As a kinesiology student, you'll develop an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, allowing you to help people maintain healthy lifestyles. You'll also learn how exercise impacts the body's structure and function through intensive courses in human sciences and biomechanics.

With access to exceptional labs and equipment, and a world-class recreation center, you'll have opportunities for experiences and research depth rarely available to undergraduates. For example, in your human anatomy class you'll work in the cadaver lab. With the state-of-the-art human patient simulator, you'll experience what it's like to be part of a healthcare team as you diagnose and treat virtual patients.

Building a healthy future

Most students use Hanover's unique exercise science program as an access point for the study of:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Athletic training
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Sports medicine

You can also prepare for health and fitness consulting by taking courses with the Business Scholars Program. However, if you'd like to pursue teacher certification in health and physical education (in elementary or secondary school), your best option is Hanover's Health and Movement Studies major.

What do Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology majors study?

  • Human anatomy
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise testing and prescription
  • Other topics that interest you, from biology to personal training to research methods and data analysis

Although pre-med is not a major, some kinesiology majors are interested in pursuing a medical career. Those who take the kinesiology course in human anatomy have the unique opportunity to work with a human cadaver as an undergraduate.

Kinesiology Program Chair Bryant Stamford is a nationally recognized expert, author of several books and a syndicated newspaper column, co-host of a public radio show, and expert witness in more than 30 court cases. Other faculty experience ranges from exercise physiology to immunology, from lipid metabolism to exercise testing.


KIP 161
Intro to Kinesiology & Intgrtv Phys
This course serves as an introduction to exercise science, including metabolism, effects of exercise training, body composition, nutrition and principles of exercise adherence. Labs will provide opportunities to develop and test research questions and write scientifically. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR. Fee charged.
KIP 215
Human Anatomy
A structural survey of the human body covering the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, repro- ductive, and integumentary systems. Laboratory. Not recommended for first-year students. Prerequisite: Bio 165, 185 or KIP 161. Fee charged.
KIP 225
The study of the nutrients in foods and of the body's handling of them, including: ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism, interaction, storage, and excretion. Emphasis will be placed on the effect nutrition plays on health and weight management.
KIP 230
An introduction to principles of vertebrate physiology, with special emphasis on humans, using an integrative approach to basic physiology of cells through considerations of major organs and organ systems. Prerequisite: BIO 165, 185 or KIP 161. Lab fee.
KIP 323
Medical Terminology
Comprehensive review of medical terminology of medical terminology centering on word parts, Greek & Latin roots, word construction, suffixes and prefixes. Prerequisite: KIP 230.
KIP 324
Prin. of Strength and Conditioning
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific principles behind anaerobic and aerobic training program design including anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and exercise technique. Not open to students who have perviously taken KIP325. Prerequisite: KIP 230. Fee charged.
KIP 326
The study of motion and the effect of forces on biological systems, using the principles of mechanics for solving problems related to the structure and function of living organisms. The course will include analyzing human movement by both quantita- tive and qualitative means. Laboratory. Prerequisite: KIP 215. Lab fee.
KIP 327
Physiology of Exercise
The description and explanation of functional changes brought about by acute or chronic exercise. Topics include bioenergetics, neuromuscular concepts related to exercise, cardio-respiratory considerations, physical training, nutrition and body composition, and the use of ergogenic aids in improving the exercise response. Laboratory. Prerequisite: KIP 230. Satisfies W2 ACE. Lab fee.
KIP 328
The study of disease processes and the influence of the acute and chronic effects of exercise. Topics will include but not be limited to cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, neurological disease and diabetes. Prerequisite: KIP 230. Lab fee.
KIP 329
Cardiopulmonary Assessment
The course includes assessment of hemodynamic responses and evaluations of EKGs in the coronary heart disease, heart failure and obstructive lung disease populations. Topics consist of but are not limited to a review of effects of exercise in prevention and as a rehabilitative measure. Prerequisite: KIP 230. Fee charged.
KIP 330
Psychology of Human Performance
This course provides a broad overview for understanding the behavior of individuals engaged in sport, exercise, and exercise testing protocols. Content areas include personality and factors that affect motivation, performance in groups, the psychological effects of participation in sport and exercise, barriers to physical activity participation, factors affecting exercise testing performance, and practical strategies for assisting those engaged in sport and exercise programs. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
KIP 331
Exercise is Medicine
This course examines the role of regular exercise in the incidence, progression, and outcome of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, and aging. Content areas include general principles of epidemiology, activity-related pathophysiology of chronic disease, how regular physical activity can prevent the onset of chronic disease, and how exercise can be prescribed as treatment for selected chronic diseases. Consideration will also be given to other factors (diet and smoking) that impact the course of disease.
KIP 341
Research Methods and Data Analysis
Scientific measurement approaches used in exercise science research, including research design and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: KIP 327; Math 217.
KIP 345
Exercise Testing and Prescription
Examines the theoretical and applied aspects of exercise testing and exercise prescription. Modes of exercise testing used in predicting disease and assessing fitness levels. Emphasis on collection and interpretation of data from fitness test- ing and the design of personalized exercise programs. Laboratory. Prerequisite: KIP 230. Lab fee.
KIP 356
Medical Scholars Externship
A collaborative experience between the Hanover College Health Sciences Program (HSP) and King's Daughters' Health Rehabilitation Services designed to provide students insight into the practices of physical and occupational therapy. Prerequisite: Permission from instructor.
KIP 461
Senior Seminar
Analysis and discussion of advanced principles of exercise physiology.