335(3)[1], KINES 395F(3)[1], KINES 434(3)[1] (Sem: 5)
KINES 336(3)[1], KINES 395G(3)[1], KINES 435(3)[1], KINES 436(4)[1] (Sem: 6)
KINES 395I(3)[1], KINES 438W(3)[1] (Sem: 7)
KINES 495F(3)[1], (Sem: 8)

FITNESS STUDIES OPTION: (61-62 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits) [1]
KINES 200(3), KINES 201(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
KINES 295B(1), KINES 395B(1), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 495B(6) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24-25 credits)
a. CHEM 101 GN(3) or CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
b. MATH 022 GQ(3) OR satisfactory performance on the MATH FTCAP examination--i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 022 (Sem: 1-4)
c. KINES 492W(3) or KINES 481W(3) or KINES 439W(3) ( Sem: 5-8)
d. Life Fitness Skills (select 3 credits) KINES 001 GHA(1.5-3), KINES 004 GHA(1.5), KINES 005 GHA(1), KINES 006 GH(1.5), KINES 008 GHA(1.5), KINES 010 GHA(1.5), KINES 010A GHA(1.5), KINES 011 GHA(1), KINES 011A GHA(1), KINES 012 GHA(1), KINES 015(1), KINES 017 GHA(1.5), KINES 017S GHA(1.5), KINES 019 GHA(1.5), KINES 020 GHA(1.5), KINES 024 GHA(1.5), KINES 025 GHA(1.5), KINES 026 GHA(1.5), KINES 027 GHA(1.5), KINES 027S GHA(1.5), KINES 028 GHA(1.5), KINES 029 GHA(1-1.5), KINES 029A GHA(1.5), KINES 041 GHA(1.5), KINES 042 GHA(1.5), KINES 042A GHA(1.5), KINES 042B GHA(1.5), KINES 044 GHA(1-1.5), KINES 045 GHA(1.5), KINES 046 GHA(1-1.5), KINES 047 GHA(1.5), KINES 047A GHA(1.5), KINES 047B GHA(1.5), KINES 048 GHA(1.5), KINES 048AGHA(1.5), KINES 054 GHA(1.5), KINES 055 GHA(1.5), KINES 056 GHA(1.5), KINES 057 GHA(1.5), KINES 058 GHA(1.5), KINES 059 GHA(1.5), KINES 060(3), KINES 061 GHA(3), KINES 061S GHA(3), KINES 062 GHA(1.5), KINES 063 GHA(1.5), KINES 065 GHA(1.5), KINES 067 GHA(1.5), KINES 067S GHA(1.5), KINES 070 GHA(1.5), KINES 071 GHA(1.5), KINES 076 GHA(1.5), KINES 077 GHA(1.5), KINES 077A GHA(1.5), KINES 081 GHA(3), KINES 082 GHA(3), KINES 083 GHA(1.5), KINES 084 GHA(1.5-2), KINES 089 GHA(3), KINES 090 GHA(1-1.5), KINES 090A GHA(1.5), KINES 090B GHA(1.5), KINES 090C GHA(1.5), KINES 091A GHA(1.5), KINES 091B GHA(1.5), KINES 091C GHA(1.5), KINES 091D GHA(1.5), KINES 092 GHA(1.5), KINES 093 GHA(1.5-12) (Sem: 3-8)
e. Select an additional 12 credits from approved 400-level KINES courses: KINES 420(3), KINES 421(3), KINES 422(3),KINES 424 US(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 450(3), KINES 459(3), KINES 460(3), KINES 463(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 483(3), KINES 484(3), KINES 485(3), KINES 488(3), KINES 492W(3), KINES 493(3) (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)

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 FTCAP 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 402(3), KINES 420(3), KINES 421(3), KINES 422(3), KINES 423(3), KINES 424 US(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 450(3), KINES 452(3), KINES 456(4), KINES 457(3), KINES 460(3), KINES 463(3), KINES 481W(3), KINES 483(3), KINES 484(3), KINES 485(3), KINES 488(3), KINES 492W(3), KINES 493(3) (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 FTCAP 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: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-05-059

Review Date: 02/23/2010

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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