The Department of Kinesiology provides students with the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree in areas emphasizing exercise science and exercise research. It has well-equipped laboratories in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Biochemistry, and Sport Biomechanics.
The Department of Kinesiology offers majors in Athletic Training and Exercise Science.
Most students participate in the services offered by the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) during their freshman and sophomore years. Students who intend to pursue a kinesiology major declare as pre-kinesiology.
During sophomore year, students must submit an application and all supporting materials by November 1.
Successful applicants to the Department of Kinesiology generally have completed sufficient credits to be eligible for consideration, have applied by the annual deadline, have competitive aptitude test scores, have accumulated sufficient experience related to their career choice, have written acceptable essays, have submitted required personal recommendations confirming their professional potential, and have earned the most competitive grade point average. The Athletic Training major is a competitive and selective academic program that prepares students for a professional career in the field of Athletic Training. All prospective Athletic Training students must be enrolled in KINS 2100/2110 and KINS 3100 and meet the November 1st deadline to be considered for admission in the spring of their sophomore year. Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Stephanie Mazerolle, Director, Entry-Level Athletic Training for any additional information.
The Athletic Training major’s aim is to prepare students to become certified as athletic trainers by the BOC* and work with interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport teams; and sport medicine centers that specialize in sport injuries and rehabilitation. Applicants for this degree will be required to complete 100 hours of observations/experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. The observation hours will be accrued during the semester of application to the program as part of KINS 2100/2110. Additional experiences under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer are encouraged. The students complete coursework in general education, cognate areas, and kinesiology. Requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training include: BIOL 1107; CHEM 1122 or 1127Q; COMM 1100; NUSC 1165, 4250; PHYS 1010Q or 1201Q; PNB 2264–2265; PSYC 1100; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; KINS 1160 (credits and topics as approved by advisor), 2100, 2110, 3100, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3104, 3110, 3111, 3112, 3113, 3114, 3115 (credits and topics as approved by advisor), 3120, 3122, 3125, 3130, 3140, 3150, 3155W, 3156, 3160, 3165W, 3170, 3177, 3522, 3545, 4510/W.
* BOC certification requires that students (a) receive a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from an accredited program in athletic training and, (b) pass a national certification examination.
All students in the Department of Kinesiology will be required to successfully complete two writing intensive courses within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. The W courses in each of the major program fields will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain as well as be consistent with the practices of professionals in the areas of athletic training and exercise physiology. Courses that will satisfy the W requirement include: KINS 3099W, 3155W, 3165W, 3530W, 3697W, and 4510W. The information literacy competency requirement for students in the Department of Kinesiology will be satisfied by the successful completion of the W courses within each major.
The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Athletic Trainers Association, Board of Certification (BOC) administered certification examination. Students who pass the BOC Certification Examination will be eligible for athletic training licensure or other state requirements for practice.