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The B.S. in Kinesiology - Exercise Science Option is offered only at Penn State Berks.

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The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Exercise Science Option offers students an academic background in the science of human movement. The program objective is to prepare students with a broad knowledge base and practical experience in exercise science. All students in this option will matriculate in classes involving history and philosophy of sport and exercise, sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, motor skill development, biomechanics, general physiology, applied anatomy and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on active and collaborative student-centered learning. This degree Option is offered only at Penn State Berks. The Exercise Science Option has two emphases: Business or Science.

The Business Emphasis is unique in its coverage of the basic business skills of accounting, marketing, management and entrepreneurship. This emphasis qualifies graduates to compete for jobs as fitness instructors, personal trainers, athletic club managers, fitness program directors and other business-related fields.

The Science Emphasis focuses on kinesiology content and basic science courses such as chemistry, biology, physics and math. The Science Emphasis prepares graduates for advanced study in physical therapy, chiropractic, kinesiology and medicine.

Changes to the Kinesiology Degree Requirements:

1.  LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER OF TRANSFER COURSES USED FOR KINES 300-LEVEL CORE:  Effective FA15, out of the Kines 300-level core courses (Kines 321, 341 soon to be a new course, 345, 350, 360, and 384), only up to two courses (6 credits) can be transferred in and used towards graduation for the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Majors.

2.  POLICY 83-80 LIMITATIONS ON SOURCE AND TIME FOR CREDIT ACQUISITION:  In accordance with Policy 83-80.5, the Department of Kinesiology requires at least 24 credits of prescribed coursework in the major (KINES courses only) to be completed (C or better required) at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.  Distance Education or World Campus courses may not be counted toward this 24-credit minimum.  The 24 credits includes the capstone course in the major:  Kines 495B for the Movement Science Option ; Kines 495F for the Athletic Training Major; and Kines 495C for the Exercise Science Option.

Questions regarding these policies may be directed to Dr. Benjamin Infantolino, Kinesiology Program Coordinator (bwi100@psu.edu) or your advisor."  

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For program-specific questions, please email Dr. Benjamin Infantolino, Kinesiology Program Coordinator (bwi100@psu.edu)or call 610-396-6153.