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KN 101. Introduction to Kinesiology. (3)
This course provides a biophysical introduction to the study of human movement and the body’s responses to physical activity. Topics include an introduction to strength training anatomy, injury prevention, cardiovascular fitness, technology in sports, exercise program design, and nutrition for weight management. Additional emphasis is placed on the exploration of professional career opportunities in teaching, coaching, athletic training, sport management, fitness leadership, sport media, health/wellness, and physical therapy.

Student Scholar Day KN 180, 280, 380, 480. Topics in Kinesiology. (1-3)
Selected topics in sports science based on student/faculty interest and current issues in sports science.

KN 211. Applied Sports Medicine. (3)
The basic fundamental of injury/illness recognition are covered as well as various strategies for the care and prevention of movement related injuries in athletic and physically active populations. Students will also learn to communicate effectively with health professionals and better understand individual rehabilitation needs. Imbedded in this course is the American Heart Association theory and techniques for administering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. SP.

KN 236. Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology (3)
This course systematically guides students through the process of identifying and solving human performance problems in the areas of sports medicine, coaching, health promotion, and fitness training.  Focusing on the concepts of reliability, objectively, and validity, course instruction introduces participants to test and measurements and helps them through statistical decision making and accurate interpretation of data.  FA.

KN 271. Exercise and Nutrition. (3)
Principles of human nutrition are reviewed with an emphasis on human bioenergetics and energy metabolism for health and performance. Specific attention is given to energy transfer in the body at rest and during exercise, measurement of human energy expenditure, individual differences in metabolism, sport supplementation, and the metabolic challenges associated with obesity and diabetes. FA.

KN 295. Motor Behavior. (3)
The purpose of this course is to help participants learn the fundamental processes underlying the learning and performing of all kinds of movements. Participants discover how humans learn skilled actions and how the principles of motor performance and learning can be useful in teaching, coaching, rehabilitation, and the design of performer-friendly equipment and work environments. FA.

KN 314. Personal Fitness Training. (3)
This personal fitness training course introduces students to a systematic approach to program design with exercise program guidelines and variables; protocols for building stabilization, strength, and power; and guidance on how to incorporate general fitness into a lifestyle approach that supports lifelong health and wellbeing. SP.

KN 319. Biomechanics and Motor Control. (3)
This course provides a scientific foundation for the study of human movement by exploring how the nervous system controls the actions of muscles to produce human motion in relation to biomechanical principles. Emphasis is placed on force-motion relationships, the motor system, and adaptability of the motor system. Laboratory activities involve analyzing movement skills, identifying and correcting errors in movement skills, and developing strategies that optimize motor learning and performance. Prerequisite: BI 220 with a “C” or higher and 2.5 cumulative GPA. SP.

KN 381. Exercise Physiology. (3)
Studies the acute and chronic physiological adaptations in response to a wide-range of physical exercise conditions. Topics include exercising muscle, cardiovascular and respiratory function, exercise training, environmental influences on performance, age and sex considerations in sport and exercise, and exercise epigenetics. Laboratory activities focus on exercise testing, exercise programming, and case studies. Prerequisite: BI 220 with a “C” or higher and 2.5 cumulative GPA. SP.

KN/PY 393. Sports Psychology. (3)
The primary academic objectives of the course include the introduction of the short but rich history of sport psychology; to provide an overview of the specializations within the field; to explore practical applications of psychological research and theory to exercise and athletic competition; and lastly, to familiarize the student with potential careers and interest areas within sport psychology. Prerequisite: PY 101. SP.

MD GroupKN 418. Clinical Kinesiology. (3)
This course presents an evidence-based approach to understanding and working with human movement impairments. Topics include a review of human movement science, assessment for human movement dysfunction, and corrective exercise. Emphasis is placed on the integrated relationships between structure and function of the skeletal-articular, myofascial, and motor control systems. Laboratory activities include: functional evaluation, palpation of musculoskeletal structures, measuring joint range of motion, muscle length and muscle strength analysis, and corrective exercise strategies. This course meets the Communication Intensive (CI) requirement for the major. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” to satisfy the CI requirements. Prerequisite: BI 220 with a “C” or higher and 2.5 cumulative GPA. FA.

KN 420. Stress Physiology. (3)
This course examines the effects of chronic stress on various body systems and physiological functions. Attention is given to what it is that makes psychological stress so stressful, and its relevance to depression, anxiety, and addiction. The role of personality differences and influence of socioeconomic status on stress and health are also explored. Prerequisites: Two 300+ level courses in related discipline and 2.5 cumulative GPA. FA.

KN 455. Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
This course is based on national standards for strength and conditioning coaches. It provides future strength and conditioning professionals, as well as, sports medicine specialists a comprehensive review of the structure and function of body systems, nutrition, sport psychology, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, and organization and administration of facilities. Prerequisites: KN 271 or KN 314 and 2.5 cumulative GPA. SP.

KN 475. National Certification. (1)
This course prepares students to take a standardized national certification exam in the field of Kinesiology. Students may choose to focus on personal training, strength and conditioning for sports, lifestyle and weight management, health and fitness coaching, or clinical exercise. All approved certification exams are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Prerequisites: KN 314 or KN 455 and 2.5 cumulative GPA. FA, SP.

KN 482. Internship in Kinesiology. (1- 12)
A carefully monitored work or service experience. The internship takes place, off-campus at an institution or agency specializing in an area relevant to academic interests and/or career goals. Student interns are directed and evaluated by a faculty member with appropriate supervision by an on-site professional. Student interns must keep an accurate accounting of hours with a performance work diary. Grades and credit for the internship are determined by a faculty member with input from the on-site supervisor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. FA, SP.

KN 498. Kinesiology Research. (3)
This course is an advanced apprenticeship in kinesiology research. Students will learn how to conduct research through discussion, reading, and hands-on experiences from initial planning stages to date collection and analysis, writing up results, and submitting to conferences and academic journals. Repeatable. Prerequisite: MA 155 or SO 230 and 2.5 cumulative GPA. FA, SP.

KN 499. Research Seminar. (1)
This course will allow students to demonstrate a basic understanding of the design and methods of kinesiology research. Students will participate in research article discussions and presentations. The course will help students develop skills in research design, research methods, and communication. Students will be required to complete a research paper and presentation on their topic of choice. This is a Communication Intensive (CI) course and meets the Capstone course requirement in the major. Prerequisite: MA 155 or SO 230, Senior Status and 2.5 cumulative GPA. FA, SP.


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