The intent of the Department of Kinesiology is to develop a community of learners in which students and faculty develop a thorough understanding of human movement. Kinesiology graduates are well prepared for post-baccalaureate study in clinical exercise physiology, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, nursing and physician’s assistant programs.
The Kinesiology curriculum at Gordon College emphasizes the mechanical, neurological and physiological bases of human movement and is coupled with experiences to enhance critical-thinking skills essential to scientific inquiry. The course of study includes examination of both normal healthy function as well as function associated with clinical conditions and disease states. The department emphasizes collaborative research with students as well as volunteer and internship experiences in a variety of professional settings.
It takes 58 credits to complete a Kinesiology major. The major and Gordon’s Core Curriculum fit easily into a 4-year undergraduate program.
Support Requirements (20 credits)
Kinesiology Requirements (38 credits)
Students completing the Kinesiology major are not required to take the core course NSM202 The Scientific Enterprise.
In addition to completing the kinesiology major, students with specific post-baccalaureate aspirations may choose a concentration or minor from a number of options including the health professions concentrations, the corporate fitness concentration and a minor in neuroscience. Close consultation with academic advisors is recommended to ensure that specific graduate program prerequisites are met. Exceptional kinesiology majors may also consider the honors program.
In exceptional cases majors may earn departmental honors in kinesiology by conducting research and writing an honors thesis during their senior year. In collaboration with a faculty advisor, candidates will enroll in KIN 492 in their junior or senior year to develop a thesis proposal and conduct pilot work on a selected topic. The proposal will be defended by the end of the fall semester of the student’s senior year. The defense will be presented before the Department of Kinesiology faculty and must include evidence of readiness to conduct a full study based on initial pilot work. Upon successful defense, candidates will enroll in an additional 4 credits of KIN492 and will conduct formal research and write a thesis. For honors the thesis must be of high quality and must be orally defended before department faculty.
The minimum GPA for honors candidates is 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall. See department faculty for details.