Oct 16, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Kinesiology, B.S.


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Kinesiology is the study of human movement and the body’s response to exercise. It is an examination of systems, factors, and principles involved in human development within the context of society. Relevant fields in the study of kinesiology include anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and sport psychology and sociology. Building on appropriate prerequisites from the traditional disciplines in the humanities and the physical, biological, and social sciences, our curriculum blends a conventional biophysical approach with an innovative contemporary mindset that embraces a “holistic” approach to optimizing health, fitness, and athletic performance. A Kinesiology degree prepares students for careers in college or university athletic programs, professional sports arenas, the private fitness industry, human service organizations, allied health careers in hospital and medical centers, corporate wellness venues, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings, and education. The major also prepares students to apply to professional programs including medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, sport psychology, athletic training, exercise physiology, biomechanics, or health education.

Core Requirements


All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)


Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)


Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

CORE CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES
    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACQUIRE LEVEL        
TRANSFORM LEVEL        
6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL

 

 

     

Core Designations


Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer Students


The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.

Cross-Application


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Program Requirements


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology must fulfill all the requirements for a degree as stated earlier in this catalogue, complete the Core Curriculum requirements as stated earlier in this catalogue, and have a minimum grade of “C” for all major courses. The credit/no credit option is not available for required major courses. Courses may be repeated once to obtain the minimum grade of “C.”

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enroll in the following courses:

Major Related Requirements


Note


Pre-Physical Therapy students should also take BI 250 , CH 137 , and PH 232 .

Pre-Occupational and Pre-Physical Therapy students should take PY 208  and PY 210  or SO 101  as electives.

Technology Requirement


Computer competency requirement in the major is met by one of the following courses:

Outcomes


Upon graduation, a student majoring in Kinesiology should be able to:

Outcome 1.

Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of all sub-disciplines that contribute to the field of Kinesiology including: functional anatomy, sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, sport and exercise psychology, and sociology of physical activity. (KN 101 , KN 211 , KN 236 , KN 271 , KN 295 , KN 314 , KN 319 , KN 381 , KN 393 , KN 418 , KN 420 , KN 455 , KN 499 )

Outcome 2.

Successfully achieve graduate/professional school admission, employment within Kinesiology related fields, and/or professional certifications. (KN 236 , KN 271 , KN 295 , KN 314 , KN 319 , KN 381 , KN 393 , KN 455 , KN 482 , KN 498 , KN 499 )

Outcome 3.

Critically analyze literature in Kinesiology. (KN 236 , KN 271 , KN 295 , KN 319 , KN 381 , KN 393 , KN 418 , KN 420 , KN 455 , KN 498 , KN 499 )

Outcome 4.

Analyze, synthesize, and solve problems. (KN 101 , KN 211 , KN 236 , KN 271 , KN 295 , KN 314 , KN 319 , KN 381 , KN 393 , KN 418 , KN 420 , KN 482 , KN 498 , KN 499 )

Outcome 5.

Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills. (all Kinesiology courses)

Assessment


The Kinesiology outcomes will be measured in several ways including: in-class written and practical exams, discussions, writing assignments, group and individual projects/presentations, and course grades.

Pre-health Professions Agreements


The following summarizes the special agreements which Avila University has with Health Professions Schools. Additional information on these programs can be obtained from Avila’s Pre-health advisor.

Physical Therapy

Rockhurst University

Avila University students who meet application criteria which are set by Rockhurst University are eligible to apply for early admissions status to Rockhurst’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the end of their third year at Avila. Two seats in each class are reserved for qualified Avila students.

Mount St. Mary’s College

Avila University students who maintain a 3.00 overall and science grade point average and who meet application criteria set by Mount St. Mary’s College will be granted an interview for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Qualified Avila University students will be granted up to two seats per class.

Southwest Baptist University

Avila University students who meet application criteria set by Southwest Baptist University will receive preference points when they apply to Southwest Baptist’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Students who apply in September of the year prior to enrollment receive early consideration.

Occupational Therapy

Rockhurst University

Avila University students who meet application criteria which are set by Rockhurst University are eligible to apply for early admissions status to Rockhurst’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program at the end of their third year at Avila. Two seats in each class are reserved for qualified Avila students.

Health Promotions

Cleveland College of Graduate Studies

Avila University students who meet application criteria which are set by Cleveland College of Graduate Studies are eligible to apply up to twelve upper-division Kinesiology credits towards the “elective” requirements for the Masters of Science in Health Promotions. This agreement enables students to complete their Master’s degree in one year after graduating from Avila.

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