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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Exercise Science Concentration)

Southeastern’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology offers students a hands-on approach to studying physical activity and its impact on society and health throughout the lifespan. Students can choose between two concentrations: exercise science or pre-physical therapy. For those desiring to work in university athletic programs, community sports organizations or private and public fitness and recreation programs, the exercise science concentration is the best choice. Career options include university athletic programs, community sports organizations or private and public fitness and recreation programs. With 19 hours of elective credit hours built into the program, you can focus your learning with courses that complement your degree — or even explore other fields of interest. The program also includes six semesters of practicums, giving students plenty of opportunities for hands-on training in the field of kinesiology. Course topics include coaching, human performance, weight training, sport psychology, care and prevention of athletic injuries, and ethics and spirituality in sports.

The need for fitness trainers, instructors and other wellness professionals is expected to grow by 24 percent by 2020, much quicker than other job sectors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

64 hours of major core
59 hours of general education

Total credit hours — 124

Sample Core Courses

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2085) — This course is the first of a two-term sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Course topics include scientific measurement, basic inorganic and organic chemistry, cytology and histology, followed by a detailed investigation of the skin, skeleton, joints, muscles, the nervous system and selected special senses.
  • Introduction to Kinesiology (KINS 2203) — This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of human movement and their relationship to fitness and activity.  The course will introduce the subdisciplines of kinesiology, including sport psychology, motor learning, biomechanics, exercise physiology and sport pedagogy. The application of kinesiology content will be discussed as it relates to professional development.
  • Sport Ethics (SRMT 3403) — This course is a study of contemporary moral issues in sports, including the relative fairness of performance enhancing drugs and techniques, cheating and deception, the role of violence in sports and the nature of sportsmanship.
  • Applied Biomechanics (KINS 3303) — This course is the study of basic biomechanical principles and concepts and their application in the analysis of various human movements, with an emphasis on sport and exercise skills.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Plus Labs)

Introduction to Kinesiology

Weight Training

Introduction to Sport Management

Theory/Practice of Coaching

Sport Ethics

Sport Psychology

Applied Biomechanics

Energy Supplies and Human Performance

Exercise Testing

Motor Control and Learning

Design/Content of Personal Fitness and Weight Training

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Personal fitness trainer

Athletic trainer

Coach

Strength and conditioning coach

Group exercise instructor

Recreational therapist

Exercise physiologist

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist