Course List

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COLL 100. Firs Year Experience
Courses include:

Eating: Nutrition, Digestion, Appetite
Spring (4) Looft-Wilson
A combination of lecture and discussion, this course covers basic human nutrition, the physiology of taste and digestion, and the control of appetite through examination of the current scientific/medical literature. This course will develop student presentation and scientific inquiry skills.

Public Health & Physical Activity
Spring (4) Menefee
From a young age, children hear from teachers, parents, and commercials that being physically active promotes health.  But if being active is that simple, then why don’t more people exercise regularly?  And why do we have an obesity epidemic in the US?  In this course, we will examine why telling people to ‘work out’ is insufficient.  We will investigate physical activity from a Public Health perspective and examine aspects of our world that facilitate or hinder physical activity. We will question why we tend to blame individuals for their poor health behaviors, instead of looking at the complex social, economic, and environmental factors that may overwhelm individual motivation to live a healthier life. Throughout the course, students will collaborate with peers on projects that model real-world Public Health practice.

COLL 150. First Year Experience
Courses include:

Physiology of the Marathon
(COLL 150) Fall and Spring (4,4) Harris
 An introduction to the basic principles of exercise physiology and human performance with a focus on the marathon. The course also addresses principles of training, nutrition, biomechanics and running related injuries as well as the intersection of physiological versus psychological limitations of endurance performance. Additionally, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop their reading, writing and oral communication skills using topics related to the marathon.

Exercise at Earth's Extremes
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

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) Queen.
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
(NQR) Fall and Spring (3,3) Kohl.
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) Staff.
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) Staff.
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
(COLL 200, NQR) 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, Spring (3,3) Burnet.
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
(3) Staff
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) Queen. 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.

310. Microbes in Human Disease
Fall (3) Queen
An introductory course investigating microbes and their impact on human health. Topics to include pathogens of humans, their mechanism of action, their clinical relevance in the US and abroad, functions of the immune system and current medical practices to protect humans from infection.

311. Microbes in Human Health Laboratory
Fall (1) Queen. Corequisite or prerequisite: KINE 310.
This course will introduce microbiological techniques in order to allow students to understand prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.  In this lab, techniques will focus on bacteria, with students learning to use aseptic technique in the isolation and identification of bacterial species.

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.

325. Environmental Issues in Public Health
Fall, Spring (3) Staff
This course explores how the environment impacts human health. It introduces the methods used to study environmental health, surveys the nature and control of environmental hazards, and touches on some hot topics and current controversies in the field.

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)(COLL 200, NQR) Spring(3) Kambis. Meets Writing Requirement for KINE & NSCI
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. 

354. Nutrition in Health & Disease
Fall (3) Kambis
This course is designed to present both core nutrition information as well as nutrition guidelines regarding the reduction of risk of chronic diseases as well as diet therapy during illness. Coverage of current research topics will elucidate specialty areas and advanced subjects. Another component of this course is to help students of nutrition evaluate information and products available from the media, colleagues, and the marketplace.

360. Physiology of Aging
Spring (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) Staff.
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. Meets Writing Requirement
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
(COLL 200, NQR)(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.

400. Sport Psychology
(3) Staff (GER3)
This course is designed as an introduction to the study of psychological dimensions to sport. Various topics which will be included: behavior change in sport, motivation, personality factors and the elite athlete. Structure of the course also allows the student to investigate topics of individual interest.

403. The Social Determinants of Health: Living and Dying in the USA
Spring (3) Cross-listed American Studies course.
An exploration of the conditions in which individuals are born, live, work, and age as determinants of health outcomes. Such conditions as race, class, sexual orientation, income, zip code, and job security and autonomy will be considered. To be explored are such health domains as adverse birth outcomes; injuries and homicides; adolescent pregnancy; HIV-AIDS; addiction; heart disease; chronic lung disease; mental health, and age-related disability. Readings include newspaper and magazine accounts; medical journals; and such texts as U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, (on-line) and M. Marmot, The Status Syndrome (N.Y. :Holt, 2004).    

404. Global Health Issues
Spring (3) Cross-listed Sociology Course
This course will offer a cross cultural comparative analysis of the definitions of health and health care delivery, as well as an overview of specific chronic and acute health issues.  The course will address global health broadly and focus on global health disparity. We will analyze disparity with a multidisciplinary perspective, evaluating the political, economic, and sociocultural aspects of health inequality. Special topics in this course will focus on health care and health issues of women.   

405. Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health
Fall, Spring (3,3) Buchanan. Pre-requisite KINE 270 or KINE 280 or KINE 290. Meets Writing Requirement. Cross listed with GSWS 390B.
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
Fall (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
Fall (3) Looft-Wilson. Prerequisite KINE 304 or BIOL 225 or consent of instructor. Meets Writing Requirement
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. Meets Writing Requirement
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. Meets Writing Requirement
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
Spring (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) (COLL 200, ALV) Fall, Spring (3,3) J. Charles. Meets Writing Requirement
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. Meets Writing Requirement
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
(COLL 400) Fall, Spring and Summer (3,3,3) McCoyDeschenes, Scott. Prerequisite: Kinesiology & Health Sciences Major. Meets Writing Requirement
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. This course requires at least 90 hours of contact time with a professional along with a 10 page research paper. To satisfy the COLL 400 requirement students will present their research paper in poster form at a Student Research Symposium near the end of the semester.

†499. Internship
Fall, Spring and Summer (3,3,3) McCoyDeschenes, Scott. Prerequisite: Kinesiology & Health Sciences Major. Meets Writing Requirement
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. This course requires at least 90 hours of contact time with a professional along with a 10 page research paper.