Kinesiology

Follow your passion for Kinesiology

At Loras, the study of Kinesiology is dedicated to understanding the theory and practice of physical activity in a range of specialty areas, including strength and conditioning, motor development and learning, exercise physiology, biomechanics and exercise psychology.Grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, the Kinesiology major includes courses within the disciplines of psychology, biology, chemistry and physics, and strives to help students gain a clear understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of kinesiology. In addition, the program includes a variety of hands-on experiences to help students explore practical applications and career opportunities.

The Kinesiology program at Loras is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). As a part of the Sport Science curriculum, students are prepared for and given the opportunity to take exams to become NSCA-certified personal trainers or certified strength and conditioning specialists.

Master’s Degree in Athletic Training 3+2 program

Students interested in athletic training, now have the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a master’s degree in Athletic Training in our 3+2 program, graduating with both degrees in five years.  For more information, visit our Athletic Training 3 + 2 page.

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LORAS OFFERS OVER 100 CO-CURRICULAR & INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

With more than 100 co-curricular opportunities, including organizations relating to academic majors, national honorary and professional societies, student and residence hall government, interest groups and recreational interests, there’s something for everyone.

Loras provides a variety of opportunities for you to get involved in the Loras Community from the moment you set foot on campus! From your first year through your senior year, we have designed programs focused on providing educational and social experiences for each student. These programs will help you develop organization, problem-solving and collaboration skills along with making your Loras experience the best time of your life.

There are more than 100 co-curricular opportunities, including organizations relating to academic majors, national honorary and professional societies, student government, special interest groups and recreational interests.

If you can’t find a student organization that interests you, we’ll help you start up your own!

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LORAS PROVIDES A STIMULATING SOCIAL CALENDAR OFFERING STUDENTS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF EVENTS

From clubs and organizations to theater productions, concerts, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs, spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from.

Loras College provides a stimulating social climate for the campus and allows students to enjoy a diverse array of programs and entertainment.

On any given night of the week, students can enjoy a number of social opportunities. From clubs and organizations to theater productions, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs and spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from. In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

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KINESIOLOGY MAJOR SUCCESS

The Kinesiology program at Loras offers students a competitive edge with a NSCA recognized program, state of the art equipment and diverse placement opportunities.

  • Is a NSCA recognized program. As a part of the Kinesiology curriculum, students are prepared for and given the opportunity to take the exams to become NSCA Certified Personal Trainers or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists.
  • Graduates of the major find employment as personal trainers, corporate fitness specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors, coaches, health & fitness educators, and sport nutritionists.
  • Graduates often continue their education beyond Loras, earning graduate degrees in physical therapy, exercise physiology, and exercise science at schools within Iowa and across the nation.
  • The Human Performance Lab for Kinesiology majors at Loras includes a new medical grade treadmill, Dartfish motion analysis software, and advanced metabolic analysis equipment, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in fitness and performance testing.

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KINESIOLOGY STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Students complete an off-campus internship to develop professional knowledge and experience in an area of interest. Recent internship sites have included:

  • Baylor University Strength & Conditioning, Waco, Texas
  • Mid-West Medical Center, Galena, Illinois
  • The Dubuque Fighting Saints (strength & conditioning)
  • Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque
  • Lettman Chiropractic Rehab, Dubuque

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Major Requirements
Division of Molecular, Health & Life Sciences
Sara Glover, Ph.D., ChairRequirements for the major in Kinesiology (B.A.):
The mission of the Kinesiology program is to provide a broad and dynamic program to prepare students for graduate study and careers in exercise, sport, wellness, and allied health.To be eligible for admission to the Kinesiology major, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 and have passed the L.KIN-101 and L.BIO-115 courses with a grade of “C” or better in each. Once admitted to the major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 throughout the course of study. Students who fail to maintain the minimum cumulative GPA requirement may be removed from the major or be prevented from enrolling in upper level Kinesiology courses.To be eligible for graduation with a Kinesiology major, a student must earn a “C” or better in all courses counted toward the major. Courses in which the student earns less than a “C” grade will not be accepted toward the major. In addition, a student‘s cumulative GPA must be at least a 2.25 to graduate with a degree in Kinesiology.Students must complete a minimum of 6 additional credits of KIN, ATR, or SMG prefix courses. Electives must be 200 level or above. No more than three credits of internship/practical experiences will be counted toward the six credit minimum. Elective courses must be chosen in consultation with a student’s advisor.Additional guidelines for Kinesiology majors, including internship guidelines, advising procedures, and course pre-requisites, can be found in the Kinesiology Student Handbook.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology 4
2   Biology Anat/Phys course, TBD 4
3   Biology Anat/Phys course, TBD 4
4   L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I 4
5   L.KIN-050: Personal Fitness 1
6   L.KIN-101: Introduction to Kinesiology 3
7   L.KIN-145: Nutrition 3
8   L.KIN-232: Biomechanics and Kinesiology 3
9   L.KIN-250: Research Methods in Kinesiology 3
10   L.KIN-322: Physiology of Exercise 3
11   L.KIN-344: Theory of Strength Training and Conditioning 3
12   L.KIN-370: Fitness Assessment and Prescription 3
13   L.KIN-439: Exercise Psychology 3
14   L.KIN-492: Internship in Kinesiology 3
Select one from Req 15
15   L.PSY-101: Introductory Psychology 3
15   L.PSY-121: Developmental Psychology 3
Select one from Req 16
16   L.MAT-115: Statistics-FM 4
16   L.BIO-279: Experimental Design & Biostatistics-AH 4
17   Specialty Elective (200+ KIN, ATR, SMG courses only) 3
18   Specialty Elective (200+ KIN, ATR, SMG courses only) 3
57 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Coaching:

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.KIN-121: Personal and Community Health 3
2   L.KIN-235: Sports Officiating 3
3   L.KIN-244: Theory of Coaching 3
Select one from Req 4
4   L.ATR-130: Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
4   L.ATR-140: First Aid and Emergency Care 3
5   Biology Anat/Phys course, TBD 4
6   L.KIN-322: Physiology of Exercise 3
Select one from Req 7
7   L.PSY-121: Developmental Psychology 3
7   L.KIN-338: Sport Psychology 3
7   L.KIN-439: Exercise Psychology 3
22 total required credits
Course Descriptions
L.KIN-050 through 077:
Instruction on the skills, strategies, and rules of different sports and physical activity will be presented and students will have the opportunity to practice their knowledge in active situations. Students will participate in multiple sports or activities throughout the semester, as organized by the course category. Course fees may be assessed in some activity classes and students may be asked to provide their own equipment or arrange for their own transportation to facilities.L.KIN-050: Personal Fitness
This course is open only to students majoring in Kinesiology or Athletic Training. Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit. L.KIN-070: Outdoor Activities Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit.L.KIN-071: Individual Sports
Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit. L.KIN-072: Racquet Sports Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit.L.KIN-074: Team Sports I
Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit.L.KIN-075: Individual Exercise
Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit.L.KIN-076: Ice Activities
Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit.L.KIN-077: Swimming
Credit granted for participation in this course only once. Graded pass/fail only. 1 credit.L.KIN-101: Introduction to Kinesiology
This course provides an introduction to the study of physical activity. The course will include analysis of the importance of physical activity, the knowledge base of the discipline, and careers in physical activity related professions. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of the integrative nature of the discipline and the application of principles to physical activity careers. First and second year students only. 3 credits.L.KIN-121: Personal & Community Health
A course in the fundamentals of health, including; public and community health, consumer health and substance abuse. An introduction to methods used in preventing disease in the individual and the community. This course requires 5 hours of community based learning. 3 credits.L.KIN-145: Nutrition
A course in the fundamentals of nutrition and how they relate to exercise, metabolism, weight control and maturational development. 3 credits.L.KIN-210: Concepts of Wellness
The course is designed to develop an understanding of the basic principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. 3 credits.

L.KIN-232: Biomechanics & Kinesiology
This course provides an introduction into the fundamental mechanical concepts of biomechanics and kinesiology that apply to human movement. The course integrates the laws of physics, principles of mechanics, and advanced mathematical concepts in human movements and provides an introduction to the analysis of commonly used physical skills. Prerequisite: L.BIO-225, or L.KIN-230 or L.SSC-230. Recommended: L.KIN-250 or L.SSC-250, and L.PHY-210. Not open to first year students. 3 credits.

L.KIN-235: Sport Officiating
This course is designed to introduce concepts related to sports officiating such as: psychology of officiating, positioning mechanics and signs for competitive sports (Volleyball, Soccer, Football, Baseball/Softball, and Basketball), fitness of officials, legal responsibilities, and officiating as a career or profession. This course is not designed as a “how to become an elite sporting official” but rather to introduce, at the undergraduate level, the general concepts of officiating as well as to develop student appreciation about what officiating entails. 3 credits.

L.KIN-240: Methods of Group Exercise Instruction
This course will introduce students to the components of effective instruction and evaluation of group exercise classes. Aligned with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines for the four components of health and fitness: warm-up and stretching, cardiorespiratory training, muscular conditioning, and flexibility training, this course prepares students to develop, administer, and evaluate group exercise classes. The course includes the study of key physiological, psychological, and sociological principles and practical experiences leading group exercise classes. Prerequisites: L.BIO-225. 3 credits. January term.

L.KIN-244: Theory of Coaching
Prospective high school and college coaches are introduced to multiple issues surrounding the coaching profession. Students will be subject to philosophical, ethical, managerial and legal issues as they pertain to all team and individual sports. 3 credits.

L.KIN-250: Research Methods in Kinesiology
This course provides student with an introduction to the techniques and methods of research in Kinesiology. The course will focus on an overview of research designs, methods, and data analysis to prepare students to conduct and critically analyze research in health and human performance. Prerequisites: L.KIN-101, and L.MAT-115 or L.BIO-279. 3 credits.

L.KIN-322: Physiology of Exercise
A study of the physiological adaptations to exercise. Explores the interrelations of various organs and systems related to the understanding of physical activity functioning. Emphasis is placed on energy metabolism, physiological responses to exercise, diet and conditioning in athletics, and exercise training techniques. Prerequisites: L.BIO-225 and L.BIO-226, or L.KIN-230 or L.SSC-230. Recommended: L.KIN-250 or L.SSC-250. Not open to first year students. 3 credits.

L.KIN-330: Motor Learning
This course provides an analysis concepts related to the acquisition of motor skills. Basic research and principles are discussed in relation to motor learning and performance, with specific relevance to the practice of teaching motor skills in physical education, rehabilitation, and fitness settings. This course involves active involvement in laboratory experiences. Prerequisites: L.KIN-101, L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111, and L.LIB-110. Not open to first year students. 3 credits. January term.

L.KIN-338: Sport Psychology
This course will focus on social and psychological factors related to participation in sport. Topics will include stress, anxiety, motivation, self-perceptions, and psychological skills training. The primary focus of the course will be on the application of psychological principles to coaching athletics. Prerequisites: L.PSY-101 or L.PSY-121. Recommended: L.KIN-250 or L.SSC-250. Restrictions: Not open to first year students. 3 credits.

L.KIN-344: Theory of Strength Training & Conditioning
Students are introduced to the basic theories, methods, and practices of strength training and conditioning. Material presented will include basic physiology, designing training programs, and teaching basic movements. This course is intended to prepare the students for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam that is administered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Prerequisite: L.BIO-225 and L.BIO-226, or L.KIN-230 or L.SSC-230. Restrictions: Not open to first year students. 3 credits.

L.KIN-370: Fitness Assessment & Prescription
This course uses a hands-on approach to teaching students the techniques and application related to exercise prescription and assessment. Students create fitness and assessment programs for an individual adult client and supervise client progress over the course of the semester. Prerequisites: L.KIN-050, L.KIN-322 or L.SSC-322, and L.KIN-344 or L.SSC-344, First Aid/CPR Certification. Not open to first year students. 3 credits.

L.KIN-392: Practicum in Physical Activity & Health I
Practicum experiences in the Kinesiology Program are designed provide students with opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience in the development, implementation, and assessment of physical activity and wellness programming. Practical experiences must be approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the Kinesiology Program coordinator. Specific guidelines can be found in the Kinesiology Student Handbook. Instructor permission is required to enroll. 3 credits.

L.KIN-393: Practicum in Physical Activity & Health II
Practicum experiences in the Kinesiology Program are designed provide students with opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience in the development, implementation, and assessment of physical activity and wellness programming. Practical experiences must be approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the Kinesiology Program coordinator. Instructor permission is required to enroll. 3 credits.

L.KIN-439: Exercise Psychology
This course will examine the factors that influence participation and adherence in exercise and other forms of physical activity. Students will explore personal and contextual factors that inhibit and contribute to physical activity across the lifespan. Theoretical models and empirical research will be reviewed, critically reviewing existing theory and examining new avenues for future research. In addition, effective strategies for intervention will be reviewed and discussed. Prerequisites: L.PSY-101 or L. PSY-121. Junior or senior standing only. Highly recommended: L.KIN-250. 3 credits.

L.KIN-492: Internship in Kinesiology I
Internships in the Kinesiology Program provide students with opportunities to explore careers and gain hands on experience in a related area. Internship sites must be off-campus and approved by the Kinesiology Program Coordinator. All internship sites must be approved in advance. Specific pre-requisites are identified in the Kinesiology Student Handbook. Instructor permission is required. 2-4 credits.

L.KIN-493: Internship in Kinesiology II
Internships in the Kinesiology Program provide students with opportunities to explore careers and gain hands on experience in a related area. Internship sites must be off-campus and approved by the Kinesiology Program Coordinator. All internship sites must be approved in advance. Specific pre-requisites are identified in the Kinesiology Student Handbook. Instructor permission is required. 2-4 credits.

Career Opportunities

After receiving your degree from Loras, your career could take off into one of these fields:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Sport Nutritionist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Chiropractor
  • Nursing
  • Physician assistant
  • Health & Fitness Educator
  • Other health fields
Straight Talk from a Duhawk

The Loras College Athletic Training program is at the forefront of changing professional requirements, by initiating a 3+2 dual degree option, offering both a Bachelors of Arts degree in Kinesiology (B.A.) + a Masters degree in Athletic Training (M.A.T.).

For more information, contact:
Nathan Newman, MS, ATC
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training / Kinesiology
563-588-7211 | Nathan.Newman@loras.edu

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"Earn your Undergraduate & Masters in only 5 years."

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Loras College Department Staff

Sara Glover, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Associate Academic Dean
563-588-7006 | Sara.Glover@loras.edu

Dr. Sara Glover is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and serves as Kinesiology Program Coordinator. She has been with Loras since the Fall of 2006. Dr. Glover teaches courses in exercise physiology, research methods, and exercise psychology. Her research interests are in the areas of motor skill learning and re-learning and, more recently, strategies for enhancing student engagement and learning in the Kinesiology classroom.

Originally from California, Dr. Glover earned her master’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport performance from California State University, Sacramento. She earned her doctorate from The University of Virginia, where she focused her studies in the areas of motor learning and sport and exercise psychology.

Thomas Kult, M.A., C.S.C.S.
Instructor of Kinesiology
563-588-4964 | Thomas.Kult@loras.edu

Tom Kult teaches courses in Nutrition, Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription, Strength Training & Conditioning, and Methods of Group Exercise. He has been teaching at Loras College since 2000. His research interests include the use of heart rate monitors during exercise and sport, Nordic walking sticks, and implementation fitness classes in middle school and high school students.

Elaina Mertens, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., H.F.S.
Assistant Professor of Sport Science
Assistant Professor of Biology
563-588-2297 | Elaina.Mertens@loras.edu

Elaina Mertens holds a Doctorate Degree and Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. Dr. Mertens completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Coe College with a major in Fitness Development, specializing in Strength & Conditioning and Health & Wellness. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and a certified Health and Fitness Specialist through ACSM. She has experience as a personal trainer, track and cross country coach at the high school and college level, and also as an educator. She has taught coursework including: Exercise Physiology, Sports Nutrition, Principles of Personal Training, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Kinesiology. She currently teaches Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Personal and Community Health at Loras.

Her research interests include physiological performance factors for athletes, specifically distance runners and triathletes, including metabolic factors and performance enhancement through sports nutrition. Dr. Mertens’s research interests developed not only through the study of exercise physiology but also through her experience as a practitioner. She is an experienced triathlete and distance runner, completing the Boston Marathon several times and competing on Team USA in Long Course Triathlon. Dr. Mertens hopes her research exploring performance issues specific to endurance sports will inspire and engage her students to begin to investigate areas of their own interest within the field of Exercise Science.

Keith Thraen-Borowski
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
563-588-7475 | keith.thraenborowski@loras.edu

Dr. Keith Thraen-Borowski is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology & Biology. Dr. Thraen-Borowski received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then completed a Postdoc in Physical Activity & Cancer Epidemiology in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by a fellowship in Supportive Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Thraen-Borowski has won the ACSM’s Cancer Interest Group Research Award twice and his work has been featured on CBS’ Sunday Morning and Wisconsin Public Radio.   Directing the Loras CARES (Cancer Research in Exercise Science) Lab, his research agenda focuses on physical activity and cancer. He teaches courses in both the Kinesiology and Biology departments, including Anatomy and Physiology, Research Methods, and Personal and Community Health and Wellness. Curriculum Vitae