Preventive practices are gaining favor over the traditional treatment approach to health care in the United States. Preventive strategies not only improve overall health and quality of life but are much more cost effective than the treatment required for diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle. With the growing awareness of the role that exercise plays not only in improving athletic performance, but in promoting wellness and preventing disease, the role of the exercise specialist or personal trainer will rise in prominence as a career of choice.
Master of Science in Kinesiology Non-Thesis Track
Required Classes (21 credits)
Prerequisite: ANAT-A 215 or equivalent; PHYS-P 201 recommended. Newtonian mechanics applied to human movement. Analysis of sports techniques.
Prerequisite: PHYS-P 215 or equivalent. A study of physiological changes that occur with exercise. Emphasis on cardiorespiratory, muscular, and biochemical adaptations to training, and how these adaptations affect human performance. Physiological principles are applied to athletic training, adult fitness, weight regulation, and physical therapy.
An overview of neural mechanisms underlying motor control. Includes applications of neurophysiological principles to human motor performance.
Health fitness laboratory evaluation for exercise prescription for apparently healthy adults. Modification of prescription for metabolic and immune diseases. Topics include disease etiology, pathophysiology, exercise intervention, clinical management, and exercise prescription for hyperlipidemia, obesity, diabetes, stage renal disease, cancer, AIDS, and organ transplantation.
The course objectives are 1) to introduce graduate students to the use of research as the basis for generating knowledge in areas related to health, kinesiology, and recreation; 2) to introduce students to the importance of research and to give students practice with tools and tasks of research; 3) to introduce students to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; 4) to assist students in the development of skills in reading, conducting and understanding research; and 5) to assist students in the development of an understanding of the conceptual foundations of research from which they will be able to: a) critically review and evaluate research, and b) pursue a greater understanding of more technical aspects of research through advanced course work in research methodology and statistics.
Elementary and essential statistical and graphical techniques for analysis and interpretation of data; practice with actual data.
Graduate GPA of at least 3.0. Guided readings for broadening information about and understanding of the profession. Students have the option of taking this course (recommended for students pursuing a professional career after graduation) or the K602 course (recommended for students interested in continuing onto a doctoral research program).
Graduate GPA of at least 3.0. Independent research conducted under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. Students have the option of taking this course (recommended for students interested in continuing onto a doctoral research program) or the K601 course (recommended for students pursuing a professional career after graduation).
Elective Courses (15 credits)
Prerequisite: Concepts of Biology I (K101), Concepts of Biology II (K103), or Embryology (K331), or equivalent. Enrollment requires consent of instructor. This gross anatomy lecture and laboratory course provides an introduction to the concepts, terminology, and basic structure of the human body. Dissection of the body uses a regional approach. Emphasis on providing fundamental knowledge of the structure/function of major organ systems, musculoskeletal system, peripheral nervous system, and vascular supply to the trunk, head and neck, limbs, and back.
Prerequisite: One semester of biochemistry. Biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, and pathophysiology of diabetes and obesity. Topics include metabolic regulation, signal transduction, insulin resistance, insulin production, beta-cell function, animal models, complications, nutrition, prevention, and therapy.
Prerequisite: One semester of introductory biology. Offered odd years. An introduction to basic bone biology, including bone morphology, composition, and physiology; cell biology of bone cells; measurement techniques; adaption to the mechanical and metabolic environments; regulatory factors and mineral homeostasis; and growth and development.
This course focuses on the role of health behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, exercising, and avoiding unhealthy habits, in health promotion and disease prevention. A principal concentration will be on health promotion within disabling conditions.
This course covers skeletal muscle physiology especially as it relates to function, exercise, and training. Emphasis is placed on new research that challenges existing dogma regarding training responses and examining inter-subject variability in muscle function and plasticity. Students will also gain experience with oral presentations, reviewing, and grant writing.
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Addresses theoretical and empirical aspects of topics including exercise and mental health, anxiety and sport performance, "personology" and sport, overtraining, exercise adherence, and perceived exertion.
Injury and pathology of the human locomotive system affects our well-being and independence. Lectures, discussions, and laboratory work on the mechanics of human locomotion will focus on the understanding of the complex processes involved in able-bodied and pathological gaits. Case studies are used to link observable/measurable behavior to pathology and injury.
An integrative analysis of the physiological, psychological, and biomechanical principles, mechanisms, and phenomena underlying the acquisition of the capacities and abilities required for high-level physical performance.
An overview of neural mechanisms underlying motor control. Application of neurophysiological principles to human motor performance.
This course will focus on the areas of the brain that control voluntary movement. An emphasis will be on the research that has contributed to our understanding of these brain areas. Furthermore, we will talk about techniques used to study the brain and movement.
Study of the developmental aspects of human performance, including the processes of growth and motor development from conception to adolescence. Emphasizes research on cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development and their impact on the motor behavior of children.
A study of problems as they relate to philosophy, procedures, and practices in adapted physical education.
Provides an overview of the role of physical activity in the prevention of disease and disability. Explores the health-related consequences of inactivity and discusses interventions designed to increase physical activity within populations. The course will focus on obesity and its health-related consequences.
An overview of preventive and rehabilitative exercise programs, including 1) types of programs, 2) scope and philosophies of programs, and 3) program offerings. An introduction to 1) health/fitness evaluation, 2) exercise prescription, and 3) exercise leadership.
Physiology, assessment techniques and interpretation of basic cardiac rhythm, 12 lead EKG and adjunctive imaging techniques in clinical exercise testing. Introduction to basic cardiac pharmacology.
This course is an in-depth study of disease etiology, pathophysiology, and mechanisms of exercise, intervention for atherosclerotic vascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetics, obesity, cancer, and chronic obstructive lung disease.
Theory of measurement in physical education, selection and administration of appropriate tests, and interpretation of results by statistical procedures. Project required to apply theory taught.
This course will focus on ergonomic applications between humans and their environment. An emphasis will be on physical ergonomics applied to present work-day problems. The focus of the course will be understanding the role ergonomics plays in overall work efficiency and also prevention of work-related injuries.
Advanced principles of cardiovascular physiology with an emphasis on the regulatory mechanisms controlling cardiovascular function at rest and during physical stress.
This course will focus on biochemical adaptations to various types of exercise, such as endurance training and resistance training. Discussions will highlight classic and newer innovative techniques in this field of study. The class will also address inter-individual differences in response to exercise.
This course will provide students the opportunity to learn and refine the process for scientific writing. We will have exercises and discussions on the mechanics of writing for science and practice editing as a way to improve your own writing.
This course will focus on the laboratory techniques used in exercise science. The goal is to provide a broad foundation that students will be able to use towards future research in exercise science. An emphasis will be on current techniques with discussion of historical techniques that have built the foundation of exercise science.
Graduate standing, undergraduate course in biological sciences, or consent of instructor. This course applies the principles of physiology, chemistry, and biology to describe the role of nutrition and exercise in wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention. This class is taught online.
Prerequisite: Advanced course in human physiology designed for students with no prior exposure to the discipline. Emphasis on basic physiological mechanisms of control with regard to membrane, neural, endocrine, reproductive, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, and multisystems physiology.
Prerequisite: Graduate integrative physiology. Exercise stimulus, quantification of work, and in vivo responses and adaptations involved in cellular and molecular mechanisms of myocardial and coronary artery responses and adaptations to exercise.