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Program Descriptions


Rick Swalm, Undergraduate Coordinator 
(215) 204-8713

The undergraduate program in Kinesiology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree requires students to complete coursework in three broad areas: the University Core Curriculum, the discipline of Human Movement, and a professional application track or advanced study in the discipline of Human Movement. 

The University Core Curriculum is divided into 10 categories (i.e., intellectual heritage, composition and writing, individual and society, foreign language/international studies, quantitative analysis, arts, American culture, studies in race, science and technology, and library orientation). Even though there are numerous courses which can be taken to meet these requirements, the department requires Anatomy and Physiology (Kines C100 and C101) for the science and technology requirement and both Introduction to Sociology (SOC C050) and Introduction to Psychology (PSY C050) for the individual and society requirement. All University Core courses must be completed with a minimum C- grade in order to count toward graduation.

The discipline of Human Movement includes a group of core courses (Kinesiology 0001, 0202-0206) which deals with the intellectual, physical, social, psychological, and philosophical factors which influence and are influenced by human beings as they move. In addition to the core courses, students are required to satisfy the forms of movement competency requirement, which consists of developing knowledge and skills in a broad spectrum of movement activities (i.e., aquatics, fitness, survival, and lifestyle).

The professional application tracks allow students to concentrate their studies in one of four areas (i.e., athletic training; exercise and sport science; teacher education, PHETE; and human movement studies). Students select the tracks which satisfy their professional goals.

The Undergraduate Athletic Training Program prepares students to work with the physically active population at all levels of competition. The athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges, universities, professional teams, and sports medicine clinics, providing leadership in the prevention, evaluation, immediate care, and rehabilitation of sport related injuries. The athletic training program requires fulfillment of both academic courseware and clinical fieldwork experiences. This program of study is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Program (CAAHEP) and is designed to prepare students for certification as athletic trainers by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and for Class "A" certification in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Admission into the athletic training program is competitive. In addition to the prerequisite courseware and fieldwork experiences, applicants must: demonstrate via physical examination that they can meet the established written technical standards of the program, successfully complete PE 0241 and PE 0242 at Temple University, and show evidence of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Standard First Aid certifications. 

The Undergraduate Exercise and Sport Science Program provides students with knowledge and competencies required for professional service in a variety of sport, fitness, wellness, and rehabilitation settings.  The Exercise and Sport Science program also prepares students for graduate study in exercise physiology or in a variety of related allied health professions. Program competencies include health screening, fitness assessment, exercise program development, health-fitness counseling, and therapeutic exercise supervision of patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disorders. Concentration courses include, but are not limited to, the following: advanced exercise physiology, exercise in health and disease, exercise testing and programming, electrocardiography, exercise and aging, and applied technology. Students are required to select a specialization area from one of the following:  health promotion, gerontology, pre allied health, or business and management.

Teacher education is the focus of the undergraduate Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) track. This concentration prepares students to teach physical and health education in public and private schools (grades K through 12). The PHETE program integrates academic preparation with field work experiences each semester culminating in a dual level (secondary and elementary) full semester student teaching experience. Coursework in discipline specific content, methods of teaching, assessment and evaluation, educational psychology, educational foundations, cultural diversity and adapted activities, and administration all help teacher education students assume their roles as competent teachers in today's society. Admission into the PHETE program takes place after the sophomore year upon completing the pre-admission courseware, two in-school teaching experiences, the Pre-Professional Skills Tests in reading, mathematics, writing, and listening, the Praxis test in elementary content knowledge, and an interview with the PHETE faculty. All PHETE and Health Science courses must be completed with a minimum B- grade in order to count toward certification. A GPA of 3.0 or greater in the major is required for certification. Upon completion of the program, and after passing the appropriate standardized tests, graduates will be licensed to teach by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pre-Allied Health is a pre-professional interest area which can be completed either through the Exercise and Sport Science track or the Human Movement track. It is designed for students interested in preparing for a master's degree in any of the allied health professions. Students take the necessary prerequisite courses for this admission built upon the core knowledge within Kinesiology.  This core provides a strong  foundation from which to develop numerous ancillary professional applications. Pre-physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician's assistant are just a few of the numerous directions students in this area pursue. 

Human Movement Studies is a general degree program which includes an overview of the discipline of human movement without a professional emphasis. Students choose an expanded liberal arts background or use electives to design their own programs. Sports journalism, sport psychology, pre-allied health, and health-fitness promotion are examples of possible programs.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

All students must complete 1-4 below: 

1. University Core Curriculum Courses (35-40 s.h.) 
2. Human Movement Core Courses - PE 0001, 0202-0206 (20 s.h.) 
3. Forms of Movement Courses - PE 0008-0099 (6-10 s.h.) 
4. Advanced experience, track, and elective courses (67-70 s.h.) 

Note: All courses which serve as prerequisites for other courses in the Department of Kinesiology must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Departmental core and track requirements must be satisfactorily completed prior to enrolling in any internship.

Professional Option Requirements

Students may select a professional application track and electives to complete the 128 semester hours required for graduation.  There are three options:  I. Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE),  II. Athletic Training and 
III. Exercise and Sport Science, they are more fully described below.


PHETE Courses
0244 Introduction to Teaching Health Education I (1 s.h.) 
0245 Introduction to Teaching Health Education II (1 s.h.) 
0246 Basic Movement I (1 s.h.) 
0247 Basic Movement II (1 s.h.) 
0248 Advanced Movement I (3 s.h.) 
0249 Advanced Movement II (3 s.h.) 
0250 Micro-teaching in PHETE (1 s.h.) 
0251 Tutorial Experience in PHETE (1 s.h.) 
0252 Teaching - Teacher and Program (4 s.h.) 
0253 Teaching - Learner and Process (4 s.h.) 
0254 Teaching - School Environment (2 s.h.) 
0255 Student Teaching (12 s.h.) 
0256 Developmental and Adapted Learning (3 s.h.) 
0257 PHETE Practicum I (1 s.h.) 
0258 PHETE Practicum II (1 s.h.) 
0259 PHETE Practicum III (1 s.h.) 
0260 Student Teaching Seminar (1 s.h.) 

Health Science Courses
0230 Health Science I - Physical, Environmental (3 s.h.) 
0231 Health Science II - Behavioral (3 s.h.) 
0232 Health Science III (3 s.h.) 
Health Studies Elective (3 s.h.) 

Education Courses
0155 Inclusive Education in a Diverse Society (3 s.h.)
First Aid and CPR Certification (0 s.h.) 


Kinesiology Courses
KINES 0142: Basic Techniques in Athletic Training (2 s.h.)
KINES 0144: Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care (3 s.h.) 
KINES 0241: Lower Extremity: Assessment/Evaluation of Injuries (3 s.h.)
KINES 0242: Upper Extremity: Assessment/Evaluation of Injuries (3 s.h.)
KINES 0243: Head, Neck, & Spine: Assessment/Evaluation of Injuries (3 s.h.)
KINES 0244: Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (3 s.h.)
KINES 0247: Athletic Training Practicum I (3 s.h.)
KINES 0248: Athletic Training Practicum II (3 s.h.)
KINES 0310: Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.) 
KINES 0341: Therapeutic Modalities (4 s.h.)
KINES 0342: Therapeutic Exercise (4 s.h.)
KINES 0343: Advanced Athletic Training (3 s.h.)
KINES 0345: Special Topics in Athletic Training (3 s.h.)
KINES 0347: Athletic Training Practicum III (3 s.h.)
KINES 0348: Athletic Training Practicum IV (3 s.h.) 

Health Science Courses
HS 0104 Nutrition and Health (3 s.h.) 
HS 0351 Emergency Medical Practice (3 s.h.) 


Kinesiology Courses
KINES C100-101 Human Anatomy Physiology (8 s.h.) 
KINES 0144 Movement Injuries:  Care and Prevention (3 s.h.)
KINES 0162 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science (3 s.h.)
KINES 0163 Basic Electrocardiography (3 s.h.)
KINES 0180 Applied Technology in Kinesiology (3 s.h.)
KINES 0268 Prevention and Rehabilitation in Fitness Management. (3 s.h.)
KINES 0310 Physiology of Exercise (3 s.h.)
KINES 0312 Exercise and Nutrient Metabolism (3 s.h.)
KINES 0313 Exercise and Aging (3 s.h.)
KINES 0360 Intro. to Graded Exercises Testing and Exercising Rx (4 s.h.)
KINES 0361 Internship in Exercising Sciences (6-12 s.h.)

Choose a minimum of three 3-credit courses in one of the four areas listed below, A. Health Promotion and Behavior, B. Allied Health, C. Gerontology or 
D. Business. 

A. Health Promotion and Behavior (Electives - choose any 3 courses) 

0339 Self-Development and Sport

Counseling Psychology
0181 Introduction to Counseling Psychology 

0121 The Developing Individual Across the Lifespan

Health Studies 
0102 Disease Prevention and Control
0103 Healthy Psychology and Human Behavior 
0104 Nutrition and Health
0110 Health Studies Issues
0324 Health Counseling 
0348 Coping with Life Stress
0353 Leisure and Aging 

Healthcare Management
0101 Introduction to Healthcare Management

Psychoeducational Processes
0312 Introduction to Group Dynamics

B. Pre-Allied Health (Electives - choose any 3 courses)*

C083 General Biology I (4 s.h.)
C084 General Biology II (4 s.h.)

C073 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
C074 General Chemistry II (4 s.h.) 

C083 College Physics I (4 s.h.)
C084 College Physics II (4 s.h.) 

One upper-level psychology course (3 s.h.)

One upper-level sociology course (3 s.h.) 

0122 Inferential Methods in Psychology (3-4 s.h.) or 
0201 Statistical Methods in Sociology 

*The pre-requisites to various Allied Health programs vary as to program and institution.  All such pre-requisites must be completed at the time of application, see your adviser for more information. 

C. Gerontology (Electives - choose any 3 courses )*

Health Studies
0324 Health Counseling 
0325 Human Sexuality and Family Living Education 
0328 Death and Dying 
0348 Coping with Life Stress 
0353 Leisure and Aging 
0358 TR and Long Term Care 

Aging (Topics in Psychology Series 0320) 

0343/H393 Death and Dying 

Social Work
0368 Psycho-Social Aspects of Aging 
0369 Societal Responses to Aging 
0378 Group Work with the Elderly 
0373 Loss and Grief 

*For additional information on the Gerontology certificate for undergraduates contact the Institute on Aging.

D. Business (Electives - choose any 3 courses)*

0001 Principles of Accounting I 
0002 Principles of Accounting II 

C051 Macroeconomics
C052 Microeconomics

Human Resource Administration
0083 Organization and Management 

0081 Introduction to Marketing 

Risk Management and Insurance
0001 Introduction to Risk Management 

Statistical Analysis
C021 Statistics or equivalent 

*For information regarding a Business minor see your adviser in the college in which you are pursuing your degree.

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