Academic Departments and Programs

Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology provides opportunities to study the science of human movement and gain hands-on experience while enhancing the quality of life by linking all campus life to positive and healthful living for College of Idaho students. You will work closely with faculty while you study kinesiology through the College’s unique PEAK curriculum, and graduate prepared to help yourself and others achieve lifelong wellness.

Why study Kinesiology at The College of Idaho?

At The College of Idaho students can pursue two different PEAK majors, Physical Education and Exercise Science, or three PEAK minors, Coaching, Health Education and Physical Education. In addition the department offers a unique blend of activity courses in 6-week blocks (except winter term which is 4 weeks) that assist and provide our students with opportunities to explore or enrich a healthy environment. Students also gain practical experience in the Department of Kinesiology’s Human Performance Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that introduces C of I students to current physiological testing (40 different tests), uses of Wingate, MVO2, lactate and metabolic
testing using a treadmill or bicycle.

Learning outcomes for this major:

  • Students will gain skills and understand the concepts and principles associated with Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Anatomy, Physiology, Exercise Science and Physical Education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate scientific knowledge within the above disciplines.
  • Students will learn to communicate appropriately within the disciplines associated with the major.
  • Students will demonstrate and apply the knowledge base of the disciplines as they use techniques, strategies and methods in any laboratory type experience.
  • Students will attend, participate and contribute to their profession.

Career Opportunities for C of I Kinesiology Students

Studying kinesiology at The College of Idaho prepares strong, healthy and knowledgeable graduates who are prepared to succeed in a variety of fields. Our alumni include K-12 teachers, coaches, personal trainers, physical and occupational therapists, and graduate students in medical school (and physician’s assistant programs). Other potential fields of work include nutrition and dietetics, biomechanics, physiology, sport psychology, motor development and learning, and exercise science. No matter what career you choose, a healthy mind and a healthy body is a recipe for success.

Majors

Exercise Science Major

Exercise Science Major

50-51 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

KIN-304

Motor Learning

3

KIN-314

Research Methods in Kinesiology

3

KIN-319

Mechanical Analysis of Sport

3

KIN-343

Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory

4

KIN-498

Sport Science Seminar

1

Complete 9 credits from the following courses:

KIN-312

Health Related Fitness and Exercise Prescription

3

KIN-410

Exercise Metabolism

3

KIN-411

Cardiopulmonary Physiology

3

KIN-424

Stress Testing and ECG Interpretation

3

KIN-496

Collaborative Research

1-3

Complete 1 course from the following:

MAT-125

Data Analysis and Statistics

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach

4

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain skills and understand the concepts and principles associated with
  • Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Anatomy, Physiology, Exercise Science and Physical Education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate scientific knowledge within the above disciplines.
  • Students will learn to communicate appropriately within the disciplines associated with the major.
  • Students will demonstrate and apply the knowledge base of the disciplines as they use techniques, strategies and methods in any laboratory type experience.
  • Students will attend, participate and contribute to their profession

Physical Education Major

Physical Education Major

42 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-104

Introduction to Human Anatomy

3

BIO-105

Introduction to Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory

4

KIN-102

First Aid and CPR

1

KIN-151

Personal Fitness

1

KIN-170

Team Sports Skills

2

KIN-171

Lifetime/Leisure Activities

2

KIN-200

Foundations of Physical Education

3

KIN-201

Introduction to Health

3

KIN-202

Sports Officiating

3

KIN-244

Care and Prevention of Injury

3

KIN-300

Applied Sport Psychology

3

KIN-304

Motor Learning

3

KIN-314

Research Methods in Kinesiology

3

KIN-319

Mechanical Analysis of Sport

3

KIN-434

Adapted Physical Education

3

KPHE-150

Physical Activity: Swimming

1

Complete 1 additional Physical Activity course from the following:

KPHE-150

Dance

1

KPHE-150

Weight Training

1

KPHE-150

Body Conditioning

1

KPHE-150

Jogging

1

Minors

Health Education Minor

19-20 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-102

Biology of Human Disease

4

KIN-201

Introduction to Health

3

KIN-244

Care and Prevention of Injury

3

KIN-317

Drug Use and Abuse

3

PSY-128

Human Sexuality

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

MAT-111

Contemporary Mathematics

3

MAT-125

Data Analysis and Statistics

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach

4

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To develop a philosophy and understanding of the role that Health Education plays within the scope of a community’s needs, beliefs and values.
  • To identify health needs, interests, attitudes, behaviors and principals involved in Health instruction.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the direct, integrated, correlated and conceptual approaches to humanistic instruction.
  • Understand the concepts, principles and relationships of sexuality, disease, recovery, and death as they relate to exercise, health and behavior of the individual, school or community.
  • Develop positive learning strategies and outcomes that link the individual, school and community to positive health and behavioral changes.
  • To encourage individuals, schools and communities to promote healthy choices and practices.

NOTE: Students seeking Idaho State Department of Education, grades 6-12, must also take these additional courses:

Course Course Title Credits

KIN-102

First Aid and CPR

1

KIN-318

Nutrition

3

KIN-350

Organization & Administration of School Health Program

3

KIN-351

Instructional Methods in Health

3

PSY-370

Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine

3

Physical Education Minor

17 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-104

Introduction to Human Anatomy

3

BIO-105

Introduction to Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory

4

KIN-151

Personal Fitness

1

KIN-200 or
KIN-201

Foundations of Physical Education or
Introduction to Health

3

KIN-319

Mechanical Analysis of Sport

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

MAT-125

Data Analysis and Statistics

3

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a competence in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Mechanical
  • Analysis of Human movement.
  • Understand the concepts and the variety of adaptations associated with fundamental sport skills.
  • Create avenues for personal wellness/fitness and using sound information, select appropriate principles of application.
  • Development and implement a personalized wellness plan.
  • Use critical and reflective approaches to assess teaching, learning, activity, fitness
  • and sport participation.

NOTE: Students seeking Idaho State Department of Education, grades 6-12, must also take these additional courses (14 credits):

Course Course Title Credits

KIN-170

Team Sports Skills

2

KIN-171

Lifetime/Leisure Activities

2

KIN-201

Introduction to Health

3

KIN-244

Care and Prevention of Injury

3

KIN-324

Management of PE, Recreation and Athletics

2

KIN-328 or
KIN-329

Elementary Curriculum Planning in Health and PE or
Secondary Curriculum Planning in PE

2

Coaching Minor

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-104

Introduction to Human Anatomy

3

BIO-105

Introduction to Physiology of Exercise and Laboratory

4

KIN-202

Sports Officiating

3

KIN-210

Coaching Methods

2

KIN-300

Applied Sport Psychology

3

KIN-319

Mechanical Analysis of Sport

3

KIN-497

Internship

1

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain skills, knowledge and concepts to understand sport officiating
  • Students will develop their skills in officiating.
  • Students will develop problem solving and interpretation of rules and regulations
  • governing officiating.
  • Students will communicate using oral and written language explanations of rules