Minor in Kinesiology

The minor in Kinesiology provides students with a multi-faceted view of human performance. Students earning a minor in Kinesiology will study foundational sciences such as anatomical kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, and the social psychology of physical activity.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize Kinesiology career options.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of functional anatomy and biomechanics.
  • Describe the biological foundations of motor control, explain information processing and learning theories, and identify practical concerns relating to enhancement of motor performance.
  • Explain the biomechanical principles that underlie human motor performance.
  • Specify the physiological response to exercise and describe the systemic adaptations that occur at rest and during submaximal and maximal exercise following chronic aerobic, anaerobic, and strength training.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to discuss the physiological basis of the major components of physical fitness, and develop individual fitness programs.
  • Evaluate current concepts in nutrition in relation to health and disease, and apply guidelines for designing a healthy diet.
  • Explain acute care of sport-related injury and illness, and design risk management and injury prevention strategies.
  • Evaluate popular nutrition practices utilized by competitive and recreational athletes, focusing on dietary assessment, scientific validity, and efficacy.
  • Explain the risk factor concept of disease and the role of physical activity in modifying risk factors.
  • Analyze and evaluate research data.

Career Possibilities

A minor in Kinesiology will support students interested in a career in the fitness industry.