Kinesiology

Overview

Kinesiology encompasses the study of human development, anatomy, physiology, mechanics, and motor learning. Within each sub discipline students study positive and negative stressors that govern human performance. In addition, discussions focus on numerous clinical conditions, and the exercise, nutritional, and medical techniques used to prevent and control these problems. The purpose of this major is to develop and integrate the concepts and principles from each sub-discipline to understand the complexity of the human mind and body. This major prepares students for advanced studies in medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, kinesiology, and other related life science programs.

Departmental Mission Statement: Our mission is to foster in a diverse group of students an understanding and appreciation of human functions and to encourage and develop learning skills that enhance their personal and professional growth.

Goals:

  • Critical Thinking. Students should learn how to engage in critical, evidence-based thinking.
  • Integration across Levels of Analysis. Students should understand and integrate different levels of analysis in their working model of human form and function.
  • Mastery of Core Knowledge. Students are expected to master a significant proportion of the vocabulary and core body of knowledge in Kinesiology.
  • Mastery of Discipline-Specific Conventions. Majors should be able to read and understand the primary source literature in Kinesiology (journals and books) and to integrate and present that information in prescribed, discipline-specific ways, including oral and written exposition.

Major Requirements

COURSEWORK

Eight courses (35 units) are required for the Kinesiology major.

Fundamental coursework:

PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology

4 units

KINE 300Human Anatomy I

4 units

KINE 301Human Anatomy II

4 units

KINE 302Biomechanics

4 units

KINE 304Human Physiology

4 units

KINE 305Exercise Physiology

4 units

KINE 310/PSYC 310Motor Learning and Control

4 units

KINE 490Senior Seminar

4 units

Additional Elective:

Choose one course

KINE 201/SOC 210Sport in American Society

4 units

KINE 210Nutrition and Homeostasis

4 units

KINE 299Women's Sports and Empowerment

4 units

KINE 306Biochemistry of Exercise and Energy

4 units

KINE 308Diet, Disease, and Exercise

4 units

KINE 309/PSYC 309Developmental Motor Behavior

4 units

KINE 311/PSYC 311Sport and Exercise Psychology

4 units

Chemistry Component:

Choose one option

Option 1
CHEM 120Foundations of General Chemistry

4 units

CHEM 240Integrated Concepts in General Chemistry

4 units

Option 2
CHEM 130Advanced Placement General Chemistry

4 units

CHEM 240Integrated Concepts in General Chemistry

4 units

Mathematics Component:

Calculus 1Scientific Modeling and Differential Calculus

4 units

Calculus 2Scientific Modeling and Integral Calculus

4 units

Physics Component:

Choose one course

PHYS 110Introductory Mechanics

4 units

PHYS 115General Physics I

4 units

Biology Component:

Choose one option

Option 1
BIO 110Organisms on Earth

4 units

BIO 130Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4 units

Option 2
BIO 115General Zoology

4 units

BIO 130Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4 units

Pre-professional students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Health Professions Office and with their academic advisor early in their career. Students planning to apply to medical schools should take two semesters of Physics and four semesters of Chemistry. Students planning to apply to physical therapy schools should take two semesters of Physics and at least two upper-division Psychology courses.

WRITING REQUIREMENT

Students majoring in Kinesiology will satisfy the second-stage writing requirement by successfully completing the written research requirements with a letter grade of "B" or better for two of the following 300-level courses: KINE 302, KINE 305, KINE 306, KINE 309, KINE 310, KINE 311 and KINE 395. Students should familiarize themselves with the writing requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the department chair for additional information.

COMPREHENSIVE EXPERIENCE

The comprehensive experience is fulfilled by the successful completion of the requirements in KINE 490.

HONORS

Honors in Kinesiology may be awarded at graduation to qualified students. Students eligible for College honors are those who have: 1) earned an overall College grade point average of 3.25 or better, 2) earned a grade point average in departmental courses of 3.5 or better, 3) performed independent research and presented their findings at an undergraduate conference (e.g., Occidental’s summer research program or the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference), or 4) submitted a final research paper complete with the appropriate sections and a comprehensive literature review.

Minor Requirements

COURSEWORK

Five courses (22-24 units) are required for the Kinesiology minor.

Fundamental Coursework:

KINE 104Introduction to Kinesiology

4 units

KINE 300Human Anatomy I

4 units

KINE 301Human Anatomy II

4 units

KINE 104: A student may replace KINE 104 with any upper division Kinesiology course as long as he or she has completed the necessary prerequisites.

Additional Electives:

Choose two courses

KINE 201/SOC 210Sport in American Society

4 units

KINE 302Biomechanics

4 units

KINE 304Human Physiology

4 units

KINE 305Exercise Physiology

4 units

KINE 306Biochemistry of Exercise and Energy

4 units

KINE 308Diet, Disease, and Exercise

4 units

KINE 309/PSYC 309Developmental Motor Behavior

4 units

KINE 310/PSYC 310Motor Learning and Control

4 units

KINE 311/PSYC 311Sport and Exercise Psychology

4 units

Courses

Kinesiology Courses

Faculty

Regular Faculty

Lynn Mehl, chair

Professor, Kinesiology and Psychology

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Southern California

Marcella Raney

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry

B.A., Occidental College; Ph.D., University of Southern California

Stuart Rugg

Professor, Kinesiology

B.S., U.C. Davis; Ph.D., U.C. Los Angeles

On Special Appointment

Kirk Bentzen

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

B.A., Occidental College; M.P.T., University of Southern California; M.B.A. La Sierra University; D.P.T. University of Southern California

Stephanie Cooper

Non Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

B.A., B.S., Pepperdine University; Ph.D., University of Georgia

Melinda Houston

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

B.A., U.C. Los Angeles; M.S., C.S.U. Fullerton; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Christian Roberts

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

B.S., M.S., PhD, U.C. Los Angeles