Provides scientific perspective to study of human movement with emphasis on mechanical, neurological and physiological bases of human movements in activities of daily living and exercise. Addresses vocation as Christian calling and defines areas of professional practice in kinesiology.
Examines human musculoskeletal structure and function; muscle origin, insertion and action at joints. Introduces principles of lever action and mechanics of motion from applied, clinical perspective.
Examines structure and function of human body. Emphasizes organ systems: skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary and reproductive. Weekly laboratory.
Examines human systems of energy delivery and utilization; emphasizes methods by which these systems may be altered through physical training and dietary manipulation. Weekly laboratory.
Examines orthopedic injuries from clinical perspective including evaluation techniques and interpretation as well as treatment and rehabilitative exercises pertinent across lifespan.
Examines perceptual, memory and motor functions in acquisition, retention and control of motor skills. Explores central and peripheral nervous system mechanisms involved in control of movement. Weekly lab.
Principles of classical mechanics used to describe, analyze and assess human motion. Experimental techniques to study human and animal movement including motion capture systems, EMG, and force plates. Concepts of data processing, mechanical modeling, and energy and power analysis applied in sport and rehabilitation contexts. Weekly lab.
Examines preventive and rehabilitative role of exercise training in selected chronic diseases. Training in principles and procedures of graded exercise testing and prescription. Also includes study of electrocardiography and its role in diagnostic testing for cardiovascular disease. Weekly lab.
Examines role of neurological structures in regulation and coordination of normal and disordered human movement. Emphasis on clinical manifestations, assessment and treatment of movement dysfunction associated with various neurological disorders.
Reviews current kinesiology literature with emphasis on gaining facility in reading, understanding and presenting oral and written summaries of scientific papers on selected topics. Topics varied but focus on exercise physiology content.
Introduction to computational modeling and simulation of musculoskeletal systems, with emphasis on models of muscle, bone, tendon, and ligament. Lab component involves direct experience with the computational tools used in creating dynamic simulations.
Internship experiences in field appropriate to student’s concentration. Learning plan must be completed with departmental faculty supervisor and approved in advance by department chair and registrar.
Study of central and peripheral neural structures involved in the control and coordination of human action. Neurological diseases affecting movement are considered.
Capstone experience for majors. Features review of current literature with emphasis on gaining facility in reading, understanding and presenting oral summaries of scientific papers on selected topics. Emphasizes preparation for graduate school admission.
Full-semester research project directed by departmental faculty. Prerequisite: approval of supervising faculty.
* Fulfills Core Curriculum requirement.