Degree Requirements & Benchmarks

Degree Requirements

Upper Division Requirements

The Major consists of 24 credit hours of required upper division KIN courses. The first six courses serve as the core knowledge inherent in all kinesiological sciences. The internship fulfills the University experiential learning requirement, and the senior seminar fulfills the University writing and speaking intensive requirements.

  • KIN 321: Psychology of Physical Activity (3)
  • KIN 355: Motor Behavior (3)
  • KIN 380: Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN 427: Nutrition for Physical Activity & Health (3)
  • KIN 470: Physiology of Human Movement (3)
  • KIN 485: Biomechanics (3)
  • KIN 490: Internship in Health Sciences (3)
  • KIN 499WS: Senior Seminar (3)

Upper Division Options

The Major consists of 21 credit hours of elective upper division KIN courses. These "Option" courses serve to build on the KIN core classes and give students an opportunity to specifically choose courses relevant to a particular career goal. A minimum of six courses is required.

  • KIN 305: Principles of Group Exercise Instruction (3)
  • KIN 317: Athletic Performance Conditioning (3)
  • KIN 322: Psychology of Health Behaviors (3)
  • KIN 323: Epidemiology in Health Sciences (3)
  • KIN 324: Ethics & Policy in Health Sciences (3)
  • KIN 326: Health Literacy (3)
  • KIN 330: Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription (3)
  • KIN 333: Theory & Practice of Coaching (3)
  • KIN 336: Health & Wellness Life Coaching (3)
  • KIN 345: History & Philosophy of Human Movement (3)
  • KIN 350: Sport Sociology (3)
  • KIN 391: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
  • KIN 428: Nutrition for Optimal Athletic Performance (3)
  • KIN 430: Measurement & Evaluation of Human Movement (3)
  • KIN 440WS: Reading, Writing & Presenting Research in Health Sciences (3)
  • KIN 450: Resistance Training Principles & Practices (3)
  • KIN 475: Adaptive Human Movement Strategies (3)
  • KIN 486: Neuromechanics of Human Movement (3)

In addition to courses above, the following elective courses may be used to fulfill up to 6 credit hours of "Option" courses.

  • KIN 387/388/487/488WR: Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6)
  • KIN 397/398/497/498: Departmental Honors (1-6)
  • KIN 400: Special Topics in Kinesiology (1-6)
  • KIN 490: Internship in Health Sciences (1-6)

4-Year Plan

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Kinesiology students are assigned a BRCHS academic advisor during their first semester in the Major and until they successfully complete the lower division prerequisites. In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students are assigned KIN Faculty advisor and required to meet with them at least once per semester (until completion of the Major). Students should work with their Faculty advisor to optimally focus their studies and concentrate in their preferred kinesiological sciences area(s).

Student progress in the Major will be evaluated based on completion of compulsory benchmarks. Described below are the courses that need to be completed as part of the first 30, 60, and 90 credit hours in the Major. Students who do not achieve the benchmarks will be put on academic probation until they have completed the required benchmarks. Failure to meet the required benchmarks will result in restricted enrollment in upper division KIN courses (i.e., Kinesiology Director’s approval required to enroll).

Benchmark 1 (30 credit hours)

The following courses must be completed as part of the first 30 credit hours in the Major: KIN 187; CHEM 101 or 103; MATH 110, 112, or 140; Social Science Core.

Benchmark 2 (60 credit hours)

The following courses must be completed as part of the first 60 credit hours in the Major: BIOL 215, 216, and 221; PHYS 111 or 151; MATH 205 or 206.

Benchmark 3 (90 credit hours)

The following courses must be completed as part of the first 90 credit hours in the Major: KIN 321, 355, and 380.

Senior Audit

Once the student has completed 90 credit hours, he/she should meet with their Faculty advisor to perform a standard degree audit. Academic progress for graduation should be planned and confirmed, and an application for graduation should be completed and submitted to the Registrar. The internship application process and senior seminar expectations should be discussed, planned, and started.