Course List

Not all courses are available every semester. Please check the course schedule for the most updated listing of courses. 

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150,150W. Freshman Seminar
An intensive exploration of a specific topic in kinesiology through reading, writing and discussion. 

Topics could include:

Physiology of the Marathon
Harris
An introduction to the basic principles of exercise physiology and human performance with a focus on the marathon. This course also addresses the ethical issues surrounding performance enhancing drugs and techniques. Additionally, this course provides an introduction to the methods used to discuss and critique a scientific research paper.

Exercise at Earth's Extremes
Kambis
This course will examine the perils of exercise in extreme environments through thoroughly distilling decades of scientific study regarding exercise in hostile environments. The course will cover how to maintain optimal health and fitness during work or exercise in a multitude of stressful environments. Numerous environmental conditions are covered: heat, high altitude, humidity, air pollution, cold, wind-chill, day length, air ions, and underwater pressure. 

Liberal Arts Frontiers of Health and Human Movement
J. Charles
The course is designed to introduce first year students to the full spectrum of liberal arts perspectives that may be used to study Health and Human Movement. It engages students in intensive discussion, writing and reading about the application of liberal arts approaches to health and human movement in general and to research and develop a portfolio on health and human performance phenomena, such as the health emphasis on Exercise as Medicine and the movement performance emphasis on the Olympic Games.

Nutrition in Health and Disease
Kambis

This course will examine how specific components of foods may (or may not) impact our health and disease conditions.  Nutrition science is relatively new and is therefore susceptible to exploitation by unscrupulous people.  Many people do not know what to believe when they hear about or read conflicting reports concerning nutrition and health.  This course will encourage its participants to search existing peer-reviewed literature in a thoughtful way in order to establish a basis for critical evaluation of the current level of understanding of nutrition in health and disease.

 200. Introduction to the Human Body
(GER2B) Fall (3) Deschenes.
A broad-based examination of the human body. Structure and function of cells, tissues, and organ systems will be examined in a variety of applications such as lifespan, environmental and evolutionary adaptations. This course is not appropriate for premed students.

204. Introduction to Kinesiology & Health Sciences
Fall and Spring (3) Staff.
An introduction to the study of human movement with emphasis upon historical, philosophical, socio-cultural, physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects. This course provides an integrated set of general principles which are an appropriate preparation for further study in kinesiology and health sciences.

 270. Foundations of Epidemiology
Fall, Spring (3,3) Ickes.
An introduction to the core concepts of epidemiology, which is a study of the distribution of disease within a population and the factors that influence that distribution. The course will apply an epidemiologic lens to current issues in public health and clinical medicine.

280.  Introduction to Public Health
Spring (3) Ickes
An introduction to the key concepts and considerations in public health research and practice.  Selected public health topics will be presented from biomedical, epidemiologic, socio-cultural, and policy perspectives In the context of low, middle, and high-Income countries.

290. Introduction to Global Health
Fall, Spring (3,3) Scott
The course will introduce students to health issues around the world. Emphasis will be placed on social, economic, political, and environmental determinants of health, and health inequities.

295. Health-related  Exercise Prescription
(GER 2B) Fall (3) Staff.
This course addresses the scientific basis of designing exercise programs to promote health among individuals of all ages, and both sexes.  Special concerns (e.g. pregnancy, pre-diabetes, arthritis) will also be featured.  It will NOT address the conditioning of elite athletic performance.  Principles of overload, progression, and specificity are covered as well as intensity, frequency, duration, and mode.  Various methods of training (endurance, Interval, resistance, cross-training) are featured.  Finally, the detrimental effects of disuse, such as limb Immobilization or bed rest, will be discussed.

300. Social & Behavorial Science in Health
Fall (3) Scott
This course will introduce students to historical and current applications of the social and behavioral sciences in health research and practice. It will explore social and behavioral science approaches, models, and theories that relate to health, as well as their philosophical roots. The course also will examine social and behavioral determinants of health equity. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of the social and behavioral sciences in addressing public health problems, both domestically and globally.

301. Public Health & Physical Activity
Spring (3) Scott
The course will explore behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of physical activity. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of these issues to the obesity epidemic, and to widening health disparities based on class and race.

303. Human Anatomy
Fall, Spring and Summer (3,3,3) McCoy. Prerequisite: KINE 200 or BIOL 220 or BIOL 225.
Gross and histological study of the human organism with particular emphasis on the neuro-muscular systems as related to human movement.

304. Human Physiology
(GER 2B) Spring (3) DeschenesPrerequisite: KINE 200 or BIOL 220 or BIOL 225.
Detailed study of the manner in which different organ systems of the human body function.

305. Human Physiology Lab
(Lab) Spring (1) Looft-Wilson. Corequisite or prerequisite: KINE 304.
Experiments and demonstrations illustrating nerve and muscle function, sensory physiology, reflex activities, heart function and blood pressure and renal responses to fluid intake. Two laboratory hours.

308. Biomechanics of Human Movement
Spring (3) McCoy. Prerequisite: KINE 303. Corequisite: KINE 308L.
A study of the mechanical principles of the human body during movement. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.

314. Dissection Human Anatomy Lab
Fall, Spring and Summer (1,1,1) McCoy. Corequisite or prerequisite: KINE 303.
Examination of the human body through detailed cadaver dissection. Emphasis is placed on the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems of the body. Four laboratory hours.  There is a $85.00 fee associated with this course.

315. Human Anatomy Lab
Fall, Spring and Summer (1,1,1) McCoy. Corequisiteor prerequisite: KINE 303.
Examination of the human body through detailed cadaver dissection. Emphasis is placed on the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems of the body.  Two laboratory hours. There is a $85.00 fee associated with this course.

320. Issues in Health
Spring (3) Harris.
Contemporary issues in health are examined. These issues include immunity and AIDS; cancer and genetics; cardiovascular health and assisted suicides and abortion.

321. Health and Human Movement
Fall (3) Staff.
A survey of several contemporary topics in health including but not limited to mental/emotional health, cardiovascular health, human sexuality, nutrition, psychoactive drugs, alcohol and ethical issues.

322. Motor Learning
Fall and Spring (3,3) Kohl.
An introduction to the principles and concepts of learning basic to the acquisition and performance of physical skills. Factors and conditions affecting skill learning will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications in instructional setting.

335. Play, Sport and Culture
Summer (3) J. Charles.
An interdisciplinary examination of the significance of play, sport and other forms of human movement as socio-cultural phenomena. The course incorporates cross cultural analysis of play as an acculturation process and sport as an established institution.

340. Motor Development
(GER 3) Summer(3) Kohl.
This course is designed to examine the growth and development of motor skills throughout the entire life span, and to investigate the changes in motor development from childhood and adolescence through older adulthood.

350. Science of Nutrition
(GER2B) Fall, Spring and Summer (3,3,3) Kambis.
An introductory course beginning with the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system. Individual nutrients will be discussed and there will be an in depth treatment of life cycle nutrition issues.

352. Nutrition and the Brain
(GER2B, GER3, NSCI Behavioral Elective) Spring(3) Kambis.
Although the science of nutrition and brain function is relatively new and is still evolving, certain nutrients in foods are known to be essential to human brain function. Through exploration of past and current research in the area of nutrition science, students will be exposed to the development of the body of literature exploring the effects of various nutrients found in food and how these nutrients affect the brain and subsequent behavior. 

355. International Nutrition
Fall (3) Ickes.
The course provides and overview of the key nutrition problems facing developing countries today. This course uses physiologic, socio-cultural, and political-economic perspectives and multiple theoretical frameworks to examine the causes and consequences of poor nutrition.

360. Physiology of Aging
Fall (3) Looft-Wilson.
An introduction to the theories of aging, the physiological changes associated with aging, and common diseases of aging.Class discussion involves a survey of the basic scientific literature in aging research. 

365. Current Scholarship in Kinesiology & Health Sciences
Fall and Spring (1,1) Staff. Consent of instructor required.
Issues will be studied in conjunction with attendance at a regional or national professional meeting. Graded pass/fail. This class may be repeated for credit.

380. Introduction to Clinical Practice
Fall, Spring (3,3) Connell.
This course addresses principles of contemporary health care. Students are introduced to concepts in quality practice and economic issues affecting current health care delivery.

393. Health Ethics

(GER7) Fall, Spring (3,3) J. Charles.
An introduction to health-related ethical problems and the nature of ethical reasoning. Emphasis upon ethical problem-solving in personal, public, and environmental health for Kinesiology and Environmental Science/Studies majors.

394. Statistics and Evaluation
(GER 1) Fall (3) Staff. Prerequisite: KINE 204 or KINE 304
An introduction to the use of statistics within the process of evaluation. Descriptive and inferential statistical procedures including confidence intervals, correlation, t-tests, and analysis of variance are covered. Proper application of those procedures during the evaluation of data is emphasized.

405. Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health
Fall, Spring (3,3) Buchanan. Pre-requisite kine 270 or KINE 280 or KINE 290.
The course will explore medical and social aspects of maternal, neonatal, and child health, with emphasis on health systems and the continuum of care for women and children. Basic knowledge of global health or epidemiology is expected.

422. Motor Control
Fall (3) Kohl. Pre-requisite KINE 322.
Detailed study of issues associated with motor control. Drawing heavily from epistemology, neurology, cognitive science and motor behavior research the students will be expected to integrate and generalize such information to different clinical contexts.

442. Exercise Physiology
Fall (4) Harris. Prerequisite KINE 304 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: KINE 442L.
An in-depth study of the physiological aspects of exercise, fatigue, coordination, training and growth; functional tests with normal and abnormal subjects; investigations and independent readings.

450. Cardiovascular  Physiology
Spring (3) Looft-Wilson. Prerequisite KINE 304 or BIOL 225 or consent of instructor. 
A concentrated study of the normal function of the heart and blood vessels, coordinated responses of the cardiovascular system, and general features of cardiovascular diseases. Class discussion involves a survey of the basic scientific literature in cardiovascular research.

455. Physiology of Obesity
Spring (3) Looft-Wilson. Prerequisite KINE 304 or BIOL 225 or consent of instructor. 
A seminar course examining the physiology of body weight regulation, mechanisms of diseases that are associated with obesity and inactivity, and the role of the fat cell and its secretions in the disease process.

460. Topics in Kinesiology & Health Sciences
Fall and Spring (3,3) Staff.
Topics not covered in regular offerings. Subjects, prerequisites and instructor will vary from year to year. Course may be repeated if the topic varies.

†470,471. Independent Study in Kinesiology & Health Sciences
Fall, Spring and Summer (1-3,1-3,1-3) Staff. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
An independent study program for the advanced student involving reading, research and the writing of a paper. Permission of instructor required. This course may be repeated for credit.

†480,481. Kinesiology & Health Sciences Research
Fall, Spring (1-3,1-3) Staff. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
A course for the advanced student affording an opportunity for independent laboratory or field research under the supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor required. This course may be repeated for credit.

485. Cellular Basis of Neuromuscular Physiology
Fall (3) Deschenes. Prerequisite: KINE304,BIOL 103, 203, 204, or consent of instructor.
A detail study of the neuromuscular system and its exercise-induced adaptations at the cellular and biochemical levels. Topics include the development of the neuromuscular system, organization of motor units, characteristics of different muscle fiber types, substrate utilization and causes of fatigue.

493 Philosophy in Kinesiology & Health Sciences
(GER 7) Fall, Spring (3,3) J. Charles.
Philosophical principles in the context of human movement. Examination of the relationship of the mind and body and the distinctions between western and eastern attitudes towards the physical. Analysis of the ethics and the aesthetics of the kinesthetic dimension.

494. Environmental Human Physiology
Spring (3) Kambis. Prerequisite: KINE 442 or consent of instructor.
Lectures and applied research will determine how heat, cold, high terrestrial altitude, hyperbaric conditions, and air pollution affect human performance.

†495-496 Honors
Fall, Spring (3,3) Staff.
Students admitted to Honors study in kinesiology will enroll for both semesters of their senior year. Requirements include (a)supervised readings in the field of interest, (b)the preparation and presentation by April 15 of an Honors essay or an Honors thesis based on the students own research, and (c)satisfactory performance in an oral examination based on the Honors project and related background. Consult the chair for eligibility, admission and continuance requirements.

†498. Internship
Fall, Spring and Summer (3,3,3) McCoy, J. Charles, Kohl. Prerequisite: Kinesiology & Health Sciences Major.
A structured learning experience designed to complement and expand on the student’s academic course work. This course includes readings in related areas, portfolios, written reports and on-site supervision. The course may not be repeated for credit.