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Kinesiology & Human Performance Program


Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Program(s) Offered: Major only

Exercise science is about more than brains or brawn. It’s both! It’s also about helping others live longer, happier lives by teaching them to use their bodies the way they’re designed. So if you love playing sports, working out, eating right and staying fit, majoring in kinesiology and human performance might be for you.

Do what you love.

Prepare for a career as a coach,  athletic trainer, fitness specialist, physical therapist, occupational therapist — or any other job that promotes exercise and wellness. In our program, you’ll get valuable field experience during an internship with a local fitness facility, athletic organization or health care provider.

Be a name, not a number.

Learn from professors who are renowned, published and practicing in their field. And with our small student-to-faculty ratio, you'll get the attention you deserve!

Advance your degree.

Imagine having a bachelor’s and a master’s degree — in just four years! It’s possible with our “3-plus-1” kinesiology and and human performance degree program, designed for highly motivated students. 

Or, are you interested in physical therapy? Major in kinesiology and human performance at Briar Cliff, and gain an inside track for admission to the University's new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* program.

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Kinesiology & Human Performance Program Courses


BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the human body at the four structural levels (cells, tissues, organs and systems) and the relationship of its parts. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 222 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the cells and organ systems of the human body. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 240 - Nutrition

A survey of the principles of nutrition and their application to normal conditions of growth and development. Includes food groups, nutrient requirements, energy metabolism, composition and safety of foods, nutritional needs for the different life stages, and application of nutrition to health care and sports. Read more »

BIOL 35 IS - Advanced Human Anatomy

Advanced study of the major systems of the body with emphasis on the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. One lecture, one lab per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 221 Read more »

BUAD 225 - Principles of Management

A study of the concepts, principles and philosophy of management. The four functions of management—planning, organizing, leading and controlling - are examined with respect to various management styles. Read more »

KHP 142 - First Responder

This American Red Cross course gives participants the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an emergency medical responder to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical personnel take over. Read more »

KHP 143 - Personal and Community Health

An introductory course concerned with the many factors which influence a person's health. Special consideration is afforded the subject areas of substance abuse, disease and holistic health. Consideration is also given to the functions which various health agencies serve and to the modern technological advances which have been accomplished in health. Read more »

KHP 200 - Foundations of Kinesiology/Careers

An advanced course designed to meet the students' needs for careers related to kinesiology and exercise science. Read more »

KHP 275 - Stress Management

This course covers the stress process and its relation to health and disease, lifestyle, and the sociocultural environment. Read more »

KHP 280 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Prevention, protection and first aid care of injuries occurring in athletics. Evaluation of protective devices, diets and conditioning. Lab work includes taping and rehabilitation of the injured. Read more »

KHP 350 - Exercise Physiology

A study of the scientific foundations of high-level performance and skill learning. Incorporates findings of exercise physiology, psychology and physical education in the area of human movement. Stresses application for the practitioner. Prerequisite: junior standing Read more »

KHP 400/500 - Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

Basic skills and understanding are developed in the art and science of fitness testing and exercise prescription. The conducting of individualized fitness programs for all age groups will be examine. Read more »

KHP 401/501 - Research Methods and Design

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of how to read, present, and interpret data involved in exercise science research. Read more »

KHP 453/553 - Structural Kinesiology

Study of the basic mechanics involved in human motion, emphasis on the application of anatomy and elementary physics to the teaching of physical activities and sports skills. Prerequisite:junior standing Read more »

KHP 454 - Biomechanics

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts associated with the study of human musculoskeletal function and dysfunction. Read more »

KHP 490/590 - Seminar

This is an interactive course in which students investigate applications used in exercise science by experts in the field and report on the scientific efficacy and application of these practices. Read more »

KHP 495/595 - Practicum

KHP 497/597 - Theories of Strength & Conditioning

This course provides the student with a comprehensive overview of advanced dimensions and theory of strength and conditioning. Read more »

KHP 498/598 - Kinesiology & Human Performance Internship

Professional experience component at an approved company or facility. Permission by instructor. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements


 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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