Kinesiology (BA/BS)

The Kinesiology Department is concerned with the total development of each individual student taking part in the kinesiology program. Of special concern is the development of an appreciation and respect for the human body as the earthly temple of God. Thus, becoming good stewards of this earthly temple is a major goal of the Department of Kinesiology. The goals of the physical activity requirement are twofold:

  1. The student will participate in organized exercise to offset the amount of time that is necessarily sedentary due to sitting in the classroom or studying. Thus, the student will attain or maintain a minimum amount of fitness, and the student will have an outlet for stress.

  2. The student will be exposed to physical activities that he/she will want to continue throughout life--as a social and emotional outlet and as a vehicle to fitness and total wellness.

The purpose of the Kinesiology Department is to develop the minds and bodies of men and women in preparing them to become servant leaders in teaching, coaching, and other health- and sports-related fields. The Department of Kinesiology under the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers a program leading to a major in kinesiology with a general kinesiology, exercise science, or sport performance concentration. The general kinesiology concentration gives the student the ability to create their own concentration by choosing four upper-level electives from a predetermined list. The exercise science concentration is recommended for those students who wish to pursue careers in many fitness, rehabilitation, or sport science-related professional contexts. The sport performance concentration is specifically built for students who are seeking an applied education in athletic performance development with courses providing sport and strength and conditional professionals with a comprehensive education in athlete development, safety, performance, and management.

The Department of Kinesiology also offers a Health Sciences Degree through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics that is specifically designed for students who are focused on preparing for a pre-professional degree program in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and chiropractic. This program, specifically through an identified area of concentration, will help students recognize and meet specific entrance requirements for health-related degree programs at the masters or doctoral level.

A degree in EC-12 Physical Education with teacher certification is also available to the kinesiology major through the College of Education. Certain general studies requirements differ for students seeking teacher certification due to state certification requirements. Therefore, those interested in teacher certification should contact and consult with the College of Education as it pertains to admittance into the Teacher Preparation Program.

The Department of Kinesiology also offers a major in sport management through the College of Education. This interdisciplinary degree is recommended for students who wish to pursue positions in a myriad of sport and sport-business-related careers. For more information on the sport management degree, contact the College of Education.

Students with temporary or permanent physical limitations should seek advisement from the Kinesiology Department on course selection during their first semester on campus or soon after the physical limitation occurs.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

and/or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Living

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours.

(AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1127); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

(BA)

Choose one:

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I


(BS)

Choose one:

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

(BA)

BIOL 2405 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I


(BS)

BIOL 2405 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 2406 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

plus an additional 7 hours from one or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics (Totaling 15 hours of Laboratory Science).

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

63

57

Kinesiology Major

Core Courses

27

27

KNES 2301 - Introduction to Health Sciences and Kinesiology

KNES 2305 - Coaching Today's Athlete (S-L)

KNES 3302 - Research, Statistics, and Technology in Health and Human Performance

KNES 3303 - Anatomical Kinesiology and Orthopedic Injury

KNES 3326 - Motor Learning and Skill Development

KNES 4301 - Exercise Physiology

KNES 4303 - Applied Biomechanics

KNES 4336 - Internship in Kinesiology and Health Sciences I (S-L)

Three Additional 1000 Level (1-Credit) Activity Courses

Sports Performance Concentration ONLY

2 of the 3 required 1000-level Kinesiology activity classes must come from the following list:

KNES 1117 - Beginning Resistance Training

KNES 1127 - Intermediate Resistance Training   

General Kinesiology Concentration

12

12

The General Kinesiology concentration requires the student to take the kinesiology major core courses, plus an additional 4 (3-credit hour) Kinesiology courses from the following list as electives.

KNES 3301 - Sports Ethics

KNES 3306 - Coaching Interscholastic Sports

KNES 3310 - Recreation Leadership

KNES 3345 - Pedagogy of Kinesiology and Health

KNES 4302 - Organization and Administration of Kinesiology and Athletic Programs

KNES 4304 - Performance Nutrition

KNES 4306 - Exercise for Special Populations

KNES 4308 - Psychology of Sport, Exercise, and Human Performance

KNES 4312 - Periodization Training

KNES 4320 - Essentials of Athletic Performance Development

Exercise Science Concentration

15

15

The Exercise Science concentration requires the student to take all kinesiology major core courses plus the following upper-level courses.

KNES 4304 - Performance Nutrition

KNES 4306 - Exercise for Special Populations

KNES 4307 - Exercise Testing and Prescription

KNES 4308 - Psychology of Sport, Exercise, and Human Performance

Plus (1) additional 3-credit hour KNES upper-level elective from the following list:

KNES 4312 - Periodization Training

KNES 4320 - Essentials of Athletic Performance Development

Sport Performance Concentration

15

15

The Sport Performance concentration requires the student to take the kinesiology major core courses plus the following upper-level courses.

KNES 4304 - Performance Nutrition

KNES 4307 - Exercise Testing and Prescription

KNES 4308 - Psychology of Sport, Exercise, and Human Performance

KNES 4312 - Periodization Training

KNES 4320 - Essentials of Athletic Performance Development

Electives

General Kinesiology Concentration

Upper-Level
Lower or Upper-Level

12
6

12
12

Exercise Science Concentration

Upper-Level
Lower or Upper-Level

9
6

9
12

Sports Performance Concentration

Upper-Level
Lower or Upper-Level

9
6

9
12

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED 

120

120

NOTE: Degree plan subject to adjustment as state policy changes.

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

MINOR IN KINESIOLOGY

See information about the Kinesiology minor here.

ACCELERATED DEGREES AVAILABLE

DBU also offers Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program(s) for this degree available for qualifying undergraduate students. Refer to Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program Requirements for additional information.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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