Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Kinesiology

Alan L. Smith, Chairperson

 


Undergraduate Programs

The department offers Bachelor of Science degree majors in Kinesiology and in Athletic Training with an emphasis on relationships between physical activity in human beings and various sciences. Students will gain an understanding of the development, interpretation, application, and dissemination of knowledge that relates physical activity to human well-being.

 


Athletic Training

The major in athletic training prepares students to work with athletes, physicians, and coaches to ensure the health care and well-being of the competitive and recreational athlete.  The Michigan State University athletic training major blends clinical and academic learning experiences.  Students will gain knowledge and skills in evaluation and the treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and will be prepared to organize and manage athletic training programs.  The Michigan State University student majoring in athletic training is exposed to state-of-the-art philosophies, equipment, and research.

A student in this major will complete a two-year athletic training curriculum while working in a variety of clinical settings.  These settings include on-campus rotations within the athletic department, high schools, and various clinics.  Through clinical education, the student will encounter experiences requiring immediate decision-making, physician consultation, injury evaluations, and communications with coaches, student-athletes, and approved clinical instructors.  Students who complete this major will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training is designed to prepare students for job opportunities in collegiate, professional, clinical, high school, and industrial settings.  Students who graduate from this program may enter professional physical therapy programs, medical programs, or graduate studies in kinesiology. The degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).

Admission

Admission to the athletic training major is competitive and requires completion of at least 31 credits. A limited number of students are admitted. The deadline for application to the major is February 1. The decision regarding admission to the major is based on the following criteria:

  1. Submission of the following: (a) an application to the major in athletic training; (b) an essay expressing reasons for selecting the field of athletic training; and (c) three letters of personal reference.
  2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade-point average of 2.5 in these courses:
    KIN    125    First Aid and Personal Safety (3)
    KIN    126    Introduction to Athletic Training(3)
    KIN    127    Taping and Bracing in Athletic Training (1)
    KIN    227    Observations and Introduction to Clinical Skills in Athletic Training (2)
    KIN    228    Clinical Rotation and Skills: Introduction in Athletic Training (1)
    KIN    320    Pathology of Sports Injury (3)
  3. A minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the following courses: Chemistry 141, Kinesiology 216, Kinesiology 251, Mathematics 103, and Physiology 250.
  4. University grade-point average of 2.5 or above.
  5. Interview with the Michigan State University Athletic Training Admissions Board. 
  6. Space availability in the formal clinical curriculum sites.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training

  1. The University requirements for Bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. 

    Students enrolled in the Athletic Training major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Kinesiology may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses:  Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250.  The completion of Chemistry 161 and Kinesiology 251 satisfies the laboratory requirement.  Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2. a. below.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Athletic Training major is met by completing Kinesiology 345. That course is referenced in item 2. b. below.
  2. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course (18 credits):     
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    KIN 216 Applied Human Anatomy 3
    KIN 251 Principles of Human Movement 4
    MTH 103 College Algebra 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    b. All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (40 credits):
    KIN 121 The Healthy Lifestyle 3
    KIN 125 First Aid and Personal Safety 3
    KIN 126 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
    KIN 127 Taping and Bracing in Athletic Training 1
    KIN 173 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
    KIN 217 Applied Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
    KIN 227 Observations and Introduction to Clinical Skills in Athletic Training 2
    KIN 228 Clinical Rotation and Skills: Introduction in Athletic Training 1
    KIN 250 Measurement in Kinesiology 3
    KIN 310 Physiological Bases of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 320 Pathology of Sports Injury 3
    KIN 330 Biomechanics of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 345 Sport and Exercise Psychology (W) 3
    KIN 360 Physical Growth and Motor Behavior 3
    KIN 411 Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology 2
    KIN 465 Adapted Physical Activity 3
    c. The following course (1 credit): 
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    d. All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (15 credits):
    KIN 421 Lower Body Injury Evaluation 3
    KIN 422 Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries 3
    KIN 423 Therapeutic Modalities 3
    KIN 425 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training 3
    KIN 426 Upper Body Injury Evaluation 3
    e. One 3-credit, 400-level course in the Department of Kinesiology, as approved by the Director of Athletic Training.
    f. Successful completion of the final clinical rotation, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in the following (4 credits):
    KIN 427 Clinical Rotations in Athletic Training 4
    g. A candidate must meet a minimum clinical evaluation score as required by the program director based on performance in clinical rotation experiences and competency.
    h. Meet professional standards as designated by the department.


Kinesiology

The major in kinesiology places emphasis on the attainment of disciplinary knowledge in the anatomical, biomechanical, developmental, physiological, and neurological aspects of physical activity, explores how physical activity relates to human well-being, and offers an area of emphasis in exercise science.

The bachelor’s degree program in kinesiology is designed to prepare students to enter a variety of fields associated with sport, exercise science, and allied health services. Students who graduate from this program often enter professional exercise science programs or graduate studies in kinesiology.

Admission

Admission to the major requires completion of at least 28 credits acceptable to the College with a cumulative university grade-point average of 2.0 or above and a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the following courses: Chemistry 141, Kinesiology 216, Kinesiology 251, Mathematics 103, and Physiology 250.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

    Students enrolled in the Kinesiology major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Kinesiology may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250. The completion of Chemistry 161 and Kinesiology 251 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2.a. below.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Kinesiology major is met by completing Kinesiology 345 or 445. Those courses are referenced in item 2.d. below.
  2. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course (18 credits):
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    KIN 216 Applied Human Anatomy 3
    MTH 103 College Algebra 3
    KIN 251 Principles of Human Movement 4
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    b. All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (18 credits):
    KIN 121 The Healthy Lifestyle 3
    KIN 173 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
    KIN 250 Measurement in Kinesiology 3
    KIN 310 Physiological Bases of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 330 Biomechanics of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 360 Physical Growth and Motor Behavior 3
    c. The following course (1 credit):
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    KIN 345 Sport and Exercise Psychology (W) 3
    KIN 445 Sport and Physical Activity in Society (W) 3
    e. Completion of an approved cognate in kinesiology (a minimum of 12 credits).
    f. An internship experience approved by the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator from one of the following courses (3 to 6 credits): 
    KIN 492 Interniship: Non-Physiologically Based 3 to 6
    KIN 493 Internship: Physiologically Based 3 to 6


Minor in Coaching

The Minor in Coaching is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enable them  to coach effectively and safely in school, community–youth, and adult sports programs.  The Department of Kinesiology administers the minor.

The educational objectives of the Minor in Coaching are for students to acquire:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of the growth and development of athletes.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the medical, legal, psychological, social, biological, physical, theoretical, and technical aspects of coaching.
  3. Practical experience in coaching.

With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Requirements for the Minor in Coaching

The student must complete:

               
1. All of the following courses (17 credits):  
  KIN 173 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
  KIN 345 Sport and Exercise Psychology (W) 3
  KIN 360 Physical Growth and Motor Behavior 3
  KIN 400 Principles of Coaching I 4
  KIN 401 Principles of Coaching II 4
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  ANTR 350 Human Gross Anatomy for Pre-Health Professionals 3
  KIN 216 Applied Human Anatomy 3
3. One of the following courses (2 credits):  
  KIN 300A Coaching Baseball 2
  KIN 300C Coaching Soccer 2
  KIN 300D Coaching Basketball 2
  KIN 300E Coaching Football 2
  KIN 402 Coaching for Strength, Conditioning and Fitness 2
  KIN 490 Independent Study 2
  KIN 494 Fieldwork 2
  To be counted toward the requirements for the Minor in Coaching, the content of Kinesiology 490 must focus on coaching.  An academic advisor in the Department of Kinesiology must approve in writing the content of this course before the student enrolls in the course.  
4. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Certification.
Students must obtain these two certifications through a reputable source for CPR and first aid. Reputable sources include but are not limited to the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council. The certification must be current at the time of the student's date of graduation. These certifications involve additional costs to the student.
 

 


Minor in Health Promotion

The Minor in Health Promotion is designed to assist students in understanding health issues that will serve as a basis for personal and professional growth and positive lifestyle changes.  The minor, which is multidisciplinary, is administered by the Department of Kinesiology.

With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Requirements for the Minor in Health Promotion

The student must complete:

               
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  KIN 121 The Healthy Lifestyle 3
  PSY 320 Health Psychology 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
  HNF 260 Principles of Human Nutrition 3
3. At least 9 credits from the following courses:  
  ANP 270 Women and Health:  Anthropological and International Perspectives 3
  ANP 370 Culture, Health, and Illness 3
  BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
  CEP 260 Dynamics of Personal Adjustment 3
  CEP 261 Substance Abuse 3
  EEP 260 World Food, Population and Poverty 3
  FSC 421 Food Laws and Regulations 3
  HDFS 145 The Individual, Marriage and the Family 3
  HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family 3
  HDFS 414 Parenting 3
  HDFS 444 Interpersonal Relationships in the Family 3
  HDFS 445 Human Sexuality 3
  HM 101 Introduction to Public Health 3
  HNF 375 Community Nutrition 3
  HNF 377 Applied Community Nutrition 4
  HNF 406 Global Foods and Culture 3
  LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
  MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
  MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General and Allied Health Microbiology 1
  NUR 300 Pathophysiology 4
  PHL 344 Ethical Issues in Health Care 4
  PSY 339 Psychology of Women 3
  SOC 241 Social Psychology 3
  SOC 475 Health and Society 3

 


Graduate Study

The department offers programs in kinesiology leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees and programs in sport coaching and leadership leading to a Graduate Certificate and a Master of Science degree.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in the Department of Kinesiology may elect specializations in Infancy and Early Childhood. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.


Kinesiology - Master of Science

Graduate study in kinesiology provides opportunities for students to specialize in areas leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The programs are designed to prepare individuals for professional positions as educators, researchers, and consultants in a variety of sports, health, and educational contexts. Collaborative course work, laboratory and field experiences, clinical placements, and research are available with other departments and schools both at Michigan State University and at other universities, as well as with various community agencies.

The primary objective of the master's degree program in kinesiology is to help students to acquire a breadth of knowledge grounded in theory, to gain expertise in one or more areas of specialization, and to develop competence in methods of inquiry.  The program follows the guidelines that were adopted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

A range of relevant courses and experiences can be incorporated into the student's program to satisfy individual needs and interests.

Eight major areas of study within the discipline of kinesiology are available to master's  students:
    Athletic Training
    Coaching
    Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience
    Exercise Physiology
    Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
    Sport Administration
    Strength and Conditioning
    Student Athlete Development

For each student, one of these eight areas of study is designated as the concentration.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Education, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission into the master’s program, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. Factors considered in admissions decisions include (a) clarity of applicant’s professional goals; (b) relationship between the program and the applicant’s goals; c) previous academic experience and performance as indicated by transcripts from previous degrees including a competitive cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; (d) competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (and Test of English as a Foreign Language for international students); (e) three letters of recommendation.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology

Breadth requirement. Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in kinesiology (or similarly named program such as physical education or exercise science) must complete a minimum of 6 credits of Kinesiology courses representing at least two of nine different disciplinary areas (adapted physical activity, athletic training, biomechanics, coaching, exercise physiology, growth and motor development, psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity, sport administration, student athlete development) outside of the student’s major area/concentration, as approved by the student’s guidance committee. Credits earned in 200 or 300 level courses may be used to fulfill the breadth requirement, but will not count toward the master’s degree.

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  Students must complete 30 credits and meet the requirements specified below:

               
Requirements for Plan A and Plan B (18 credits):  
1. Required core course (3 credits):  
  KIN 871 Research Methods in Kinesiology 3
2. A minimum of 9 credits of kinesiology graduate level courses in the student’s concentration as approved by the student’s guidance committee.  
               
Additional Requirements for Plan A (12 credits):  
1. Both of the following courses (9 credits):  
  One additional research methods course at the 400–900 level approved by the student's guidance committee  (3 credits).  
  KIN 899 Master's Thesis Research 6
2. Additional credits in courses approved by the student's guidance committee (3 credits).    
Additional Requirements for Plan B (12 credits):  
1. Additional credits in courses approved by the student's guidance committee (12 credits). One of the following courses is recommended:  
  KIN 893 Internship in Kinesiology 4 to 6
  KIN 897 Project in Kinesiology 4
2. Final certifying examination.  
  Students who complete Kinesiology 893 or 897 are required to pass an oral certifying examination.  
  Students who do not complete Kinesiology 893 or 897 are required to pass a written certifying examination.  

Sport Coaching and Leadership - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Sport Coaching and Leadership provides opportunities for students to develop expertise in learning and using scientific knowledge and best practices related to coaching and developing athletes and leading sports programs at the intercollegiate, interscholastic, community sports, and university levels. It facilitates interdisciplinary knowledge in various issues related to coaching across the lifespan. Practical experiences are available at high schools, within the university athletic department, and in other sports-related organizations and agencies.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree in Sport Coaching and Leadership students must:

  1. have completed a bachelor’s degree in the United States or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  2. have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average.
  3. submit one letter of recommendation from a current colleague or supervisor.
  4. submit a statement of professional goals that clearly describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the master’s degree and the goals that the degree will help them attain.
Upon acceptance, students must submit evidence of current CPR, first-aid, and blood borne pathogen training and maintain such certification throughout their enrollment in the program.

Applications are reviewed by faculty who look for indications of high probability of success. Factors that are significant in determining admission are:
  1. A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Professional goals that are consistent with the objectives of the master’s program.
  3. Evidence of a philosophical understanding of developmentally appropriate sport experiences.
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Sport Coaching and Leadership

The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete 30 credits distributed as follows:
                   
1. All of the following courses (30 credits):      
  KIN 829 Safety and Injury Control     3
  KIN 854 Legal and Administrative Issues for Administrators and Coaches 3
  KIN 855 Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
  KIN 856 Physical Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
  KIN 857 Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport 3
  KIN 865 Stages of Athlete Development 3
  KIN 868 Skill Development in Athletes   3
  KIN 872 Coaching Science: Applied Research 3
  KIN 880 Sport Leadership Practicum     3
  KIN 896 Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership 3
2. Completion of a final examination or evaluation.  

Kinesiology - Doctor of Philosophy

The primary objective of the doctoral degree program in kinesiology is to develop scholars who are competent in teaching, conducting research, and serving in leadership roles in various educational, governmental, public, or private agencies.  In addition to developing expertise in an area of specialization, students must be able to interpret and integrate information from related academic disciplines.  Individualized programs of study may be developed, taking into consideration students' academic needs and professional goals.

Four major areas of study within the discipline of kinesiology are available to doctoral students:
    Athletic Training
    Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience
    Exercise Physiology
    Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity

For each student, one of these four areas of study is designated as the concentration.

While enrolled in the doctoral degree program in kinesiology, students are expected to present at least one paper at a professional meeting.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Education, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Ordinarily, to be considered for admission into the doctoral program, a master’s degree is required; however, in cases of exceptional scholarly promise, a student may enter the doctoral program following the completion of the undergraduate degree. Factors considered in admissions decisions include (a) clarity of applicant’s goals and research interests; (b) relationship between the program and the applicant’s goals and research interests; (c) previous academic experience and performance as indicated by transcripts from previous degrees (a competitive cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale); (d) competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (and TOEFL for international students); (e) evidence of research competence such as a master’s thesis, senior research project, or other research experience; and (f) three letters of recommendation. An interview with a committee of faculty members is strongly recommended.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Kinesiology

Breadth requirement. Students who have completed a previous degree in kinesiology, or similarly named program such as physical education or exercise science, must complete a minimum of 6 credits of kinesiology courses at the 800-900 level outside of the student’s major area/concentration.  Students who have not completed a previous degree in kinesiology must complete a minimum of 9 credits of kinesiology courses at the 800-900 level representing at least two different disciplinary areas (adapted physical activity, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, growth and motor development, psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity) outside of the student’s major area/concentration. Courses used to satisfy the breadth requirement must be approved by the student’s guidance committee. Courses that are used to satisfy the requirements referenced in the area below titled Educational Inquiry and Research may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

The student must complete a minimum of 60 credits and meet the requirements specified below:

               
1. Educational Inquiry and Research.  
  a. The following courses:    
    KIN 995 Research Practicum in Kinesiology 1 to 3
  b. Complete 9 credits of 800-900 level research methods courses approved by the student's guidance committee.  
2. Area of Concentration.  
  A minimum of four courses at the 800–900 level totaling at least 12 credits in one of the six major areas of study referenced above.  At least 6 of the 12 credits must be in Kinesiology courses. Courses in the student's concentration must be approved by the student's guidance committee.  Courses that are used to satisfy the requirements referenced in item 1. above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.  
3. Related Studies.  
  A cognate that consists of a minimum of three courses at the 400–900 level totaling 9 credits.  All 9 of the credits must be in courses outside the Department of Kinesiology and must be related to the student's concentration.  Both the cognate and the related courses must be approved by the student's guidance committee.  
4. Successful completion of the research practicum.  
5. Successful completion and defense of the dissertation. The dissertation must be in the student's concentration. Students may not earn more than 30 credits in KIN 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.  
6. Teaching.      
  Competency in teaching the subject matter of the student's concentration to undergraduate students or to an outreach audience, as judged by the student's guidance committee.  This requirement may be met as part of a graduate teaching assistantship assignment.  

 


Sport Coaching and Leadership - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership provides opportunities for students to develop expertise in learning and using scientific knowledge and best practices related to coaching and developing athletes and leading sports programs at the intercollegiate, interscholastic, and community sports levels. It facilitates interdisciplinary knowledge in various issues related to coaching across the lifespan. The certificate is available only online.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership students must:

  1. have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  2. complete the Intent to Enroll form if you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan State University.
Students who are not enrolled at Michigan State University must:
  1. submit a university application and application fee.
  2. provide transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education.
  3. submit one letter of recommendation from a current colleague or supervisor.
  4. submit a statement of professional goals that clearly describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the certificate and the goals that the certificate will help them attain.
  5. a test of English language proficiency for students for whom English is not a first language.
Upon acceptance, students must submit evidence of current CPR, first-aid, and blood borne pathogen training and maintain such certification throughout their enrollment in the program.

Applications are reviewed by faculty who look for indications of high probability of success. Factors that are significant in determining admission are:
  1. A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of  all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  2. Professional goals that are consistent with the objectives of the graduate certificate.
  3. Evidence of a philosophical understanding of developmentally appropriate sport experiences.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership

Students must complete 9 credits from the following courses:
1. One of the following courses for the Psychosocial Competency (3 credits):
KIN 855 Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
KIN 857 Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport 3
KIN 865 Stages of Athlete Development 3
2. One of the following courses for the Physical Competency (3 credits):
KIN 856 Physical Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
KIN 868 Skill Development in Athletes 3
3. One of the following courses for the Legal/Safety Competency (3 credits):
KIN 829 Safety and Injury Control 3
KIN 854 Legal and Administrative Issues 3