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2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition 
2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Kinesiology, Health and Athletics

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Dean: Keith Shackleford, JD
Academic Co-Chairs: Jerry Hernandez and Tom Pestolesi
Faculty: Simon Davies, PhD; Julie Hanks; Jerry Hernandez; Kent Madole; Martin McGrogan; Tom Pestolesi; Jovan Stojanovski; Ted Weatherford


The School of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics (KHA) offers programs designed for students interested in transfer, degree and career opportunities in these disciplines. Students are introduced to topics related to exercise science, such as the physiology and anatomy of the body, nutrition, injury prevention, health enhancement, fitness and exercise. The program serves all students, regardless of age, fitness level, or previous experience.

Classes are offered in both the lecture and activity settings.  Lecture courses are designed to provide a basis for the future professional and lifelong learner, with concepts and ideas easily applicable to the university, graduate school, and lifestyle experiences.  Activity courses mirror this philosophy while putting these same concepts into motion.  Cardiovascular fitness, strength training, individual/paired sports, team sports, intramurals, and intercollegiate athletics are offered in each term to permit the practice of the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom. The school also provides special services courses for physically challenged individuals seeking corrective and rehabilitative exercise. All activity classes are designed not only to provide for physiological development but also to educate students about the principals involved in that process and to introduce them to the related topics of nutrition, injury prevention, and health enhancement.

The School of KHA's complex includes baseball and soccer fields, lighted outdoor tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and outdoor basketball courts. Hart Gymnasium serves as the home court for the Lasers basketball, badminton, and volleyball teams. The PE 200 building also houses a strength training center, dance studio, and the KNES classroom. The PE 100 building includes the Life Fitness Center (LFC), a dance studio, and locker rooms. Students may use the LFC by enrolling in KNES 3A /KNES 3B /KNES 3C  and completing the required orientation session.


Students intending to transfer to a four-year institution with a major in kinesiology, or with an intent to pursue study in recreation or leisure studies, should consult with a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics. 

The AA in Kinesiology for Transfer is the traditional degree pathway for those interested in a career encompassing studies in this discipline. Steeped in a broad array of topics such as anatomy, physiology, biology and the baseline courses of kinesiology, this degree is for the student with designs on a university experience in Kinesiology, and/or graduate school options that include medical school, physical therapy, sports medicine, rehabilitation, research and teaching.

Those seeking employment in an industrial fitness/club fitness setting are advised to explore the fitness professional certificate program. This one-year program is designed to qualify students to serve as personal trainers, aerobics instructors, and/or strength-training instructors. Those who pursue this program will be educated in the principles of exercise science that apply to fitness evaluation, exercise recommendation, and application of appropriate exercise methods.

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the kinesiology program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate a beginning level of knowledge and skill in at least one sport or physical activity.
  • Explain and apply basic physiological principles of human movement in exercise and sports settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the body in human performance.
  • Recognize the principles of physical fitness development and maintenance as well as the body's responses to physical activity.
  • Acquire an understanding of those factors instrumental in the development and performance of motor skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value and significance of physical activity for human development, human interactions, and quality of life.
  • Use campus and/or community resources to participate actively in their own education.
  • Display leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship through active participation in sports.
  • Encourage and promote a high quality of life through sport, fitness and physical activity.
  • Encourage and appreciate the value of lifelong fitness with an emphasis in activities that support a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness Professional

Upon completion of the fitness professional program, students will be able to

  • Assist clients, students, or participants in assessing their level of physical fitness, and setting and reaching fitness or physical activity goals
  • Organize and direct appropriate exercise or recreational activities, including instruction in fitness techniques, aerobic exercise, dance, games, sports
  • Retain appropriate records of client/student progress, equipment use, and scheduled activities.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Examples of careers for the kinesiology, health and athletics student include the following:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Coach
  • Commercial Recreation
  • Dietician/Nutrition Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness/Physical Education Instructor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Positions in the Leisure, Wellness and Health Industries
  • Recreation Leader
  • Referee
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Scout
  • Strength-Conditioning Coach


    Associate in Arts for TransferCertificate of AchievementCertificate of Proficiency

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