Undergraduate

Kinesiology

As a BA in Kinesiology major, you’ll explore the principles and theories related to fitness and the human body — from the basics of biomechanics to exercise physiology. You’ll learn to create and implement fitness programs, diagnose injuries, design rehabilitation plans, and become proficient in the current technology of today’s exercise machines and other products.

Most students select this degree with the goal of helping people in the area of fitness or sports. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — gives you a solid understanding of the subject area and fully prepares you for your future career.

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology

Overview:

As a BA in Kinesiology major, you’ll explore the principles and theories related to fitness and the human body — from the basics of biomechanics to exercise physiology. You’ll learn to create and implement fitness programs, diagnose injuries, design rehabilitation plans, and become proficient in the current technology of today’s exercise machines and other products.

Most students select this degree with the goal of helping people in the area of fitness or sports. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — gives you a solid understanding of the subject area and fully prepares you for your future career.

With a BA in Kinesiology, a graduate may work as a personal trainer for an athletic club like the YMCA, a fitness consultant for a corporation, or a sports manager for camps or recreation teams. Advanced degrees are required for careers as coaches in schools, licensed athletic trainers, or occupational or physical therapists.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (40 CREDIT HOURS):
• Instructional Topics (four courses)
• Introduction to Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
• Physical Activity, Recreation and Sports for Special Populations
• Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries
• Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness
• Management of Kinesiology and Sports Programs
• Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics
• Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology and Sports
• Exercise Physiology
• Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport and Kinesiology
• Internship in Kinesiology and Sports
• Upper division electives (two courses)

V. SUPPORTING COURSES (7 CREDIT HOURS):
• Biology Principles
• Human Anatomy and Physiology I

VI. ELECTIVES (19 CREDIT HOURS):
In addition to the core and supporting courses, students must complete 19 hours of electives.

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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