Faculty | Kinesiology, B.S.

Marc Apkarian

  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education
  • Department Chair of Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education

  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

Marc Apkarian currently serves as Associate Professor and Department Chair for the department of Kinesiology, Health & Physical Education.His teaching specialties and professional background include the areas of exercise physiology, fitness assessment and personal training.He has taught exercise science and physical activity college courses for over 15 years, and has worked with individuals...

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Kristianna Altamirano

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Health, and Physical Education

  • M.S., California State University Fullerton
  • B.S., Biola University

Kristianna Altamirano currently serves as an assistant professor in the kinesiology, health, and physical education department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, health, and physical education from Biola University, her master’s degree in kinesiology from California State University Fullerton and holds CSCS and CPT certifications. Altamirano began teaching for Biola as an...

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Jacob Gardner

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Heath and Physical Education

  • PhD, University of Tennessee
  • MS, Illinois State University
  • BS, Montana State University

Jake Gardner is delighted to be apart of the KHPE department at Biola University to teach students about God’s intelligent design of the human body through the science of movement and exercise. Jake is originally from Montana where he fell in love with the outdoors and being physically active. His love for activity led him to pursue a BS degree in Health and Human Development from Montana State...

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Jim Larson

  • Associate Professor of Physical Education
  • Director of Physical Education and Coaching Educator

  • Ed.D, UCLA
  • M.A. Fresno State
  • B.A., Bethel University

Jim Larson came to Biola University in the Fall of 2008 after completing a three year period of teaching and coaching at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Larson has had many years of teaching experience at the university level including being on the doctoral faculty at Pepperdine University. In addition, much of Jim's professional life has been in the area of college sports, including a highly...

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John Wiese

  • Assistant Athletics Director
  • Adjunct

  • BA in Physical Education, Athletic Training Emphasis, Point Loma

John Wiese is from Norco, CA has served as Biola’s Head Athletic Trainer for the past 27 years. After graduating from Point Loma College, he worked at San Diego Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center before becoming the Head Athletic Trainer at California Baptist. In addition to overseeing the Athletic Departments’s Athletic Training Program, John teaches sport medicine classes for the...

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Brent Peterson

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Health, and Physical Education

    Dr. Brent Peterson is a native Southern Californian. Peterson completed his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science at Concordia University, Irvine (2004) while on a track and field and academic scholarship. In 2006, Peterson started his first master’s degree at California State University, Fullerton in kinesiology. Peterson then, in pursuit of multiple doctoral granting institutions,...

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    Courses

    • Lecture, Exercise Physiology I, SES 322 (FA 2015 & SP 2016)
    • Lecture, Exercise Assessment and Programming, SES 490 (FA & SP 2014)
    • Lecture, Exercise Physiology II, SES 324 (SP 2014)
    • Lecture, Exercise Physiology I, SES 322 (FA & SP 2013)
    • Lecture, Adv. Functional Asst. of Strength & Conditioning, SES 480 (FA & SP 2013)
    • Lecture, Exercise Physiology II, SES 324 (FA & SP 2013)
    • Lecture, Adv. Functional Asst. of Strength & Conditioning, SES 480 (FA & SP 2012)

    Research Interests

    • Bioethics
    • Nutrition
    • Neuroscience
    • Mental Health
    • Medicine
    • Biological Sciences
    • Education
    • Energy
    • Environment
    • Science
    • Sports and Fitness
    • Exercise