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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Kinesiology (KNES)

School of Public Health
2351 School of Public Health Building, 301-405-2450
Chair: B. Hatfield (Prof & Chair)
Director: A. Palla-Kane
Professors: D. Andrews, J. Clark, J. Hagberg, B. Hurley, S. Iso-Ahola
Associate Professors: S. McDaniel, M. Rogers, S. Roth (Associate Chair and Graduate Director), J. Shim, E. Spangenburg
Assistant Professors: E. Chin, S. Jette, R. Miller, J. Smith, D. Thomas
Instructors: A. Beissel, E. Brown, M. Scott
Lecturers: J. Bush, D. Deglau, M. Friedman, R. Gentili, A. Ginsberg, K. Klotz, R. Lindle, J. Montfort, M. Oliveira, J. Phillips, L. Plotkin, A. Romeo, A. Shums, D. Vacante, J. Zimmerman
Professors Emeriti: D. Clarke, C. Dotson, C. Ennis, B. Franks, J. Hult, D. Kelley, S. Phillips, D. Steel, J. Wrenn

The Major

The Department of Kinesiology offers two undergraduate degree programs. Students may choose to major in Kinesiology.

The Physical Education Major has been suspended and currently is not accepting students to the program.

Brief descriptions of each program follow. Students should obtain a current Student Handbook for the Kinesiology degree on the web at www.sph.umd.edu/KNES . Both programs require a grade of C- or better in all required course-work.

Departmental contact:  Dr. Ana Palla-Kane (301-405-2502, anapalla@umd.edu)

Program Objectives

The overall mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to improve the health and well being of all people through an interdisciplinary understanding of physical activity in its many forms (e.g., exercise, sport, movement activities of daily living). The Department of Kinesiology is committed to providing students with an excellent education in Kinesiology; generating empirical evidence about physical activity; and providing services to the state, nation, and world by furthering and sharing our knowledge and expertise about physical activity.

The undergraduate educational mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to enable students to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge of kinesiology, value physical activity and its integration within the discipline, and understand how kinesiologists work to improve the health and well-being of individuals and society.


Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the B.S. degree in Kinesiology, students should demonstrate the following outcomes:

 1. Students will interpret, synthesize, and critically analyze research underlying the kinesiological dimensions of physical activity and health.

2. Students will develop principled reasoning skills necessary to apply and extend kinesiology knowledge to address problems that are relevant to physical activity and the health of diverse populations.

3. Students will integrate, interrogate, and communicate the connection between the scholarship of kinesiology and the goals of public health. 

4. Students will engage in a diversity of physical activities both within and outside their formal curriculum.

5. Students will integrate their physical activity experiences with kinesiology sub-disciplinary knowledge.


Requirements for the Major

Physical Education Major

The Physical Education degree program is designed to lead to Pre-K-12 teacher certification in the State of Maryland. Maryland teaching certificates are reciprocal with most other states. While this program is designed to provide professional preparation for individuals in public school settings, it also provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue other professional opportunities in sport, exercise, or physical activity. Also, due to the scientific foundation of the degree program, an appropriate background is established for future graduate work for those who desire to continue their studies in any area involving human movement and sport. Many courses require prerequisites and proper sequencing is very important. Not all courses are offered every semester. All interested students are urged to schedule an advising appointment with the program coordinator before declaring this major. Students should consult the department for updated information.


  KNES CORE Courses  
KNES287 Sport and American Society 3
KNES293 History of Sport in America 3
KNES300 Biomechanics of Human Motion - Prerequisite BSCI201 and
MATH112, 115 or placement in MATH140 with a grade of "C-" or better
KNES350 Psychology of Sport 3
KNES360 Exercise Physiology - Prerequisite BSCI201 and BSCI202 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
KNES370 Motor Development 3
KNES385 Motor Control and Learning 3
  Education Degree Requirements  
  General Education requirements 24
KNES KNES CORE (listed above) 23
  Pedagogical Sequence 25
KNES182 Rhythmic Activities 2
KNES183 Movement Content for Elementary School Children 3
KNES190 Personal Fitness and Wellness 2
KNES245 Methods of Teaching Physical Education 3
KNES290 Teaching Physical Activity & Fitness Concepts 3
KNES291 Teaching for Sequential Skill Development 3
KNES292 Teaching Game Concepts and Tactics 3
KNES371 Elementary School Physical Education: A Movement Approach 3
KNES491 The Curriculum in Physical Education 3
  Supporting Courses 21
BSCI105 Principles of Biology I - Prerequisite MATH111 placement 4
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Prerequisite BSCI201 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Prerequisite BSCI201 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
KNES282 Basic Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
KNES333 Physical Activity for Students with Special Needs 3
KNES480 Measurement in Physical Education 3
  College of Education Requirements 12
EDPS301 Foundations of Education 3
EDHD413 Adolescent Development 3
EDHD426 Cognition and Motivation in Reading: Reading in Content Areas 3
EDCI463 Reading in the Secondary School 3
  Student Teaching 15
KNES390 Practicum/Internship in Teaching Physical Education 3
EDCI485 Student Teaching in Elementary School: Physical Education  6
EDCI495 Student Teaching in Secondary School: Physical Education  6

To complete the Physical Education program a minimum of 120 credits is required, including the General Education CORE program. Admission into the College of Education "Teacher Education Program" is required upon completion of 45 applicable credits. To be admitted students must a. pass the Praxis I exam, b. have a GPA of 2.5 (with at least 12-15 hours at University of Maryland), c. be in compliance with the "College of Education Technical Standards/Foundational Competencies",  and d. participate in extracurricular professional opportunities beyond the program requirements. The candidate must meet with the Physical Education advisor to approve the extracurricular activities plan.  Additional information is available on the College of Education website at www.education.umd.edu/studentinfo/teachercert.html


Kinesiology Major

This program offers students the opportunity to study the interdisciplinary body of knowledge related to human physical activity and sport, and to pursue specific specializations so that each individual can prepare for a particular career goal within the broad discipline. There is no intent to orient all students toward a particular specialized interest, orientation or career. However, many current students are pursuing careers in medically-related fields (i.e., physical therapy, physician, chiropractor), in the fitness industry (i.e., corporate fitness, personal training, health fitness director) as well as in the sport industry (sport management, sport marketing, events management, equipment sales, athletic director). The program provides a hierarchical approach to the study of human movement. First, a broad core of knowledge is recognized as being a necessary foundation for advanced and more specific courses. Secondly, at the 'Options' level, students select from approved upper level KNES courses, which they believe will provide the knowledge to pursue whatever future goal they set for themselves. To further strengthen specific areas of interest, students should select electives carefully. The program culminates with a senior seminar class in which students write a substantial paper and discuss the implications of research.

  Required Courses  
KNES287 Sport and American Society 3
KNES293 History of Sport in America 3
KNES300 Biomechanics of Human Motion - Prerequisite BSCI201 and MATH112, 113, 115 or placement in MATH140 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
KNES350 Psychology of Sport 3
KNES360 Exercise Physiology - Prerequisite BSCI201 and BSCI202 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
KNES370 Motor Development 3
KNES385 Motor Control and Learning 3
Gen Ed General Education requirements 27
KNES400 Foundations of Public Health in Kinesiology - Prerequisite KNES287 and KNES360 with a grade of "C-" or better 3
  KNES Upper Level Option Courses 12
  See departmental Bulletin Board, Handbook, or web page  
  NOTE: all OPTION courses have one or more KNES general education courses as a prerequisite. Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.  
  Supporting Courses 18
BSCI105 Principles of Biology I - Prerequisite MATH111 placement 4
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Prerequisite BSCI105 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Prerequisite BSCI201 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
MATH/STAT Statistics course 3
KNES497 Kinesiology Senior Seminar - Prerequisite: A professional writing course with a grade of "C" or better, STAT100 or equivalent and KNES400 with a grade of "C-" or better. 3
P.ACTV Physical Activity Courses 4
KNES200 or 201 Kinesiological Principles of Physical Activity
See Handbook or webpage
ELECT Electives (approximately) 1-3

* To complete the Kinesiology degree a minimum of 120 credits is required, including the general education (CORE) program.



Advising is mandatory for Physical Education majors and strongly recommended (but not mandatory) for Kinesiology majors.

Advising appointments can be made online at the website ( www.sph.umd.edu/KNES/advising ). Advisors are not assigned to individual students, although certain advisors will handle issues related to policy exceptions, academic difficulties, change of major, study abroad, internships, athletes, and other special cases. Advisors will assist with registration procedures, program updates, University resources, career guidance, and related issues. Students are strongly encouraged to follow their approved academic plan for timely progress throughout the degree program. Changes in the academic plan should be discussed with an academic advisor.

Students in both majors are strongly encouraged to join the departmental listserv for weekly departmental and campus updates, internships and jobs information. Instruction on how to join the listserve is available at www.sph.umd.edu/KNES/ugrad/overview_ugrad.html .

Walk-in hours are available during the beginning of each semester and advertised through the KNES listserve. Students are encouraged to use the on-line advising appointment process or email an advisor at advisingknes@umd.edu .

Undergraduate Research Experiences

Undergraduate research experiences are encouraged.

Research internships are available from 1 to 3 credits and are recommended at the junior or senior level, following the completion of most Kinesiology core courses.

Additional information is available on the UMD Undergraduate Research website (www.ugresearch.umd.edu/) or by contacting Director of the Undergraduate Programs (301 405-2450).


Internships are encouraged to assist students in connecting and applying academic and conceptual knowledge to the real world. Most students consider internships during their junior and senior years following the completion of related kinesiology core and options courses. From a practical perspective, internships are invaluable in helping students focus on career options, gain experience, establish professional contacts and, perhaps most importantly, deciding whether a particular field is truly a good fit both professionally and personally.

Additional information is available on the department website (www.sph.umd.edu/KNES/ugrad/internship.html) or by contacting the Director of the Undergraduate Programs (301-405-2450).

Honors Program

The Department of Kinesiology Honors Program provides an opportunity for students to engage in challenging educational experiences related to the study of human movement, sport, and exercise. Students with strong intellectual interests and the ability to pursue those interests at a high level are eligible for this program. It is the goal of the Honors Program to nurture these students and encourage them to pursue their interests in a range of intellectual topics. The Honors Program in the Department of Kinesiology is primarily designed for junior and senior level students to encourage them to engage in scholarly independent study and discussions.

Admission to the Honors Program is based on a multifaceted set of criteria and administered through the Departmental Honors Committee.

Students interested in entering the Honors Program should visit the following website: www.sph.umd.edu/KNES/ugrad/honors.html.

The applicant must meet the following minimum requirements to be admitted, and is expected to participate in the Honors Program for a minimum of 3 semesters. The admission criteria are: an overall GPA of 3.50 on a minimum of 45 credits (exception: students who are close to achieving a 3.50 GPA may submit additional materials to the Honors Committee for consideration), to have a 3.50 GPA within the Department of Kinesiology core courses, to include at least 9 credits.

Inquires about the program should be directed to Honors Program Director at knes-honors@umd.edu.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Kinesiology Student Organization (KSO)

A student group dedicated to bringing the Kinesiology community together through service learning, professional development opportunities, and social outlets.

Contact KSO at kso@umd.edu

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance progams and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students.  For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu";

For information on departmental scholarships (the Jerry Wrenn and Alice Morgan Love scholarships), please contact the department at (301) 405-2450.

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