This concentration prepares individuals to enter careers in a broad array of settings related to kinesiology or to continue on for an advanced degree in a related health or kinesiology area. Some settings that graduates are prepared to work in include hospitals, fitness facilities, corporate fitness, recreation, independent personal training and therapeutic exercise programs, and managing or developing fitness programs in small business, large corporate, or recreational settings .
Students entering the program must be able and willing to devote themselves to a program requiring a minimum of 100 hours of daytime field experiences in various kinesiology-related settings. These kinesiology-related clinical hours are completed in conjunction with program courses. In addition, the student must spend a minimum of 10 weeks completing an internship related to the major.
Physical Education Core: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Physical Education Activity Core: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Physical Education Team & Individual Sports: 6 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Choose three of the following:
Advanced Standing Education Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Focus in Business within the Sport and Fitness management concentration
Commerce Foundations: 12 quarter hours required
Focus in Exercise Science in the Sport and Fitness Management concentration
Science Related Courses: 12 quarter hours required
Open Electives: 12 quarter hours are required
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, WRD 101, WRD 101, and MAT 95.
Consult with Physical Education faculty members for procedures for the internship. The internship experience is done at the very end of the program and requires all coursework for the major and liberal studies to be completed.
Internship: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better require
Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures above. All students also take PE 384 with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
This course will provide students with an introductory background in nutrition throughout the life span. The study of foods and their effects upon health, development and performance of the individual will be emphasized. Software analysis of dietary intakes will facilitate an individual reflective approach to an application of the content.
BEGINNING WEIGHT TRAINING
(2 credits) This course introduces students to strength training principles and activities: free weights, resistance machines, and functional exercises. Emphasis is placed on the development of strength and flexibility of the major muscle groups. Health-related fitness guidelines are presented to assist the student in developing overall fitness.
FITNESS AND CONDITIONING
(2 credits) The main components of health-related fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition are integrated into the fitness sessions, topic presentations, and health/fitness assessments. Emphasis is placed on improving overall wellness through exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.
(2 credits) This course is designed to provide the student with skill instruction and analysis of the most widely used swimming strokes and basic dives. Principles of hydrodynamics and basic water safety will also be emphasized. Various individual skill levels will be considered to provide a safe and inclusive experience. Additionally, this course introduces the student to the concepts and procedures for teaching basic swimming in a school setting.
(2 credits) This course provides instruction and requires participation in the dynamics of exercises that train the cardio respiratory system. These exercises include but are not limited to low-impact aerobics, high impact aerobics, step-aerobics, use of cardio equipment, spin, slide, and circuit training.
(2 credits) Offered alternate years. Fundamental skills, group drills, strategy, styles of offensive and defensive team play will be covered. Physical education majors will focus on teaching, officiating and assessment.
(2 credits) Offered alternate years. Fundamental skills, drills, strategy, team play, rules interpretation, and officiating will be covered. Physical education majors will focus on teaching, officiating and assessment.
(2 credits) Offered alternate years. Development of basic skills and progressive teaching stages: fundamental stage, game-related stage, game-condition stage, and functional training to include experience in speedball and other lead-up activities.
(2 credits) Offered alternate years. Fundamental skills, group skills, styles of offensive and defensive team strategy will be covered. Physical education majors will focus on teaching, officiating and assessment.
TRACK AND FIELD
(2 credits) Offered alternate years. Track and field skills, rules, warm-up drills, management of track and field meets will be covered. Physical education majors will focus on teaching, officiating and assessment.
(2 credits) This class introduces and reviews the fundamentals of basketball. It covers basic skills and knowledge of game play, court positions, rules, and drills carried out in practice situations. Physical education majors will focus on teaching, officiating and assessment.
(2 credits) Basic patterns of movement for a controlled golf swing with woods and irons; chipping, pitching and putting skills. Golf course rules and playing instructions. Teaching methods for application of skills stressed.
FITNESS TESTING, ASSESSMENT AND PRESCRIPTION
This course is designed to provide theoretical knowledge of and select practical skills in fitness assessment, exercise program design, and client instruction in preparation for a national certification exam in personal training. Topics include guidelines for instructing safe, effective, and purposeful exercise, essentials of the client-trainer relationship, conducting health and fitness assessments, and designing and implementing appropriate exercise programming.
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.
INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I
Introduction to Accounting I, provides an introduction to financial accounting as the means of recording, storing and summarizing economic events of the business enterprise to meet external reporting needs. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and analysis of financial statements and other financial reports to the public based on the accounting equation, accrual accounting concepts, and data gathering techniques. Topics include corporate accounting for current and long term assets and current liabilities, and the corporate income statement.
MAT 130 is a prerequisite for this class.
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
Effective application of managerial techniques and concepts to continually improve an organization's competitive position in the marketplace. Topics include management processes, values and attitudes, ethics and diversity, the global environment of management, strategic planning, organizational structures, motivation, leadership, teams, human resources, organizational control, and organizational communications.
At least 88 cumulative units is a prerequisite for Business courses that require Junior standing.
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
Marketing 301 introduces basic marketing terminology and the relationships between and among these terms relevant to the creation and implementation of basic marketing strategy. The course content also focuses upon the controllable and uncontrollable variables which have bearing on the success or failure of marketing programs. The course also provides students with opportunities to demonstrate their ability to connect concepts discussed in the text and those same concepts appearing in academic and practitioner publications and popular business periodicals.
MAT 137 or equivalent is a prerequisite for this class.
SPORT AND EXERCISE NUTRITION
This course will provide the student with advanced knowledge of all areas of nutrition as they relate to the different types of exercise and sports. Prior basic nutritional knowledge is required for successful completion of this course. Topics will include but not limited to substrate utilization during different types of metabolic processes, hyper-hydration and nutrients loading prior to activity, nutrient maintenance during various types of exercise, recovery nutrition, nutrition planning for weight management, sport specific nutrition and consumer issues related to sport supplementation.
GENERAL PHYSICS I
Mechanics, vibrations and fluids. Laboratory fee.
MAT 131 or above is a prerequisite for this class.
HEALTH RESEARCH LITERACY
The purpose of this course is to provide students in the Health Sciences Program the methodology and skills required for literacy in health, and to comprehend the results of health sciences research. In this course students seeking careers in the health sciences will go beyond the health literacy level suggested for the general public in preparation for professional practice in clinical, policy, administrative, and basic science fields.
A Health Science major is a prerequisite for this class.
PREPARATION FOR COLLEGE READING (FORMERLY WRC 107)
For students who need extra preparation in the development of college reading skills. Emphasizes development of reading strategies suitable for understanding a range of texts. Formerly WRC 107.
BASIC WRITING I (FORMERLY ENG 101)
An introduction to academic writing; extensive practice in gathering and organizing ideas; attention to correctness in mechanics, grammar, and usage. Students placed in 101 are required to enroll subsequently in 102. Formerly ENG 101.
An introduction to functions, linear equations, linear inequalities, absolute values, systems of linear equations, exponents, and polynomials. Formerly WRC 204.
MAT 094or placement is a prerequisite for this course.
INTERNSHIP IN FITNESS MANAGEMENT
(12 credits) Four hundred hours of supervised training in a health setting will be completed through this course. Students will receive practical experience in fitness testing, individual and group training, class instruction, program planning, and other facets of fitness management programming. Special interests of students will be addressed based on the internship site. (PREREQUISITE(S): Open only to students who have applied and been accepted by the fitness management program advisor, and have completed all coursework).
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CAPSTONE
The senior capstone course is designed to help students integrate the central emphases of their liberal learning studies curriculum into their professional behavior. It will provide prospective physical education teachers with opportunities to engage in activities requiring them to be reflective, to consider value commitments, to use critical and creative thinking, and to examine their practice from a multicultural perspective as they discuss issues specific to early childhood education. THe course is grounded in the School of Education's framework for an Urban Professional Multicultural Educator, which also reflects the goals of the Liberal Studies program.
ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Theories of development throughout adolescence including current issues of problems and growth crises in attaining maturation. The course also includes adult and aging life span considerations. Emphasis is placed on the role of the early childhood professional in interaction with adults in the lives of young children (i.e., parents, grandparents).
HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
This course is an introduction to the study of the process of human development from conception to old age. Through a range of theories, the periods of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood are examined with particular attention to the role of culture, gender, and class as they inform the contextualized process of growth and change across the life span.