Kinesiology, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: KINCA_BS

Entrance to Major

Students who have completed a minimum of 29.1 credits and have a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average are eligible for entrance into the major after completing an Entrance to Major form.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology a minimum of 120 credits is required for the Applied Exercise Health option, a minimum of 120 credits is required for the Movement Science option, and a minimum of 122 credits is required for the Exercise Science option:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-2
Requirements for the Major 100-108

18-27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: Applied Exercise and Health Option - 9 credits GN, 6 credits GQ, 3 credits of GH, 6 credits of GS and 3 credits of GHW; Movement Science Option - 9 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 3 credits of GS courses, 3 credits of GHW courses; Exercise Science Option - 9 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 3 credits of GHW courses.

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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

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. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 161Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 163Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
KINES 100The Cultural and Behavioral Foundations of Kinesiology3
KINES 101The Biophysical Foundations of Kinesiology3
KINES 202Functional Human Anatomy3
KINES 295BKines Careers & Observation1
KINES 321Psychology of Movement Behavior3
KINES 341The Historical, Cultural, and Social Dynamics of Sport3
KINES 345Meaning, Ethics, and Movement3
KINES 350Exercise Physiology3
KINES 360The Neurobiology of Motor Control and Development3
KINES 384Biomechanics Keystone/General Education Course3
NUTR 251Introductory Principles of Nutrition Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option55-67

Requirements for the Option

Applied Exercise and Health Option (60-67 credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CI 280Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners Keystone/General Education Course3
EDPSY 10Individual Differences and Education Keystone/General Education Course3
KINES 200Muscle Training: Physiology, Programs, Techniques3
KINES 201Cardiorespiratory Training for Health and Performance3
KINES 267Fundamental Movement Skills Instruction1
KINES 367Games and Sports Instruction Across the Lifespan1
KINES 368Individual Fitness and Wellnes2
KINES 401Applied Group Fitness Exercise Prescription and Program Design3
KINES 456Physical Fitness Appraisal4
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 26 or Satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination -- i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 263
Select 3-5 credits from:3-5
Introductory Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory and General Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from:3-4
Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Take the following required courses with selected emphasis area:25-29
HPE Certification Emphasis:
The Process of Teaching Physical Education
Ldrshp Prac:Tchrs
Adapted Physical Education
Physical Education Programming and Practicum
Health Instruction in the School--Content and Method
Practicum in Student Teaching
Inclusive Special Ed Foundations: Legal, Characteristics, Collaboration, Assessment, and Management
ACSM/NSCA Certification Emphasis:
Leadership Practicum: KINES
Exercise Psychology
Physical Activity in Diverse Populations
Scientific Basis of Exercise for Older Adults
Programming for Business and Agencies
Principles and Ethics of Coaching
Exercise Prescription and Case Studies
Science and Practice of Training Athletes
Field and/or Research Practicum in Kinesiology
Advanced Professional Development in Kinesiology
Select 3 credits from approved 400-level KINES courses:
Physical Growth and Motor Development
Introduction to Musculoskeletal Injury and Rehabilitation
Physical Activity Interventions
Women and Sport
Physical Activity in Diverse Populations
Physiological Basis of Exercise as Medicine
Introduction to Electrocardiogram Interpretation
Community Engagement and Outreach in Kinesiology
Movement Disorders
Neurobiology of Sensorimotor Stroke Rehabilitation
The Science of Performance Enhancement
Scientific Basis of Exercise for Older Adults
Motor Patterns of Children
Principles and Ethics of Coaching
Movement Science Option (56-58 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, University Park

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 162Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
BIOL 164Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
KINES 395BLeadership Practicum: KINES1
KINES 495BField and/or Research Practicum in Kinesiology6
PHYS 250Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 251Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course4
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 106Introductory and General Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course3-5
or CHEM 110 Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 26 or Satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination -- i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 263
Select an additional 12 credits from approved 400-level KINES courses:12
Adapted Physical Education
Physical Growth and Motor Development
Introduction to Musculoskeletal Injury and Rehabilitation
Disability Sport and Recreation Keystone/General Education Course
Psychosocial Dimensions of Physical Activity
Exercise Psychology
Physical Activity Interventions
Psychology of Sports Injuries
Women and Sport
Physical Activity in Diverse Populations
Physical Activity and Public Health
Developmental Sport & Exercise Psychology
Motivation and Emotion in Movement
Psychology of Sport Performance
Groups in Physical Activity
Ethics in Sport and Sport Management
Philosophy and Sport
History of Sport in American Society
Sport in Ancient Greece and Rome
Alcohol and Drug Education
History of Sport in the Modern World
Representing Sport in Popular Film
Applied Cardiovascular Physiology
Environmental Physiology
Women's Health and Exercise Across the Lifespan
Physiological Basis of Exercise as Medicine
Physical Fitness Appraisal
Exercise Prescription and Case Studies
Introduction to Electrocardiogram Interpretation
Community Engagement and Outreach in Kinesiology
Movement Disorders
Acquisition of Motor Skills
Neurobiology of Sensorimotor Stroke Rehabilitation
The Science of Performance Enhancement
MOTOR CONTROL
Scientific Basis of Exercise for Older Adults
Motor Patterns of Children
Advanced Biomechanics
Science and Practice of Training Athletes
Mechanics of Locomotion
Programming for Business and Agencies
Principles and Ethics of Coaching
Principles and Ethics of Coaching
Advanced Professional Development in Kinesiology
Foreign Studies
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits in University-wide offerings from an approved list, in consultation with adviser9
Exercise Science Option (55-58 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, Berks, Harrisburg

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
KINES 200Muscle Training: Physiology, Programs, Techniques3
KINES 201Cardiorespiratory Training for Health and Performance3
KINES 260Research Skills in Kinesiology3
KINES 356Activity and Disease3
KINES 358Ergogenic Aids1
KINES 420Psychosocial Dimensions of Physical Activity3
KINES 456Physical Fitness Appraisal4
KINES 457Exercise Prescription and Case Studies3
KINES 495CExercise Science Practicum4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from KINES 1 to KINES 993
MATH 22 or Satisfactory performance on the MATH placement examination -- i.e., placement beyond the level of MATH 223
PHYS 150Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or PHYS 250 Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3-5
Introductory Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory and General Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
and Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 16 credits from one of the following emphasis area from an approved list, in consultation with adviser. At least 3 credits must be at the 400 level.16
Business Emphasis
Science Emphasis

 Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will demonstrate personal, professional, and ethical competency within the discipline of kinesiology.
  2.  Students will be able to define fundamental processes, theories, and methods in kinesiology including the physiology, psychology, biomechanics, motor control, history, and philosophy of human movement.
  3. Students will be able define and demonstrate competency for planning and implementing kinesiology-related health, fitness, performance, and behavior change interventions and programs.
  4. Students will be able to perform assessments of physical activity and fitness.
  5. Students will demonstrate skills related to thinking critically, evaluating research knowledge and evidence, and analyzing quantitative data.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

Rebecca Weiler-Timmins, D.Ed.
Program Coordinator
Educational Activities Building, 0216
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6211
rat146@psu.edu

Berks

Ben Infantolino
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Beaver 114A
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6153
bwi100@psu.edu

Altoona

Tracey J. Elkin, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
202 Adler Athletic Complex
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5687
tje10@psu.edu

University Park

Sarah Milito
Lead Academic Adviser
270 Recreation Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-4493
sjb176@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Exercise Science Option - Business Emphasis: Kinesiology, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 161*†3CAS 1003
ENGL 15 or 30H3STAT 200*†4
MATH 22*†3KINES 101*3
NUTR 251 (GHA)*†3BIOL 163*†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
KINES 100*3ENGL 202C or 202D3
KINES 200*3KINES 201*3
CHEM 101 or 110 and 111*†3-4KINES 202*3-4
PHYS 150 (and PHYS 250/PHYS 250P)*†3KINES 260*3
General Education Course3KINES 295B*1
 KINES 341*3
 15-16 16-17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
KINES 345*3KINES 321*3
KINES 356*3KINES 350*3
KINES 360*3KINES 384*3
ECON 1023KINES 456*4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
KINES 1 - 99*1.5KINES 1 - 99*1.5
KINES 4XX3KINES 492W*3
KINES 358*1KINES 495C4
KINES 457*3ACCTG 2114
MGMT 301 or MKTG 3013MGMT 301 or MKTG 3013
General Education Course3 
 14.5 15.5
Total Credits 123-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Exercise Science Option - Science Emphasis: Kinesiology, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 161*†3BIOL 163*†3
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003
MATH 22*†3STAT 200*†4
NUTR 251*†3KINES 101*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
KINES 100*3ENGL 202C3
KINES 200*3KINES 201*3
CHEM 101, 110, or 111*†3KINES 202*3-4
PHYS 150 or 250*†3-4KINES 260*3
General Education Course3KINES 295B*1
 KINES 341*3
 15-16 16-17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
KINES 345*3KINES 321*3
KINES 356*3KINES 350*3
KINES 360*3KINES 384*3
General Education Course3KINES 456*4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
KINES 1 - 99*3KINES 462W*2
KINES 4XX3KINES 495C*4
KINES 3581Emphasis Selection3
KINES 457*3Emphasis Selection3
KINES 461W*2Emphasis Selection3
Emphasis Selection3 
 15 15
Total Credits 123-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Careers

Kinesiology students have many career options after graduation. Discussion with an adviser, Kinesiology faculty, or professionals in the field can provide additional insight. Many students use their Penn State Kinesiology degree in allied health and wellness fields, working with a wide range of populations in many different settings. Our applied learning opportunities give students hands-on experience to work with children and adults to promote health and wellness. Kinesiology students are valuable employees, with their strong scientific background that they can apply to solving problems related to human movement.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE KINESIOLOGY PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Many students in Kinesiology are looking to attend graduate or professional school after they complete their undergraduate program. Kinesiology students are often interested in careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, medical school, dentistry, nursing, or chiropractic school. Students may also opt to attend graduate programs in Kinesiology to advance their understanding in one of the sub-disciplines in the field. The Kinesiology undergraduate program includes many of the prerequisite courses needed for many of these post-bachelor programs, providing students with a strong scientific foundation for further study.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION
Educational Activities Building, 0216
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6742
rlp26@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/behavioral-sciences-and-education/kinesiology/bachelor-science-kinesiology

Altoona

DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY
202 Adler Athletic Complex
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5687
tje10@psu.edu

https://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/kinesiology

Berks

SCIENCE DIVISION
Beaver Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6153
bwi100@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-kinesiology

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY
276 Recreation Building
University Park, Pa 16802
814-863-0442
kinesundergrad@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/kines/kinesiology-major