Rick Swalm, Undergraduate Coordinator
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:
University Core Curriculum Courses (35-40 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.
I. PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION (PHETE)
Health Science Courses
II. ATHLETIC TRAINING
Health Science Courses
III. EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE
A. Health Promotion and Behavior (Electives - choose any 3 courses)
B. Gerontology (Electives - choose any 3 courses )*
*For additional information on the Gerontology certificate for undergraduates contact the Institute on Aging.
C. Business (Electives - choose any 3 courses)*
Human Resource Administration
Risk Management and Insurance
*For information regarding a Business minor see your adviser in the college in which you are pursuing your degree.
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