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Faculty | B.S. in Physical Education

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. 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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Dee Henry

  • Associate Professor of Physical Education

  • M.A., Ball State University
  • B.S., Marion College

Dee Henry was hired to teach physical education and develop a tennis program at Biola. From 1971 through 2016, in addition to her faculty load, Dee served part-time as the women's tennis coach.

Biola's United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) elite level teaching pro, Dee Henry, has introduced tennis to youth who have played for more than 50 different high school teams, 12 college...

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Kristianna Altamirano

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

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

Kristianna Altamirano currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. 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 adjunct...

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Jacob Gardner

  • Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

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

Jake Gardner is delighted to be a part of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science 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 Bachelor of Science in Health...

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Marc Apkarian

  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

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

Dr. Marc Apkarian's teaching interests are in the areas of exercise physiology, fitness evaluation, exercise instruction, and health promotion. He teaches in the undergraduate B.S. program in Kinesiology, with coursework focused primarily on junior and senior level students, facilitating internships and fieldwork as well. His courses include Exercise Physiology, Exercise Physiology Laboratory,...

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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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Matthew C. Orr

  • Professor Emeritus of Physical Education

Brent Peterson

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

  • B.A., Concordia University
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
  • M.P.H., University of Northern Colorado

Brent Peterson is a native Southern Californian. He completed his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science at Concordia University, Irvine ('04) while on a track and field and academic scholarship. In 2006, he started his first master’s degree at California State University, Fullerton in Kinesiology and then completed a biomedically-based Exercise Physiology doctorate program ('15) under...


  • Lecture, Molecular and Cellular Exercise Physiology, KNES 460 (Fall 2018)
  • Lecture, Nutrition for Health and Sport, KNES 440 (Spring 2018)
  • Lecture, Contemporary Health and Conscious Consumerism, KNES 460 (Fall 2017)
  • Lecture, Introduction to Community and Public Health, KNES 460 (Spring 2017)
  • Lecture, Exercise Prescription and Program Design, KNES 446 (Spring 2017/2018)
  • Lecture, Motor Learning, KNES 408 (Fall 2016/Fall 2017/Spring 2018)

Research Interests

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

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