Exercise Science (B.S.)

The mission of Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Kinesiology is to promote lifetime physical activity and healthy lifestyle for all students at the university; it further seeks to prepare kinesiology majors for a variety of careers by fostering the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the field. All this is done in a Christ-centered environment shaped by Seventh-day Adventist and Christian values. In addition, the Kinesiology department focuses on the development of the whole student. The integration of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers within the curriculum, instruction, and activity are paramount to the program. We seek to prepare students for success in their chosen professional careers by developing critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. Of special concern is the development of an understanding and respect for God’s amazing creation, the human body. 

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Exercise Science is an excellent pre-professional course of study for exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy or other areas of sports medicine. 

Job Outlook

Employment of physical therapists is expected to increase 39 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come, in large part, from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life than previous generations did.

Earnings

The median annual wage of physical therapists was $76,310 in May 2010.

Educational Qualifications

Physical therapists are required to have a postgraduate professional degree. Physical therapy programs usually award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. Doctoral programs typically last three years; MPT programs require two to three years of study. Most programs, either DPT or MPT, require a bachelor’s degree for admission, and many require specific prerequisites, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry.

Physical therapy programs often include courses in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Physical therapy students also complete clinical rotations, enabling them to gain supervised work experience in areas such as acute care and orthopedic care.

Physical therapists may apply to and complete residency programs after graduation. Residencies last nine months to three years and provide additional training and experience in advanced or specialty areas of care. All states require physical therapists to be licensed. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017. 

KINESIOLOGY CORE CURRICULUM

KINT 110 Fundamentals of Kinesiology........................... 3

KINT 201 Introduction to Kinesiology Research ............. 1

KINT 241 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries......... 3

KINT 310 Motor Learning................................................... 3

KINT 321 Exercise Physiology ........................................... 3

KINT 331 Biomechanics ..................................................... 3

KINT 490 Senior Seminar................................................... 1

TOTAL: 20

EXERCISE SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

KINA 115 Resistance Training........................................... 1

KINA 215 Advanced Resistance Training........................ 1

KINT 216 Nutrition ............................................................ 3

KINT 252 ACSM Certified Personal Trainer..................... 3

KINT 260 First Aid, CPR, and First Responder Training ..2

 

KINT 354 NSCA Certified Strength &
Conditioning Specialist......................................................... 3

KINT 452 ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist.......... 3

KINT 460 Applied Social Research Methods .................... 3

KINT 480 Internship............................................................. 6

TOTAL: 25 

REQUIRED COGNATES

BIOL 101, 102 Anatomy & Physiology .............................. 8

CHEM 111, 112 General Chemistry ................................... 8

MATH 121 Precalculus......................................................... 3

MATH 241 Intro to Probability and Statistics ................... 3

PHYS 121 General Physics................................................... 4

PSYC 212 General Psychology ............................................ 3

PSYC 220 Human Growth & Development ....................... 3 

 

First Year

First Semester

KINA 115—Resistance Training................................................1

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning...............................1

ENGL 121—Freshmen Composition .......................................3

BIOL 101—Anatomy and Physiology.......................................4

MATH 110—College Algebra ....................................................3

KINT 110—Fundamentals of Kinesiology ...............................3

TOTAL: 15

Second Semester

KINT 111—Health and Wellness...............................................3

BIOL 102—Anatomy and Physiology.......................................4

KINT 216—Nutrition ..................................................................3

Computer Science ......................................................................3

KINT 260—First Aid, CPR, and First Responder Training ......2

TOTAL: 15

Second Year

KINT 241—Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries ................3

Religion ........................................................................................3

CHEM 111—General Chemistry ..............................................4

PSYC 220—Human Growth and Development ......................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing ..................................................3

TOTAL: 16

KINT 201—Introduction to Kinesiology Research .................1

CHEM 112—General Chemistry ..............................................4

Speech ........................................................................................3

PSYC 212—General Psychology................................................3

MATH 121—Precalculus ............................................................3

History .........................................................................................3

TOTAL: 17

Third Year

KINT 310—Motor Learning.......................................................3

KINT 252—ACSM Certified Personal Trainer ........................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

PHYS 121—General Physics ......................................................4

Religion ........................................................................................3

TOTAL: 16

KINT 331—Biomechanics ..........................................................3

KINT 452—ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist..............3

MATH 241—Introduction to Probability and Statistics...........3

Literature .....................................................................................3

KINA 215—Advanced Resistance Training .............................1

Religion ........................................................................................3

TOTAL: 16

Fourth Year

KINT 460—Applied Social Research Methods ........................3

Religion (Upper Division)............................................................3

Upper Division Elective...............................................................3

Upper Division Elective...............................................................3

Upper Division Elective...............................................................1

KINT 321—Exercise Physiology ................................................3

TOTAL: 16

KINT 354—NSCA Cert Strength and
Conditioning Specialist...............................................................3

KINT 490—Senior Seminar........................................................1

KINT 480—Internship ................................................................6

History (non-U.S.) .......................................................................3

Upper Division Elective..........................................................................................3

TOTAL: 16