Kinesiology Major

Kinesiology Major

Kinesiology

Major

Kinesiology is a broad, interdisciplinary field of study that includes specialties such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, sports nutrition, exercise psychology, motor control and exercise epidemiology.

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement and is generally divided into the physiological, psychological, and mechanical aspects of movement. The physiological aspects of kinesiology encompass the study of the short-term responses and long-term adaptations of organisms and systems to the challenge of exercise, physical activity, or movement. From a neuromuscular perspective, kinesiology relates to how humans learn and control movements. The psychological aspects of kinesiology relate to the effects of human behavior on physical activity levels and performance. The mechanical aspects of kinesiology encompass the biodynamics of human movements as they relate to exercise and human performance. 

Areas of inquiry range in scope from the study of the molecular response of cells to the response and adaptation of the whole body. The kinesiology major encompasses a wide spectrum of performance-related issues involving muscular and cardiovascular physiology, energy balance, exercise adherence, skill acquisition, and fitness testing and prescription. 

The Kinesiology major is applicable to a myriad of Army missions. Majors have the option to pursue the honors program where they will work one-on-one with a thesis advisor conducting applicable research in human performance.

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Physical Education.

Required Courses

CH275 BIOLOGY 

CH375 ADVANCED BIOLOGY 

CH387 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY 

KN355 FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY 

KN360 BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT 

KN365 NUTRITION FOR PERFORMANCE  

KN455 PSYCHOLOGY OF EXERCISE 

KN460 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY  

KN465 MOTOR CONTROL AND LEARNING 

KN470 FITNESS ASSESSMENT AND RX

 

Sample Electives

CH383 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 

CH384 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 

CH385 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY 

CH460 HUMAN ANATOMY 

CH473 BIOCHEMISTRY 

PL250 NEUROCOG FNDTNS OF BEHAVIOR 

PL361 RESEARCH METHODS I 

PL390 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY 

PL392 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY  

PL394 ANTHROPOMETRICS & BIOMECHANICS 

PY350 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full Kinesiology Major Curriculum.

The Department of Physical Education is currently working with United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, US Army Physical Fitness School, and the Human Dimensions Laboratory (Fort Jackson) to develop summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) programs, USMA-run academic enrichment experiences. for kinesiology majors. Internships are also in the developmental stages with the United States Olympic Committee and the Army Elite Athlete programs. 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Physical Education.