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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 C060) 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 physically active populations 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 Commonwealth 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 Kines 241 and Kines 242 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:  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, 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 coursework, two in-school teaching experiences, the Pre-Professional Skills Tests in reading, mathematics, writing, and the Praxis test in elementary content knowledge, as well as 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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater is required for admission and certification. After admission two additional Praxis tests are required for certification:  Principles of Learning and Teaching (K-6 or 7-12) and Heath and Physical Education Content Knowledge.  Upon completion of the program, and after passing the appropriate standardized tests, graduates will be licensed to teach by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Human Movement Studies is a general degree program which includes an overview of the discipline of human movement without a prearranged 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.  Pre-Allied Health is a pre-professional interest area which a lot of students seek through the Human Movement Studies option.  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.

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


 Introduction to Teaching Health Education I 

1 s.h.


 Introduction to Teaching Health Education II 

1 s.h. 


Basic Movement I 

1 s.h. 


Basic Movement II 

1 s.h. 


Advanced Movement I 

3 s.h. 


Advanced Movement II 

3 s.h. 


Micro-teaching in PHETE 

1 s.h. 


Tutorial Experience in PHETE 

1 s.h. 


Teaching - Teacher and Program 

4 s.h. 


Teaching - Learner and Process 

4 s.h. 


Teaching - School Environment 

2 s.h. 


Student Teaching 

12 s.h.


Developmental and Adapted Learning 

3 s.h. 


PHETE Practicum I 

1 s.h.


PHETE Practicum II 

1 s.h. 


PHETE Practicum III 

1 s.h. 


Student Teaching Seminar 

1 s.h. 

Health Science Courses


Health Science I - Physical, Environmental 

3 s.h. 


Health Science II - Behavioral 

3 s.h. 


Health Science III 

3 s.h. 


Health Studies Elective 

3 s.h. 

Education Courses


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. Gerontology or C. Business. 

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



 Self-Development and Sport

Counseling Psychology


 Introduction to Counseling Psychology 



 The Developing Individual Across the Lifespan

Health Studies


 Disease Prevention and Control


 Healthy Psychology and Human Behavior 


 Nutrition and Health


 Health Studies Issues


 Health Counseling 


 Coping with Life Stress


 Leisure and Aging 

Healthcare Management


 Introduction to Healthcare Management

Psychoeducational Processes


 Introduction to Group Dynamics

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

Health Studies


 Health Counseling 


 Human Sexuality and Family Living Education 


 Death and Dying 


 Coping with Life Stress 


 Leisure and Aging 


 TR and Long Term Care 

Aging (Topics in Psychology Series 0320) 



 Death and Dying 

Social Work


 Psycho-Social Aspects of Aging 


 Societal Responses to Aging 


 Group Work with the Elderly 


 Loss and Grief 

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

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



 Principles of Accounting I 


 Principles of Accounting II 






Human Resource Administration


 Organization and Management 



 Introduction to Marketing 

Risk Management and Insurance


 Introduction to Risk Management 

Statistical Analysis


 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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