Kinesiology is the study of movement. Explore the science of human motion through sports, recreation, work, play, dance, therapy, and much more.

Overview

As a kinesiology major, you'll take classes in biology, chemistry, and physics alongside specialized courses in topics related to human movement. Choose from three emphases, including:

  • exercise science
  • pre-professional preparation (for medical school, physical or occupational therapy school, etc.)
  • sports management
  • physical and health education (grades K-12)

The courses offered by the Kinesiology Department are each designed to deepen your understanding of physical activity and health across the lifespan, and to prepare you for further study in graduate or professional schools and work in various health/therapy or physical activity professions. Calvin students conduct research in state of the art exercise science laboratories both independently and with faculty mentors. Many courses include on and off campus service-learning and internship opportunities, including working with local schools, health clubs, and professional therapy clinics.

Careers in Kinesiology

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Dance Instructor
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Physical Therapist
  • Personal Trainer

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Participate in Dance Guild or volunteer at local schools and senior centers. Or, rent a bike, backpack, or boat and hit the trails for a wilderness adventure. Alternatively, join an intramural team and compete against your classmates.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Kinesiology major - exercise science emphasis

(35-38 semester hours)

  • PER-107 Strength and Conditioning
  • HE-203 First Aid and Emergency Care
  • HE-254 Nutrition
  • One course from:
    • HE-265 Basic Health Concepts: Mental Health, Fitness, Sexuality, Aging, Addictive Behaviors, and Death
    • HE-266 Basic Health Concepts: Diseases, Substance Abuse, Community, and Environment
  • KIN-201 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KIN-212 Anatomical Kinesiology
  • KIN-213 Biomechanics
  • KIN-240 Cardio-respiratory Fitness Assessment, Prescription, and Leadership
  • KIN-241 Muscular Fitness Assessment, Prescription, and Leadership
  • KIN-325 Physiology of Physical Activity
  • KIN-328 Advanced Practices in Exercise Science
  • KIN-332 Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport
  • KIN-346 Field Internship (0-3 cr)
  • RECR-305 Program Planning and Development

Cognates (24 semester hours)

    • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences
    • BIOL-205 Human Anatomy
    • BIOL-206 Human Physiology
    • CHEM-115 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
    • PHYS-223 Physics for the Health Sciences
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Kinesiology major - pre-professional emphasis

(27 semester hours)

  • PER-107 Strength and Conditioning
  • HE-254 Nutrition
  • KIN-201 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KIN-212 Anatomical Kinesiology
  • KIN-213 Biomechanics
  • KIN-240 Cardio-respiratory Fitness Assessment, Prescription, and Leadership
  • KIN-241 Muscular Fitness Assessment, Prescription, and Leadership
  • KIN-325 Physiology of Physical Activity
  • KIN-328 Advanced Practices in Exercise Science
  • KIN-332 Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport

Cognates

(up to 55 semester hours, number of courses from this group depends on pre-professional requirements)

  • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL-205 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL-206 Human Physiology
  • One 200-300-level biology lab course
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • CAS-101 Oral Rhetoric
  • KIN-390, Medical Terminology
  • One course from:
    • MATH-110 Pre-calculus Mathematics
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • PSYC-151 Introductory Psychology: Perspectives on the Self
  • PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • PHYS-221 General Physics I
  • PHYS-222 General Physics II
  • SOC-151 Sociological Principles and Perspectives

All kinesiology students in exercise science and pre-professional tracks must be certified in CPR prior to graduation.

Kinesiology major - sport management emphasis

(27-30 semester hours)

  • KIN-201 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KIN-214 Applied Kinesiology
  • KIN-218 Administration of Athletics
  • KIN-243 Sport Psychology
  • Two 200-level kinesiology courses
  • KIN-315 Sociology of Sport
  • KIN-320 Sports Marketing and Public Relations
  • KIN-332 Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport
  • KIN-346 Field Internship
  • RECR-305 Program Planning and Development

Cognate (4 semster hours)

  • One course from:
    • BIOL-115 Human Biology
    • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences

Required business minor

(23 semester hours)

  • BUS-160 Business Foundations
  • BUS-203 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • BUS-380 Marketing
  • One 300-level business elective

Kinesiology major - physical education K-12

(39 semester hours)

Cognates(8 semester hours)

  • One from:
  • One from:

Kinesiology minor

(18 semester hours)

  • KIN-201 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • A minimum of five additional courses, at least two at the 300-level, approved by academic advisor and department chairperson

Kinesiology minor - Secondary Education

(25 semester hours)

  • KIN-201 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KIN-204 Curr/Instr Principles for Teaching PE
  • KIN-214 Applied Kinesiology
  • KIN-215 Physical Education and Recreation for Person With Spec Needs
  • KIN-240 Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment
  • KIN-241 Muscular Fit Assess, Prescription & Lead
  • KIN-306 High School Activity & Skill Acquisition
  • KIN-325 Physiology: Physical Activity
  • KIN-380 Individual Compencies
  • One from PER 120-159
  • Two from PER 160-189

Cognates (4 semester hours)

  • BIOL-115 Human Biology or
  • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences

Kinesiology minor - elementary education

(24 semester hours)

  • Two from PER 120-159
  • Two from PER 160-189
  • DAN-242 Dance in Physical Education
  • KIN-201 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • KIN-204 Curr/Instr Principles for Teaching PE
  • KIN-214 Applied Kinesiology
  • KIN-215 Physical Education and Recreation for Person With Spec Needs
  • KIN-240 Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment
  • KIN-241 Muscular Fit Assess, Prescription & Lead
  • KIN-305 Elementary Physical Activity & Development
  • KIN-380 Individual Compencies

Cognates (4 semester hours)

  • BIOL-115 Human Biology or
  • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Otto J. and Adeline De Bruyn Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • physical education students apply through the Kinesiology Department; education students apply through the Calvin Portal
Sandra Anne Bos Duyst Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those with gifts and abilities in youth leadership
  • apply through the kinesiology department
Dr. Barney Steen Scholarship for Physical Education
David B. Tuuk Sport Management Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; emphasis in sport management
  • apply through the kinesiology department
A. Donald Vroon Scholarship for Physical Education
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; interest in coaching
  • apply through the kinesiology department
Marvin Zuidema Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.8+
  • financial need considered; physical education major with the intention to coach
  • apply through the kinesiology department
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Faculty

Sharon DeKleine

Sharon DeKleine
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
SF 226
skd7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7049

Daniel Gelderloos

Daniel Gelderloos
Assistant Professor
Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Coach
Department of Kinesiology
VAC 122
dgelderl@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6703

Jong-Il Kim

Jong-Il Kim
Associate Professor
Assistant Women's Soccer coach
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 245
jikim@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6118

Nancy Meyer

Nancy Meyer
Professor, Women's Athletic Director
Department of Kinesiology
meyn@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6224

Bret Otte

Bret Otte
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 225
bjo4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7815

Nancy Van Noord

Nancy Van Noord
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 227
vnor@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6226

Kevin Vande Streek

Kevin Vande Streek
Professor, head coach - men's basketball
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 240
kvstreek@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6704

Amber Warners

Amber Warners
Associate Professor
Women's Volleyball coach
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 329
awarners@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6223

Talk to us

Brian Bolt Brian Bolt
Department Chair
department chair
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 220
brb8@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7526

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