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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy 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 planning to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy following graduation, the pre-physical therapy concentration is the best choice. Gain the skills and understanding necessary to succeed in a graduate program, including 16 credit hours of chemistry and physics courses. This program includes a 16 credit hour core of chemistry and physics courses, which will equip you with the skills and understanding essential to success in your graduate program. 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.

Through treatment techniques aimed at reducing pain and restoring function, physical therapists work one-on-one with patients to help manage their health conditions.

Program Details

51 hours of kinesiology core
16 hours of pre-physical therapy core
55 hours of general education
3 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 125

Sample Core Courses

  • Human Anatomy ad 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.
  • 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.
  • General Chemistry (NSCI 1533) — This course is a fundamentals of chemistry course with an emphasis on mass and energy relationships in chemical changes, equilibrium, atomic and molecular structure, and descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds.

Kinesiology Core

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

Kinesiology Practicum I, II, III, IV, V and VI

Applied BiomechanicsEnergy Supplies and Human Performance

Exercise Testing

Motor Control and Learning

Design/Content of Personal Fitness and Weight Training

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Pre-Physical Therapy Core

General Chemistry I and II (plus labs)

General Physics I and II (plus labs)

Personal trainer

Fitness product sales representative

Wellness coordinator

Physical therapist*

Nutrition specialist*

Physical therapist*

*Requires additional post-baccalaureate studies