Courses | B.S. in Kinesiology

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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.
Chemical bonding, structure, properties and reactivity applied to organic and biochemical compounds. Includes basic metabolic processes with application to medicine and health. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; one hour recitation; three hours laboratory, weekly. Notes: Meets the Nursing requirement in Chemistry. This course is also required for some Kinesiology and Physical Education programs. Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.
Nature of statistical methods, description of sample data, fundamental concepts of probability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, correlation and regression, application of same. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Credit given for only one of 210 and 318. Grade Mode: A.
A study of mechanics, heat and sound. Intended for non-Physical Science majors. Principles are treated quantitatively but without a calculus requirement. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A, N.
Application of the laws and theories of mechanics, heat and sound through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics I. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit. Grade Mode: A.

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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lectures, one hour pre-lab, three hours laboratory. Notes: Cadavers are used. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour pre-lab, three hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
Human movement with emphasis on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, with simple mechanical principles involved in movement skills. Grade Mode: A.
Basic physiological concepts of muscular exercise with emphasis on the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the neuromuscular, circulatory and respiratory systems. Grade Mode: A.
Laboratory and field applications of testing in exercise physiology. Theory and skills in fitness assessment will be covered, along with analyses of test results. Grade Mode: A.
Lecture, laboratory and field experience in the development, evaluation and application of tests in kinesiology and physical education; use and interpretation of elementary statistics. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture. Notes: The course is designed for majors in kinesiology and physical education. Not for the Core Curriculum requirement in the sciences. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to understanding athletic injuries, including principles, theories and practice in the disciplines of injury prevention, assessment and treatment. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Theoretical and practical aspects of human nutrition for health and sport. Scientific treatment of applied nutritional principles for health enhancement and successful sport performance. Grade Mode: A.
Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.

Elective Courses:

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development. Grade Mode: A.
Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
This laboratory accompanies BIOS 111 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. Grade Mode: A.
This laboratory, which accompanies BIOS 114, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
An introduction to the human body through dissection and demonstration of a selected portion of a human cadaver. Lecture/Lab Hours: Thirty hours of laboratory. Notes: Special Approval Required. May be taken for a total of 2 credits. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Six hours of laboratory, one hour discussion. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours lab. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.
Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: A minimum grade of a "C-" is required to subsequently register in CHEM 301 or 320. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Basic laboratory techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and analysis of organic compounds including the major chromatographic methods, TLC, GC, LC. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
Continuation of the laboratory methods in organic chemistry including the major structural determination and analysis tools of NMR, IR, HPLC, UV/Vis. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Mathematical treatment of bioenergetics emphasizing major concepts and problem solving; principles of metabolic processes. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture. Grade Mode: A.
A laboratory course to accompany CHEM 411, CHEM 412 (BIOS 411, BIOS 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/Lab Hours: Six hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
A historical review of physical education and kinesiology; objectives of physical education; development of a basic philosophy and background for professional development. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Study of topics related to kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care. Notes: May be taken more than once with a different topic. Grade Mode: A.
Seminar related to specific topics in kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Grade Mode: A.
Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.
Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
Philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. Discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour laboratory. Grade Mode: A.
Theory and principles of psychological assessment and testing including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings. Grade Mode: A.
Nature, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within current categorical systems. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the application of the principles of psychology in industrial and organizational settings. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Biology 311 - Neurobiology may be taken as an alternative to this course. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: This course may be taken by senior psychology majors at the graduate level, course RSPY 502. Contact the department for details. Grade Mode: A.

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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lectures, one hour pre-lab, three hours laboratory. Notes: Cadavers are used. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour pre-lab, three hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Continuation of General Chemistry I. Subjects include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, acidity, electrochemistry, coordination complexes and various special topics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory; one hour recitation, weekly. Notes: A minimum grade of a "C-" is required to subsequently register in CHEM 301 or 320. Grade Mode: A, N.
Human movement with emphasis on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, with simple mechanical principles involved in movement skills. Grade Mode: A.
Basic physiological concepts of muscular exercise with emphasis on the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the neuromuscular, circulatory and respiratory systems. Grade Mode: A.
Laboratory and field applications of testing in exercise physiology. Theory and skills in fitness assessment will be covered, along with analyses of test results. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture. Notes: The course is designed for majors in kinesiology and physical education. Not for the Core Curriculum requirement in the sciences. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Theoretical and practical aspects of human nutrition for health and sport. Scientific treatment of applied nutritional principles for health enhancement and successful sport performance. Grade Mode: A.
Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Continued from Physics I; includes electricity, magnetism, elementary circuits, optics, and modern physics. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour recitation weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.
Application of the laws and theories of electricity, magnetism, circuits and optics through experiment. Laboratory to accompany Physics II. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Biology 311 - Neurobiology may be taken as an alternative to this course. Grade Mode: A.

Elective Courses:

Introductory course for majors emphasizing the principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and development. Grade Mode: A.
Introductory course for biological science majors emphasizing the principles of systematics and biodiversity, population genetics and origins theories, ecology, and anatomy and physiology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
This laboratory accompanies BIOS 111 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. Grade Mode: A.
This laboratory, which accompanies BIOS 114, will involve dissection as well as experimentation. A field project involving the La Mirada Creek is included. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
An introduction to the human body through dissection and demonstration of a selected portion of a human cadaver. Lecture/Lab Hours: Thirty hours of laboratory. Notes: Special Approval Required. May be taken for a total of 2 credits. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Six hours of laboratory, one hour discussion. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours lab. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A, N.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Basic laboratory techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and analysis of organic compounds including the major chromatographic methods, TLC, GC, LC. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Mathematical treatment of bioenergetics emphasizing major concepts and problem solving; principles of metabolic processes. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture. Grade Mode: A.
A laboratory course to accompany CHEM 411, CHEM 412 (BIOS 411, BIOS 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/Lab Hours: Six hours laboratory weekly. Grade Mode: A.
Lecture, laboratory and field experience in the development, evaluation and application of tests in kinesiology and physical education; use and interpretation of elementary statistics. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to understanding athletic injuries, including principles, theories and practice in the disciplines of injury prevention, assessment and treatment. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Study of topics related to kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care. Notes: May be taken more than once with a different topic. Grade Mode: A.
Seminar related to specific topics in kinesiology in areas such as exercise science and allied health care. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Grade Mode: A.
Independent work, research, readings and/or professional experiences in the field. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. Discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research. Lecture/Lab Hours: Three hours lecture, one hour laboratory. Grade Mode: A.
Theory and principles of psychological assessment and testing including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings. Grade Mode: A.
Nature, causes and treatment of abnormal behavior, including the full range of mental disorders identified within current categorical systems. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the application of the principles of psychology in industrial and organizational settings. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: This course may be taken by senior psychology majors at the graduate level, course RSPY 502. Contact the department for details. Grade Mode: A.

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