Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

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 (this program is in moratorium effective Spring 2020 through Fall 2021)

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