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The Department of Kinesiology offers a robust suite of courses approved to assist baccalaureate students in fulfilling the university’s general education requirement through its Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP).

Courses are focused in General Health and Wellness (GHW) and offer quality experiences designed to promote an active and healthful lifestyle across one’s lifespan. Many courses include practiced-based learning including topic-specific movement. Select courses in this program receive instructional support through the Center for Fitness and Wellness to enhance student learning.

There are KPAP courses for everyone! In any given semester, nearly 100 classes are offered, and over the span of the academic year, more than 6,000 students typically enroll. Courses emphasize theory, behavior change, overall wellness, and pursuit of an active lifestyle over the lifespan. Courses may be found in the form of lifetime activities such as the traditional racquet sports or golf, fitness-oriented classes such as personal conditioning, or mind-body focused courses involving yoga or meditative practices. The University Bulletin includes information about specific courses which may be offered; look for the general education keystone icon!  

Course selections continue to grow and include many new and exciting options for Penn State undergraduates. Some of our offerings purposefully include field trips such as, but not limited to: outdoor adventure types of activities with students participating in orienteering and outdoor survival, hiking, cycling, or fly fishing! Did you know that KPAP is the home of the storied Joe Humphreys Fly Fishing Program where students experience the world-class fly fishing streams of Pennsylvania?

For more information, please contact our Program Director, Michele Duffey, or the Administrative Support Assistant, Beth Oberdick.