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Kinesiology Program

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Kinesiology Program

Kinesiology is the study of physical activity and human performance and its impact on overall quality of life. The program at CCSJ prepares its students for successful entry to graduate school for Athletic Training (MAT), Physical Therapy (DPT), Occupational Therapy (OTD) or immediate entry into additional areas of the field for employment.

Department Chair: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D

Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Musser, BSHA; Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS.; Karen Dade

Mission Statement

Kinesiology is defined as the academic discipline that involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Kinesiology draws on several sources of knowledge including knowledge gained through scholarly study and research, knowledge gained from professional practices centered on physical activity, and knowledge gained from personal physical activity experiences. One of the defining features of the academic discipline of Kinesiology is its embrace and integration of the multi-dimensional study and application of physical activity. Kinesiology explores not only biological, medical and health-related aspects of human movement, but also psychological, social-humanistic, and professional perspectives.

Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from CCSJ will have the opportunity to become active in a number of industries.


Full-Time Faculty:

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Room 512
(219) 473-4275
Dr. Lakhani's Faculty Member Page

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. His primary expertise is in chemistry, although he teaches across the curriculum at CCSJ in three science programs and is the Program Director for Bachelor of Science programs in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Kinesiology.

Carrie Hutton

Dr. Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 302
(219) 473-4284

Dr. Hutton earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University, a M.S.E. in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Ed.D in Leadership from American College of Education.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project-based integrated K-16 STEM learning.

Dr. Hutton is an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission. She is also an active member of the CCSJ community as the General Education Director, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair of faculty Senate.

Br. Benjamin Basile

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Room 303
(219) 473-4280

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.

Doctor Draper

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Room 514
Phone: (219) 473-4268

Dr. Draper received his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a PhD. in Biology from The University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Draper is most interested in molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics. He will be teaching courses throughout the biology curriculum. Dr. Draper uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study how cells detect and respond to extracellular signals.

Tracy Stone

Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor of Kinesiology
Office: Room 520
(219) 473-4357

Tracy started her career in fitness in 1997 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her love of health and wellness led her to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mrs. Stone is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2003, she was given her first opportunity to teach in the classroom setting as a Graduate Assistant at UIC. From there she went on to serve as the Lead Instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Chicago for 12 years.

Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Keiderling

Dr. Michael Keiderling, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Physics

Dr. Michael Keiderling is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary expertise is in Physics though he also teaches general science.

Nicole Griffin

Nicole Griffin, M.L.S., ASCP, SM

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Nicole Griffin is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. She received her B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 2002. She is currently pursuing her M.A. degree in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University. Nicole has over 15 year’s clinical experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Her primary expertise is in clinical Microbiology.​

Mary Wallace

Mary Wallace, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Mary Wallace is Program Director of the Community Healthcare System School of Medical Laboratory Science. She received her B.S. in biology at Purdue University West Lafayette, IN. She completed the School of Medical Technology at St. Mary Medical Center in Gary IN and has worked at Community Hospital Laboratory for many years. She taught in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Indiana University Northwest for three years before participating in the establishment of the MLS program at CHS. She achieved her MS in Biology at Purdue Calumet and more recently a Specialist in Hematology from ASCP. Mary teaches Hematology, Blood Bank, Immunology, Urinalysis and Body Fluids.

Program Objectives

Students in the kinesiology program should:

  • Explain how the scientific process informs our understanding of physical activity.
  • Describe the underlying scientific foundations of physical activity.
  • Critically evaluate information about physical activity from scientific basis.
  • Describe the relationship between physical activity participation and health, wellness, and quality of life.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current physical activity guidelines and recommendations.
  • Critically evaluate research related to physical activity and its impact on health and chronic disease.
  • Design and evaluate physical activity programs that promote health and improve quality of life.
  • Describe the sociocultural and historical factors that influence physical activity.
  • Critically evaluate scholarly work related to cultural, historical and philosophical dimensions of physical activity.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation and commitment to physical activity practice.

Career Options

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

  • Athletic Administration
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Campus Fitness Center Director
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Corporate Fitness & Wellness Coordinator
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Industry Sales and Management
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Movement & Performance Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Physical Therapist
  • Professor of Kinesiology/Exercise Science
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Psychologist (Specialty: Sport Performance)
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach

Program Director

Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

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Program Requirements

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
    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)
    KINE 110 Introduction to Kinesiology and Exercise Science (3 credits)
    KINE 210 Exercise Psychology and Behavioral Physical Activity (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:
    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)
  • KINE 300 Exercise Physiology I (3 credits)
    KINE 305 Exercise Physiology II (3 credits)
    KINE 343 Applied Nutrition (3 credits)
    KINE 360 Psychomotor Development and Movement (3 credits)
    KINE 365 Care and Prevention of Injury and Illness (3 credits)
    KINE 490 Internship in Kinesiology I (3 credits)
    KINE 495 Internship in Kinesiology II (3 credits)

Additional Program Requirements:

Incoming student applicants for all the majors within the Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department will be required to have a 2.0 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 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 retain eligibility in the department. Transfer students wishing to enter a Biophysical Chemistry Department shall maintain a 2.5 GPA in their science major classes and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

All students within the Biophysical Chemistry and Mathematics Department must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their science major courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. 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 back on track. Students who are not successful in raising their GPA within a onesemester period will lose their eligibility to graduate with a degree in Biomedical Science.


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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