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Nancy Williams, Department Head, 276 Recreation Building, 814-863-1163,

Melissa Bopp, Undergraduate Professor-In-Charge, 268R Recreation Building, 814-863-3467,

Joelle Sherlock, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493,

Sarah Milito, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493,

Natasha Dinsmore, Undergraduate Adviser, Assistant,  270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493,

Lynne Bechdel, Undergraduate Program Administrative Assistant, 814-863-4493,

For the most current information about the program visit Kinesiology Home Page

University Faculty Senate Approved Curriculum
Suggested Academic Plan(s)
Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend in table form the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree. These tables serve several University purposes and assist multiple constituencies: students, advisers, departments, deans, registrars, admissions officers, and family members. The plans:
  • Identify normal academic progress, course offerings, and recommended course sequencing;
  • Assist students and advisers in planning academic schedules, registrars and departments in planning course offerings, and registrars and deans in determining when students should change campus;
  • Help students to anticipate the academic workload and courses needed to earn a degree, and to schedule appropriate prerequisites;
  • Serve as tools to help advisers learn the curriculum.

Semester scheduling recommendations for all baccalaureate majors can also be found in the University Bulletin.

Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program of study in the science of human movement and is designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas. A Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with three options are offered: (1) Applied Exercise Health, (2) Movement Science; and (3)Exercise Science offered only at the Berks campus. Both majors and all options require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. 

ATHLETIC TRAINING: The Athletic Training major provides a concentrated curriculum designed to prepare you for a career in athletic training, which is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession. The program can help you meet the national standards of the Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer as well as other athletic trainer state regulatory boards to acquire the required credentials. Admission to the major is competitive, highly selective, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Details on the phased application process can be found on the Athletic Training Admission Requirements webpage. In order to successfully complete the degree program, students must also recognize, and meet the clinical education parameters on student health, technical standards, and internship attendance. Upon admission, students complete 5 semesters of clinical education experiences under the direct supervision, and instruction of athletic trainers, physicians, and other health care personnel serving as preceptors. These experiences typically range between 180-420 hours per semester given the particular clinical internship level. Additional information can be found on the Athletic Training major webpage.

APPLIED EXERCISE AND HEALTH OPTION: The Applied Exercise and Health Option (AEH) provides applied interdisciplinary training in the foundations of the scientific understanding of exercise and health through the lifespan. Students identify one of two areas of emphasis that are certification-based and practice-oriented: (a) courses and practical experiences directed toward certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or (b) a series of courses and student teaching leading to teacher certification. In order to qualify for the teacher certification track, students must meet the requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). PDE requirements can be found at /kines/undergraduate/physical-health-education. The completion of the Applied Exercise and Health Option will prepare students to work in the private or corporate fitness arenas, community-based fitness organizations, and university or hospital settings, or be Pennsylvania certified in health and physical education (K-12) and secure teaching positions in public or private schools.

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary training that utilizes movement for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and/or theoretical study. Coursework is designed to help prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields. The option can also prepare students for graduate studies in the health professions. Students may select supporting courses that will fulfill requirements for advanced study in scientific disciplines and a variety of professional areas such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and physician's assistant.

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION (offered only at the Berks campus): This option offers students an academic background in the science of human movement. The program objective is to prepare students with a broad knowledge base and practical experience in exercise science. All students in this option will matriculate in classes involving history and philosophy of sport and exercise, sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, motor skill development, biomechanics, general physiology, applied anatomy and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on active and collaborative student-centered learning. This degree Option is offered only at Penn State Berks. The Exercise Science Option has two emphases: Business or Science.

The Business Emphasis is unique in its coverage of the basic business skills of accounting, marketing, management and entrepreneurship. This emphasis qualifies graduates to compete for jobs as fitness instructors, personal trainers, athletic club managers, fitness program directors and other business-related fields.

The Science Emphasis focuses on kinesiology content and basic science courses such as chemistry, biology, physics and math. The Science Emphasis prepares graduates for advanced study in physical therapy, chiropractic, kinesiology and medicine.

Entrance to Major Requirements: Students are required to meet entrance to major criteria for the Athletic Training and Kinesiology majors, i.e. a minimum of 27.1 credits and at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average. Also, additional requirements for the Athletic Training major and Physical & Health Education Teacher Education option must be met. Information about these requirements is given on the pages that follow.

Clinical Education Progressions per Clinical Practice and Practicum/Internship Level

KINES 231: Athletic Training Clinical Practice I (Pre-Professional Phase)

This is a clinical observation experience that is intended to increase student awareness for the role of the athletic trainer as an allied health care professional. The student will also become familiar with the daily operating procedures of an athletic training facility while being exposed to the culture of the profession. Students complete two rotations (approximately seven weeks in length) in different on-campus athletic training facilities under the mentorship of preceptors for the curriculum, and upper-level athletic training students. In an effort to broaden a prospective student’s exposure, they are also required to participate in various observational experiences specific to formal athletic events (e.g. Cross Country meet, Fencing tournament, Rugby match, etc.). Hands-on opportunities, if made available by supervising preceptors, are limited to basic tasks such as facility upkeep (e.g. sanitation practices, inventory stocking, equipment maintenance, etc.) assisting with the administration of hydration duties, and general clerical tasks.

KINES 232: Athletic Training Clinical Practice II (Professional Phase)

This represents the initial introductory opportunity for athletic training students to engage in the application of theory, and foundational athletic training knowledge through hands-on patient/client care experiences. Students at this level are able to apply clinical skills that reflect the didactic material they were exposed to in KINES 135, 231, and 233 as well as those of concurrent courses (KINES 232 and 334) under the supervision of preceptors. In addition to the basic tasks stated in KINES 231, these clinical techniques consist of neuromusculoskeletal injury prevention/screening strategies, prophylactic taping/wrapping practices, and fundamentals of injury examination (focal, but not limited, to the lower extremity, and lumbopelvic spine), acute care, and emergency response. Application of therapeutic agents is limited to those categorized as infrared (e.g. cryotherapy, and superficial thermotherapy). Rehabilitation techniques applied are limited in scope to basic interventions that consist of administering range of motion, and progressive resistance exercises as well as elementary neuromuscular control techniques as prescribed by supervising preceptors. Introductory exposure to documentation, and record-keeping is also characteristic of this experience. Patient/client populations for this level are student-athletes participating in collegiate or secondary school sports.

KINES 395F – Practicum in Athletic Training (Professional Phase)

This reflects the first formal practicum/internship experience in the Athletic Training major. Students at this level build on the theory that underpins the psychomotor skills they were exposed to in preceding coursework. In addition to the applied clinical techniques associated with KINES 232, students engage in the rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal injuries to the lower extremity, and lumbopelvic spine under the supervision of preceptors; furthermore, students expand on their injury examination skills with assessing pathology to the upper extremity, head, and torso to include evaluation of concussion under the supervision of preceptors. In this capacity, students begin to apply elementary evidence-based practice principles in the selection of applicable clinical interventions. Patient/client populations for this level are student-athletes participating in collegiate or secondary school sports.

KINES 395G – Practicum in Athletic Training (Professional Phase)

Students progressing in their application of knowledge, skills, and abilities in managing neuromusculoskeletal injuries, which includes the rehabilitation of injuries to the upper extremity, and trunk, characterize the second practicum/internship. Along with the clinical techniques specific to KINES 395F, students develop, and evolve in their utility of therapeutic agents for the management of injury to include therapeutic ultrasound & diathermy, phototherapy, low-level LASER, electrotherapy, mechanical energy, and manual therapy. Students refine the selection of interventions through continued exposure to an evidence-based practice paradigm under the supervision of preceptors. This level is also unique in providing an initial exposure in the assessment, and primary care of non-orthopaedic conditions, which parallels material presented in KINES 336, in the context of their primary clinical education assignment. Patient/client populations for this level are student-athletes participating in collegiate or secondary school sports.

KINES 395I – Practicum in Athletic Training (Professional Phase)

Students at this level refine the application of clinical techniques associated with KINES 395G; moreover, they begin to heighten their participation in the administrative aspects of athletic training, which entails generating, updating, and maintaining the documentation of related health care records. Additional clinical education responsibilities entail a graded autonomy in the examination, and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal injuries, and primary care of non-orthopaedic conditions; this includes an active role in determining return-to-play or physical activity, with the use of psychosocial aspects of health care, under the supervision of preceptors. In addition to the patient/client populations for 395G, students receive exposure to non-sport populations.

KINES 495F – Field Practicum in Athletic Training (Professional Phase)

As the last practicum/internship in the program, this level provides students with a transition-to-practice experience, which entails a refinement for the application of all athletic training competencies inherent to the curriculum including an advanced utility for psychosocial strategies in the delivery of clinical care, and administration of health care systems. Regarding the latter, students assume greater responsibility for fostering communication among related personnel, record-keeping, facility maintenance, event organization/preparation, and delegating tasks to lower-level students at the discretion of supervising preceptors. Persistent with KINES 395I, students operate in continued graded autonomy with the execution of all competencies in preparation to sit for the national exam administered by the Board of Certification for the athletic trainer. In addition to the patient/client populations for 395I, students receive additional exposures to non-orthopaedic conditions, and non-sport populations.

Movement Science Option

KINES 295B (1 credit), Career Information/Observational Experiences: Movement Science; This beginning internship is the first of three practica that expose students to general and specific career information and observational experiences related to the Kinesiology field. There are both classroom and out-of-class activities required for this course. Students should register for KINES 295B the semester they plan to complete the course.

KINES 395B (1 credit), Leadership Internship: Movement Science and Fitness Studies; Coordinator: Lori Gravish. This second of three internship courses, done under the supervision of a fitness instructor, strength and conditioning coach, wellness coordinator, researcher or physical therapist, etc., enables the student to have an introduction to a hands-on, leadership experience in the fitness/wellness/allied health field for a minimum of 30 hours. The coordinator and internship supervisor will decide additional hours and/or a project. 

KINES 495B (6 credits), Field and/or Research Internship: Movement Science or Fitness Studies; Coordinator: Clarence Stoner. With approval of the internship coordinator, this culminating experience is designed by the student to be appropriate for the option and the student's goals. Internship application and plan should be approved no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the internship. Procedures and guidelines should be obtained from 270 Recreation Building at least one full semester prior to beginning the internship. Pre-internship information meetings are scheduled and announced each semester. It is possible to register additional internship credits, KINES 495D, (1-6 credits) for students who wish to extend their commitment beyond 6 credits/240 hours.


Selection of Major/Option

The selection of an intended major or major/option must be made at the time of entrance to the major. After this initial selection, students wishing to change to another option must request this change through the respective procedures. Students who change from one major/option to another must fully understand that additional semesters of registration may be necessitated by this change. Therefore, it is essential that a student of junior-senior classification or above first discuss the proposed change of major/option with his/her adviser, who will review the student's academic record in relation to the major/option requirements to determine the feasibility of this change. If approved, the change must be processed officially by the Kinesiology Undergraduate Advising Office.

Relocation to University Park

Students headed toward the KINES major should relocate to the University Park campus after completion of four full-time semesters (depending on the Kinesiology courses available at the campus). Earlier relocation to University Park is possible if a student is unable to make normal progress toward the degree because the requisite courses are not available at the student's campus location. To delay relocation beyond this time endangers a student's progress in fulfilling requirements for entrance to the major and/or option and in making normal progress within the selected degree program. It is emphasized that KINES students must fulfill these requirements and be accepted into a major before reaching fifth semester classification in order to continue registration as degree candidates in the college. A college "hold" preventing future registrations as an HHD student is automatically filed with the Registrar's office for degree candidates who have not gained entrance to the major following the fourth semester.

Course Scheduling Tips

Because there are program-essential courses for KINES, Recommended Academic Plans are provided on the following pages, specific to each major/option. The plans have been developed to assist students and advisers, and consider 1) course requirements for normal progress within each major/option and 2) the availability of courses at the respective campuses. Questions related to departure from the academic plans for KINES should be directed to the Campus College Contact and Referral Representative.

Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Visit Athletic Training Admission Requirements webpage for the most current information.

Independent Study

KINES 296 and 496 Independent study is an option for students who wish to pursue research/creative projects to augment their regular coursework. Independent study credit (up to 3 credits) can only be applied toward degree requirements in the Movement Science and Fitness Studies Options. A faculty member acts as a mentor for the student as she/he completes the study. A student who wishes to enroll for KINES 296 or 496 must file a written proposal for the independent study and have it approved by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator prior to registering. Proposal forms may be obtained from the Advising Center in 270 Recreation Building, or the program office in 275 Recreation Building.

  1. Discuss the proposal with the faculty member selected to supervise the study.
  2. If the faculty member agrees to serve as the study adviser, complete the proposal form and obtain the necessary approval signatures.
  3. Submit the form to the program office and, upon approval, register for the course through the Kinesiology Advising Center for the approved number of credits.