Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration)

Southeastern’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology programs offer students a hands-on approach to studying physical activity and its impact on society and health throughout the lifespan. Students can choose from among several concentrations, including physical education, exercise science, pre-physical therapy and pre-occupational therapy. The pre-occupational therapy concentration is a strong choice for students interested in working with children and adults with behavioral challenges, learning disabilities and special needs, as well as interest in helping these patients develop the skills needed to function in daily life. Course topics covered include human anatomy and physiology, developmental and abnormal psychology, and biology. In addition to your in class learning, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a practicum course, which allows you to go into the field and observe an occupational therapist in a variety of settings. Students who complete the program will be prepared for acceptance into a master’s program in occupational therapy.

The need for occupational therapists 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

65 hours of major core 55 hours of general education

Total credit hours — 120

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.
  • Developmental Psychology (PSYC 2333) — This course is a follow-up to Introduction to Psychology and takes an in-depth look at human growth and development. Major theories are critically examined with special attention to their differential application in the understanding of human development and behavior.
  • Motor Control and Learning (KINS 4203) — This course is a study of the development of human motor performance by exploring theories of learning as they apply to the acquisition of gross motor skills.

Introduction to Kinesiology Adaptive Physical Education Applied Biomechanics Energy Supplies and Human Performance Sport Ethics Exercise Testing Motor Control and Learning Physiology of Exercise Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries Biology II Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II Developmental Psychology Abnormal Psychology Medical Terminology

Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings:

  • nursing care facilities
  • home health care
  • medical offices
  • hospitals
  • elementary and secondary schools