Undergraduate Program Goals

Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program of study in the scientific, social, and cultural understandings of human movement and is designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas. The Department of Kinesiology at University Park offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Athletic Training. There are three options offered within the Kinesiology major; Fitness Studies, Movement Science, and Physical and Health Education Teacher Education. A core curriculum provides students in each of the areas with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary knowledge of physical activity.

Core Learning Outcomes

The core curriculum (Kines 141, 180, 202, 321, 345, 350, 360, and 384) required of all kinesiology majors stresses the following learning outcomes:

  1. Students will understand the basic concepts and theories of human movement from a variety of scientific, social, and cultural perspectives.

  2. Students will demonstrate a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of physical activity and healthy living skills.

  3. Students will demonstrate the capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize and integrate concepts related to human physical activity.

Athletic Training Major

Athletic training stresses the following learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize and integrate concepts to appropriately prevent, assess, and develop treatment plans for ill and injured, physically active individuals.

  2. Students will be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, family members, and others involved in the patient's care regarding prevention, assessment and treatment of illness and injury.

  3. Students will develop the ability to document the results of a physical examination, a rehabilitative plan of care, and progress towards recovery from illness or injury affecting physical activity.

  4. Students in this major will qualify to take an examination to become a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Fitness Studies Option

Fitness studies stresses the following learning outcomes:

  1. Students will understand the basic concepts and theories of fitness, health, and wellness from a variety of biological, social science, and humanities perspectives.

  2. Students will demonstrate both a practical and theoretical knowledge of physical activity, fitness, and healthy living skills.

  3. Students will understand how to apply their knowledge in a variety of professional settings devoted to wellness.

  4. Students will be able to design and implement skill and age-appropriate fitness programs or pursue advanced study in related fields.

  5. Students will be able to sit for professional certifications related to physical activity, including but not limited to those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Aerobics Fitness Association of America, and the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research.

Movement Science Option

Movement Science stresses the following learning outcomes:

  1. Students will understand the basic concepts of human movement from a variety of biological, social science, and humanities perspectives.

  2. Students will demonstrate both a practical and theoretical knowledge of a wide variety of human movement forms and physical activities.

  3. Students will comprehend interdisciplinary approaches that utilize movement for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and/or theoretical study.

  4. Students will demonstrate how to apply their knowledge to a broad range of career options in the biomedical and health-related fields and for graduate study in allied medical fields such as physical therapy, physician's assistant, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, cardiac rehabilitation and pre-medicine. Other students will develop the skills to pursue graduate study in academic areas such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, sport and exercise psychology, sport history and sport philosophy.

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Option

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education stresses the following learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively implement programs of physical education and wellness.

  2. Students will demonstrate the capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize and integrate concepts related to physical activity and health.

  3. Students will demonstrate the prerequisite competencies and skills necessary to obtain the Instructional I Certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for K-12 Physical and Health Education teachers.

  4. Students will demonstrate the skills to prepare for alternative careers as physical activity instructors in private business or program directors in agency or club settings.