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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSK), Exercise Science Major

Description of Program

The exercise science curriculum provides a broad science foundation for students planning to further their education at the graduate or professional level. Students complete rigorous course work in anatomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, physiology, and psychology to build a foundation of science knowledge needed for success in the upper-level kinesiology courses. The core kinesiology courses emphasize biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, and motor learning/control. This major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in adapted physical education, ergonomics, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, sport psychology, and sports medicine. In addition, students with this major prepare for admission to graduate programs in athletic training, physical activity, physical and occupational therapy, medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic, osteopathy, and other allied health fields.

Admission

Apply online for undergraduate admission to Indiana University at http://admissions.indiana.edu/.

A newly admitted freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree with a major in exercise science will receive an offer of direct freshman admission to the this program if he or she meets both of the following criteria:

  1. Entrance Test Scores: The applicant must have earned one of the following minimum standardized test scores:
    • Minimum 1290 combined critical reading and math score on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). --or--
    • Minimum 27composite score on the ACT (American College Test).
  2. Academic Performance: The applicant must either:
    • possess a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5. --or--
    • rank in the top 12 percent of his or her high school graduating class.

Before entering the School of Public Health - Bloomington as an exercise science major, all other students begin studies in the University Division, and then subsequently certify into this program as soon as they satisfy the following two admission criteria:

  1. successful completion of at least 30 credit hours.
  2. minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Indiana University.

Students in the University Division must also declare their intention to major in exercise science to the University Division Records Office. If a student earns less than 2.0 semester GPA for the term before entering the School of Public Health-Bloomington, the student may be admitted on academic probation as long as the student has completed 30 credits and has at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

International applicants for admission to a second undergraduate degree program in the School of Public Health - Bloomington, whose primary language is not English, must satisfy one of the following criteria before being considered for admission directly into one the School's degree programs:

  • submission of a minimum score on the Test Of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL), of 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the Internet-based test.
  • submission of a minimum score of 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • proof of completing at least three full years of secondary school in a predominantly English speaking country.

For students from countries where the TOEFL and the IELTS are not available, other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.

All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take a special examination in English with IU prior to registering. Prepared by IU and designed to test a student’s ability to use English in an academic setting, the exam consists of three parts: an essay on a general topic, a listening comprehension exercise, and a grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension section. There is little that one can do to prepare for this exam other than to continue using written and spoken English at every opportunity. Appropriate remedial English courses may be prescribed on the basis of the results of this test.

International students whose primary language is not English must agree to take any English language courses prescribed from the results of this examination. Fees for special part-time English courses are the same as for other courses; however, credits earned do not meet degree requirements. If the results of the proficiency examination indicate that full-time work in English is required, the student will be assigned to the Intensive English Program (IEP).  

Students enrolled in IEP do not take academic courses until they achieve adequate English proficiency. If a student has serious doubts about English ability and is not financially prepared to undertake the additional time and expense of an intensive English program here, the student should consider completing English study in the student’s home country. In addition, the student may consider delaying admission to a future session.

Degree Requirements

The four-year exercise science curriculum in the subject matter of human movement and sport, provides the student with an understanding of current theoretical problems. Through the use of restricted electives, the student is asked to relate knowledge from other disciplines to the study of human performance. There is a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) entrance requirement. Graduation requirements include:

  • completion of general education requirements.
  • completion of exercise science major requirements.
  • a minimum of 120 successfully completed credit hours which count toward the degree program.
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in courses used to complete the portion of this degree entitled, kinesiology major courses. 
  • No Pass/Fail except for free electives.
General Education (20 – 39 credits)

All undergraduate students must complete the IU Bloomington campus-wide general education common ground requirements. Such students must visit the 2016-2017 General Education Bulletin to view these requirements.

Major (83-97 cr.)

Kinesiology Major Courses (23-25 cr.)
Minimum 2.0 GPA required in courses completed to fulfill this requirement.
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-I 119 Personal Fitness (2 cr.)
  • SPH-K 150 Introduction to Kinesiology and Public Health (3 cr.) +(S&H)
  • SPH-K 200 Microcomputer Applications in Kinesiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 205 Structural Kinesiology (3 cr.) or ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr.) +(N&M)
  • SPH-K 391 Biomechanics (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 405 Introduction to Sport Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 409 Basic Physiology of Exercise (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 452 Motor Learning (3 cr.)

Foundational Science (23 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:

  • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms (4 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 113 Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr.) +(N&M)
  • PHYS-P 201 General Physics I (5 cr.) +(N&M)
  • PSY-P 101 Introduction to Psychology I (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • SPH-N 220 Nutrition for Health (3 cr.) or SPH-N 231 Human Nutrition (3 cr.) +(N&M)

Foundational Chemistry (5-10 cr.)
Complete one of the following chemistry options:

Option 1: Complete the following two chemistry courses

  • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • CHEM-C 127 Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.) +(N&M)

OR

Option 2: Complete the following four chemistry courses:

  • CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.) +(N&M)
  • CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry II (N&M) (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • CHEM-C 122 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II (2 cr.) +(N&M)

Foundational Math (6 cr.)

Complete one of the following finite math or calculus options, if not already completed for the General Education Mathematical Modeling requirement:

  • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • MATH-V 118 Finite and Consumer Mathematics (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics for Social and Biological Sciences (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • MATH-D 116 and MATH-D 117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics I-II (2-2 cr.) +(N&M)
  • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • MATH-M 211 Calculus I (4 cr.) +(N&M)

Complete one of the following statistics courses:

  • SPH-Q 381 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr.)
  • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
  • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences (3 cr.)

Foundational Communications: (11 cr.)

Complete one of following oral communication courses:

  • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3 cr.) +(A&H)
  • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) +(S&H)

Complete one of following written communication courses:

  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 280 Literary Editing and Publishing (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-C 221 Writing for Electronic Media (3 cr.)

Complete the following course:

  • CLAS-C 209 Medical Terms from Greek and Latin (2 cr.)

Complete one of following ethics courses:

  • PHIL-P 140 Elementary Ethics (3 cr.) +(A&H)
  • REL-R 170 Religion, Ethics, and Public Life (3 cr.)+(A&H)

Specialization Tracks (15-22 cr.)
Complete the stated requirements in one of the following four specialization tracks:

Integrated Exercise Science Track
Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following courses:

  • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology (3 cr.) or BIOL-L 330 Biology of the Cell (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-P 451 Integrative Human Physiology (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 383 Human Biochemistry (3 cr.) or CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • HPSC-X 200 Introduction to Scientific Reasoning (3 cr.) +(N&M)
  • SPH-K 412 Exercise in Health and Disease (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 450 Special Topics in Kinesiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 492 Research in Kinesiology (3 cr.)

Professional Track
Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following courses:

  • PSY-P 303 Health Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-E 311 Human Diseases and Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 327 Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 416 Physical Activity/Fitness Administration (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K ___ Any Appropriate SPH 300/400-Level Course (3 cr.)
  • SPH-M 211 Introduction to Sport Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-M 318 Managing the Sport Enterprise (3 cr.)
  • SPH-P 309 Public Health Administation (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 332 Ergonomics and Human Factors (3 cr.)

Pre-Health Professions Track
Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following courses:

  • BIOL-L 111 Introduction to Biology: Evolution and Diversity (4 cr.) +(N&M)
  • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-M 200 Microorganisms in Nature and Disease (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-M 215 Microorganism Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • BIOL-M 250 Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-N 330 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry (5 cr.) or CHEM-C 118 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry II (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 383 Human Biochemistry (3 cr.) or CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • MSCI-M ___ Any MSCI-M Course (3 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 202 General Physics 2 (5 cr.) +(N&M)
  • PSY-P ___ Any Psychology Course Excluding PSY-P 101 and PSY-K 300 (3 cr.)
  • SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) +(S&H) or SOC-S 101 Social Problems and Policies VT: Medicine in America (3 cr.) +(S&H)
  • SOC-S 358 Social Issues in Health and Medicine (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 150 Life Span Development (3 cr.) +(S&H) or EDUC-P 314 Life Span Development (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 160 First Aid and Emergency Care (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 398 Adapted Physical Education (3 cr.)

Pre-Athletic Training Track
Complete each of the following courses for a total of 20-22 credits:

  • EDUC-G 207 Introduction to Student Athlete Counseling Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-E 311 Human Diseases and Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 160 First Aid and Emergency Care (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 401 Emergency Medical Technician (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 404 Emergency Medical Technician Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • SPH-K 205 Structural Kinesiology (3 cr.) or ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr.) +(N&M) (whichever course was not completed for the Kinesiology Core)
  • SPH-K 280 Basic Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.)
  • SPH-K 316 Theories of Advanced Conditioning (2 cr.)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Required
A student applying to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree in exercise science must present evidence of current CPR certification to the School of Public Health - Bloomington recorder's office in SPH Room 123 at the time the student applies for graduation. The document submitted must display a date which indicates that the student is currently certified in CPR. Certification in CPR is only acceptable from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the National Safety Council.


+ Courses followed by a A&H notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, arts and humanities requirement.

+ Courses followed by a N&M notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, natural and mathematic sciences requirement.

+ Courses followed by a S&H notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, social and historical studies requirement.



Suggested Courses for the First-Year Exercise Science Student
Fall Semester (15 cr.)
Chemistry Preparation Course (5 cr.) or a Free Elective (3 cr.)
ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition 1 (3 cr.) or ENG-W 170 Introduction to Argumentative Writing (3 cr.)
MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.) or MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.)
PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology 1 (3 cr.)
SPH-K 150 Introduction to Kinesiology and Public Health (3 cr.)

Spring Semester (16 cr.)
CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I (3 cr.) and CHEM-C 127 Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.)
or
CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry (3 cr.) and CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr.)
COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3 cr.)
SPH-I 119 Personal Fitness (2 cr.)
Arts and Humanities Course (3 cr.)
Free Elective (3 cr.)

Special Opportunities

Majors have the opportunity to work with faculty research specialists in areas specific to kinesiology. Students planning to pursue graduate kinesiology programs are encouraged to gain laboratory research experience offered by departmental faculty. Internship opportunities outside of the department in a wide variety of medical and allied health areas are coordinated by the Kinesiology Career office. Throughout the year, the very active Kinesiology Club invites speakers from a number of health profession areas to share their expertise and professional perspective with majors. Through these experiences, students learn firsthand about the graduate programs/professions of interest to them. Expert and in-depth advising services help students tailor their major program to meet their eventual goals.

Careers

Many students with this major are preparing to enter graduate programs in their career area of interest, most often a health profession, such as: athletic training, physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician’s assistant, medical doctor, dentist, optometrist, or other allied health profession. Other students go on to pursue graduate degrees in physical activity, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and ergonomics. Others may seek positions in coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, health screening and education, pharmaceutical sales, or sales and marketing of medical, fitness, or sports-related equipment. This major can be combined with a minor or professional certification to tailor the student’s background to a specific area, such as health care, coaching, fitness, or business.

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