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Department of Kinesiology

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 physical activity. Programs include exercise science 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 of technological advances.
  • An appreciation of 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
  • Pre-professional health programs (pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-physician's assistant, pre-occupational therapy)

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Listed below is the undergraduate major program in kinesiology offered by the Department of Kinesiology. 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.

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

  • Exercise Science
  • Physical and Health Education Teacher Education

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Credit Hours

General Education1

            41

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)

            3-4

Kinesiology Core Courses

            12

Major and concentration requirements2

            60-68

Electives

            15-23


            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.

2 The number of credits taken to meet major and concentration requirements may vary if courses are double-counted for General Education.

Kinesiology Core Courses

Required Courses

Credit Hours

KIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

            3

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

            3

KIN 303.Motor Development and Learning

            3

KIN 426. Physical Activity Behaviors

            3


            12

Concentrations

Exercise Science Concentration

This concentration is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine. The concentration prepares students to pursue careers in the fitness industry as well as graduate education in exercise science, pre-professional or an allied health field.

Students interested in physical therapy, medicine or other pre-professional health programs should review the pre-professional health programs section for prerequisite courses and recommendations for entrance to graduate professional health programs. Pre-professional health program coordinators are available to assist students with career planning and preparation.

Admission Policy

Any student can declare the exercise science concentration; however, students must apply to be fully admitted to the major for a limited number of spaces. Declaring the exercise science concentration does not guarantee full admission to the major.

To apply for admission to the exercise science concentration, students must complete the following prerequisite courses:

Grades in the prerequisite courses are weighed heavily in the admission decision, and admission is offered to the top students on a space-available basis. Courses taken on a repeat/forgive basis will not be accepted. Only those grades received in prerequisite courses taken for the first time will be counted.

Applications are due October 15 for the spring semester and March 15 for summer and fall semester. Students denied admission may reapply during the next admission cycle.

Concentration Requirements

The following courses are required of all students who choose the exercise science concentration.

Courses

Credit Hours

Kinesiology Core Courses

12

BIO 270. Human Physiology

4

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

MATH 205. Introductory Calculus I1

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

3

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3

CHEM 131-131L. General Chemistry I + Laboratory

4

CHEM 132-132L. General Chemistry II + Laboratory

4

PHYS 140-140L. College Physics I + Laboratory1

4

KIN 302-302L. Exercise Physiology + Laboratory

4

KIN 306-306L. Human Biomechanics + Laboratory

4

KIN 321-321L. Principles of Heath Fitness Assessment & Lab

4

KIN 322. Fundamentals of Exercise Prescription

3

KIN 424. Exercise and Nutrition in Chronic Disease

3

KIN 471. Practicum in Kinesiology

3

KIN 481. Internship in Exercise Science and Leadership

4-12


66-74

1 This course may be counted for both General Education and major degree requirements.

Departmental Electives

All students who choose the exercise science concentration are required to complete two of the following courses.

Courses

Credit Hours

KIN 305. Psychological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

KIN 325. Kinesiology Honors Research Prep

3

KIN 329. Social Aspects of Sport

3

KIN 425. Concepts of Strength and Conditioning

3

KIN 429. Special Topics in Adapted Physical Education

3

KIN 430. Exercise Across the Lifespan

3

KIN 431. Environmental Exercise Physiology

3

KIN 432. Physiology of Endurance Performance

3

KIN 433. Exercise, Cardiovascular Disease, and ECG Assessment

3

Recommended Schedule for Exercise Science Concentration

First Year             

Credit Hours

General Education courses

21

KIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

3

MATH 205. Introductory Calculus

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

3


30

 

Sophomore Year

Credit Hours

BIO 270. Human Physiology

4

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

CHEM 131-131L. General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 132-132L. General Chemistry II

4

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

KIN 303. Motor Development and Learning

3

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3

General Education

4


 

29

 

Junior Year                                                                      

Credit Hours

KIN 302-302L. Exercise Physiology

4

KIN 306-306L. Human Biomechanics

4

KIN 321-321L. Principles of Health Fitness Assessment and Lab

4

KIN 322. Fundamentals of Exercise Prescription

3

KIN 471. Practicum in Exercise Science

3

PHYS 140-140L. College Physics I

4

Electives

9


31

 

Senior Year                                                                      

Credit Hours

Departmental electives (x2)

6

KIN 424. Exercise and Nutrition in Chronic Disease

3

KIN 426. Physical Activity Behaviors

3

Electives

6-14


30

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Concentration

The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) concentration is committed to educating future leaders in the profession of teaching physical and health education. The program encourages the teacher candidate to advocate for effective educational changes, work collaboratively and collectively for social change, and to continue to grow professionally.

The PHETE concentration is a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. Upon successful completion of the first four years, students earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in kinesiology. The fifth year M.A.T. degree provides the requisite courses to obtain a Virginia teaching license in Health and Physical Education (PreK-12). It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. For more information contact the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education coordinator, Dr. Jacqueline Williams, Godwin Hall, Room 317, (540) 568-6957, williaja@jmu.edu.

Admission Policy

The admission and retention standards are designed to instill a professional attitude and commitment to the profession of teaching. The admission and retention standards complement the JMU Teacher Education application process.  The following outlines the admission and retention standards and procedures for PHETE.

PHETE Admission Standards

1. Full acceptance to the JMU Teacher Education Program

2. Submission of:

  • Work Experience Verification Form
  • Professional Resume
  • Personal Statement

3. Successful completion of the following coursework:

*Grade of "C" or better required

4. Demonstration and appreciation of professional dispositions

Concentration Requirements

Undergraduate Courses

Credit Hours

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

            4

EDUC 300. Foundations of American Education

            3

PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development

            3

KIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

            3

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

            3

KIN 305. Psychological Foundations of Kinesiology

            3

KIN 221-225. Skill Labs

            10

KIN 303. Motor Development and Learning

            3

KIN 305. Psychological Foundations of Kinesiology

            3

KIN 310. Instructional Methods in Physical Education

            3

KIN 311. Elementary Curriculum in Physical Education

            2

KIN 312.  Profession of Teaching Health and Physical Education

            2

KIN 313. Adapted Physical Education

            3

KIN 314. Assessment in Elementary Physical Education

            3

KIN 410. School Health Content for PHETE

            3

KIN 411. Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology

            3

KIN 426. Physical Activity Behaviors

            3

KIN 480. Student Teaching in Elementary Physical Education

            8

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

            3

READ 420. Content Area Literacy, K-12

            2


            67

 

Graduate Courses

Credit Hours

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 514. Methods in School Health for PHETE

            3

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

            3

KIN 611. Teaching Diverse Populations in Health and Physical Education

            3

KIN 612. Analysis of Teaching and Learning

            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

            6


            30

Recommended Schedule for Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Concentration

First Year             

Credit Hours

General Education

            27

KIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

            3


            30

 

Sophomore Year

Credit Hours

PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development

3

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

KIN 305. Psychological Foundations of Kinesiology

3

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

General Education courses

8

Electives

7


30

 

Junior Year – Fall Semester           

Credit Hours

EDUC 300. Foundations of Education

            3

KIN 224. Skill Lab

            2

KIN 303. Motor Development and Learning

            3

KIN 312. The Profession of Teaching

            2

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

            3

Elective

            3


            16

 

Junior Year – Spring Semester      

Credit Hours

KIN 222. Skill Lab

            2

KIN 225. Skill Lab

            2

KIN 410. School Health Content for PHETE

3

KIN 411. Measurement & Evaluation in Kinesiology

            3

READ 420. Content Area Literacy

            3

Electives

            4


            17

 

Senior Year – Fall Semester           

Credit Hours

KIN 223. Skill Lab

            2

KIN 310. Instructional Methods in PE

            3

KIN 311. Elementary Curriculum in PE

            2

KIN 313. Adapted PE

            2

Elective

            3


            12

 

Senior Year – Spring Semester      

Credit Hours

KIN 221. Skill Lab

            2

KIN 314. Assessment in Elementary PE

            3

KIN 426. Physical Activity Behaviors

            3

KIN 480. Student Teaching in Elementary Education

            8


            16

 

Fifth Year – Summer Session I      

Credit Hours

KIN 511. Technology in Health & PE

            3

KIN 610. Curriculum Design & Development in Health/PE

            3

KIN 611.  Teaching Diverse Populations

            3


            9

 

Fifth Year – Fall Semester              

Credit Hours

KIN 512. Instructional Methods in Middle & Secondary Ed

            3

KIN 514. Methods in School Health for PHETE

            3

Approved Graduate Elective

            3

KIN 655. Research Techniques

            3


12

 

Fifth Year – Spring Semester         

Credit Hours

KIN 513. Professional Issues

            3

KIN 612.  Analysis of Teaching & Learning

            3

KIN 683. Secondary Internship

            6


            12

Minor Requirements

Coaching Education Minor

This minor prepares students for the coaching profession on the high school and younger level by complying with the requirements of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education at Level 3, intermediate coach. Evidence of CPR/first aid certification must be presented prior to beginning the coaching practicum. To enroll in the practicum, all of the minor courses except KIN 450 must be successfully completed (minimum of a "C") and the student’s overall GPA must be 2.0. To successfully complete the minor, students must:

  • Complete the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Coaching Principles course and earn ASEP certification (part of KIN 450).
  • Earn a minimum grade of a "C" in each of the six courses and a "satisfactory" on the practicum (KIN 473).

Courses

Credit Hours

ATEP 205. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

            3

KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology

            3

KIN 353. Maximizing Sport Performance

            3

KIN 425. Concepts of Strength and Conditioning

            3

KIN 450. Principles of Coaching

            3

KIN 473. Practicum in Coaching

            3

Kinesiology techniques of sport class (with coordinator approval)

            2


            20