KIN – Kinesiology course descriptions


John Roslien (chair), Adam Bradley, Leslie Duinink, Jim Fuller, Shelli Green, Kyle Johnson, David Pavlat (Strength and Conditioning program director and Personal Training program director), Monica Ruiz, Matt Sagar, Sara Shuger Fox, Katelin Valster

Statement of philosophy

Majors in Central’s kinesiology program will master the science of human movement utilized in educational, fitness/wellness, sport/performance and therapeutic settings.  Students become active learners and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of a dynamic world.  Existing assessment tools, a comprehensive body of knowledge and communication skills are developed and utilized in a problem solving environment.


Graduates will know how to respond, adjust and adapt to human movement; analyze and evaluate individual physiology performance; design and assess exercise programs in the psychomotor domain; read, interpret and conduct research and have developed an ethic of accountability to improve oneself, interest others and the profession at large.


The Central College Kinesiology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Council on Accreditation of Exercise Science (CoAES).


The Kinesiology department’s Strength and Conditioning Program and Personal Training Program are a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) School. The seal of approval is a commitment that the Kinesiology department makes to help students grow as strength and conditioning and personal training professionals.


Major Communication Skills

A communication skills endorsement from the kinesiology program indicates students have achieved college level mastery in both the written and verbal domain. Communication skills will be assessed using predetermined rubric tools in the following classes: KIN 111, KIN 149, KIN 151, KIN 254, KIN 257, KIN 334, KIN 460 and KIN 461.  Students assessed as needing further development will be referred to the department chair for a prescriptive plan to improve their communication skills.

Major Restrictions

  1. Students may not declare majors in both Kinesiology and Strength and Conditioning.
  2. Students seeking a double major in Kinesiology and Biology may only count a maximum of 12 total credits in Biology or Chemistry towards the Kinesiology major elective requirement.

Kinesiology Major Requirements (48 credits)

  1. Complete all of the following:
    KIN 111 Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (4)
    KIN 149 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)
    KIN 151 First Aid and Sports Injuries (3)
    KIN 254 Human Anatomy and Kinesiology with Lab (4)
    KIN 257 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (4)
    KIN 334 Sports Nutrition (4)
    KIN 460 Exercise Physiology (3)
    KIN 461 Exercise Physiology Lab (2)
  2. Choose 21 s.h. of electives beyond the 100 level with minimum of nine credits at the 300-level or above in KIN or the following: CHEM 231, CHEM 331, CHEM 351, BIOL 210, BIOL 221, BIOL 341, BIOL 360, EDUC 311, EDUC 314, MATH 215 or SC 372. (A maximum of 3 credits of 397 or 497 may count for the major.)


Teaching Licensure 

Students seeking licensure must complete all requirements for the Kinesiology major, plus the following Kinesiology elective courses. Student must also apply and be accepted into the Teacher Education Program and complete the education courses listed in the Education (K-12 Art, Music, P.E..) portion of the catalog or as provided by the education department. Combined, these courses meet the endorsement content requirements for K-8 Physical Education (#146), 5-12 Physical Education (#147), K-8 Health (#137), and 5-12 Health (#138).

KIN 120 Theory and Practical Application of Health Related Fitness (3)
KIN 212 Adapted Physical Education (3)
KIN 220 Personal Wellness (3)
KIN 260 Substance Abuse (3)
KIN 261 Community, Consumer, and Global Health (3)
KIN 462 Motor Learning (3)


Coaching Endorsement (#101: K-12 Athletic Coach)
A coaching endorsement is for students who are completing the requirement to be a licensed teacher.

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) Content Requirements:

Structure and Function of the Human Body:
KIN 111 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (4) – OR–
BIOL 201 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4)

Human Growth and Development of Children and Youth:
EDUC 181 Developmental Psychology (3)

Theory of Coaching Interscholastic Athletics:
KIN 213 Principles of Coaching (3)

Athletic Conditioning, Care and Prevention of Injuries, and First Aid:
KIN 151 First Aid and Sports Injuries (3)

Completion of concussion training approved by the IHSAA or IGHSAU:
KIN 151 First Aid and Sports Injuries (3)

Recommended courses:
KIN 254 Human Anatomy and Kinesiology with Lab (4)
KIN 462 Motor Learning (3)


Coaching authorization 

Students interested in coaching, who do not plan to obtain a teaching license, may receive a coaching authorization. These students are encouraged to visit the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) for current coaching information at


Kinesiology Minor Requirements (27 credits)

  1. Complete all of the following:
    KIN 111 Essentials of Human Anatomy of Physiology with Lab (4)
    KIN 149 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)
    KIN 151 First Aid and Sports Injuries (3)
    KIN 254 Human Anatomy and Kinesiology with Lab (4)
    KIN 257 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (4)
    KIN 334 Sports Nutrition (4)
    KIN 460 Exercise Physiology (3)
    KIN 461 Exercise Physiology Lab (2)