Department of Kinesiology
The Department of Kinesiology offers majors in exercise and movement science, sports and exercise studies, and pre-athletic training for students pursuing graduate school in exercise science or athletic training or pursuing a professional career in exercise science or athletic training.
The majors in exercise and movement science, sport and exercise studies and pre-athletic training provide opportunity for students to engage in fitness and health-related service and leadership and to be prepared for graduate study in professional schools for allied health, graduate study in kinesiology and other exercise science-related careers.
Exercise and Movement Science
The major in exercise and movement science is an entry-level program that prepares undergraduates for graduate work or professional training. Students may use this undergraduate program as a foundation for graduate programs in allied health, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic medicine, physician assistant school, medical school and others. Students could view this program as "Pre-Physical Therapy" or "Pre-Occupational Therapy". Additionally, the major can be used to prepare students for graduate study in kinesiology (e.g. exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control).
Students who plan to attend physical therapy school or occupational therapy school are encouraged to major in exercise and movement science. The exercise and movement science curriculum does not meet the prerequisites for all physical therapy or occupational therapy schools because each school differs on its requirements for admission. As part of the exercise and movement science program, students are directed toward electives that will help them meet the necessary prerequisites for their school of choice.
Students who choose exercise and movement science as a major for the bachelor of science degree will complete EX 111, 151, 271, 287, 311, 318, 321/L, 326, 395 (two hours), 431, 443, 465, and 495 (four hours); BI 161/L, 241/L, 242/L; CH 162/L; PH 212/L; and two courses from BA 252, BI 311, 312, EX 418, 425, 452, or PY 461. The following specific courses are necessary and will fulfill requirements in the core curriculum: CH 161/L; PH 211/L; PY 111; SO 111; MA 151; BT 333TB. Students taking PH 211-212 must have MA 141 College Algebra and Trigonometry or math placement, or introductory calculus. Students are required to show evidence of CPR certification as a requirement for graduation.
Exercise Science and Nutrition
The major in exercise science and nutrition prepares undergraduate students for entry-level positions in the sport, health, wellness and fitness industries, and other exercise science-related careers (e.g. strength and conditioning, personal training, physical therapy assistant, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, wellness coach). Students will be prepared for industry-standard certifications (e.g. ACSM's Certified Exercise Physiologist, NSCA's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and PN Nutrition Certification). This major will also prepare students for graduate study in kinesiology (e.g. exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control, and nutrition).
Students who choose exercise science and nutrition as a major for the bachelor of science degree will complete EX 111, 151, 271, 287, 311, 318, 321/L, 326, 395 (2 hours), 418, 431, 443, 465, and 495 (three hours); BI 241/L, 242/L, 311, 312; and two courses from EX 395, 425, 452, 490, 495, BA 252, 341, BI 232/L, PY 230, 321, 351, 461. The following specific courses are necessary and will fulfill requirements in the core curriculum: CH 141/L; PH 111/L; PY 111; SO 111; MA 151; BT 333TB. Students are required to show evidence of CPR certification as a requirement for graduation.
Minor in Exercise Science
Students who choose to minor in exercise science will complete EX 111, 311, 318, 321/L, 326, 465; BI 241/L and 242/L.
3-2 Athletic Training Program (Major in Pre-Athletic Training)
The major in pre-athletic training is part of the 3-2 Athletic Training Program. The 3-2 Athletic Training Program offers students the opportunity to receive both a bachelor of science degree in pre-athletic training from Huntington University and a master of athletic training degree from Manchester University over a five-year period. Through a broad preparation in both academic and practical experience, the program educates students to become an athletic trainer that provides sports teams with services and education for injury prevention, evaluation of athletic trauma, immediate care and rehabilitation. Athletic trainers are in demand in a variety of settings, including secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicines clinics, professional sports teams and industrial settings.
Admission to Huntington University does not guarantee acceptance to the 3-2 Athletic Training program. Application to the 3-2 Athletic Training program begins in the student's second year at Huntington University. Students who fail to achieve admittance to the Manchester University Master of Athletic Training program may complete their bachelor's degree in exercise and movement science at Huntington University.
Students who choose to pursue the 3-2 Athletic Training Program will complete three years of coursework at Huntington University and will transfer 26 credit hours from Manchester University after the fourth year to complete a major in pre-athletic training for the bachelor of science degree from Huntington University. After the fifth year in the 3-2 program, students will complete a master of athletic training degree from Manchester University. Students who choose the 3-2 Athletic Training Program will complete EX 111, 151, 271, 287, 311, 318, 321/L, 326, 395, 431, 443, 465; BI 241/L; 242/L; and two courses from BA 252, BI 311, 312, EX 425, 452, or PY 461 from Huntington University and ATTR 503, 510, 513, 517, 520, 525, 527, 528, 532, 533, 537, 538, 542, 548, 552, 555, 558, 562, 581, and 582 from Manchester University. The following specific courses are necessary and will fulfill requirements in the core curriculum at Huntington University: CH 141/L; PH 111/L; PY 111; SO 111; MA 151; BT 333TB. Students are required to show evidence of CPR certification as a requirement for graduation.
Courses in Kinesiology
An introduction to the lifelong pursuit of wellness. Students explore various areas that influence one's physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Topics include physical fitness, nutrition and weight control, impact of physical activity on cardiovascular health, relaxation and stress management and lifetime physical activity. This course will challenge students to take a holistic approach to integrating their faith and wellness throughout their lives. Engaging in physical activity is required for successful completion of this course. Students select approved activities to meet course goals.
Exploration of the discipline of exercise science, including its history and projected future, contribution to society, professional organizations, certifications, management and marketing concerns, professional issues and initial investigations into the exercise science subdisciplines.
Examines the relationships between health and fitness and various testing and assessments. Tests and assessments will include health-related components of physical fitness such as cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Tests will also include skill-related components such as agility, balance, power, speed, and reaction time. Students will also learn how to interpret test results and use this information to prescribe exercise. Particular emphasis is placed on programming and community engagement.
Students observe the daily routines and activities of employed professionals and see how skills and knowledge acquired in class are applied in the exercise science field.
A general course designed to address dietary needs of individuals across the lifespan. Students are introduced to dietary guidelines and nutritional standards. Some attention will be given to the role of the nurse, dietician and community agencies in promoting good health through the proper use of food.
Identical with BI 271.
This course introduces medical words and terms through an analysis of their construction, including prefix, suffix, root, connecting and combining forms. Medical meanings applicable to the structure, function and diseases of the human body are stressed.
Practicum in some aspect of the fitness profession designed to give student practical, directed experience.
This course emphasizes the application of concepts of human anatomy (particularly the musculoskeletal system) and physical law to the study of human movement and skill analysis.
Prerequisites: BI 241, 242 and PH 111 or 211
This course is an introduction to the science and theory of sport and exercise psychology. Factors related to individual, group and institutional behavior in the following physical activity settings are emphasized: competitive and recreational athletics, exercise, physical education and rehabilitative.
Identical with PY 318.
Prerequisite: PY 111
This course explores the principles of exercise physiology and their application to physical exercise, motor development, coaching and teaching.
Must be taken concurrently with EX 321L.
Prerequisites: BI 241 and 242
Laboratory procedures and techniques in the measurement of human physical characteristics and performance. Measurements of flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance and body composition are included.
Must be taken concurrently with EX 321.
Prevention, recognition and treatment of athletic injuries are covered in this course. Taping techniques are also included.
Prerequisite: BI 241
A practice learning experience in the fitness profession providing the student with supervised observation of fitness professionals and the functioning of an organization through participation in its operations.
Prerequisites: EX 111 and consent
Course will examine the programming of nutrition for various clients and how to create behavior change. Topics of study will include macro and micronutrients, hydration, behavior change, supplements, and nutrition programming. Upon completion, students will be certified nutrition coaches.
Prerequisite: EX 271
Nutritional requirements for the active individual and athletes. Topics of study will include carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamin, mineral and water requirements of active populations, as well as the use of nutritional ergogenic aids for performance enhancement.
Prerequisites: EX 271 and 321
This course is a study of the interaction between physiologic and psychological processes of the human body. Understanding of how the body develops, controls and learns movement skills that are used in physical activity, exercise, sport and daily living are emphasized.
Prerequisite: EX 311 and 321
Examination of strength training techniques and program design. Emphasis is placed on proper form and utilization of various workout designs to complement larger training goals. Students will gain experience in the theoretical and practical aspects of designing individual workout sessions, periodization and programming to enhance progression. The course is designed to assist the student in meeting the requirements to be eligible for and pass the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam.
Prerequisites: EX 271, 311 and 321
Introduction to the philosophy of evaluation and measurement in physical education and exercise science, including test selection, construction, evaluation and administration. Basic research methods, statistical analysis and interpretation of test scores also stressed.
This course focuses on special areas of interest in kinesiology, with particular emphasis on contemporary concerns in the field. Topics include exercise response under extreme physical stress, exercise and environmental conditions, exercise in children and/or geriatric population, sport nutrition/ergogenic aids and sports performance, exercise in other special populations and/or topics of current interest.
Prerequisite: EX 311 and 321
This course synthesizes the theories of applied exercise science into a meaningful real-world application. Students integrate and master their knowledge of applied exercise science to design individual or group training and lifestyle programs tailored to the needs and wants of specific clientele. The American College of Sport Medicine's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription govern the concepts and procedures discussed in the course.
Prerequisite: Senior major
An individualized study of a problem, a research paper or a project related to the exercise science field.
A cooperative off-campus experience in an exercise-related organization through which curricular knowledge and skills may be actively applied.
Prerequisite: Senior major or consent