Department of Kinesiology

http://www.twu.edu/kinesiology/

Interim Co-Chairs: David Nichols, Professor; Kyle Biggerstaff, Associate Professor
Location: Pioneer Hall 208
Phone: 940-898-2575
Fax: 940-898-2581
E-mail: dnichols@twu.edu ; kbiggerstaff@twu.edu

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

University Wellness Activities In Kinesiology

A knowledge of the principles of effective movement through wellness, fitness, sport, and leisure as these relate to the social and economic issues is fundamental to general education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine and the U.S. Surgeon General have concluded that physical activity protects against chronic diseases. There are a variety of wellness/fitness classes available that integrate the core of knowledge derived from the study of human movement and provide options and experiences known to promote healthy lifestyles. Special classes are available for students with physical disabilities. Students are encouraged to take wellness activity courses throughout their college experience. These courses have pass/fail options and are designed for individual goal achievement.

Professional Programs

Major programs in kinesiology lead to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The undergraduate Kinesiology degree program includes an academic core of kinesiology basic to the movement sciences. Students study a variety of scientifically-based subjects including adapted physical activity, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical education pedagogy, and motor learning. A degree in Kinesiology leads to entry level positions in various professions such as Exercise Science, Corporate Fitness, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Physical Education Teacher Certification, Coaching, Athletic Training, and Adapted Physical Education.

Undergraduate students who plan to pursue careers in corporate fitness or health care settings in the private sector such as corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation or sports medicine will choose the exercise science specialization. These students will take the Kinesiology core and a sequence of classroom and applied experiences in exercise-related settings. Further, there are specialized program tracks allowing students to meet all prerequisites required for admission to entry-level graduate programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Many employers with which the University affiliates require that students be tested for drugs and have criminal background checks. When this is required, students will have the screening done at their own expense.

The Teaching & Coaching Academy Certification track is appropriate for students desiring to teach and coach. Teacher certification students will enroll in the Kinesiology core and specific technique and theory courses designed for positions in elementary through secondary physical education. Students in the teacher certification track will also have a pedagogy and professional responsibility component.

Each program track must fulfill the general university requirements for graduation, including a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours. These requirements and the requirements for teaching certification are found in earlier sections of the catalog.

The Kinesiology major qualifies students for a variety of graduate programs including Adapted Physical Activity, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Pedagogy, Coaching, and Sport Management, Exercise and Sports Nutrition. For information on the graduate program, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Kinesiology Program Tracks

The Department of Kinesiology has different program tracks that fulfill the requirements for the B.S. in Kinesiology degree. They are as follows:

  • Exercise Science Track
  • Exercise Science – Pre-Physical Therapy Track
  • Teaching-Coaching Academy Certification Track

An Undergraduate Certificate Program in Adapted Physical Education is available for students enrolled in the Teaching-Coaching Academy track that leads to a B.S. in Kinesiology. The certificate program is infused throughout the program of study with designated courses in Adapted Physical Education and Special Education.

Please see Admission section of this catalog. The same standards for admission to the University apply to the Department of Kinesiology.

Kinesiology Minor

A minor in Kinesiology requires 18 semester credit hours (see Kinesiology Undergraduate Advisor)

Note: KINS courses for the minor may require prerequisite courses.

Undergraduate Certificate Program in Outdoor Adventure Leadership

The Outdoor Adventure Leadership Certificate will provide learning opportunities through practical experiences that will build specialized skills that can be utilized in outdoor activities including climbing, camping, hiking, and challenge course facilitation. Students who complete the program will have the knowledge and skills to be a leader in outdoor adventure organizations such as parks and recreation, churches, university outdoor programs, educational settings and many other outdoor activity based programs.

The certificate program is open to all TWU students.  In addition to a classroom learning environment, students will participate in outdoor activities that will encourage leadership, group dynamics, conflict resolution, communication, organization and teamwork. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their skills in a real world setting through an outdoor leadership immersion course.

Curriculum Requirements

Courses

KINS 1311. Physical Activity: Personal Fitness. Designed for the general university student. Instruction offered at all levels of skill; emphasis upon the development of total fitness and recreational skills for leisure use. Personal equipment and clothing for most activity courses must be supplied by the student. May be repeated for additional credit. Pass/Fail option available. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 1441. Physical Activity: Aquatics. (TCCN PHED 1152) Designed for the general university student. Instruction offered at all levels of skill; emphasis upon the development of total fitness and recreational skills for leisure use. Personal equipment and clothing for most activity courses must be supplied by the student. May be repeated for additional credit. Pass/Fail option available. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 1583. Foundations of Assessment in Kinesiology. Introductory techniques for inclusionary assessments of fundamental motor skills, physical activity, physical fitness, and other related skills in kinesiology across the lifespan. Prerequisite: Kinesiology major or permission of instructor. Two lecture and four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 1683. Strength Training and Functional Anatomy. Form and function of the musculoskeletal system and major muscle groups, their actions, and exercises to improve strength, power, and endurance. Basic physiology of exercise and adaptations to exercise training. Planning and critiquing contemporary fitness programs for various populations. Two lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 1801. Introduction to Kinesiology. Introduction of Exercise Science and Kinesiology through the historical evolution of the field: description of areas of study in the major subdisciplines (i.e., Biomechanics. Adapted Physical Activity/Education, Exercise Physiology, etc.); career options within Kinesiology. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 1901. Fitness and Health Laboratory. (TCCN PHED 1164, PHED 1301) Activities and laboratories designed to illustrate and experience the balanced approach to fitness and health. Three activity/laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 1902. Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness. (TCCN PHED 1238, PHED 1301) Introduces basic concepts of fitness, health, and nutrition; develops understandings necessary for making wise decisions and establishing individually appropriate practices that contribute to a healthful lifestyle throughout the lifespan. Wellness issues that affect women and reflect cultural values are addressed. Two lecture hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

KINS 1931. Weight Training. Designed for the general university student. Instruction offered at all levels of skills; emphasis on the development of total physical fitness and recreational skills through participation in weight training. May be repeated for additional credit. Pass/Fail option available. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 2112. Team Sports. Introduction to selected team sports that provide opportunities to learn rules, skills, progressions, strategies, and analysis techniques. One lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

KINS 2122. Individual and Dual Sports. Introduction to selected individual/dual sports that provide opportunities to learn rules, skill breakdown, progressions, strategies, and analysis techniques. One lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

KINS 2132. Outdoor Adventure Activities. Introduction to outdoor adventure activities that provide opportunities for challenge, personal growth, leadership skills, teamwork, and a physically-active lifestyle; promotion of a respect for the environment. One lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

KINS 2143. Disability Sport and Modified Games. Disability sports (e.g., wheelchair basketball, soccer, and football; goalball for blind; and sitting volleyball) and methods to modify general physical education curricula to include disability sport. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 2621. Motor and Aquatic APE Instructional Lab. On-campus experience working with students with disabilities in both motor and aquatic environments. Individualized educational programs and lesson plans based on assessments. Prerequisites: KINS 1583 and KINS 1801. Co-requisite: KINS 2623. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 2623. Adapted Physical Activity. Characteristics of individuals across the lifespan; physical activity in the least restrictive environment; leisure recreation, sports, and fitness for individuals with disabilities. Prerequisites: KINS 1583 and KINS 1801. Co-requisite: KINS 2621. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 2722. Methods of Exercise Leadership. Development and implementation of individualized and group exercise leadership skills; demonstration of safe and effective methods of exercise while applying principles of exercise science; writing appropriate exercise recommendations and providing appropriate motivation. Prerequisite: KINS 1683. One lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

KINS 3101. Practicum in Secondary Physical Education. Development of pedagogical strategies and direct application in middle and/or high school physical education contexts. Emphasis on the developing skills needed to effectively instruct and manage secondary physical education classes in the schools. Co-requisite: KINS 3103. Three practicum hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 3103. Secondary Methods in Physical Education. Instruction, curriculum, planning, assessment, and classroom management for secondary physical education programs. Co-requisite: KINS 3101. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3201. Practicum in Elementary Physical Education. Development of pedagogical strategies and direct application in elementary school physical education contexts. Emphasis on the developing skills needed to effectively instruct and manage elementary physical education classes in the schools. Co-requisite: KINS 3203. Three practicum hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 3203. Elementary Methods in Physical Education. Instruction, curriculum, planning, assessment, and classroom management for elementary physical education programs. Co-requisite: KINS 3201. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3303. Leadership through Experiential Activities. Experiential education model applied to challenge course activities. Processing skills, design, and creation of experiential activities through which participants learn by doing physically challenging and problem solving group activities. Focus on goal setting, open and clear communication, cooperative relationships, and participative leadership. Prerequisite: Junior status or consent of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3313. Wilderness First Responder. Utilization of principles of long-term care, improvised resources, and varying environmental conditions as the framework for learning; prevention and decision-making in the outdoors and other outdoor recreational settings. Prerequisite: KINS 3303. Three lecture and one laboratory hour a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3323. Outdoor Leadership Immersion. Application of course content in Outdoor Adventure Certificate program including group development theory, decision-making skills, experiential education, and group facilitation strategies during a real world ten-day outdoor leadership experience. Prerequisite: KINS 3313. One lecture and five laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3403. Practicum in Athletic Training. Application of principles of athletic training. Assist staff with prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for athletic teams. Fundamentals and applications of modalities and rehabilitation in program design. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3553. Exercise and Sport Psychology. Psychological perspective on exercise, physical activity, and sport. Behavior change strategies to promote initiation and adherence to lifetime physical activity. Intervention strategies to aid in human performance and effectiveness in sport and physical activity. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3583. Health and Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents. Provides a theoretical and practical base for designing and implementing health and movement activities. Addresses planning, implementation, and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities and sequencing in health and physical education settings. Prerequisite: Junior status. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3591. Biomechanics Laboratory. Co-requisite: KINS 3593. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 3593. Biomechanics of Human Body and Motion. Scientific study of human body and motion in mechanical perspective; analysis and understanding of the human mobility system; mechanical laws and principles and their application to human body motion; analysis methods for human body motion. Prerequisites: ZOOL 2013, ZOOL 2011, ZOOL 2023, and ZOOL 2021; or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: KINS 3591. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3601. Physiology of Exercise Laboratory. Co-requisite: KINS 3603. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 3603. Physiology of Exercise. Physiological effects of exercise upon the human body; basic physiological concepts and their relationship to the kinesiology program. Prerequisites: ZOOL 2013, ZOOL 2011, ZOOL 2023, ZOOL 2021, with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: KINS 3601. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3623. Scientific Foundations of Human Movement. Scientific foundations of human movement as described by anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological analysis. Application of physical and physiological concepts to human movement for those seeking a career in occupational therapy and to motor and sports skills for the physical education teacher and sport coach. Prerequisites: ZOOL 2013 and ZOOL 2023. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3653. Principles of Coaching. Includes coaching philosophy, communication, motivation, sport physiology, planning, sport nutrition, and management. Designed for coaches at all levels. Prerequisites: KINS 1583 and junior status. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3701. Practicum in Senior Adult Fitness. Contemporary issues in senior adult fitness related to community physical activity and wellness programming. A pre-internship practicum to introduce the practical experiences with older adults in a supervised university/community setting. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: KINS 3603 and KINS 3601. Three practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3713. Sport and Fitness Management. Management and operations of the sport and fitness enterprise. Fundamental management principles and concepts including personnel management, marketing and communication principles, financial management, legal issues, facility and event operations, socio-cultural issues, industry trends, and career opportunities. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 3801. Practicum in Coaching. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: KINS 3653. Credit: One hour.

KINS 3803. Practicum in Coaching. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: KINS 3653. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4573. Motor Learning and Development. Changes and characteristics of motor behavior from infancy to adulthood. Effects of the individual's personality traits, and generic and environmental factors on the learning of motor skills. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4601. Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Exercise physiology laboratory experiences pertaining to the administration of graded exercise tests and interpretation of results; exercise prescription; electrocardiographic interpretation; measurement of lactic acid, hematocrit, and hemoglobin at rest and during exercise. Co-requisite: KINS 4603 or KINS 4602. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 4603. Advanced Exercise Physiology. Study of lifestyle-related diseases and risk factors. Emphasis will be on the cardiovascular system. Basic ECG interpretation. Prerequisite: KINS 3603 with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: KINS 4601. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4701. Exercise Testing and Prescription for General and Special Populations Laboratory. To enhance careers in cardiac rehabilitation or corporate fitness. Content centers around diverse populations, both normal, healthy, and special populations with a variety of abilities and disabilities. Laboratory techniques of exercise testing with expectation that students will perform exercise testing procedures. Skills and abilities pertaining to ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Prerequisites: KINS 3602 and KINS 3601. Co-requisite: KINS 4702 or KINS 4703. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 4703. Exercise Testing and Prescription. Methodology of exercise testing and exercise prescription with a focus on diverse populations both healthy and special populations with a variety of abilities and disabilities. Designed for Kinesiology maiors, primarily Exercise Science Track. Must be completed prior to internship. Prerequisite: KINS 3603 with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: KINS 4701. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4801. Disability Sport Internship. Designed to provide a student with enhanced information regarding aquatics and sport for individuals with disabilities. Three laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 4811. Inclusion in Physical Education Internship. Designed to provide a student with enhanced knowledge and experiences related to inclusionary physical education programming. Prerequisite: KINS 2621 and KINS 2623. Three practicum hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 4821. Motor and Physical Assessment of Individuals with Special Needs Internship. Designed to provide a student with enhanced information and experiences regarding the assessment process of individuals with disabilities. Prerequisites: KINS 2623 and KINS 2621. Three practicum hours a week. Credit: One hour.

KINS 4822. Assessment in Adapted Physical Education. Establishing appropriate service for students with disabilities in physical education through assessment. Practice in administration of motor and/or fitness assessments. Requires developing and conducting a detailed IEP, assessment report, and programming recommendations. Prerequisites: KINS 2623 and KINS 2621. Co-requisite: KINS 4821. Two practicum hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

KINS 4823. Exercise Assessment and Program Development for Special Populations. Fitness assessment, program development and implementation for individuals with disabilities and/or related conditions in a clinical setting such as community health club or wellness center. Prerequisites: KINS 2623 and KINS 2621, or KINS 2622 and KINS 2621; and KINS 3603 and KINS 3601, or KINS 3602 and KINS 3601; with a grade of C or higher in each. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4903. Special Topics. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4911. Independent Study. Study of a specific topic in kinesiology leading to the solution of a problem of interest to the profession or the student. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for additional credit. Credit: One hour.

KINS 4913. Independent Study. Study of a specific topic in Kinesiology leading to the solution of a problem of interest to the profession or the student. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for additional credit. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4933. Internship in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Internship in hospital-based Cardiac Rehabilitation and related activities. Minimum of 175 contact hours required; must have 350 contact hours when combined with KINS 4943 Internship in Corporate Fitness. Kinesiology majors specializing in Exercise Science only. Prerequisites: KINS 3701, KINS 4603, and KINS 4601 with a grade of C or higher. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

KINS 4943. Internship in Corporate Fitness. Internship in Corporate Fitness and related activities. Minimum of 175 contact hours required; must have 350 contact hours when combined with KINS 4933 Internship in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Kinesiology majors specializing in Exercise Science only. Prerequisites: KINS 3701, KINS 4701, and KINS 4703 with a grade of C or higher. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Professors

BEN-EZRA, VICTOR, Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., City University of New York City College; M.S., Springfield College; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park.
DAVIS, RONALD W., Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; M.S., University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.
KWON, YOUNG-HOO, Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., Seoul National University; M.Ed., Seoul National University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
MILOCH, KIMBERLY S., Professor of Kinesiology; Director of Quality Enhancement Programs. B.A., Southwest Texas State University; M.S., Baylor University; Ph.D., Florida State University.
NICHOLS, DAVID L., Professor of Kinesiology; Interim Co-chair, Department of Kinesiology. B.S., Central State University, Oklahoma; M.S., Texas Woman's University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.
RAY, CHRISTOPHER T., Professor of Kinesiology; Dean of the College of Health Science. B.S., University of Tennessee; M.S. University of Tennessee; Ph.D., University of Georgia.
SENNE, TERRY A., Professor of Kinesiology; Director of Academic Assessment. B.S., George Williams College; M.S., University of Illinois, Chicago; Ph.D., North Carolina State University.
SILLIMAN-FRENCH, LISA M., Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., State University of New York College at Cortland; M.A., Texas Woman's University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.

Associate Professor

BIGGERSTAFF, KYLE D., Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Interim Co-chair, Department of Kinesiology. B.A., Southern Methodist University; M.S., University of North Texas; Ph.D., Florida State University.

Assistant Professors

BECKER, KEVIN, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; M.S., Illinois State University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
DILLON, SUZANNA, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., Alma College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's Univeristy.
MANN, MARK D., Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. B.A., Southwestern University; M.A., Southern Nazarene University; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; M.S., Pittsburg State University; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., University of Arkansas.
RIGBY, BRANDON RHETT, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., LeTourneau University; M.S., Baylor University; Ph.D., Baylor University.
WEATHERFORD, GWENDOLYN, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., Texas A&M, Commerce; M.S., Texas A&M, Commerce; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.

Lecturer

BROWN, KATHRYN G., Senior Lecturer of Kinesiology. B.S., Oklahoma Panhandle State University; M.S., Oklahoma State University; M.Ed., Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Associate Clinical Professor

COFFEY, KATHERINE, Associate Clinical Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., Indiana University; M.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., Indiana University.

Assistant Clinical Professor

GILLASPY, JESSICA, Assistant Clinical Professor of Kinesiology. B.S., University of North Texas; M.S., University of West Florida.