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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology, B.S.


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Kinesiology is the study of intentional, voluntary, and goal-oriented human movement (i.e. dance, exercise, fundamental movements, sport, and rehabilitation). The three sources of knowledge that comprise the discipline of kinesiology are physical activity experiences (i.e. hands-on learning), scholarship of physical activity (i.e. academic instruction), and professional experience (i.e. Internship and/or Applied Research) in physical activity. Relevant fields in the study of kinesiology include anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and psychosocial aspects of movement. Building on appropriate prerequisites from the traditional disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, our curriculum blends a conventional biophysical approach with a contemporary mindset that embraces a “holistic” approach to optimizing health, fitness, and athletic performance. Kinesiology education prepares students for employment as personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, physical therapy technicians, corporate wellness directors, health and wellness educators, and coaches. Students earning a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology may also pursue graduate education in the areas of kinesiology, athletic training, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and public health.

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.

Skills Level (7 credit hours)


Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First Year Seminar (1) - waived for transfer students

Liberal Arts Level (25 credit hours)


Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) - must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)


Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)

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.”

 

Major Related Requirements


Note


Pre-Physical Therapy students should also take BI 250 , CH 135, 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


Technology requirements are met in the major by 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 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 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 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 an Avila Professional Health Sciences 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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