Course Descriptions

​KIN 200 Kinesiology Freshman Seminar (1)
Two hours per week. Must be taken during the student’s 1st semester. This course is an intensive exploration of a specific topic in kinesiology through reading, writing and discussion.
 
KIN 256 Biophysical Foundations in Health Science (3)
Three hours per week. This course examines the biophysical sub-disciplines associated with health science.  Course topics may include functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and individual behavior.  Discussion topics will primarily cover the micro phenomena of human movement studies that draw upon theories, methods, and knowledge from the cognate disciplines of biological and physical sciences.  Cross listed with CSD 256.
 
KIN 257 Socio-cultural Foundations in Health Science (3)
Three hours per week. This course examines the sociocultural sub-disciplines associated with health science.  Course topics may include group behavior, epidemiology, sociology, history and philosophy.  Discussion topics will primarily cover the macro phenomena of human movement studies that draw upon theories, methods, and knowledge from the cognate disciplines of social sciences and humanities.  Cross listed with CSD 257.
 
KIN 305 Principles of Group Exercise Instruction (3) 
Three hours per week. This course examines the foundations on how to manage an exercise class of any kind.  Course topics will include proper form, safety and cueing during an exercise class.  The student will develop and lead group exercise classes.
 
KIN 317 Athletic Performance Conditioning (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines the concepts of advanced training for specific sports (individualized).  Course topics will include metabolic systems, nutrition management, cardiovascular conditioning and resistance training. 
 
KIN 321 Psychology of Physical Activity (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines the psychological basis of physical activity.  Course topics will emphasize human behavior and cognition in the context of physical activity and students will develop an understanding of the topics relevant for leading a physically active lifestyle.
 
KIN 322 Psychology of Health Behaviors (3)
Three hours per week. Course will focus on the psychological and behavioral processes in health, illness, and healthcare. Psychological factors can affect health directly (e.g., stress causing the release of hormones such as cortisol which damage the body over time) and indirectly via a person's own behavior choices which can either harm or protect health (e.g., smoking or exercise). Using a biopsychosocial approach this course examines how health is the product not only of biological processes (e.g., virus, tumor.) but also of psychological processes (e.g., stress, attitudes, and behaviors) and social processes (e.g. socioeconomic status, culture, and ethnicity).
 
KIN 323 Epidemiology in Health Sciences (3)
Course will examine the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions. Methodological issues related to the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of studies investigating the relationship among a variety of health behaviors (e.g., smoking, physical activity, diet) and diseases (e.g., cancers, heart disease) in a variety of populations (e.g., elderly, ethnic minorities) will be examined. Course will focus on the principles of the quantitative approach to public health and clinical problems. Cross listed with CSD 323.
 
KIN 324 Ethics & Policy in Health Sciences (3)
Course will teach how to effectively apply health policy and help understand the intricacies of legal and ethical issues in health care and public health.  Cross listed with CSD 324.
 
KIN 326 Health Literacy (3)
Course will examine the issues of low health literacy, research on health literacy and effective health communication techniques and discuss strategies on how meet the challenges of low health literacy.  Cross listed with CSD 326.
 
KIN 330 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines basic assessment of the five health-related components of fitness.  Course topics include review and practice of assessments for muscular strength and endurance; flexibility, body composition and cardiovascular fitness. An analysis of the relationship between physical fitness and degenerative diseases; the role of exercise in a wellness lifestyle; and methods of evaluating and prescribing physical fitness activities will also be covered.
 
KIN 333 Theory & Practice of Coaching (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines the principles and methods used to coach individual and team sports. Course topics will include the philosophy, objectives, style and character of coaching. Additional topics include managing the behavior of athletes, teaching technical and tactical game skills and the basics of physical training for athletes.
 
KIN 336 Health & Wellness Life Coaching (3)
Three hours lecture per week. An examination of popular lifestyle choices and how these relate to health and wellness. This course draws upon the theories and research findings from the exercise sciences to provide professionals in areas of health sciences ways to influence personal training clients, students or athletes. Topics covered include stress management, motivation to exercise, improper training and overtraining.
 
KIN 345 History & Philosophy of Human Movement (3)
Three hours per week. Course will examine the combined historical and philosophical perspectives of human movement. Course topics will examine influential papers, and authors, in the field of human movement science. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the historical and philosophical interpretations associated with the relationship between the mind and body.
 
KIN 350 Sport Sociology (3)
Three hours per week. This course examines the social/cultural history of sports and its influence on our social institutions, politics, the economy, and government. Also highlighted will be issues such as race, gender, deviance, social problems, and youth socialization in relationship with sports.
 
KIN 355 Motor Behavior (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines the neural and theoretical basis of human movement and learning.  Course topics will examine how the brain, spinal cord and sensory feedback function as the control mechanisms associated with coordinated movement and will also examine the processes by which instruction; practice and experience change the movement performance.
 
KIN 380 Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines the anatomical basis of human movement.  Course topics will emphasize dynamic human anatomy at a number of different levels of organization to help explain the relationship between structure and function within the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems.  
 
KIN 387WR/388WR/487WR/488WR Independent Study in Health Sciences (var. 1-6)  
Students are expected to work 45 hours per credit hour per semester. This course may be taken for credit more than once, but only six hours will count toward satisfying departmental degree requirements and only six hours will count toward satisfying University graduation requirements. In consultation with a faculty mentor, students will develop a research plan to explore a unique human movement phenomenon. Appropriate activities include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, data collection, and data analysis and manuscript/presentation preparation.  Graded outcomes must include either a review paper, a formal scientific paper and/or a presentation. Formal scientific papers of research and/or laboratory results will be required with a minimum of 6,000 words. This course is research intensive and satisfies the experiential learning requirement. Departmental and College paperwork must be completed prior to registration and awarding of credit.
 
KIN 391 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
Three hours per week. This course is a study of the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
 
KIN 397/398/497/498 Departmental Honors (var. 1-6) 
Students are expected to work 45 hours per credit hour per semester.  This course may be taken for credit more than once, but only four hours will count toward satisfying departmental degree requirements. Prerequisites: Minimum of two (2) hours from any of KIN 387/388/487/488, cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.5 and permission of instructor. In consultation with a supervisory committee composed of three faculty members, students will develop a research plan to explore a unique health sciences phenomenon. Appropriate activities include, but are not limited to, data collection, and data analysis and manuscript/presentation preparation. Graded outcomes must include both a formal scientific paper and presentation. Departmental and College paperwork must be completed prior to registration and awarding of credit.
 
KIN 400 Special Topics in Kinesiology (var. 1-6) 
Three hours lecture per week. Non-majors interested in Kinesiology are also welcome.  A study of selected topics of major interest in Kinesiology not covered in other course offerings.  The topic for the semester will be indicated in advance. The course may be repeated with different topics.
 
KIN 427 Nutrition for Physical Activity & Health (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course is designed to introduce students to the study of sports nutrition, diet analysis, biochemical processes in energy metabolism, nutrition and health problems, and how it can be used to optimize performance. Emphasis will be on nutritional concepts related to the daily training, diet, energy utilization in exercise and recovery, body composition, use of nutrient and herbal supplements and ergogenic aids as well as the special needs of athletes. The substances that are most abused in athletics will also be examined.
 
KIN 428 Nutrition for Optimal Athletic Performance (3)
Three hours lecture per week. Course will examine the integration of nutrition and sports and its impact on optimal sport performance and training responsiveness. Course topics include digestion, absorption and nutrient assimilation, how the body extracts energy from ingested nutrients, and how nutrition is optimized for sport performance and training responsiveness.
 
KIN 430 Measurement & Evaluation of Human Movement (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course will use and discuss the scientific method and reasoning for understanding physical performance.  Course topics will include the theoretical concepts of forming appropriate hypotheses, creating valid tests, taking reliable measurements, and making inferential evaluations.  
 
KIN 440WS Reading, Writing & Presenting Research in Health Sciences (3)
A writing and speech intensive course that will provide an opportunity to establish understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in informing their understanding of their environment (work, social, local, global). Formal scientific papers of research and/or laboratory results will be required with a minimum of 6,000 words. Cross listed with CSD 440WS.
 
KIN 450 Resistance Training Principles and Practices (3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: senior status. This course examines the theories and principles associated with resistance training and how to apply these theories and principles to the training of clients.  Course topics examine the range of skills and knowledge required to successfully assess, design, and instruct individuals in aspects specific to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). After completing this course students will be prepared to sit for the NSCA certification exams as either personal trainers (NSCA-PT) or strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS).
 
KIN 470 Physiology of Human Movement (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines the physiological basis of human movement.  Course topics include the basic principles of exercise metabolism; the body’s adaptation to training; and the role of physical activity in promoting health and preventing disease.
 
KIN 475 Adaptive Human Movement Strategies (3)
Three hours per week. Course will examine the nature and basis of motor disorders associated with chronic and acute injury. Course topics will emphasize habilitative and rehabilitative strategies used to improve or recover from impaired motor abilities.
 
KIN 485 Biomechanics (3)
Three hours lecture per week. This course examines the mechanical basis of human movement.  Course topics will emphasize the fundamental concepts of kinetics and kinematics as they relate to the qualitative and quantitative analyses of movement including the generation and transmission of forces within and on the human body.  
 
KIN 486 Neuromechanics of Human Movement (3)
Three hours lecture per week. Course will examine the combined neurological and biomechanical basis of human movement. Course topics will emphasize how the nervous system controls the actions of muscles to exert forces on their surroundings and thereby produce movement. A neuromechanical perspective is used to examine human movement because movement is constrained by the laws of physics, thus both the activation signals generated by the nervous system and the forces exerted by the muscles must accommodate these constraints.
 
KIN 490 Internship in Health Sciences (3; max.9)
Each credit hour requires 45 contact hours in the field.  Senior status required [with permissions of both Health Science academic advisor and Department Chair].  This course is designed to provide relevant experiential learning in a Health Sciences setting of the students’ choosing.  The course may be repeated in a different experiential learning capacity. Cross listed with CSD 4​90.
 
KIN 499WS Senior Seminar (3)
Three hours per week. Kinesiology majors must complete a one-semester, research intensive, senior seminar. The Senior Seminar is intended to be capstone experience with opportunities for students to pull together and reflect upon what they have learned in their coursework and to employ the skills they have mastered.  These seminars are also research seminars, in which students will participate in creating and sharing knowledge.