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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Kinesiology (KNES)

School of Public Health
2351 School of Public Health Building, 301-405-2450
Chair: B. Hatfield (Prof & Chair)
Professors: D. Andrews, J. Clark ( Dean, SPH), J. Hagberg (Graduate Director), B. Hurley, S. Iso-Ahola, S. Roth
Associate Professors: S. McDaniel, M. Rogers, J. Shim, J. Smith
Assistant Professors: R. Gentili, S. Jette, R. Miller, J. Roberts
Instructors: E. Brown, M. Scott (Undergraduate Program Coordinator)
Lecturers: A. Beissel, E. Brody, J. Bush, D. Collier, M. Friedman, A. Ginsberg, J. Goldstein, J. Klossner, K. Klotz, R. Lindle, J. Montfort, A. Palla-Kane, J. Phillips (MPH Coordinator), L. Plotkin, A. Romeo, L. Rush, A. Shums, D. Vacante, B. Weiner, J. Zimmerman (Physical Activity Program Coordinator)
Assistant Research Professor: D. Deglau (Assistant Chair), T. Kiemel
Professors Emeriti: D. Clarke, C. Dotson, C. Ennis, B. Franks, J. Hult, J. Jeka, D. Kelley, S. Phillips, D. Steel, J. Wrenn

The Major

The Department of Kinesiology has one undergraduate major, the BS in Kinesiology. All majors in the department gain conceptual and experiential knowledge in the anatomical, physiological, psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives on physical activity, movement, exercise and sport. Today there are 1000 undergraduates majoring in Kinesiology who will go on to further study in health professions (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine), sport-related professions (sport management, sport marketing, coaching), fitness-related professions (exercise leader, personal trainer) and other health and physical activity-related careers. Others will pursue a graduate program in research in Kinesiology (MS, MPH, PHD).  There are currently 20 students in the departmental Honors Program.

A brief description of the program follows. Students should obtain a current Student Handbook for the Kinesiology degree on the web at www.sph.umd.edu/KNES . The program requires a grade of "C-" or better in all required course-work.

Program Objectives

The overall mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to improve the health and wellbeing 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

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 
KNES287Sport and American Society 3
KNES293History of Sport in America 3
KNES300Biomechanics of Human Motion - Prerequisite BSCI201 and MATH112, 113, 115 or placement in MATH140 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
KNES350Psychology of Sport 3
KNES360Exercise Physiology - Prerequisite BSCI201 and BSCI202 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
KNES370Motor Development 3
KNES385Motor Control and Learning 3
KNESKNES Core requirements 27
KNES400Foundations of Public Health in Kinesiology - Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C-" in KNES287; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in KNES360 3
 KNES Upper Level Option Courses 12
 See departmental Bulletin Board, Handbook, or web page  
 NOTE: all OPTION courses have one or more KNES Core courses as a prerequisite. Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.  
 Supporting Courses 18
BSCI170&171Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Lab - Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or MATH220, MATH130, or MATH140. 4
BSCI201Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Prerequisite BSCI170&171 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
BSCI202Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Prerequisite BSCI201 with a grade of "C-" or better 4
MATH/STATStatistics course 3
KNES497Kinesiology Senior Seminar - Prerequisite: A professional writing course with a grade of “C-" or better, all 7 KNES core and 2 KNES options; STAT100 or equivalent; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in KNES400 with a grade of "C-" or better. 3
P.ACTVPhysical Activity Courses 4
KNES200 or 201Kinesiological Principles of Physical Activity
See Handbook or webpage
ELECTElectives (approximately) 30

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


Kinesiology students do not have an assigned advisor, rather the advisors work as a team to serve the students.  Some students choose to meet with the same advisor every time and some choose the advisor based on which meeting time works for their schedule. Either way works! 

We strongly encourage students meet with an advisor regularly to discuss course requirements, benchmarks, academic plans, internships, schedules, and career planning.

Advising appointments can be made online at the website at https://sph.umd.edu/department/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.

Walk-in hours are available during the beginning of each semester and advertised through the KNES listserv. Students are encouraged to use the online 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 ( http://sph.umd.edu/department/knes/internships ) or by contacting a member of our advising team.

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: https://sph.umd.edu/department/knes/honors-program

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 submit a written request to the Chair of the Honors Program, described below in detail. Each application will be treated on an individual basis; therefore the Honors Committee may take work experience, leadership, motivation and maturity into consideration. Contact the Director for more information. The applicant must meet the following minimum requirements and is expected to participate in the Honors Program for a minimum of 3 semesters:

  1. 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.)
  2. Have a 3.50 GPA in courses taken within the Department of Kinesiology, to include at least 9 credits from the following courses: KNES287, 293, 300, 350, 360, 370, 385.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Kinesiology Student Organization (KSO)

The mission of this Kinesiology Student organization is to increase networking within the department (students, faculty, alumni), expose members to a variety of resources to help them succeed, and to enhance the overall sense of community through social events and community service. This is a student run organization that values opinions and ideas from everyone in the Kinesiology community.

E-mail ksoumd@gmail.com to subscribe to the group's list-serve.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs 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, please visit the department website: https://sph.umd.edu/department/knes/financial-support .

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