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.
Penn State Berks/Alvernia University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Partnership
Penn State Berks and Alvernia University have recently signed a joint agreement centered around Alvernia's new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. According to the agreement, a minimum of five seats in Alvernia's DPT program are reserved for qualified students graduating from the Penn State Berks B.S. in Kinesiology degree program. In return, students in Alvernia's DPT program will gain access to Penn State Berks' cadaver laboratory for their first-year anatomy course. For more information please email Dr. Benjamin Infantolino.
Changes to the Kinesiology Degree Requirements:
Effective FA15, out of the Kines 300-level core courses (Kines 321, 341, 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.
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 Kinesiology courses required for graduation to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. The 24 credits include the capstone course in the major: Kines 495B for the Movement Science Option; Kines 495F for the Athletic Training Major; Kines 495A or Kines 495B for the Applied Exercise and Health Option; and Kines 495C for the Exercise Science Option. Students who are earning the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Major at University Park may not count courses taken at other Penn State Campuses towards this 24 credit minimum.