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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

College of Health and Human Services


Kinesiology (KIN)


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Chairperson: Erik E. Swartz
Professor: Ronald V. Croce, Michael A. Gass, Erik E. Swartz, Steven C. Wright
Associate Professor: Heather Barber, Brent J. Bell, Karen E. Collins, Summer Cook, Michelle A. Grenier, Dain LaRoche, John P. Miller, Timothy J. Quinn, Jayson O. Seaman
Assistant Professor: Kiernan O. Gordon
Clinical Associate Professor: Laurie Gullion, Daniel R. Sedory
Clinical Assistant Professor: Tara Flippo, Pam McPhee, Melissa Rodgers, Ben Towne
Instructor: Karen N. Henny
Senior Lecturer: Thomas W. Ashwell
Lecturer: Nathan Fitch

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to generate, transmit, and apply knowledge about the role of physical activity (including exercise, movement, outdoor adventure experiences, and sport) in the advancement of health in society. The department has several teaching, research, and service functions that support this mission, including the preparation of professionals in the one major and four options described below. While programs vary in emphasis, each curriculum offers students fundamental knowledge in the following areas: the biological, psychological, and sociocultural foundations and consequences of physical activity; the pedagogical and rehabilitative aspects of physical activity; and the management and marketing of delivery systems in the field. Each program makes extensive use of field experiences and internships that blend theory with practice.

The department offers five areas of study for majors: athletic training, exercise science, outdoor education, sport studies, and health and physical education. Candidates for degree requirements in any of the department majors or options must satisfy all University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying specific program requirements.


Athletic Training Major

For further information, please see Athletic Training.

Exercise Science Option

This curriculum prepares individuals for career opportunities in health and fitness promotion and education programs in hospitals, sports medicine centers, wellness clinics, universities, and rehabilitation facilities. Students are also prepared for advanced degree programs in the health professions, basic biology fields, medicine, or other health-related fields. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in every required course. Successful completion of early and prerequisite courses is required before advancing to sequenced and higher-level coursework. All required courses must be completed before enrolling in KIN 650A, Internship in Exercise Science. Interested students should consult with the option coordinator, Timothy J. Quinn.

Students in exercise science complete the series of KIN 736, Fitness and Graded Exercise Testing; KIN 737, Exercise Prescription & Leadership in Healthy & Special Populations; and KIN 650A, Internship in Exercise Science; as capstone courses for the major. These courses give students practical experience in evaluating health and fitness and prescribing exercise to a wide range of clients. Specifically, students assess a number of disease risk factors, including blood pressure, blood chemistry, and body composition measures, and perform maximal graded exercise tests complete with electrocardiogram monitoring, as well as measure strength and flexibility. Students ultimately develop individualized exercise prescriptions for their clients and work with them one-on-one to improve their health and fitness. The internship experience is an off-campus, 10-week, 40-hours per week, full-time experience and can only be taken after ALL University and departmental courses are completed.  Typically, this is taken during the summer after the student’s senior spring academic term.

University Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
NUTR   400   Nutrition in Health and Well Being   4  
PSYC   401   Introduction to Psychology   4  
BMS   507-508   Human Anatomy and Physiology   8  
One course chosen from   SOC 502, PSYC 402, or HHS 540     4  
CHEM   403-404   General Chemistry   8  

Required Courses - Exercise Science

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
KIN   585   Emergency First Responder   4  
KIN   620   Physiology of Exercise   4  
KIN   621   Exercise Laboratory Techniques   4  
KIN   650A   Exercise Science Internship   8  
KIN   652   Clinical Kinesiology   4  
KIN   653A   Musculoskeletal Assessment   2  
KIN   704   Electrocardiography   4  
KIN   705   Topics in Applied Physiology   4  
KIN   720   Science & Practice of Strength Training   4  
KIN   724   Exerc Metab: Acute/Chronic Adapt   4  
KIN   736   Fitness and Graded Exercise Testing   4  
KIN   737   Ex Rx/L'ship Health & Spec Pop   4  
KIN   794   Cardiopulmonary Pathologies   4  
KIN   795   Practicum in Cardiac Rehabilitation   2  

Outdoor Education Option

The outdoor education option is an accredited, award-winning, internationally recognized program preparing individuals for careers in outdoor education, adventure programming, wilderness therapy, and other educational/organizational settings. In addition to providing rich course content, this interdisciplinary program gives ample opportunity for practical application and field experience in the New Hampshire seacoast and White Mountains areas. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in every major course. In addition, they must complete 100 days of documented leadership experience prior to beginning a required internship. Interested students should contact the undergraduate coordinator, Laurie Gullion, by e-mail at

Students in outdoor education complete KIN 650B, Internship in Outdoor Education, as the capstone course for the option. This course integrates the knowledge and skills learned in all previous option courses and experiences into practical applications students will use as they prepare to enter the profession. Students complete their internships at regional and national organizations upon completion of all other courses and prerequisites.

University Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
ENGL   501, 502, or 503   Intro to Prose, Technical, or Persuasive Writing   4  

Other: Core of courses (16 credits) emphasizing the particular area or population in outdoor education of interest to student, e.g., business, education, psychology, social work—selected with assistance of an adviser.

Elective Courses (must successfully complete at least one)

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
KIN   542   Sea Kayaking   2  
KIN   545   High Angle Rescue   2  
KIN   546   Whitewater Canoeing   3  
KIN   547   Lead Rock Climbing   3  
KIN   549   Wilderness Navigation   4  
KIN   693C   Teaching Assistantship   2  
KIN   782   Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming   4  
KIN   798   Special Topics   Var.  

Required Courses - Outdoor Education

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
KIN   540   Top Rope Rock Climbing   4  
KIN   541   Management of Challenge Courses   4  
KIN   543   Winter Adventure Programming   2  
KIN   548   Winter Expedition Programming   4  
KIN   550   Outdoor Education Philosophy and Methods   4  
KIN   551   Adventure Programming: Backcountry-Based Experiences   4  
KIN   552   Adventure Programming: Water-Based Experiences   3  
KIN   682   Outdoor Leadership   4  
KIN   686   Wilderness Emergency Medical Care   4  
KIN   687   Leadership Practicum   4  
KIN   786   Organization/Administration of Outdoor Education   4  
KIN   787   Theory of Adventure Education   4  
KIN   650B   Internship*   (2-4) Cr/F  

*Note: Proof of 100 days of leadership experience is required prior to taking this course.

Health and Physical Education Option

The health and physical education (HPE) option provides the foundation for public school teacher certification in health and physical education through either the Kinesiology department’s four-year certification program (BS), or the UNH Education department’s fifth-year program (MAT). Successful undergraduates become certified to teach kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) health and physical education in the state of New Hampshire. This type of licensure is transferable to all other states in the U.S. The health and physical education option integrates best practices with the theoretical and process knowledge necessary for teaching K-12 HPE. Extensive supervised practicum experiences with a focus on meeting the needs of all student populations provides an excellent foundation for preparing high-quality teachers with necessary skills for 21st century learning.

Internal UNH undergraduate transfer candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.67 before admission to the option. EDUC/KIN 694, Supervised Teaching in Health and Physical Education (student teaching), is the culminating capstone experience for the undergraduate program (B.S.) with certification in health and physical education. Undergraduates also have the option of completing a concentration in adapted physical education through additional coursework designed to enhance teaching strategies and the programmatic needs of students with disabilities.

The coursework for students choosing the four-year or five-year path to teaching certification is exactly the same up until the final semester of the undergraduate program. If students choose the four-year option, they will engage in a 20-week student teaching, culminating experience. If students choose the five-year option, they will delay student teaching until they do a full-year internship (student teaching) as part of their graduate program.

If accepted to early admission for the fifth-year master’s degree program (required GPA of 3.2 or greater), students are eligible for dual credit at the undergraduate/graduate levels for up to 12 credit hours. For questions about this program, contact the option coordinator, Michelle Grenier, at (603) 862-1835, or e-mail


Required Education Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
EDUC   700/800   Educational Structure and Change   4  
EDUC   705/805   Alternative Perspectives/Nature of Education   4  
KIN/EDUC   694   Supervised Student Teaching   8  
EDUC   900/901   Internship and Seminar in Teaching   12  

Required Courses - Health and Physical Education

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
KIN   500   Introduction to Health & Physical Education   4  
KIN   501   First Aid: Responding to Emergencies   2  
KIN   570   Elementary Physical Education Practicum   4  
KIN   600   Movement and Gymnastics Exploration   4  
KIN   601   Lifetime Sports   3  
KIN   603   Team Sports   3  
KIN   610   Elementary Physical Education Pedagogy   4  
KIN   620   Physiology of Exercise   4  
KIN   648   Current Issues in Health   4  
KIN   653B   Biomechanical Analysis of Movement   2  
KIN   655   Middle School/Secondary Physical Education   4  
KIN   666   Middle/Secondary Physical Education Practicum   4  
KIN   675   Motor Development and Learning   4  
KIN   676   Adventure Activities   3  
KIN   702   Health Content & Risk Behaviors   4  
KIN   712   Health Education Practicum   4  
KIN   781   Inclusion in Physical Education   4  
*NUTR   400   Nutrition, Health & Well Being   4  
*HDFS   746   Human Sexuality   4  

*Additional required courses for health certification.

Sport Studies Option

Sport studies is an interdisciplinary option in the Department of Kinesiology that provides a foundation for a variety of career paths in school and college athletics, including coaching, administration, marketing, and sports information. The major also prepares students for further graduate study in areas such as sport psychology. Sport studies students are encouraged to pursue a second major or minor in a complimentary discipline, such as business, journalism, or psychology.

Majors take a core of foundation courses (e.g., The Sport Industry) as well as electives in applied areas such as sport marketing, athletic administration, and sport psychology. Majors must earn a grade of B- or better in KIN 565 and KIN 580, and a grade of C or better in each required University and KIN course. All majors must complete 20 credits of prior-approved coursework in supporting areas such as business, psychology, or education. In addition, an internship experience or independent study is required. An internship experience is strongly recommended since it is often critical to career development. Interested students should consult with the option coordinator, Karen Collins.

University Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
PSYC   401   Introduction to Psychology   4  
One approved statistics course       4  

Cognate Requirement (outside of Department of Kinesiology). Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits of coursework in other departments.  Each course must be approved in advance by the faculty adviser.

Required Courses - Sport Studies

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
KIN   560   Sport Psychology   4  
KIN   562   Sports Media Relations   4  
KIN   565   Principles of Coaching   4  
KIN   580   The Sport Industry   4  
KIN   741   Social Issues in Contemporary Sports   4  
KIN   761   Senior Seminar in Sport Studies*   4  

*Majors must complete a minimum of 150 hours of industry experience before they can take KIN 761. Students must be enrolled as a sport studies major for one full semester before taking KIN 761, Senior Seminar. See adviser for details.

Electives. Sixteen credits of approved KIN electives to include KIN 650 or KIN 696.

Internal transfers to sport studies must have a 2.5 GPA as well as a minimum grade of C in PSYC 401,  Statistics (PSYC, SOC, DS) and a minimum grade of B- in both KIN 565 and KIN 580.

Minors in Kinesiology

Kinesiology Minor
The Department of Kinesiology offers an interdisciplinary curriculum for nonmajors, which is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of movement and sport sciences. The minor consists of courses offered by several options within the department. A list of minor requirements and available classes is available at the Kinesiology Department Office, Room 107, New Hampshire Hall.

Coaching Minor
The Department of Kinesiology: sport studies option offers a coaching minor. The coaching minor is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide students interested in coaching at the youth, high school, or college levels with basic knowledge and skills necessary for competence in coaching. The minor consists of courses offered by several options within the Department of Kinesiology and recreation management and policy. The coursework lays a theoretical and practical framework for students interested in coaching.

Description of Curriculum and Requirements of Coaching Minor
Admission to the minor is based on successful completion of KIN 565, Principles of Coaching (grade of C or better), and a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Interdisciplinary Health Minor
The central focus of the interdisciplinary minor is to prepare future educators for employment in schools, community health centers, and/or corporate settings.

Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology Minor
The minor is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing degrees in medicine and allied health.  

Description of Curriculum and Requirements for Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology Minor
Admission to the applied human anatomy & physiology minor is based on successful completion of BMS 507 & 508 or ANC 511 & 512 (or equivalent accepted by minor adviser) with a grade of C or better and a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Coaching Minor Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title
KIN   565   Principles of Coaching  
KIN   505   Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries  
KIN   521, 522, 523, 525, 528, 529   Sport-Specific Coaching Theory Course (minimum of two) (each course is 2 credits)  
KIN   650D   Internship in Coaching (one 4-credit internship or two 2-credit internships)  

Coaching Minor Select at Least One of the Following:

Abbreviation Course Number Title
KIN   527   Scientific Foundations of Health and Fitness  
KIN   560   Sport Psychology  
RMP   560   Recreational Sport Management  
KIN   562   Sport Media Relations  
KIN   675   Motor Development and Learning  
KIN   740   Athletic Administration  
KIN   765   Advanced Topics In Coaching  
KIN   780   Psychological Factors in Sport and Exercise  
RMP   760   Community Sport Organizations: Administration and Development  

Students will not be permitted to enroll in KIN 650D, Internship, until they have completed KIN 565, Principles of Coaching; KIN 505, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, and at least one theory of coaching class.

To graduate with a coaching minor, individuals must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses associated with the minor (not including KIN 565, which will require a C or better).

Individuals will not be permitted to count coaching minor classes toward their major regardless of the major/degree program.

Interdisciplinary Health Minor Requirements

Abbreviation Course Number Title
NUTR   400   NUTR 400: Nutrition in Health & Well Being (4 cr) (offered fall/spring/summer)  
KIN   648   Contemporary Issues in Health (4 cr) (fall)  
KIN   702/802   Health Content and Youth Risk Behaviors (4 cr) (spring)  
or NUTR   610   Nutrition Education and Counseling (fall)  
KIN   712/812   Health Education Practicum (4 cr) (fall)  
FS   746   Human Sexuality (4 cr) (spring/summer/J-term)  

Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology Minor Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title
KIN   620   Physiology of Exercise (4-cr)  
KIN   652   Clinical Kinesiology (4-cr)  
KIN   653A   Musculoskeletal Assessment Lab (2-cr)  
KIN   706   Neurology (4-cr)  
KIN   707   Neurology Lab (2-cr)  

Select at least one of the following:

Abbreviation Course Number Title
KIN   505   Activity, Injuries and Disease (4-cr)  
KIN   527   Scientific Foundations of Health & Fitness (4-cr)  
KIN   607   Biology of Aging (4-cr)  

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