Academic Catalog 2023-24

Kinesiology (BA,BS)

Kinesiology is the scientific discipline that examines the interrelationship of the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body with respect to movement. The Bachelor of Art in Kinesiology is recommended for individuals interested in pursuing careers in coaching, teaching, sport management, fitness leadership, sport media, health/wellness, or applying to Athletic Training programs. The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology is recommended for individuals interested in careers in Physical Therapy or other health professions, pursuing an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise specialist certification, or attending graduate school.

The Kinesiology major focuses on the study of the relationship between physical activity and science, particularly exercise physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition. Kinesiology majors take coursework within the areas of biology and physical education. Student learning and development is enhanced by small class sizes and close interaction with faculty. This program emphasizes the development, interpretation, application, and dissemination of knowledge that relates physical activity to human health and prepares students for the ACSM exercise specialist certification, professional careers, and graduate school.

The Kinesiology major at Dominican will provide students interested in athletic training, physical therapy, strength and conditioning, coaching and other allied health education fields with a solid educational background and preparation for entering these fields.

This program offers courses designed to fulfill the Science for Global Citizens CORE curriculum requirements and prerequisites for majors and minors in other programs.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in active research projects, thereby gaining valuable hands-on experience in research methodology, problem solving, and intellectual discovery. The department provides internships in career related areas to further engage students in the active learning process.For information on coursework that is recommended for students who wish to pursue a preparatory course of study for the Health Professions, but without a biological sciences major, please see the Health Professional Program Preparation section of this catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology will:

  1. Comprehend and apply fundamental scientific concepts and laboratory skills in the biological and physical sciences.
  2. Critically evaluate, integrate, and utilize new information for research projects and professional practice to solve relevant health or fitness problems.
  3. Develop effective communication skills in written and oral presentations of scientific information in general as well as targeted information kinesiology and related disciplines.
  4. Utilize evidence based research to assess fitness and human movement to determine risk for injury and develop programs to improve human performance.
  5. Demonstrate career preparedness to become ethical practitioners serving culturally diverse populations in various fitness and health care settings.