Courses | Kinesiology, B.S.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

General Education

Principles and theories of the structure and properties of matter including stoichiometry, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, states of matter, gas laws and solutions.

Chemical bonding, structure, properties and reactivity applied to organic and biochemical compounds. Includes basic metabolic processes with application to medicine and health.

Nature of statistical methods, description of sample data, fundamental concepts of probability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, correlation and regression, application of same.

Prepares the student for biostatistical application essential to practice in evidence-based professions. Content includes: descriptive statistics; probability theory and rules; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; experimental design; ANOVA; linear and multiple regression; contingency table analysis; non-parametrics; survival analysis; discussion of the use of statistics in journal articles.

A study of mechanics, heat and sound. Intended for non-Physical Science majors. Principles are treated quantitatively but without a calculus requirement.

Application of the laws and theories of mechanics, heat and sound through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics I.

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology.


Concentrations

Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Core Courses:

An introduction to the basic structure and function of the human body. Laboratory emphasis varies from section to section to meet the needs of the different majors.

A study of the basic concepts of physiological regulation from the level of the cell to the integrated intact organism including neural, muscular, and neuro-endocrine regulatory systems. Laboratory includes human systems analysis and electrophysiology.

Human movement with emphasis on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, with simple mechanical principles involved in movement skills.

Basic physiological concepts of muscular exercise with emphasis on the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the neuromuscular, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Laboratory and field applications of testing in exercise physiology. Theory and skills in fitness assessment will be covered, along with analyses of test results.

Lecture, laboratory and field experience in the development, evaluation and application of tests in kinesiology and physical education; use and interpretation of elementary statistics.

The study of applied Sport Psychology, learning, motivation, social interaction, mental training for performance, applying behavioral skills for physical activity promotion, and specific psychological rehabilitation strategies.

Physical fitness and disease; nutrition and obesity; mental health and stress management; substance abuse (drugs, tobacco and alcohol); human sexuality. Supports the teacher certification requirement in health for physical education majors.

Introduction to understanding athletic injuries, including principles, theories and practice in the disciplines of injury prevention, assessment and treatment.

Overview of significant factors that influence and determine the learning and control of motor skills. Motor learning issues are examined from a behavioral perspective, and applications are made to teaching, coaching and rehabilitation settings.

This is an introduction to sociological and psychological aspects of physical education and sport. Within these contexts, sociological considerations include issues of access, culture, gender and power in the community and society. Psychological considerations include issues of behavior, stress, goal-setting and motivation and competitive contexts.

Theoretical and practical aspects of human nutrition for health and sport. Scientific treatment of applied nutritional principles for health enhancement and successful sport performance.

Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field.

Elective Courses:

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development.

Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology.

This laboratory accompanies General Biology I and is divided between observational and experimental approaches, with emphasis on the collection and interpretation of quantitative data. Frequent lab discussion of relevant issues and literature will be included.

This laboratory, which accompanies General Biology II, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included.

A study of microbial organisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses, including their morphology, physiology, metabolism and genetics; host parasite interactions; humoral and cell-mediated immunity. Laboratory practice in handling microorganisms, including identification and culture techniques.

An introduction to the human body through dissection and demonstration of a selected portion of a human cadaver.

Discusses the embryology of the nervous system, the structure and function of the different cells of the nervous system and transmission by neurons. Emphasis on understanding cellular organization and neurophysiology of major subsystems of the vertebrate nervous system.

Discusses the molecular organization and function of cells and their organelles, with emphasis on chromosome structure, gene expression, membrane structure and function, energy conversion, and experimental methods used to study subcellular components.

Practical application of traditional and current laboratory techniques used in research and industry, including microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, histology, chromosomal analysis, tissue cell culture, isolation and purification of DNA, RNA and proteins, PCR, proper documentation and protocols and other laboratory writing skills are emphasized.

Integrates principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics toward understanding structure and function of the gene. Emphasizes quantitative analysis of genetic data and explores current issues of genetic engineering from technical and ethical viewpoints.

Discusses the mechanisms of integration and homeostasis at the cellular, organ and system levels. Muscular, neural, vascular, excretory, and endocrine interactions are studied. Variations between vertebrate groups are presented. Includes a major research project.

Analyzes the molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms that control fertilization, the development of body form, cell specialization and differentiation as well as metamorphosis, maturation and aging. Laboratory emphasizes gametogenesis, fertilization, comparative embryology of vertebrates and invertebrates and directed experimental manipulation of embryos.

A study of the structures and functions of the immune system, humoral and cell mediated immunity and analysis of medically significant disorders of the immune system.

Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics.

The first semester of the traditional yearlong course in organic chemistry. Structure, properties and reactivity of carbon-containing compounds with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. An introduction to the major functional groups and the instrumental methods for structure determination: IR, NMR, and MS.

Continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Continued work with more complicated reactions and mechanisms. An introduction to computer-based drawing and searching tools. The last third of the course is devoted to the structure and properties of major biochemical substances.

Basic laboratory techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and analysis of organic compounds including the major chromatographic methods, TLC, GC, LC.

Continuation of the laboratory methods in organic chemistry including the major structural determination and analysis tools of NMR, IR, HPLC, UV/Vis.

Structures and properties of the biomolecular components of cells and their action in biological systems. Topics include: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleotides, nucleic acids, vitamins and coenzymes.

Mathematical treatment of bioenergetics emphasizing major concepts and problem solving; principles of metabolic processes.

A laboratory course to accompany CHEM 411, 412 (BIOS 411, 412). The isolation, characterization and analysis of biomolecules including the use of biochemical instrumentation and methodology for work in protein isolation, enzymology, and immunology.

A historical review of physical education and kinesiology; objectives of physical education; development of a basic philosophy and background for professional development.

The study of applied Sport Psychology, learning, motivation, social interaction, mental training for performance, applying behavioral skills for physical activity promotion, and specific psychological rehabilitation strategies.

Advanced theory and application of techniques in injury evaluation, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative exercises currently used in the fields of athletic training and physical therapy.

This is an introduction to sociological and psychological aspects of physical education and sport. Within these contexts, sociological considerations include issues of access, culture, gender and power in the community and society. Psychological considerations include issues of behavior, stress, goal-setting and motivation and competitive contexts.

Study of topics related to kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care.

Seminar related to specific topics in kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care.

Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field.

Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics.

Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II.

Philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. Discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research.

Theory and principles of psychological assessment and testing including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings.

Nature, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within current categorical systems.

A study of the application of the principles of psychology in industrial and organizational settings.

A study of the theory and research concerning lifespan development. Consideration will be given to the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and moral aspects of human development across the entire span from conception to death. Discussion will include timely issues of personal relevance to the student's own developmental pathway.

An in-depth study of theory and research concerning the child and adolescent period. Issues to be considered will include physiological, psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual development from the period of conception through adolescence. Both pathogenic and adaptive patterns will be addressed with a view to facilitating optimal development.

A study of the physiological bases of behavior including neural, sensory, motor and chemical aspects with an emphasis on application to human rather than animal process.

Concepts and techniques involved in the analysis and interpretation of clinical and research data. Lecture and laboratory descriptive and inferential statistics. Major topics include correlation and regression, tests of significance and introduction to analysis of variance. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches are covered. Instruction assumes undergraduate background in statistics.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Core Courses:

An introduction to the basic structure and function of the human body. Laboratory emphasis varies from section to section to meet the needs of the different majors.

A study of the basic concepts of physiological regulation from the level of the cell to the integrated intact organism including neural, muscular, and neuro-endocrine regulatory systems. Laboratory includes human systems analysis and electrophysiology.

Discusses the embryology of the nervous system, the structure and function of the different cells of the nervous system and transmission by neurons. Emphasis on understanding cellular organization and neurophysiology of major subsystems of the vertebrate nervous system.

Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics.

Human movement with emphasis on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, with simple mechanical principles involved in movement skills.

Basic physiological concepts of muscular exercise with emphasis on the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the neuromuscular, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Laboratory and field applications of testing in exercise physiology. Theory and skills in fitness assessment will be covered, along with analyses of test results.

The study of applied Sport Psychology, learning, motivation, social interaction, mental training for performance, applying behavioral skills for physical activity promotion, and specific psychological rehabilitation strategies.

Physical fitness and disease; nutrition and obesity; mental health and stress management; substance abuse (drugs, tobacco and alcohol); human sexuality. Supports the teacher certification requirement in health for physical education majors.

Advanced theory and application of techniques in injury evaluation, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative exercises currently used in the fields of athletic training and physical therapy.

Overview of significant factors that influence and determine the learning and control of motor skills. Motor learning issues are examined from a behavioral perspective, and applications are made to teaching, coaching and rehabilitation settings.

This is an introduction to sociological and psychological aspects of physical education and sport. Within these contexts, sociological considerations include issues of access, culture, gender and power in the community and society. Psychological considerations include issues of behavior, stress, goal-setting and motivation and competitive contexts.

Theoretical and practical aspects of human nutrition for health and sport. Scientific treatment of applied nutritional principles for health enhancement and successful sport performance.

Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field.

Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics.

Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II.

A study of the physiological bases of behavior including neural, sensory, motor and chemical aspects with an emphasis on application to human rather than animal process.

Elective Courses:

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development.

Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology.

This laboratory accompanies General Biology I and is divided between observational and experimental approaches, with emphasis on the collection and interpretation of quantitative data. Frequent lab discussion of relevant issues and literature will be included.

This laboratory, which accompanies General Biology II, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included.

A study of microbial organisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses, including their morphology, physiology, metabolism and genetics; host parasite interactions; humoral and cell-mediated immunity. Laboratory practice in handling microorganisms, including identification and culture techniques.

An introduction to the human body through dissection and demonstration of a selected portion of a human cadaver.

Discusses the molecular organization and function of cells and their organelles, with emphasis on chromosome structure, gene expression, membrane structure and function, energy conversion, and experimental methods used to study subcellular components.

Practical application of traditional and current laboratory techniques used in research and industry, including microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, histology, chromosomal analysis, tissue cell culture, isolation and purification of DNA, RNA and proteins, PCR, proper documentation and protocols and other laboratory writing skills are emphasized.

Integrates principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics toward understanding structure and function of the gene. Emphasizes quantitative analysis of genetic data and explores current issues of genetic engineering from technical and ethical viewpoints.

Discusses the mechanisms of integration and homeostasis at the cellular, organ and system levels. Muscular, neural, vascular, excretory, and endocrine interactions are studied. Variations between vertebrate groups are presented. Includes a major research project.

Analyzes the molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms that control fertilization, the development of body form, cell specialization and differentiation as well as metamorphosis, maturation and aging. Laboratory emphasizes gametogenesis, fertilization, comparative embryology of vertebrates and invertebrates and directed experimental manipulation of embryos.

A study of the structures and functions of the immune system, humoral and cell mediated immunity and analysis of medically significant disorders of the immune system.

The first semester of the traditional yearlong course in organic chemistry. Structure, properties and reactivity of carbon-containing compounds with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. An introduction to the major functional groups and the instrumental methods for structure determination: IR, NMR, and MS.

Continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Continued work with more complicated reactions and mechanisms. An introduction to computer-based drawing and searching tools. The last third of the course is devoted to the structure and properties of major biochemical substances.

Basic laboratory techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and analysis of organic compounds including the major chromatographic methods, TLC, GC, LC.

Structures and properties of the biomolecular components of cells and their action in biological systems. Topics include: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleotides, nucleic acids, vitamins and coenzymes.

Mathematical treatment of bioenergetics emphasizing major concepts and problem solving; principles of metabolic processes.

A laboratory course to accompany CHEM 411, 412 (BIOS 411, 412). The isolation, characterization and analysis of biomolecules including the use of biochemical instrumentation and methodology for work in protein isolation, enzymology, and immunology.

Lecture, laboratory and field experience in the development, evaluation and application of tests in kinesiology and physical education; use and interpretation of elementary statistics.

The study of applied Sport Psychology, learning, motivation, social interaction, mental training for performance, applying behavioral skills for physical activity promotion, and specific psychological rehabilitation strategies.

Introduction to understanding athletic injuries, including principles, theories and practice in the disciplines of injury prevention, assessment and treatment.

This is an introduction to sociological and psychological aspects of physical education and sport. Within these contexts, sociological considerations include issues of access, culture, gender and power in the community and society. Psychological considerations include issues of behavior, stress, goal-setting and motivation and competitive contexts.

Study of topics related to kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care.

Seminar related to specific topics in kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care.

Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field.

Philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. Discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research.

Theory and principles of psychological assessment and testing including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings.

Nature, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within current categorical systems.

A study of the application of the principles of psychology in industrial and organizational settings.

A study of the theory and research concerning lifespan development. Consideration will be given to the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and moral aspects of human development across the entire span from conception to death. Discussion will include timely issues of personal relevance to the student's own developmental pathway.

An in-depth study of theory and research concerning the child and adolescent period. Issues to be considered will include physiological, psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual development from the period of conception through adolescence. Both pathogenic and adaptive patterns will be addressed with a view to facilitating optimal development.

Concepts and techniques involved in the analysis and interpretation of clinical and research data. Lecture and laboratory descriptive and inferential statistics. Major topics include correlation and regression, tests of significance and introduction to analysis of variance. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches are covered. Instruction assumes undergraduate background in statistics.