275 Recreation Building, 814-863-0442, Fax: 814-863-7360

Nancy Williams, Department Head, 276 Recreation Building, 814-863-1163,

Melissa Bopp, Undergraduate Program Director, 268R Recreation Building, 814-863-3467,

Elizabeth Myers, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493,

Joelle Sherlock, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493,

Jennifer Sholtis, Undergraduate Adviser, 270 Recreation Building, 814-863-4493,

For the most current information about the program visit Kinesiology Home Page

University Faculty Senate Approved Curriculum
Recommended Academic Plan(s)
Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend in table form the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree. These tables serve several University purposes and assist multiple constituencies: students, advisers, departments, deans, registrars, admissions officers, and family members. The plans:
  • Identify normal academic progress, course offerings, and recommended course sequencing;
  • Assist students and advisers in planning academic schedules, registrars and departments in planning course offerings, and registrars and deans in determining when students should change campus;
  • Help students to anticipate the academic workload and courses needed to earn a degree, and to schedule appropriate prerequisites;
  • Serve as tools to help advisers learn the curriculum.

Semester scheduling recommendations for all baccalaureate majors can also be found in the University Bulletin.

Recommended Academic Plans - Kinesiology (KINES) and Athletic Training (ATHTR)
ATHTR Recommended Academic Plan (All Campuses)
KINES/AEH Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
KINES/FITSD Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
KINES/FITSD Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
KINES/MOVSC Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
KINES/MOVSC Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
KINES/PHETE Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
KINES/PHETE Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
Degree Audit
ATHTR Degree Audit
KINES AEH Degree Audit (coming soon)
KINES FITSD Degree Audit
KINES MOVSC Degree Audit
KINES PHETE Degree Audit

Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program of study in the science of human movement and is designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas. A Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with three options are offered: (1) Applied Exercise Health, (2) Movement Science; and (3)Exercise Science offered only at the Berks campus. Both majors and all options require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. Information about the majors and options can be found at

ATHLETIC TRAINING: The Athletic Training major provides a concentrated curriculum designed to prepare you for a career in athletic training, which is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession. The program can help you meet the national standards of the Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer as well as other athletic trainer state regulatory boards to acquire the required credentials. Admission to the major is competitive, highly selective, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Details on the phased application process can be found on the Athletic Training Admission Requirements webpage. In order to successfully complete the degree program, students must also recognize, and meet the clinical education parameters on student health, technical standards, and internship attendance. Upon admission, students complete 5 semesters of clinical education experiences under the direct supervision, and instruction of athletic trainers, physicians, and other health care personnel serving as preceptors. These experiences typically range between 180-420 hours per semester given the particular clinical internship level. Additional information can be found on the Athletic Training major webpage.

APPLIED EXERCISE AND HEALTH OPTION: (New option available Fall 2016) The Applied Exercise and Health Option (AEH) provides applied interdisciplinary training in the foundations of the scientific understanding of exercise and health through the lifespan. Students identify one of two areas of emphasis that are certification-based and practice-oriented: (a) courses and practical experiences directed toward certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or (b) a series of courses and student teaching leading to teacher certification. In order to qualify for the teacher certification track, students must meet the requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). PDE requirements can be found at The completion of the Applied Exercise and Health Option will prepare students to work in the private or corporate fitness arenas, community-based fitness organizations, and university or hospital settings, or be Pennsylvania certified in health and physical education (K-12) and secure teaching positions in public or private schools.

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary training that utilizes movement for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and/or theoretical study. Coursework is designed to help prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields. The option can also prepare students for graduate studies in the health professions. Students may select supporting courses that will fulfill requirements for advanced study in scientific disciplines and a variety of professional areas such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and physician's assistant.

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION (offered only at the Berks campus): This option offers students an academic background in the science of human movement. The program objective is to prepare students with a broad knowledge base and practical experience in exercise science. All students in this option will matriculate in classes involving history and philosophy of sport and exercise, sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, motor skill development, biomechanics, general physiology, applied anatomy and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on active and collaborative student-centered learning. This degree Option is offered only at Penn State Berks. The Exercise Science Option has two emphases: Business or Science.

The Business Emphasis is unique in its coverage of the basic business skills of accounting, marketing, management and entrepreneurship. This emphasis qualifies graduates to compete for jobs as fitness instructors, personal trainers, athletic club managers, fitness program directors and other business-related fields.

The Science Emphasis focuses on kinesiology content and basic science courses such as chemistry, biology, physics and math. The Science Emphasis prepares graduates for advanced study in physical therapy, chiropractic, kinesiology and medicine.

Entrance to Major Requirements: Students are required to meet entrance to major criteria for the Athletic Training and Kinesiology majors, i.e. a minimum of 27.1 credits and at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average. Also, additional requirements for the Athletic Training major and Physical & Health Education Teacher Education option must be met. Information about these requirements is given on the pages that follow.


Each kinesiology option and the athletic training major require a culminating practicum or research experience. The sequencing, prerequisites, and the appropriate scheduling pattern for practicum courses must be followed. Students must secure the course application and/or information from the appropriate person no later than the semester indicated.

Internship experiences are an essential, integral aspect of the ATHTR and KINES majors. The sequencing, prerequisites, and the appropriate scheduling pattern for internship courses must be followed. Brief descriptions of the practica required in each major/option follow. Students must secure the course application and/or information from the appropriate person no later than the semester indicated. This information is typically posted on the department bulletin board outside of 270 Recreation Building.

Athletic Training (ATHTR)

Each internship is completed in a university, college, high school, or clinical athletic training facility under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers. As students progress through the practica, they assume increased responsibility and perform more involved tasks.

KINES 395F: Practicum in Athletic Training (3 credits) This semester-long practicum involves practical experience working with intramural sports under supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Responsibilities include administering basic first aid to injured participants and record keeping. To schedule this practicum a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: KINES 232.
KINES 395G: Practicum in Athletic Training (3 credits) This semester-long practicum involves assignment to a specific intercollegiate athletic team under supervision of the head student trainer and a certified athletic trainer. Responsibilities include being on duty during all practices and home games, taping, and record keeping. To schedule this practicum a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: KINES 395F.
KINES 395I: Practicum in Athletic Training (3 credits) In this practicum experience the student works directly with a certified athletic trainer and is assigned to a specific intercollegiate athletic team. It involves providing day-to-day care for the participants, as well as administering treatments and rehabilitation under supervision of the certified trainer. Students are on duty during all practices, home games, and special events. To schedule this practicum a student must be assigned by the program director of athletic training. Prerequisite: KINES 395G.
KINES 495F: Field Practicum in Athletic Training (3 credits) In this senior-year practicum, the student is assigned as the student trainer for an intercollegiate athletic team. The student works with the team physician while maintaining contact with a certified athletic trainer. He/she has full responsibility for the day-to-day care of the athletes during practices and home events. Responsibilities include taping, record-keeping, prevention, evaluation, and treatments. This culminating experience involves complete team health care management duties. Prerequisite: KINES 395I.

Applied Exercise and Health Practicum

KINES 295: Introduction into Careers (1 credit) Coordinator: Alison Weimer KINES 295 is a required course for students in the applied exercise and health option. This course is designed to provide students an understanding and awareness of career opportunities, discussion of certification prerequisites needed within the job market, and formulation of internship possibilities for KINES 495A or KINES 495B completion.
Students will complete a Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat (SWOT) Analysis and Mission Statement to uncover the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in order to explore a field of study that matches personal profiling and improve certain areas that facilitate personal growth for career aspirations. Students will also conduct professional career interviews and hands-on learning within the field of applied exercise and health.

KINES 395: Leadership Practicum for Applied Exercise and Health Careers (1 credit) Coordinator: Alison Weimer KINES 395 is a required course for students in the applied exercise and health option. This course is designed to provide students a practical application opportunity to observe, assist, and engage in a workplace/field experience setting. This course explores resume building, professional communication, and hands-on learning within applied exercise and health careers.
Health and Physical Education (HPE) Certification Emphasis of the AEH Option requires students to take KINES 495A.
KINES 495A: Practicum in Student Teaching (12 credits) Coordinator: Alison Weimer A culminating experience in the public schools to be completed after the seventh semester. Eligibility for student teaching requires:
1.Completion of the specified prerequisites.
2.3.00 GPA and passing scores in Pennsylvania Department of Education examinations
3.Submission of an application for student teaching to the PHETE program staff assistant by October 15 for fall placements and March 15 for spring placements prior to the academic year in which the practicum is to be scheduled.
5.KINES 495A Application Instructions
6.KINES 495A Application
7.School District List
Students taking the Certification Emphasis of the AEH Option will require students to take KINES 495B.

KINES 495B: Field and/or Research Practicum in Kinesiology (6 credits) Coordinator: Lori Gravish Hurtack KINES 495B is a required course for students in the applied exercise and health - fitness track, fitness studies and movement science options. The department has accommodations for both off-site and on-site practicum experiences.
The off-site practicum experiences are conducted with approval* of the practicum coordinator, Lori Gravish Hurtack. This culminating experience is designed by the student to be appropriate for the option and the student's goals. At least one full semester prior to the beginning of the practicum, procedures and guidelines should be obtained by going to the KINES 495B internship web pages or by going to the Kinesiology Undergraduate Program Office in 275 Recreation Building. The practicum application must be submitted by the announced deadline in the semester preceding the practicum experience. Also refer to the KINES 495B time-table for mandatory pre-practicum meetings and due dates for required items.
*Failure to provide a degree audit showing successful completion of all course prerequisites will result in denial of the student to obtain permission to schedule an internship.
The on-site practicum experiences are supervised by members of the Department of Kinesiology research faculty. These research experiences are tailored to the student and faculty interests in conducting research and special projects. The KINES 495B/D application for working with KINES research faculty and the agreement form are available on the KINES 495B Internship web pages or by going to the Kinesiology Undergraduate Program Office in 275 Recreation Building.
Note: Students electing the KINES faculty mentored internship should not schedule KINES 495B section 001. Students should contact a faculty mentor or the Kinesiology Undergraduate Program Office in 275 Recreation Building.

KINES 495D: Expanded Field and/or Research Practicum in Kinesiology (1-6 credits) Coordinator: Lori Gravish Hurtack Additional participation under supervision in a field or research practicum. Students may elect to enroll in KINES 495D; however, the course must be taken concurrently with KINES 495B. KINES 495D allows students the flexibility to register for up to 12 credits for their final practicum

Movement Science Option

KINES 295B (1 credit), Career Information/Observational Experiences: Movement Science; This beginning internship is the first of three practica that expose students to general and specific career information and observational experiences related to the Kinesiology field. There are both classroom and out-of-class activities required for this course. Students should register for KINES 295B the semester they plan to complete the course.

KINES 395B (1 credit), Leadership Internship: Movement Science and Fitness Studies; Coordinator: Lori Gravish. This second of three internship courses, done under the supervision of a fitness instructor, strength and conditioning coach, wellness coordinator, researcher or physical therapist, etc., enables the student to have an introduction to a hands-on, leadership experience in the fitness/wellness/allied health field for a minimum of 30 hours. The coordinator and internship supervisor will decide additional hours and/or a project. Waiver of this course is possible based on previous experience. Waivers must be completed before registering for the course or within the first two weeks of the semester the student would otherwise register the course.

KINES 495B (6 credits), Field and/or Research Internship: Movement Science or Fitness Studies; Coordinator: Clarence Stoner. With approval of the internship coordinator, this culminating experience is designed by the student to be appropriate for the option and the student's goals. Internship application and plan should be approved no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the internship. Procedures and guidelines should be obtained from 270 Recreation Building at least one full semester prior to beginning the internship. Pre-internship information meetings are scheduled and announced each semester. It is possible to register additional internship credits, KINES 495D, (1-6 credits) for students who wish to extend their commitment beyond 6 credits/240 hours.


Selection of Major/Option

The selection of an intended major or major/option must be made at the time of entrance to the major. After this initial selection, students wishing to change to another option must request this change through the respective procedures. Students who change from one major/option to another must fully understand that additional semesters of registration may be necessitated by this change. Therefore, it is essential that a student of junior-senior classification or above first discuss the proposed change of major/option with his/her adviser, who will review the student's academic record in relation to the major/option requirements to determine the feasibility of this change. If approved, the change must be processed officially by the Kinesiology Undergraduate Advising Office.

Relocation to University Park

Students headed toward the KINES major should relocate to the University Park campus after completion of four full-time semesters (depending on the Kinesiology courses available at the campus). Earlier relocation to University Park is possible if a student is unable to make normal progress toward the degree because the requisite courses are not available at the student's campus location. To delay relocation beyond this time endangers a student's progress in fulfilling requirements for entrance to the major and/or option and in making normal progress within the selected degree program. It is emphasized that KINES students must fulfill these requirements and be accepted into a major before reaching fifth semester classification in order to continue registration as degree candidates in the college. A college "hold" preventing future registrations as an HHD student is automatically filed with the Registrar's office for degree candidates who have not gained entrance to the major following the fourth semester.

Course Scheduling Tips

Because there are program-essential courses for KINES, Recommended Academic Plans are provided on the following pages, specific to each major/option. The plans have been developed to assist students and advisers, and consider 1) course requirements for normal progress within each major/option and 2) the availability of courses at the respective campuses. Questions related to departure from the academic plans for KINES should be directed to the Campus College Contact and Referral Representative.

Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Visit Athletic Training Admission Requirements webpage for the most current information.

Independent Study

KINES 296 and 496 Independent study is an option for students who wish to pursue research/creative projects to augment their regular coursework. Independent study credit (up to 3 credits) can only be applied toward degree requirements in the Movement Science and Fitness Studies Options. A faculty member acts as a mentor for the student as she/he completes the study. A student who wishes to enroll for KINES 296 or 496 must file a written proposal for the independent study and have it approved by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator prior to registering. Proposal forms may be obtained from the Advising Center in 270 Recreation Building, or the program office in 275 Recreation Building.

  1. Discuss the proposal with the faculty member selected to supervise the study.
  2. If the faculty member agrees to serve as the study adviser, complete the proposal form and obtain the necessary approval signatures.
  3. Submit the form to the program office and, upon approval, register for the course through the Kinesiology Advising Center for the approved number of credits.


Athletic Training and Kinesiology Career Paths

Movement Science Option

Prerequisites for New Curriculum