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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, 321/L, 326, 443, 465, and 495 (four hours); BI 161/L, 241/L, 242/L; CH 162/L; PH 212/L; PY 461; BA 252; and two courses from EX 318, 425, 428, 431, or 452. 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 must take EX 395 (two hours) as one of their required January Terms. 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.

Sport and Exercise Studies

The major in sport and exercise studies 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). Students will be prepared for industry-standard certifications (e.g. ACSM's Certified Exercise Physiologist and NSCA's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). This major will also prepare students for graduate study in kinesiology (e.g. exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control).

Students who choose sport and exercise studies as a major for the bachelor of science degree will complete EX 111, 151, 271, 287, 311, 321/L, 326, 431, 443, 465 and 495 (three hours); BI 241/L, 242/L; BA 252 and 341; PY 351 and 461; and three courses from EX 318, 395, 425, 428, 452, 490, 495, BI 232/L, 311, 312, PY 230, 321 (at least one of the three courses must be taken from EX 318, 425, 428, or 452). 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 must take EX 395 (two hours) as one of their required January Terms. 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; BA 252; and 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

EX 101 Wellness for Life
(2 credits - Fall, Spring, Summer)

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.

EX 111 Foundations of Exercise Science
(3 credits - Fall)

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.

EX 151 Health and Fitness
(3 credits - Spring, Summer)

Examines the relationships between health and fitness. Topics include nutrition, disease prevention, weight control, smoking/alcohol and health, medical care, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning and the relationship between physical and mental health in a community context. Particular emphasis is placed on programming and community engagement.

EX 195 Job Shadow in Exercise Science
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)

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.
Prerequisite: Consent

EX 271 Nutrition
(3 credits - Spring, Summer)

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.

EX 287 Medical Terminology
(2 credits - Fall, January, Summer)

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.

EX 295 Practicum in Exercise Science
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Practicum in some aspect of the fitness profession designed to give student practical, directed experience.
Prerequisite: Consent

EX 311 Structural Kinesiology and Biomechanics
(3 credits - Spring)

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

EX 318 Sport and Exercise Psychology
(3 credits - Fall, Summer)

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

EX 321 Exercise Physiology
(3 credits - Fall)

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

EX 321L Exercise Physiology Laboratory
(1 credit - Fall)

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.

EX 326 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
(3 credits - Fall)

Prevention, recognition and treatment of athletic injuries are covered in this course. Taping techniques are also included.
Prerequisite: BI 241

EX 395 Practicum in Exercise Science
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, January, Spring, Summer)

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

EX 425 Nutrition for the Physically Active
(3 credits - Fall)

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

EX 428 Motor Behavior
(3 credits - Summer)

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

EX 431 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
(3 credits - Spring)

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

EX 443 Introduction to Research in Kinesiology
(3 credits - Fall)

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.

EX 452 Special Topics in Kinesiology
(3 credits - Summer)

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

EX 465 Senior Seminar in Exercise Prescription
(3 credits - Spring)

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

EX 490 Independent Study
(1 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

An individualized study of a problem, a research paper or a project related to the exercise science field.
Prerequisite: Consent

EX 495 Internship
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, January, Spring, Summer)

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