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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

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, Michelle A. Grenier, Dain LaRoche, John P. Miller, Timothy J. Quinn, Jayson O. Seaman, Neil B. Vroman
Assistant Professor: Summer Cook, Kiernan O. Gordon
Clinical Associate Professor: Daniel R. Sedory
Clinical Assistant Professor: Tara Flippo, Laurie Gullion, 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.

Required Courses

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  

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  

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.

Required Courses

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.

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.  

Health and Physical Education Option

The health and physical education option provides the foundation for public school teacher certification through either the department’s four-year certification program (BS), or the Department of Education’s fifth-year program (MAT). Bachelor candidates become certified to teach K-12 through classroom and practicum experiences that fulfill New Hampshire state requirements. Master level candidates have the option of completing certification in both health and physical education, as well as obtaining a certificate in adapted physical education. The undergraduate program also offers a minor in health education and a concentration in adapted physical education.

The health and physical education option integrates best practices with the theoretical and process knowledge necessary for teaching kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) physical education and health education. Extensive practicum experiences prepare students to teach preschool children, school-aged youth, and young adults, including students with disabilities.

All fifth-year candidates must meet the requirements for admission to graduate school (e.g., grade-point average of at least 3.0 and "minimum" scores on the Graduate Record Examination). Internal undergraduate transfer candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.67 before admission to the option. All physical education option students must receive a C grade (2.0) or better in all KIN required courses, including KIN 655, Middle School and Secondary PE Pedagogy; KIN 666, Middle School and Secondary PE Practicum; and KIN 610, Elementary PE Pedagogy. Education equivalent courses taken for a teacher licensure requirement must be completed with a grade of B- or better including KIN 781, Inclusion in PE; KIN 570, Elementary PE Practicum, and KIN 675, Motor Development and Learning.  EDUC/KIN 694, Supervised Teaching in Physical Education (student teaching), is the culminating capstone experience for the undergraduate program (B.S) with certification in physical education. If accepted to early admission for the fifth-year master’s degree program, students are eligible for dual credit at the undergraduate/graduate levels. They then complete a year-long internship with required coursework for certification in physical education and health education. 

For questions about this program, contact the option coordinator, Michelle Grenier, at (603) 862-1835, or e-mail

Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
KIN   500   Historical/Contemporary Issues 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   652   Clinical Kinesiology   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   780   Psychological Factors in Sport   4  
KIN   781   Inclusion in Physical Education   4  

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  

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. Some sport studies courses are appropriate for students with career interests in other industry segments (e.g., pro-sports, broadcasting), but those students must choose other majors (e.g., business or journalism). 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- (2.67) or better in KIN 565 and KIN 580, and a grade of C (2.0) 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.

Required Courses

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 (2.0) in PSYC 401, CS 401, Statistics (PSYC, SOC, DS) and a minimum grade of B- (2.67) in both KIN 565 and KIN 580.

University Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
CS   401   Computer Applications   4  
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.

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.

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)  

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.

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