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Kinesiology Program

As qualified kinesiologists, students who earns a bachelor of science from CCSJ’s program will have the opportunity to become active in a number of industries, from establishing their own practices, to finding work at government institutions. They can also pursue careers at sports institutions. Our students will work on individual scientific assessments as well as evaluate and measure various aspects of the human body – from heart rates and flexibility, to blood pressure, muscle strength and fitness.

Interim Department Chair: Br. Ben Basile

Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Musser, BSHA; Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS.; Karen Dade; Ron Kozlowski; Sandra Chimon-Rogers, Ph.D.

  • Mission Statement
  • Career Options
  • Program Objectives

Mission Statement

Kinesiology is described as the science of movement and the application of exercise in performance or treatment that is rehabilitative in nature. Therefore the question that arises is, what is a kinesiologist and what does one do? A kinesiologist is an exercise specialist who increases a person’s physical condition and the quality of life by means of physical assessment and the prescription of health exercise habits. This is a health care profession that concerns itself with a number of factors within the medical sphere: the management of health, orthopedics, functional movement, medicine and treatment in the form of physical activity, therapeutic recreation, and the maintenance and improvement of one’s physical abilities and performance levels.

As qualified kinesiologists, students who earns a bachelor of science from CCSJ’s program will have the opportunity to become active in a number of industries, from establishing their own practices, to finding work at government institutions. They can also pursue careers at sports institutions. Our students will work on individual scientific assessments as well as evaluate and measure various aspects of the human body – from heart rates and flexibility, to blood pressure, muscle strength and fitness.

Career Options

Career options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Work within the fields of corporate wellness
  • Work within the field of fitness training
  • Work within the field of clinical exercise physiology (i.e. cardiac rehabilitation)
  • Work within the research field
  • Work within the field of studying human performance
  • Prepare for application to graduate school in athletic training
  • Work as a physical education instructor
  • Work as a conditioning coach
  • Work as a sports coach
  • Work as an exercise nutritionist or a representative for the nutrition industry
  • Work as an owner of their own private practice or find occupation in fields that include the police service, professional sport, fire services and even military hospitals.

Program Objectives

Students in the kinesiology program should:

  • Have an interest in sport and physical activity
  • Have knowledge of the body, muscles, and movement
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Be able to motivate people
  • Work as part of a team
  • Be willing to work irregular hours
  • Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:
    • Students will demonstrate substantial and up-to-date core knowledge of broad areas in basic biokinetics, translational, or clinical settings.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate their own scientific work and the work of others.
  • Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:
    • Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in biomedical/biokinetic research.
    • Students can design, carry out, and interpret research projects that generate new knowledge that advances the biomedical sciences and human health.
  • Specific Expertise:
    • Students can articulate the significance of their own work to their chosen area of study in both historical and forward-looking contexts.
    • Students will demonstrate mastery of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in their selected area of study.
  • Communication:
    • Students will demonstrate the oral, written and media communication skills required to be effective communicants, teachers and mentors of peers, future scientists and scientifically literate citizens
  • Ethics and Advocacy:
    • Students will apply highest standards of ethics to their field of study and their research (data management, research subjects, stewardship of research funds)
    • Students will improve their confidence and interactions with colleagues and the public.
    • Students will be able to advocate for the role of science in medicine and society
  • Career Preparation:
    • Students will be able to articulate an appropriate set of desired potential career paths, and will be aware of the preparation and initiative required to pursue these paths

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Program Details


  • B.S. in Kinesiology
  • Additional Program Requirements
  • Courses

B.S. in Kinesiology (122 credit hours)

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

  • 38 credit hours in General Education
    Students in the Kinesiology Program must choose the following General Education options:

    • MATH 171, Principles of Statistics as the required Math choice
    • BIOL 115, Cell and Evolution, as the required Science choice
    • PHIL 200, Great Philosophical Ideas, as the required Humanities choice
    • PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology, and
    • SOCL 210, General Sociology, as the required Social Science choices

  • 49 credit hours in Mid-Level Requirements
    BIKI 110 Introduction to Biokinetics and Exercise Science (3 credits)
    BIKI 210 Exercise Psychology and Behavioral Physical Activity (3 credits)
    BIOL 215 Medical Terminology (2 credits)
    BIOL 300 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 300L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit)
    BIOL 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 305L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 143 Nutrition Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 143L Nutrition Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 200 General and Analytical Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 200L General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 205 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 205L General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    EXSS 200 Certified Personal Trainer (2 credits)
    EXSS 215 Survey of Physical Education Health (3 credits)
    MATH 230 Calculus I (4 credits)
    MATH 231 Calculus II (4 credits)
    PHYS 300 Physics I Lecture (3 credits)
    PHYS 300L Physics I Lab (1 credit)
    PHYS 305 Physics II Lecture (3 credits)
    PHYS 305L Physics II Lab (1 credit)

  • 35 credit hours in Upper Level Requirements:
    BIKI 300 Exercise Physiology I (3 credits)
    BIKI 305 Exercise Physiology II (3 credits)
    BIKI 343 Applied Nutrition (3 credits)
    BIKI 360 Psychomotor Development and Movement (3 credits)
    BIKI 365 Care and Prevention of Injury and Illness (3 credits)
    BIOL 372 Biomedical Health Research Literacy I (3 credits)
    BIOL 373 Biomedical Health Research Literacy II (3 credits)
    EXSS 400 Principles of Conditioning (3 credits)
    EXSS 410 First Responder (2 credits)
    EXSS 415 Fitness Assessment/Program (3 credits)
    EXSS 420. Techniques & Practices of Strength and Conditioning (1 credit)
    EXSS 425. Techniques & Practices of Exercise Instruction (1 credit)
    EXSS 435 Kinesiology Lecture (3 credits)
    EXSS 435L Kinesiology Lab (1 credit)

Additional Program Requirements:

Incoming student applicants for all the majors within the Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department will be required to have a 3.2 high school grade point average (GPA) and an ACT score of 19 or the consent of the program director. Incoming freshmen who do not meet the requirements for direct admission into the Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department will have one academic year to meet the admission requirements. This approach will allow academically talented students who begin college without the proper academic background to demonstrate their potential and to retain eligibility into the department while academically becoming successful. Transfer students wishing to enter the biophysical chemistry department’s program shall maintain a 3.0 GPA in their science major classes and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or the consent of the program director.

All students within the Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their science major courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or the consent of the program director. If a student’s GPA drops below the required minimum GPA, he or she will have a one-semester probation period to increase their GPA. During this probationary period, the student must meet with the advising office, an assigned mentor, and the Student Success Center for additional support to get them back on track. Students who are not successful in raising their GPAs within a 1 semester period will lose their eligibility for admission into the majors within the biomedical science department.

In addition to their course work and the admissions requirements to graduate programs which are CAATE accredited, students must set aside time over the course of their 4 years to do ~400 hours of shadowing. These times must be monitored and recorded. This should be monitored by the person(s)/company that the student is shadowing. That individual must be involved in an exercise sports science, sports medicine, athletic training, or other BIKI professional training program. The shadowing professional and student should be approved by the program director first to make sure that they fulfill the requirements for graduate school and/or their next career opportunities.

Courses

To see the list of courses related to this program, check out the course descriptions on the Biophysical Chemistry and Math Department Courses page.

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