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Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science

College of Saint Mary’s new degree in kinesiology and exercise science will prepare you for a career in a number of fields, including athletic training, physical education, wellness, medicine, biomechanics and physical therapy.

The program will give you an understanding of how the human body moves and performs through coursework in health, rehabilitation, and human performance as it is affected by kinesthetic, anatomic, physiologic and mechanical factors. You’ll craft and evaluate exercise programs, interpret data in exercise science research, and gain an understanding of how nutrition, strength and conditioning impact performance.

Required Courses for your Kinesiology & Exercise Science Major

KES Core Classes

Course Description

KES 142

This course is designed to progress the student through the American Red Cross (ARC) Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program, including CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider.

KES 143

Health in today’s society is a dynamic process of change. Student success in the college environment is influenced by the relationships that they maintain, create, or change. Adaptation to the stresses of college life is critical. The way in which students cope with change and the stressors they encounter is a focus of this course.

KES 200

An entry level course designed to meet the students’ needs for careers related to kinesiology and exercise science. Emphasis will be placed on the basics of biological science and human movement.

KES 280

Prevention, protection and first aid care of injuries occurring in athletics. Evaluation of protective devices, diets and conditioning. Lab work includes taping and rehabilitation of the injured.

KES 350

Study of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise related to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits.

KES 353

The course focuses on an understanding of human performance as it is affected by kinesiological, anatomical and mechanical factors.

KES 400

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assess different areas of physical fitness and prescribe individual exercise programs based on these objective measures.

KES 401

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of how to read, present, and interpret data involved in exercise science research. This course will also prepare students to design experiments, analyze data, evaluate results, and report findings.

KES 450

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics), nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation.

KES 454

This course will focus on analyzing human movement through various observations in activity or sport will be addressed.

KES 490

This course will focus on current events and research that is emerging nation-wide as a trend for the Kinesiology field of study.

KES 492

This course emphasizes the effects of nutrition upon physical activity or sport-specific exercise in order to improve human performance.

KES 495

This will provide the opportunity for KES students to serve the CSM and community through on-site practical skills, developing a service learning project, or research paper in order to prepare for an external internship site.

KES 498

This course is a supervised experience in which the student can implement theories and practices in a professional setting under the direction of a qualified administrator. Students will participate in either a full or part-time experience that fits their personal interest for exposure to various professional areas of Exercise Science.

BIO 200

Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 201 lab

Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

BIO 202

Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 203 lab

Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

MTH 242

Statistics

CHEM 100

Fundamentals of Chemistry

CHEM 101 lab

Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab

Requirements to Earn Your College of Saint Mary Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science

To earn your bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and exercise science, you must complete 128 credit hours:

  • 44 credit hours of general education
  • 40-43 credit hours of major courses
  • 18 credit hours of supporting field classes
  • 23-26 credit electives/minor courses

Full Plan of Study 

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfer students.
  • $30 application fee

Academic Description

Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science

College of Saint Mary’s new degree in kinesiology and exercise science will prepare you for a career in a number of fields, including athletic training, physical education, wellness, medicine, biomechanics and physical therapy.

The program will give you an understanding of how the human body moves and performs through coursework in health, rehabilitation, and human performance as it is affected by kinesthetic, anatomic, physiologic and mechanical factors. You’ll craft and evaluate exercise programs, interpret data in exercise science research, and gain an understanding of how nutrition, strength and conditioning impact performance.

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfer students.
  • $30 application fee

Curriculum

Required Courses for your Kinesiology & Exercise Science Major

KES Core Classes

Course Description

KES 142

This course is designed to progress the student through the American Red Cross (ARC) Emergency Medical Response (EMR) program, including CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider.

KES 143

Health in today’s society is a dynamic process of change. Student success in the college environment is influenced by the relationships that they maintain, create, or change. Adaptation to the stresses of college life is critical. The way in which students cope with change and the stressors they encounter is a focus of this course.

KES 200

An entry level course designed to meet the students’ needs for careers related to kinesiology and exercise science. Emphasis will be placed on the basics of biological science and human movement.

KES 280

Prevention, protection and first aid care of injuries occurring in athletics. Evaluation of protective devices, diets and conditioning. Lab work includes taping and rehabilitation of the injured.

KES 350

Study of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise related to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits.

KES 353

The course focuses on an understanding of human performance as it is affected by kinesiological, anatomical and mechanical factors.

KES 400

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assess different areas of physical fitness and prescribe individual exercise programs based on these objective measures.

KES 401

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of how to read, present, and interpret data involved in exercise science research. This course will also prepare students to design experiments, analyze data, evaluate results, and report findings.

KES 450

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics), nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation.

KES 454

This course will focus on analyzing human movement through various observations in activity or sport will be addressed.

KES 490

This course will focus on current events and research that is emerging nation-wide as a trend for the Kinesiology field of study.

KES 492

This course emphasizes the effects of nutrition upon physical activity or sport-specific exercise in order to improve human performance.

KES 495

This will provide the opportunity for KES students to serve the CSM and community through on-site practical skills, developing a service learning project, or research paper in order to prepare for an external internship site.

KES 498

This course is a supervised experience in which the student can implement theories and practices in a professional setting under the direction of a qualified administrator. Students will participate in either a full or part-time experience that fits their personal interest for exposure to various professional areas of Exercise Science.

BIO 200

Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 201 lab

Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

BIO 202

Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 203 lab

Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

MTH 242

Statistics

CHEM 100

Fundamentals of Chemistry

CHEM 101 lab

Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab

Degree Requirements

Requirements to Earn Your College of Saint Mary Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science

To earn your bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and exercise science, you must complete 128 credit hours:

  • 44 credit hours of general education
  • 40-43 credit hours of major courses
  • 18 credit hours of supporting field classes
  • 23-26 credit electives/minor courses

Full Plan of Study