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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 089 (GHA) Student Wilderness Experience (3) Incoming student wilderness experience. Backpacking and one additional adventure: rock climbing, high ropes course/canoeing. One-day of community service.

KINES 089 Student Wilderness Experience (3)

KINES 089 is a 6-day wilderness experience that is offered to incoming students during the summer before the onset of the fall semester. This course includes four days of backpacking and one day of an additional adventure: rock climbing, high ropes course or canoeing. Through these activities students learn the various skills associated with backpacking and wilderness living. Students are engaged in hours of physical activity as they hike between 6 and 8 miles per day on variable, rolling terrain with 30-401b backpacks upon their backs. Students are placed into small groups of 8-10 students with Penn State students and graduate students who mentor and lead the wilderness experience. Small group discussions focus on life at Penn State, question and answer sessions for students and issues regarding outdoor leadership. KINES 089 emphasizes teamwork, group living skills, and wilderness ethics. Through the first five days of the program these various topics are addressed. Equipment for all activities is provided. Incoming students with all levels of experience may take this course. A community service project is also required. A follow-up classroom session takes place one to two months from the ending point of the program at which time students will turn in their class assignments. KINES 089 is offered in June, July and August prior to the onset of fall classes. Both sections of KINES 089 begin and end at the University Park campus. The course is offered at least twice every year, prior to the beginning of fall semester, with anticipated enrollment of 60 students each section.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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