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Kinesiology

Introduction

The Kinesiology department offers two majors, five minors, and a coaching endorsement. Two different tracks are available in the physical education major: general studies or teacher education (with optional health module). Within the exercise science major, a fitness leadershp concentration is available. Successful completion of the coaching endorsement requirements certifies the student for coaching through the American Sport Education Program. Visit the Kinesiology website at www.goshen.edu/kinesiology.

Majors in:

Minors in:

A coaching endorsement is also available.

The Kinesiology department is committed to fostering personal, intellectual, spiritual and social growth in all students within the context of human movement. The department accomplishes this mission through three curricular components. First, a wellness course serves the Goshen Core curriculum, offering both the acquisition of wellness knowledge and the development of a personalized wellness plan. Second, majors and minors in the department prepare graduates for a variety of careers. Third, elective courses in physical activity provide opportunities for students in any major to develop lifetime sport and exercise skills.

Two co-curricular related programs, intramural sports and intercollegiate athletics, provide meaningful and intense opportunities for student growth as well. These programs have a significant impact in the lives of many students who participate as leaders, event staff, athletes and spectators. Additionally, these programs provide numerous occasions each week for members of the campus and larger community to gather in a spirit of competition and recreation.

Career and postgraduate opportunities

Physical education major alumni are currently teaching and coaching in public and private elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, graduates work in sport management, retail sales, fitness facilities, athletic programs, municipal recreation, camp settings, boys and girls clubs, and community programs. Exercise science majors may become personal trainers, promoting exercise, conditioning and health or continue in graduate school programs related to exercise physiology, biomechanics, athletic training, rehabilitation or physical therapy.

Major in physical education

55 credit hours

  • Choose one physiology class:4
    Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 308, Teaching Sport Skills and Strategies 3
  • Kin 309, Physical Education for Children 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport 3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning 3
  • Kin 345, Theories and Techniques of Coaching 3
  • Kin 400, Exercise Prescription 3
  • Kin 409, Internship 3
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Six sports skills courses (intercollegiate athletics may count for only 1 credit hour) 6
  • One health-related course 3
    Chem 220, Human Nutrition (prerequisite Chem 101)
    Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts
    Kin 415, School and Community Health
    Soc 210, Sociology of the Family
    Soc 260, Human Sexuality
  • Additional practica (in addition to internship) 3
    Kin 269, Sports medicine practicum
    Kin 351, Event management practicum
    Kin 352, Personal training practicum
    Kin 353, Group instruction practicum
    Kin 354, Facility management practicum
    Kin 420, Health practicum (prerequisite or concurrent course required)

Student learning outcomes

All graduates with a major in the Kinesiology department will:

  1. Describe and apply basic principles of fitness and health.
  2. Describe and analyze historical, sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of kinesiology.
  3. Analyze physical activities, sport skills, and exercises from anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological perspectives.
  4. Demonstrate competency in a variety of sport skills, strategies and physical activities
  5. Participate in regular physical activity and maintain a healthy level of physical fitness.
  6. Demonstrate honesty, fair play and willingness to serve others.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking strategies, creativity and reflection when processing a problem.
  8. Demonstrate professional ethical leadership behavior and skills: attire, communication, relationships, responsibilty, initiative, and the ability to empower others.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of research methods, statistics and inquiry skills.

Major in physical education with teacher education (PETE)

46 credit hours in kinesiology; 30 in education; 14 in health (optional)

  • Choose one physiology class:4
    Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 308, Teaching Sport Skills and Strategies 3
  • Kin 309, Physical Education for Children 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 311, Physical Education Teaching Practicum 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport 3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning 3
  • Kin 345, Theories and Techniques of Coaching 3
  • Six sports skills courses (intercollegiate athletics may count for only 1 credit hour) 6
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Professional education requirements (see education department pages) 30
  • Health module (optional)14
    Chem 220, Human Nutrition (See Chemistry department for prerequisite) (3)
    Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts (3)
    Kin 415, School and Community Health (3)
    Kin 420, Health Practicum (2)
    Soc 260, Human Sexuality (3)

Student learning outcomes

In addition to the list above, PETE graduates will:

  1. Describe and apply important elements of motor skill acquisition.
  2. Plan, implement, and manage developmentally appropriate learning experiences, using best practices in physical education.
  3. Utilize assessment and reflection to foster child/adolescent learning and inform instructional decisions in physical education.

Advising notes

Intercollegiate sports credit is only available to varsity team members. The head coach of each respective team verifies participation each semester. While students may receive credit more than one semester, only one credit may be counted toward the major.

Physical education teacher education students who select the health option have a very full curriculum and may need longer than four years to complete their program. SST must be carefully planned, especially for multi-sport athletes.

Physical education major four year plan

First year

Core 115, Wellness for Life
Introductory Chemistry
Organismal Biology or Human Anatomy
*Introduction to Kinesiology
First Aid & CPR
Basic Athletic Training
Sports Skills Electives
Goshen Core

Second year

*Motor Learning
Physical Education for Children
*Sport Management
Theory and Techniques of Coaching
*Exercise Physiology
Sports Skills Electives
Goshen Core

Third year Goshen Core
*Teaching Sports Skills and Strategies
Sports Skills Electives
*Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport
*Applied Biomechanics
Fourth year Internship
Kinesiology Senior Seminar
Balance of major courses
Balance of Goshen Core

*Alternate year classes

Major in exercise science

44 or 56 credit hours

  • Biol 203/204, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II7
  • Chemistry class3-4
    Chem 101, Introductory Chemistry or
    Chem 103, Chemistry and Health or
    Chem 111, General Chemistry (recommended for pre-physical therapy)
  • Chem 220, Human Nutrition3
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 200, Aerobic Conditioning 1
  • Kin 242, Weight Training 1
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 375, Exercise Testing 2
  • Kin 400, Exercise Prescription 3
  • Kin 409, Internship 3
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Courses selected from the following6
    Biol 319, Human Pathophysiology (3)
    Phys 203, General Physics (4)
    Kin 269, Sport Medicine practicum (1)
    Kin 310, Sport Management (3)
    Kin 345, Theories & Techniques of Coaching (3)
  • Optional concentration in Fitness Leadership12
    Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity & Sport (3)
    Kin 352, Personal Training Practicum (1)
    Kin 353, Group Fitness Instruction Practicum (1)
    Kin 354, Facility Management Practicum (1)
    Psyc 200, Social Psychology (3)
    One health class (3):
    Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts or Kin 415, School & Community Health

Student learning outcomes

In addition to the Kinesiology department outomes above, graduates in exercise science will:

  1. Describe and apply anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics principles in exercise science.
  2. Describe American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise principles, fitness testing procedures, and personal training professional protocols.
  3. Develop appropriate and safe personal exercise programs for and with a variety of clients.
  4. Demonstrate professional personal training protocols.

Advising notes

This major is a good option for students interested in going on to graduate school in exercise science, athletic training or physical therapy.

Intercollegiate sports credit is only available to varsity team members. The head coach of each respective team verifies participation each semester. While students may receive credit more than one semester, only one credit may be counted toward the major.

Exercise science major four year plan

First and
Second year

Core 115, Wellness for Life
Chemistry class
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
*Introduction to Kinesiology
First Aid & CPR
Basic Athletic Training
Weight Training
Aerobic Conditioning
*Exercise Physiology
Goshen Core

Third year

Goshen Core
Human Nutrition
Exercise Prescription
Exercise Testing
*Applied Biomechanics

Fourth year Internship
Kinesiology Senior Seminar
Electives in exercise science
Balance of Goshen Core

*Alternate year classes

Minor in sport management

20 credit hours

  • Acc 201, Principles of Financial Accounting 3
  • Bus 315, Principles of Management 3
  • Bus 316, Principles of Marketing 3
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 351, Event Management Practicum 1
  • Kin 354, Facility Management Practicum 1
  • Sports skills classes 3

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in sport management will:

  1. Describe historical, sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of sport in kinesiology.
  2. Understand basic principles in accounting, management and marketing.
  3. Understand basic strategies in sport event and facility management.
  4. Demonstrate competency in several sports skills.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking strategies, creativity and reflection when processing a problem.
  6. Demonstrate professional ethical leadership behavior and skills: attire, communication, relationships, responsibility, initiative and the ability to empower others.

Minor in exercise science

26-27 credit hours

  • Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
  • Chemistry class3-4
    Chem 101, Introductory Chemistry or
    Chem 103, Chemistry and Health or
    Chem 111, General Chemistry (recommended for pre-physical therapy)
  • Kin 200, Aerobic Conditioning 1
  • Kin 242, Weight Training 1
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning3
  • Kin 375, Exercise Testing2
  • Kin 400, Exercise Prescription3

Minor in physical education

24 credit hours

  • Choose one physiology class:4
    Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Two courses selected from the following: 6
    Kin 308, Sports Skills & Strategies
    Kin 309, PE for Children
    Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity & Sport
  • Sports Skills Classes (in addition to intercollegiate sports) 5

Minor in health

21 credit hours

  • Choose one physiology class:4
    Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chem 220, Human Nutrition (Chem prerequisite) 3
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts 3
  • Kin 415, School and Community Health 3
  • Kin 420, Health Practicum 2
  • Soc 260, Human Sexuality 3

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in health will:

  1. Describe and apply basic principles of fitness, health, human anatomy and physiology.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and competencies in first aid, CPR, and athletic training.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of public health, including community health organizations, health literacy, risk behaviors, disease, drug use, mental health issues, and nutrition.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to promote and teach health concepts.
  5. Demonstrate professional ethical leadership behavior and skills: attire, communication, relationships, responsibity, initiative, and the ability to empower others.

Advising notes

Recommended elective courses: Kin 400, Exercise Prescription and Psyc 200, Social Psychology.

Minor in recreation and sport

21 credit hours

  • Kin 206, Badminton 1
  • Kin 216, Cycling 1
  • Kin 218, Golf 1
  • Kin 224, International Folk Dance 1
  • Kin 230, Racquetball or 236 Tennis 1
  • Kin 232, Swimming I 1
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 255, Camping & Recreation 3
  • Kin 308, Teaching Sport Skills & Strategies 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity & Sport 3

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in recreation and sport will:

  1. Describe historical, sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of sport in kinesiology.
  2. Demonstrate competency in a variety of sport skills, strategies, and recreational physical activities.
  3. Demonstrate honesty, fair play, and a willingness to serve others.
  4. Demonstrate sound but basic teaching/coaching skills in the context of sport and recreation.
  5. Demonstrate professional ethical leadership behavior nd skills: attire, communication, relationships, responsibility, initiative, and the ability to empower others.

Advising note

The sport and recreation minor is available only to students with a major outside the Kinesiology department.

Coaching endorsement

9 credit hours

  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 345, Theory and Techniques of Coaching 3

Kinesiology courses

KIN 102 First Aid & CPR 1
The course provides an introduction to first aid, practical experience in basic first aid skills, first aid for specific sport injuries and a practical guide to sport related liability. Successful completion of the course may result in certification for one year. Students need to pay a fee to American Red Cross for certification.

KIN 103 Basic Athletic Training 2
This course is valuable to anyone who plans to coach or pursue future certification in athletic training. Topics covered include: emergency procedures, evaluation and management of injuries to the foot, ankle, knee, shoulder, elbow and hand. Students learn taping techniques.

KIN 200 Aerobic Conditioning 1
Aerobic Conditioning

KIN 206 Badminton 1
Badminton

KIN 210 Canoeing/Backpacking 1
Canoeing/Backpacking

KIN 214 Cross Country Skiing 1
Cross Country Skiing

KIN 216 Cycling 1
Cycling

KIN 218 Golf 1
Golf

KIN 222 Gymnastics: Tumbling 1
Gymnastics: Tumbling

KIN 224 International Folk Dance 1
International Folk Dance

KIN 226 Life Guard Training 1
Life Guard Training

KIN 230 Racquetball 1
Racquetball

KIN 232 Beginning Swimming 1
Beginning Swimming

KIN 234 Advanced Swimming 1
Advanced Swimming

KIN 236 Tennis 1
Tennis

KIN 240 Water Safety Instruction 2
Water Safety Instruction

KIN 242 Weight Training 1
Weight Training. (Women's weight training or COED)

KIN 250 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
This course provides an introduction to the field of kinesiology and includes an overview and history of kinesiology, physical education, sport and exercise science. The timeline begins with early civilization and continues through modern events including the Olympics. Additionally, a variety of philosophical approaches and their implications are discussed.

KIN 255 Camping and Recreation 3
Students will have hands-on experience in a wilderness setting. They will learn a variety of skills including: trip planning, map and compass reading, environmental care and study, spiritual growth and leadership skills. Other skills will be related specifically to either backpacking and/or canoeing.

KIN 259 Intercollegiate Softball 1
Intercollegiate Softball

KIN 260 Intercollegiate Baseball 1
Intercollegiate Baseball

KIN 261 Intercollegiate Basketball 1
Intercollegiate Basketball

KIN 262 Intercollegiate Cross Country 1
Intercollegiate Cross Country

KIN 265 Intercollegiate Soccer 1
Intercollegiate Soccer

KIN 266 Intercollegiate Tennis 1
Intercollegiate Tennis

KIN 267 Intercollegiate Track 1
Intercollegiate Track

KIN 268 Intercollegiate Volleyball 1
Intercollegiate Volleyball

KIN 269 Sports Medicine Practicum 1
For this practicum, the student will work with the Head Athletic Trainer, expanding first aid and CPR proficiencies and completing basic duties in the training room with sports teams. The level of responsibility assigned will be individualized based on certifications, knowledge base and experience.

KIN 308 Teaching Sport Skills & Strategies 3
This is an applied course focusing on skill techniques and strategies in a variety of sports. Content includes theory, best practice in secondary level pedagogy and skill content. There is a special focus on organization and management for teaching, skill progressions, and common problems/corrections of basic and intermediate-level skills and tactics.

KIN 309 Physical Education for Children 3 (2-3)
Philosophy, methods and materials for teaching physical education to children. Some practical experience with children included. While this course is open to any student, there is a clear focus on preparing students to teach elementary physical education.

KIN 310 Sport Management 3
A focus on administrative practices in the areas of legal responsibility, personnel, finance, public relations, equipment, facilities, intramurals and athletics. Sociological and psychological issues related to leadership roles in physical education and sport are included.

KIN 311 Physical Educ Teaching Internship 3
This course is designed to make sure teacher licensure students have a significant field experience at the elementary and secondary levels by the completion of their programs. If a student plans to complete the education student teaching experience (Educ 405) at the secondary level, this internship should be completed with an elementary school teacher and vice versa. Prerequisite: Kin 308 or 309.

KIN 315 Applied Biomechanics 3
A consideration of the anatomical and mechanical factors contributing to skilled performance in human movement with a focus on exercise and sport. Laws and principles from anatomy and physics that govern the use of the human body, objects and implements in a sport context are applied to the analysis of exercises and sport skill techniques. Material in this course builds on knowledge of the names and actions of muscles. Prerequisite: Biol 130 or 203.

KIN 317 Exercise Physiology 3
A study of how the human body adjusts during various kinds of exercise and adapts as a result of a regular exercise program. Laboratory equipment will be used when analyzing neuromuscular activity, circulation, respiration and metabolism as it applies to the trained and untrained. Prerequisite: Biol 130 or 203.

KIN 320 Adaptive Physical Activity & Sport 3
This course, required for all physical education teacher licensure and general physical education majors, will examine attitudes, methods, techniques, and special considerations important in addressing physical activity needs and interests of children and adolescents with disabilities. Critical aspects of motor development will be studied early in the semester, followed by adaptive programming and leadership of physical activity in inclusive settings. At field placement will be a required as part of the class.

KIN 330 Motor Learning 3
This course addresses concepts in the sub-discipline of motor behavior, primarily focusing on motor learning theory and psychological variables in the acquisition of motor skills. In completing this course, students will examine the nature of the learner, the learning process, the skill context, and characteristics of the task to gain information for the design of optimal motor skill learning experiences and practice.

KIN 345 Theory & Techniques of Coaching 3
The course will present an overview of basic theories and coaching applications, including topics such as philosophy, psychology, ethics, practice and game preparation. This course includes preparation for and an opportunity to take the American Sport Education Program certification exam (ASEP). ASEP certification is required for coaching in Indiana and other state public school systems.

KIN 351 Event Management Practicum 1
Student works closely with the director of athletics in event management. Most events will be athletic or intramural events, but others occurring in the RFC may be included. Student outcomes that are evaluated by the supervisor include leadership, communication, and collaboration with a variety of parties. The student is expected to participate as a leader at the event, hosting guests in an appropriate manner, enforcing policy, and overseeing operation so event flows smoothly. Activities may include scheduling workers, supervising and assisting with event set-up and take down, promotion and promotional events, and problem solving, Verification of at least 40 hours of satisfactory level work (or above) must be accumulated in this practical experience along with demonstration of all outcomes listed on the syllabus. Prerequisite: KIN 310 Sport Management.

KIN 352 Personal Training Practicum 1
Students will work with a certified personal trainer to conduct basic fitness screenings and assessments, and then to develop programs with clients based on their goals and interests. The student will phase into full responsibility for conducting personal training sessions with individual clients under the guidance of the expert. Verification of at least 40 hours of satisfactory level work (or above) must be accumulated in this practical experience along with the demonstration of all outcomes listed on the syllabus. Prerequisite: Kin 400 Exercise Prescription.

KIN 353 Group Instruction Practicum 1
In this practicum experience students will work with a group fitness instructor in leading exercise classes such as aerobic dance, step aerobics, spinning, conditioning, strength and flexibility classes. Student will study techniques for directing classes and will phase into full responsibility for fitness class. Verification of at least 40 hours of satisfactory level work (or above) must be accumulated in this practical experience along with the demonstration of all outcomes listed on the syllabus. Prerequisite: Kin 400 Exercise Prescription.

KIN 354 Facility Management Practicum 1
Students work with the director of the Roman-Gingerich Recreation and Fitness Center in management aspects of this facility. Content is based in sport management (Kin 310) areas of facility design, maintenance and administration. Responsibilities include scheduling of rooms, communication and customer service activities with clients (community and student), financial transaction, problem-solving, and policy enforcement among others. The outcomes are related to giving leadership and direction at a level above a "front desk" worker. Verification of at least 40 hours of satisfactory level work (or above) must be accumulated in this practical experience along with the demonstration of all outcomes listed on the syllabus. Prerequisite: Kin 310 Sport Management.

KIN 360 Teaching Health Concepts 3
The majority of the class will focus on content knowledge development on identified health concepts and the pedagogical aspects of teaching health. Students will be required to develop lesson plans linked to K-12 health standards and will practice specific methods of teaching health in the classroom. There will be an emphasis on making topics engaging and meaningful for students at various developmental levels. Offered every other year or once in three years.

KIN 375 Exercise Testing 2
In this course, students learn exercise testing protocols, procedures and techniques recommended by the American College of Sport Medicine. Ideally, this course should be taken prior to KIN 400: Exercise Prescription since the material is closely associated. Testing and evaluation should occur prior to exercise program development and prescription. A student doing well in this class is more likely to pass the ACSM Personal Trainer certification than one who does not. Certification may require additional materials and study time.

KIN 400 Exercise Prescription 3
Students will learn how to conduct basic health screenings, risk stratification and practical fitness appraisals for the purpose of developing appropriate fitness programs for individuals. The emphasis will be on working with a client to assist him/her in the achievement of fitness goals, exercise compliance, and health behavior change. Issues of liability in exercise settings will be addressed.

KIN 409 Internship 3
A practical experience related to the student's interest and ability. Generally occurs in an off-campus setting. For non-teaching majors only.

KIN 410 Senior Seminar 3
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics in physical education and exercise science. Research methods in physical education; selection of a research problem, collection of data, basic analysis, written and oral presentation of findings. Course includes the consideration of professional and ethical issues. Required for all senior physical education and exercise science majors.

KIN 415 School and Community Health 3
An overview of community health issues and agencies. Also, components of a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) including comprehensive school health education, physical education, school health services, nutrition services, counseling and social services, healthy school environment, school-site health promotion for staff, family and community involvement.

KIN 420 Health Practicum 2
Students will work with several different units identified in the Coordinated School Health Program and to practice teaching health in a public school setting. Cooperating staff/teachers in the school will include a health educator and as many of the following as feasible: school nurse, guidance counselor, director of food services, diabetic educator, and person on campus responsible for health/safety. Prerequisite: Kin 360 or 415.