The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to prepare students to inform, maintain and improve the health, fitness and quality of life of themselves and the people they serve. The department is committed to educating our students and community in the science and benefits of optimal health and human performance; to developing in all students a lifelong habit of living healthfully; and to preparing students for the variety of career opportunities that utilize Kinesiology as a foundation.
Kinesiology Department Purposes
To introduce the liberal arts student to the potential benefits of a stimulating systematic exercise program, and to provide a basis for understanding the physical capabilities and limitationsof one’s self. The Department of Kinesiology offers every student an opportunity to participate in a program designed to aid in the development of physical efficiency, healthful living for a lifetime, social cooperation, and individual activity skills for the intelligent and enjoyable use of leisure time.
To provide a broad base of knowledge which will allow a student to specialize in or adapt to various career opportunities: preparation for teaching at the elementary or secondary levels; preparation for coaching at the amateur level including elementary, junior high, and senior high; preparation for graduate study in physical education and/or in the allied health and therapeutic sciences; preparation for a career as an athletic trainer at the secondary, collegiate and/or professional level of athletics; preparation for a career in a variety of physical fitness-related occupations.
Three major programs exist within the department to accomplish our mission:
The Applied Health Science major focuses on the application of the biological and physical sciences in the study of human movement, with regard to their effects on the health and quality of life of people of all ages and abilities. A course of study is offered to students interested in preparation for graduate study in allied health and therapeutic sciences, including physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, and osteopathic medicine. This is a pre-professional major as students will necessarily attend graduate school to accomplish professional degrees and state licensures.
The Athletic Training Program (ATP) seeks to prepare students for the allied health profession of athletic training: a profession that specializes in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Through a curriculum designed to provide a multifaceted learning experience in the scientific, clinical, and psychosocial foundations of sports medicine, students participate in extensive laboratory and clinical experiences and are prepared for a career as an athletic trainer at the secondary, collegiate and/or professional level of athletics. Graduates achieve the entry-level competencies necessary to take and pass the certification examination offered by the Board of Certification (BOC).
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The Exercise and Sport Science major Is designed for students who desire careers or avocations of promoting optimal health through influencing the lifestyle factors of physical activity, wellness, rehabilitation and disease prevention. This program allows students to specialize in or adapt to various career opportunities in fitness, physical activity, health, or other clinical and educational settings. Students may also prepare for careers in the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology (i.e., Physical Education, allied health, strength and conditioning, community health, health education, motor development and exercise physiology).
General Education Offerings
As part of the liberal arts experience, students participate in systematic exercise programs available in didactic courses offered by the department, and through intramural participation. These activities are designed to aid in the development of physical efficiency, healthful living for a lifetime, social cooperation, and individual skills for the intelligent and enjoyable use of leisure time.