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Course Descriptions

KINE 301 (4) Motor Control and Learning Principles of motor control and skill acquisition, with an emphasis on relevance to sport, rehabilitation, physical education, human factors and performance. Specific topics include: properties of moving segmented systems; musculoskeletal physiology; basic control systems theory; organization of the nervous system; capabilities and limitations of neural compensations; interactions between neural and musculoskeletal system; development of motor function; neurophysiological principles of learning; principles of effective learning at the behavioral level; principles for maximizing performance.

KINE 302 (3) Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries Examines the recognition, evaluation, and care of athletic injuries, including techniques in taping, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries.

KINE 303 (3) Statistics and Research Methods Principles and techniques of construction, organization, administration, interpretation, and evaluation of health-related research. Includes an introduction to the scientific method, use of human subjects in research, norm- and criterion-referenced reliability and validity, and quantitative research design. Use of SPSS and Excel to perform statistical tests including descriptive statistics, correlation, regression, and inferential statistics through 2-way ANOVA. Interpretation and presentation of data will also be emphasized.

KINE 305 (4) Movement Anatomy The role of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous system in the generation of human movement. Focus on muscle origins and insertions, myokinematics, osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, electromyography, and nervous system innervations. Special emphasis will be placed on movement screening, with the goal of identifying incorrect posture and movement patterns, as well as the possible reason for each. Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of these ideas in a final project that describes the muscles involved in a particular movement and a training program to improve performance of that movement.

KINE 310 (3) Social and Emotional Health. Adventure teambuilding for the purpose of heightening both intra- and inter-personal relationships. The art and science behind discovering social and affective attributes about self and others. Includes an off-campus community field experience at local K-12 public schools. Includes weekly movement activities that require student participation.

KINE 311 (4) Movement Pedagogy The critique, design, instruction, implementation, and evaluation of sport pedagogy curriculum and teaching methodologies. Subjects include various types of sport pedagogy curriculum models, evidence-based instructional practices, and the application of such content within various movement settings

KINE 326 (4) Introductory Exercise Physiology An introduction to the physiology of exercise. A description of cardiovascular, pulmonary, muscular, endocrine, neural, and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise.

KINE 336 (3) Nutrition for Health and Exercise Performance Applies fundamental biological and nutritional concepts to enhance wellness and athletic performance via nutritional intervention. Students will review current literature and examine products designed to increase performance. Activity and dietary recalls will serve as the basis for individualizing nutritional programs.

KINE 404 (3) Introduction to Epidemiology An introductory course in the basic study of the risk factors for disease in populations. Emphasis on understanding the methodology of public health research, and how evidence-based medicine is used to determine optimal treatment approaches in clinical practice. Provides instruction in both observational and structured methodologies often used in epidemiological research.

KINE 406 (3) Stress Testing and Exercise Prescription Practical and theoretical knowledge surrounding the various modes and protocols used in graded exercise testing, muscular strength/fitness testing, and exercise prescription based on test results in healthy and diseased populations. Includes an in-depth examination of electrocardiography and a brief introduction to pharmacology.

KINE 425 (4) Biomechanics of Human Movement Principles of mechanics applied to anatomical structure, function and gross human movement. The mechanics of selected implements and mechanical systems. The analysis of selected motor skills and applications.

KINE 426 (3) Exercise Physiology and Special Populations An in-depth study of changes that occur due to acute and chronic exercise and the influence of disease on these processes. Examines human bioenergetics, fuel metabolism, body composition, and neuromuscular, endocrine, and cardio-respiratory physiology with an emphasis on differences across individuals.

KINE 495 (3) Internship in Kinesiology Practical application of principles related to Kinesiology in a 90-hour internship approved by student’s faculty advisor

Additional University and Required Graduation Courses

  • These courses/requirements must be completed prior to graduating from CSUSM.
  • American Institutions U.S. History (1500-1877) HIST 130 or U.S. History (1877-Present) HIST 131
  • American Institutions U.S. Government and Politics PSCI 100
  • GE LANG

Note: Completion of the Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER) is required of all baccalaureate students, including additional bachelor students. For additional information about how to satisfy this requirement, please visit: CSUSM LOTER