Kinesiology Major

Kinesiology Major

Kinesiology

Major

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

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. 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. 

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

Required Courses

CH275 BIOLOGY 

CH387 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY 

KN355 FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY 

KN360 BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT 

KN365 NUTRITION FOR PERFORMANCE  

KN455 PSYCHOLOGY OF EXERCISE 

KN460 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY  

KN467 MUSCULAR FUNCTION AND ADAPTATION 

KN470 FITNESS ASSESSMENT AND PRESCRIPTION

KN480 THEORY OF ADVANCED PERFORMANCE

 

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 

 

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full Kinesiology Major Curriculum.

To learn more about USMA Academic Individual Advanced Development opportunities, please contact Kinesiology