Courses & Requirements

Courses & Requirements

Kinesiology

Overview

Kinesiology encompasses the study of human development, anatomy, physiology, mechanics, and motor learning. Within each sub discipline students study positive and negative stressors that govern human performance. In addition, discussions focus on numerous clinical conditions, and the exercise, nutritional, and medical techniques used to prevent and control these problems. The purpose of this major is to develop and integrate the concepts and principles from each sub-discipline to understand the complexity of the human mind and body. This major prepares students for advanced studies in medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, kinesiology, and other related life science programs.

Departmental Mission Statement: Our mission is to foster in a diverse group of students an understanding and appreciation of human functions and to encourage and develop learning skills that enhance their personal and professional growth.

Goals:

  • Critical Thinking. Students should learn how to engage in critical, evidence-based thinking.
  • Integration across Levels of Analysis. Students should understand and integrate different levels of analysis in their working model of human form and function.
  • Mastery of Core Knowledge. Students are expected to master a significant proportion of the vocabulary and core body of knowledge in Kinesiology.
  • Mastery of Discipline-Specific Conventions. Majors should be able to read and understand the primary source literature in Kinesiology (journals and books) and to integrate and present that information in prescribed, discipline-specific ways, including oral and written exposition.

Major Requirements

COURSEWORK

Eight courses (35 units) are required for the Kinesiology major.

Fundamental coursework:

PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology

4

KINE 300Human Anatomy I

4

KINE 301Human Anatomy II

4

KINE 302Biomechanics

4

KINE 304Human Physiology

4

KINE 305Exercise Physiology

4

KINE 310Motor Learning and Control

4

KINE 490Senior Seminar

4

Additional Elective:

Choose one course

KINE 201Sport in American Society

4

KINE 210Nutrition and Homeostasis

4

KINE 299Women's Sports and Empowerment

4

KINE 306Biochemistry of Exercise and Energy

4

KINE 308Diet, Disease, and Exercise

4

KINE 309Developmental Motor Behavior

4

KINE 311Sport and Exercise Psychology

4

Chemistry Component:

Choose one option

Option 1
CHEM 120Foundations of General Chemistry

4

CHEM 240Integrated Concepts in General Chemistry

4

Option 2
CHEM 130Advanced Placement General Chemistry

4

CHEM 240Integrated Concepts in General Chemistry

4

Mathematics Component:

Calculus 1Scientific Modeling and Differential Calculus

Calculus 2Scientific Modeling and Integral Calculus

Physics Component:

Choose one course

PHYS 110Introductory Mechanics

4

PHYS 115General Physics I

4

Biology Component:

Choose one option

Option 1
BIO 110Organisms on Earth

4

BIO 130Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4

Option 2
BIO 115General Zoology

4

BIO 130Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4

Pre-professional students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Health Professions Office and with their academic advisor early in their career. Students planning to apply to medical schools should take two semesters of Physics and four semesters of Chemistry. Students planning to apply to physical therapy schools should take two semesters of Physics and at least two upper-division Psychology courses.

WRITING REQUIREMENT

Students majoring in Kinesiology will satisfy the final component of Occidental College's college-wide writing requirement by successfully completing the written research requirements with a letter grade of "B" or better for two of the following 300-level courses: KINE 302, KINE 305, KINE 306, KINE 309, KINE 310, KINE 311 and KINE 395. Students should familiarize themselves with the departmental requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the Writing Program and the department chair for additional information.

COMPREHENSIVE EXPERIENCE

The comprehensive experience is fulfilled by the successful completion of the requirements in KINE 490.

HONORS

Honors in Kinesiology may be awarded at graduation to qualified students. Students eligible for College honors are those who have: 1) earned an overall College grade point average of 3.25 or better, 2) earned a grade point average in departmental courses of 3.5 or better, 3) performed independent research and presented their findings at an undergraduate conference (e.g., Occidental’s summer research program or the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference), or 4) submitted a final research paper complete with the appropriate sections and a comprehensive literature review.

Minor Requirements

COURSEWORK

Five courses (22-24 units) are required for the Kinesiology minor.

Fundamental Coursework:

KINE 104Introduction to Kinesiology

4

KINE 300Human Anatomy I

4

KINE 301Human Anatomy II

4

KINE 104: A student may replace KINE 104 with any upper division Kinesiology course as long as he or she has completed the necessary prerequisites.

Additional Electives:

Choose two courses

KINE 201Sport in American Society

4

KINE 302Biomechanics

4

KINE 304Human Physiology

4

KINE 305Exercise Physiology

4

KINE 306Biochemistry of Exercise and Energy

4

KINE 308Diet, Disease, and Exercise

4

KINE 309Developmental Motor Behavior

4

KINE 310Motor Learning and Control

4

KINE 311Sport and Exercise Psychology

4

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