The mission of the department of kinesiology is to equip students to become leaders capable of impacting their world for Christ. The program seeks to prepare competent professionals through personalized education in the classroom, research, and field-based experiences. The goal of the department is to develop independent, critical thinkers who possess an interdisciplinary education with an in-depth understanding of kinesiology.
This combination of course work and practical experience will position the student for continued study at the graduate level in Kinesiology or for entry level positions in the health, fitness, and sport industry. The health and human performance concentration is designed for those interested in helping others achieve greater levels of overall health, fitness, and sport performance through a focus on lifestyle choices.
The pre-health professions concentration is designed to prepare the student for continued study at the graduate level in a variety of health professions. Professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, physician assistant, chiropractor, and medical professions require post-baccalaureate degree preparation. An undergraduate major in kinesiology provides a broad base of knowledge and hands-on experiences to prepare the student for continued study
Prerequisite: BIOL 304. Introduction to metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrate; the biological role of vitamins and minerals; nutrient requirements during the life cycle; assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status. The course also discusses the biochemical role of nutrients in maintaining health, and the effects of over- and under-nutrition on disease pathogenesis. The students will also gain an understanding of how nutrition is linked to physical activity and sport performance.