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Department of Kinesiology

Mission Statement

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

Degree and Major Requirements

Concentrations

Minor Requirements




Dr. Michael S. Goldberger, Head

Phone: (540) 568-6145
E-mail: goldbems@jmu.edu
Web site: www.jmu.edu/kinesiology/

Professors
J. Flohr, M. Goldberger, J. Williams

Associate Professors
L. DeGaris, L. Ham, P. Kellers, M. Saunders, M. Todd

Assistant Professors
R. Dick, S. Nye, C. Sidman, J. Singer, M. Slattery

Instructor
J. Walters



Mission Statement

The Department of Kinesiology is dedicated to the development of future leaders in professions that maximize the potential of individuals and society through exercise, sport and leisure activities. Programs include: exercise science and leadership, sport management, and teacher education in physical education and health.
The department is committed to providing:

  • Outstanding undergraduate programs based on the criteria of relevant professional associations, which will enable graduates success in their professional endeavors.
  • Programs that build upon the strong liberal studies background provided through General Education.
  • Opportunities that challenge students to think critically, use technological advances effectively and appreciate the global community.
  • Quality graduate programs that complement the undergraduate programs and provide qualified students with an opportunity for advanced study in the kinesiology discipline.
  • Contributions to the university's general education curriculum through programs designed to promote lifelong fitness and wellness.
  • Service to JMU, the professions and local community through our unique knowledge and expertise.
  • Research and development projects that push back the boundaries of knowledge and promote effective practice in the kinesiology discipline.

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

  • Athletic coach
  • Exercise specialist
  • Fitness facility manager
  • Physical and health education teacher
  • Pre-Physical therapy
  • Recreation leader
  • Recreation therapist
  • Sport or recreation facility administrator/manager
  • Sport manager
  • Sport promoter

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Listed below is the undergraduate major program in Kinesiology offered by the Department of Kinesiology. Within each introductory paragraph below are recommended general education courses. Students are advised to be certain they complete all general education requirements before applying for graduation. The kinesiology major program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Students are advised to familiarize themselves with the B.S. degree requirements on Page 32. The department's core courses are designed to provide the kinesiology major, regardless of specific concentration, with a basic understanding of the disciplines of human physical activity, sport and recreation. The core courses provide course work to answer the following questions:

  • Why do people engage in exercise, sport and leisure activities?
  • What are the biological, psychological, historical, philosophical and social factors that influence and are influenced by exercise, sport and leisure activities?
Degree Requirements

Required courses

Credit Hours

General Education1

41

Quantitative requirement (In addition to General Education)

3

Scientific Literacy requirment (In addition to General Education)

3-4

Major requirements (listed below)

14

Concentration requirements

21-61

Electives

3-38


 

120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

Credit Hours

GKIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

3

KIN 201. Introduction to Kinesiology and Recreation

2

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology and Recreation

3

KIN 203. Social/Psychological Foundations of Kinesiology
and Recreation

3

KIN 411. Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
and Recreation

3


 

14

Students who major in kinesiology work toward a B.S. degree by completing the basic core courses and selecting one of the following three concentrations:

  • Exercise science and leadership
  • Physical and health education teacher education
  • Sport management

Concentrations

Exercise Science and Leadership Concentration

This concentration prepares students for employment in fitness-related agencies and/or pursuit of graduate degrees in exercise science. There are two tracks within this concentration: Exercise Leadership and Exercise Science. See the ESL Coordinator for details. The following courses are required of all students who choose the Exercise Science and Leadership Concentration.

 

Credit Hours

Choose one of the following:

 

BIO 270. Human Physiology
BIO 370. Animal Physiology

4
4

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

KIN 302. Exercise Physiology & Laboratory

4

KIN 306. Human Biomechanics & Laboratory

4

KIN 401B. Practicum in Kinesiology

3

KIN 402B. Internship in Kinesiology

8

KIN 420. Exercise Programming for Special Populations

3

KIN 421. Principles of Exercise Testing and Prescription & Laboratory

4

KIN 424. Theories and Practices of Weight Management

3

KIN 426. Physical Activity Behaviors

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

3

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3


 

50

Additional courses are required depending on which track a student selects. These additional requirements are outlined under the Exercise Leadership Track and Exercise Science Track sections.

Exercise Leadership Track

Credit Hours

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry

3

KIN 422. Fitness Programming & Leadership

4

KIN 425. Concepts of Strength and Conditioning

2

KIN 427. Fitness Management

3


 

12

This track prepares students for leadership roles in fitness-related agencies, including commercial, corporate, hospital and community-based programs. The Exercise Leadership Track focuses on the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to enroll in the Health Fitness Instructor certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine. For this track, the following General Education package is recommended because it includes courses required by the major: Cluster III.C.

Exercise Leadership Track

Credit Hours

CHEM 131. General Chemistry I & 131L

4

CHEM 132. General Chemistry II & 132L

4

KIN 428. Advanced Topics in Exercise Science and Leadership

3

MATH 205. Introductory Calculus I

3

PHYS 140. College Physics I & 140L

4


 

18

This track prepares students to pursue graduate education in exercise science, pre-professional or an allied health field. Graduates acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to enroll in the Health Fitness Instructor certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine. Students interested in physical therapy, medicine or other allied health careers are directed to the University Catalog for course requirements and recommendations for entrance to medical school and various allied health programs. For this track, the following General Education package is recommended because it includes courses required by the major: Cluster III.D.

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Concentration

The Physical & Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) concentration is committed to educating future leaders in the profession of teaching through physical & health education. The program encourages the student to advocate for effective educational changes, work collaboratively and collectively for social change, and continue to grow professionally.
The PHETE concentration is a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching program. Upon successful completion of the first four years, students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. The fifth-year M.A.T. degree provides the requisite courses to obtain a VA state teaching license in Physical and Health Education (PK-12). It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. Specific requirements are available from the PHETE coordinator. The following General Education package is recommended: Cluster III.C.
Evidence of current CPR/first aid certification must be presented before graduation. Adding an endorsement in driver education is recommended.


 

Credit Hours

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education

3

GPSCY 160. Life Span Human Development

3

HTH 370. Child and Adolescent Health

3

HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs

3

HTH 403. Surgery Clinical Rotation

3

HTH 451. Health Behavior Change

3

HTH 472. Family Life Education for Teachers

3

HTH/SEED 470. Clinical Techniques - Health Education Methods

4

KIN 221-225. Skill Labs

10

KIN 303. Motor Learning and Performance

3

KIN 310. Instructional Methods in Physical Education

3

KIN 311. Elementary Curriculum in Physical Education

2

KIN 312. The Profession of Teaching Health & Physical Education

3

KIN 313. Adapted Physical Education

2

KIN 314. Assessment in Elementary Physical Education

2

KIN 480. Student Teaching in Physical Education

3

KIN 511. Technology in Health and Physical Education

3

KIN 512. Instructional Methods in Middle and Secondary
Physical Education

3

KIN 513. Professional Issues for Prospective Physical and
Health Educators

3

KIN 610. Curriculum Design & Development in Health and
Physical Education

3

KIN 611. Teaching Diverse Populations in Health and Physical Education

3

KIN 612. Analysis of Teaching & Learning

3

KIN 625. Social Issues in Sport

3

Choose one of the following

3

KIN 655. Research Techniques
HTH 655. Research Techniques
EDUC 630. Inquiry in Education

 

KIN 683. Secondary Internship in Health and Physical Education

4

KIN 683S. Seminar for Professional Practice

2

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3

READ 420. Content Area Literacy, K-12

2


 

30

Sport Management Concentration

This concentration prepares students for employment in a variety of work settings. Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions in management.
NOTE: (1) Students in Sport Management must declare a business minor through the College of Business. (2) No more than 30 credit hours may be taken from the College of Business. (3) A grade point average of 2.0 in the business minor is required for graduation.
The following courses are concentration requirements for Sport Management:

 

Credit Hours

COB 204. Computer Information Systems

3

COB 218. Legal Environment of Business

3

COB 241. Financial Accounting

3

ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)

3

FIN 345. Managerial Finance

3

KIN 333. Management in Sport, Recreation and Fitness Settings

3

KIN 334. Ethical and Legal Issues in Sport, Recreation and Leisure

3

KIN 401A. Practicum in Kinesiology

3

KIN 402A. Internship in Kinesiology

8

KIN 432. Introduction to Marketing in the Sport Industry

3

KIN 435. Sport Promotion, Fund-Raising and Public Relations

3

KIN 436. Facilities Planning and Management in Sport and Recreation

2

MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior

3

MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing

3

SCOM 260. Introduction to Public Relations

3


 

49


Minor Requirements

The Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Studies offers five minor areas of study:

  • Coaching
  • Exercise Leadership
  • Kinesiology
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport Communication

Coaching Minor

This minor prepares students for the coaching profession on the junior high and high school levels by addressing the National Standards for Athletic Coaches recommended by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Evidence of CPR/first aid certification must be presented before graduation. Students must complete the "Coaching Principles Course" of the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program and pass the NFHS Coaching Education Program examination (part of KIN 450).

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

KIN 203. Social/Psychological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

HTH 205. Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

3

KIN 353. Maximizing Sport Performance

2

KIN 401D. Practicum in Coaching

3

KIN 425. Concepts of Strength & Conditioning

2

KIN 450. Principles of Coaching

3

Kinesiology techniques of sport class (with coordinator approval)

2


 

21

Exercise Leadership Minor

This minor is primarily for health promotion majors, but other majors may find it useful and interesting. Students must meet prerequisites for course admission.


 

Credit Hours

GKIN 100. Lifetime Fitness & Wellness

3

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

KIN 302. Exercise Physiology

3

KIN 302L. Exercise Physiology Laboratory

1

KIN 421. Principles of Exercise Testing and Prescription

3

KIN 421L. Principles of Exercise Testing and Prescription

1

KIN 422. Fitness Programming and Leadership

4

Choose one of the following:

3

KIN 420. Exercise Programming for Special Populations
KIN 424. Theories and Practices of Weight Management

 


 

21

Kinesiology Minor

This minor includes 11 credits of kinesiology courses listed plus 9 credits of kinesiology electives (with adviser's approval).

 

Credit Hours

GKIN 100. Lifetime Fitness & Wellness

3

KIN 201. Intro to Kinesiology & Recreation

2

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

KIN 203. Social/Psychological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

Kinesiology Electives

9


 

20

Sport Communication Minor

This minor consists of course work offered in communications, media arts & design, and kinesiology for students with an interest in sports media and communication.

 

Credit Hours

Choose one of the following:

3

SCOM 245. Signs, Symbols & Social Interaction
SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication

 

SCOM 260. Intro to Public Relations

3

SMAD 202. Fundamental Skills in Media Arts & Design II

3

SMAD 210. News Writing

3

KIN 329. Psychological & Sociological Aspects of Sport

3

KIN 401F. Practicum in Sport Communication

3

KIN 490Q. Special Studies in Kin – Sport Communication

3


 

21

 

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