The Department of Kinesiology offers majors in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness Administration. In each of the programs students have off-campus internship opportunities. Majors will be prepared to pursue a broad array of graduate programs and careers opportunities.
The Exercise Science major provides a foundation to pursue careers in a variety of areas including cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, personal training, and group exercise instruction. Students may also use the exercise science major, along with specific elective courses, to prepare for graduate-level training in health-related fields or exercise physiology. Elective courses can be chosen to reflect the interests, goals, and curiosities of each student.
Students majoring in Wellness Administration will be prepared for careers related to health promotion, facility management, or sport management. The major does include an interdisciplinary component by requiring business courses outside of the Kinesiology Department. Students will have an understanding of successful business and marketing practices in addition to a basic understanding of human exercise programming. Students may also be prepared for graduate study in areas such as sport management.
Physical Education majors will complete courses in methodology, first aid, human anatomy and physiology, and adapted physical education. Students majoring in physical education may apply for secondary or K-12 teaching licensure, which will require completing additional courses offered in the Educational Studies Department
The Huff Athletic Center is a comprehensive facility for sports, fitness and recreation. The southeast portion of the athletic center, known as the Byrnes Education Wing, houses the faculty offices and classrooms, which serve the Department of Kinesiology. The facility also contains Glennie Gymnasium, Pepper Natatorium with eight-lane pool, steam room and sauna, and Niblock indoor track. The Trotter Fitness Center is a modern fitness complex, complete with the latest cardio/aerobic machines, free weights, aerobics and dance studio, and a rock climbing wall. The lower level of the athletic center, which is accessible by elevator or stairs, contains newly-constructed locker rooms and the spacious Marshal Training Room. It is outfitted with whirlpool baths, training tables and various therapeutic devices.
The Center for Science and Business academic building is an innovative facility designed to promote interaction among what have been traditionally independent departments, in the belief that students who are able to understand the principles of both business and science will be better prepared for the increasingly demanding challenges of a global economy.
The building contains state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, and laboratories including an exercise physiology and nutrition laboratory and a cadaver room.
The Department of Kinesiology has a variety of equipment available for laboratory activities and student research. This includes a Biopac Exercise Physiology software and data acquisition system, Monark Erogmedic 828E cycle ergometer, treadmill, InBody 230 multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance body composition analyzer, blood glucose analyzer, heart rate monitors, pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes, and Lange skinfold calipers. There is the capability to perform exercise and health related measures that include detailed body composition testing, indirect VO2 max testing, reaction time, EMG measurement, basic EKG measurement, blood pressure, heart rate responses, blood oxygen saturation, and blood glucose concentration.