Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Assistant Professor Prasanna Acharya
Instructor Eric McClarey
Instructor Alex Wolfe
Part-time Instructor Shawn Woods, Jr.

Majors & Programs


KI 101: First Aid and CPR/AED

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to recognize, assess, and respond to emergency situations. Students will learn how to provide first aid and CPR, as well as administer an AED. Students can choose to become certified at the end of the course.

KI 201: Introduction to Kinesiology

The purpose of this course is to introduce the exciting field of study that is kinesiology. This course lays the foundation for studying the many aspects of human movement, performance, and health. Students will explore topics such as career paths, anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and movement terminology.

KI 211: Foundations of Physical Education

This is a study of significant concepts of physical education with emphasis on history, current issues and trends in the field. Students learn about and gain experience teaching locomotor and manipulative skills. May include relevant field placement/trips.

KI 214: Teaching Physical Activities

This course teaches how to guide the dynamic interaction between individuals and within groups engaged in activities for personal and social development. It applies techniques, skills, and strategies involved in individual and team sports, fitness activities and dance. The course includes units on team building and ethical decision-making in physical education and sport settings.

KI 225: Nutrition

The primary focus of this course is to provide the student with a broad foundation of basic and advanced nutritional concepts such that they will acquire an increased understanding of the biological implications which govern the study of nutrition. Topics include the action, interaction, and balance of food constituents as they pertain to human health and disease.

KI 232: Motor Development

This course is intended to introduce students to changes in motor skills (like walking, reaching and grasping, etc.) across different stages of the human lifespan (from infancy to older adulthood), the processes that underlie these changes factors that affect them. Further, this course also discusses different theoretical perspectives that are relevant to understand human motor development.

KI 308: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

This course includes how to follow safety practices, principles of emergency first aid and equipment maintenance procedures. It also involves the practice and study of the recognition of athletic injuries and rehabilitation of these injuries.

KI 310: Adaptive Physical Education

This course explores the techniques and methods of involving children with physical disabilities in physical education activities. May include relevant field placement/trips.

KI 326: Teaching K-12 Physical Education

This course explores the specific skills and techniques utilized by K-12 teachers of physical education. Prerequisites: Admission to the Program and Senior standing. 

KI 332: Applied Motor Learning

This is a required course for Kinesiology and Exercise Science majors who choose the physical education track. It will build on the concepts of KI 232 (Motor Development) by directly applying them to the physical education setting. Topics include discrete vs continuous skills, locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills, gross and fine skills, and open and closed skills. Other topics are stages of motor learning, whole vs part learning, and types of feedback specific to teaching.

KI 340: Exercise Physiology

An analysis of muscle function/biomechanics, and study of the responses and adaptations of the human body during exercise. Four class hours and one two-hours laboratory per week.

KI 341: Biomechanics

This course examines the concepts of body mechanics as they are applied to movement. Students will investigate how forces act on the body and how the body creates force for exercise and sport performance. Topics include internal/external kinetics, linear and angular motion, and kinematics. Four class hours and one two-hours laboratory per week.

KI 383: Exercise Testing, Evaluation, and Prescription

This course explores the practical application of testing and measurement of personal fitness. It requires students to develop and analyze assessment tools for use in the weight room as well as to know and understand current scholarly research on this area.