Kinesiology

Become an expert in the mechanics of the human body with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology

Earn a Kinesiology degree at Loras and gain expertise in the theory and practice of physical activity.Benefit from a liberal arts approach with a cross-disciplinary degree that encompasses psychology, biology, chemistry,and physiology. Explore your future career through hands-on internships at clinics, college athletic departments, and more. Prepare to take exams that qualify you to become a NSCA-certified personal trainer or certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Earn a Master’s in Athletic Training in 5 Years
Interested in advanced education in athletic training? You’ll 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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Student Experience

As a Kinesiology major you’ll have the chance to drive your own education with courses that inspire and internships that put you in the field with top employers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes – Kinesiology 
Graduates from the Kinesiology Program will:
1. Plan, implement, evaluate and develop effective exercise, sport or health related intervention programs
2. Apply a lifespan perspective in Kinesiology to the changing nature of psychological perceptions, physiological functioning, and physical capabilities as they relate to exercise and physical activity across the lifespan.
3. Problem solve by assimilating, synthesizing, analyzing, and applying information from multiple sources and disciplines.
4. Understand the application of kinesiology within the parent disciplines of kinesiology including biology, human anatomy, human physiology, and psychology and the application to Kinesiology of concepts within each discipline.
5. Examine the relationships between physical activity habits, nutrition and wellness, including disease prevention and treatment, psychological well-being, social health and overall functioning.
6. Understand research design within the field of Kinesiology.
7. Understand the structure and function of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, metabolic and respiratory systems and the effect of acute and chronic exercise on each of these systems.
8. Evaluate the diversity of factors influencing responses to exercise, including those associated with culture, personality, and physiological functioning on exercise behaviors and responses to exercise.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program is designed to educate students in the study of the movement of the human body. The curriculum contains a combination of relevant coursework, applied learning, and field education.

Highlighted Courses

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 students for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam that is administered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). PrerequisiteL.BIO-225 and L.BIO-226, or L.KIN-230 or L.SSC-230. Restrictions: Not open to first year students. 3 credits.

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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 five (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 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.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 of 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 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.SSC­344, 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 to 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 prerequisites 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.

Major Requirements

Students will complete the following requirements in order to achieve a major or minor in Kinesiology.

Degree Requirements

Requirements 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.

Students planning to complete the 3+2 Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T) program must complete all requirements for the Kinesiology Major as part of the dual-degree program.  Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for information regarding admission and graduation requirements of the M.A.T. program.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology 4
2 L.BIO-225: Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
3 L.BIO-226: Human Anatomy & Physiology II 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 & 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, BIO courses only) 3
18 Specialty Elective (200+ KIN, ATR, BIO courses only) 3
57 total required credits

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Career Opportunities

What can I do with a Kinesiology major?
As a Kinesiology student, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers (some may require additional degrees and licensing). Here are some examples:

  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Nurse
  • Physician assistant

Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.

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.).

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For more information, contact:
Molly M. McDonald MS, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
molly.mcdonald@loras.edu
563.588.7995

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

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