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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



Robin Dunn, PhD, Associate Professor

Chi-An Emhoff, PhD, Associate Professor

Craig Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus

Deane Lamont, PhD, Professor

Derek Marks, PhD, Associate Professor

Steve Miller, PhD, Professor

Addison Pond, PhD, Assistant Professor

Claire Williams, PhD, Associate Professor

Learning Outcomes

All Department of Kinesiology undergraduates will be able to:

  • DESCRIBE the relationship between physical activity/sport and health, wellness, and quality of life.

  • DEVELOP and DELIVER multi-mode communications to diverse audiences that convey a clear understanding of relevant disciplinary information.

  • ANALYZE scholarly material and DEMONSTRATE critical and reflective thinking to bridge theory with practice.

  • EXAMINE how sociocultural, historical, and philosophical factors influence attitudes about and engagement in physical activity, sport, and health-oriented behavior.

EXERCISE SCIENCE undergraduate majors will additionally be able to:

  • EXPLAIN the scientific foundations of physical activity, nutrition, and fitness.

  • EXAMINE and EVALUATE health, fitness, and performance parameters in diverse populations.

  • APPLY academic methods and theories to real-life situations of personal wellness, athletic performance, and injury prevention.

HEALTH PROMOTION undergraduate majors will additionally be able to:

  • DESCRIBE ecological factors influencing the multi-dimensional aspects of health.

  • ANALYZE the concepts of health disparity and social inequality that lead to differences in health outcomes across diverse populations.

  • CREATE and EVALUATE health promotion programs through a lens of sociocultural, historical, and ethical considerations.

  • APPLY knowledge and skills learned throughout the curriculum to experiential learning opportunities.

SPORT MANAGEMENT undergraduate majors will additionally be able to:

  • DESCRIBE principles and theories of business and economics that are fundamental to the sports industry.  

  • IDENTIFY and SOLVE sports business problems in an array of contexts and articulate reasoned answers supported by evidence.

  • CREATE strategic plans to generate revenue in the sports industry. 

  • APPLY knowledge and skills learned throughout the curriculum to experiential learning opportunities.

Major Requirements

The Kinesiology major at Saint Mary’s College is a four-year course of study leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science depending on the student’s area of interest. The major requires rigorous study of the human being in motion. We examine the whole person-anatomically, physiologically, biomechanically, psychologically, sociologically, and historically-across the lifespan. Our domains are health, sport, and physical activity. Students select one area within which to study: Sport and Recreation Management (Bachelor of Arts), Health Promotion (Bachelor of Arts), or Exercise Science (Bachelor of Science). Students may not transfer more than two upper-division courses from another institution for credit in the Kinesiology major. Online courses are generally not accepted for credit in the major.

A minimum 2.0 GPA within the major is required for graduation.

Minor Requirements

The Department of Kinesiology welcomes students from across the college interested in pursuing a minor in Kinesiology. Additionally, Kinesiology majors may earn a minor in a different area of emphasis within Kinesiology. Kinesiology majors can earn a Kinesiology minor in a different track as long as no more than 10 CU of 300 and 400-level coursework overlap between the major and minor.

Prerequisite Grade

Any course listed in this department with a prerequisite assumes a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite course.


    Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of ArtsMinor


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