Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

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.

Courses

Number
Name
Credits
Description
KIP 161
Intro to Kinesiology & Intgrtv Phys
1
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. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.
KIP 215
Human Anatomy
1
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.
KIP 225
Nutrition
1
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
Physiology
1
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: KIP 215.
KIP 325
Advanced Concepts Personal Training
1
This course requires in-depth analysis of anatomical, physiological, nutritional and biomechanical principles necessary for the design and implementation of personal training programs for individuals. Emphasis will be placed on physical activity as an effective tool for enhancement of health, fitness and disease prevention. Prerequisite: KIP 345.
KIP 326
Biomechanics
1
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.
KIP 327
Physiology of Exercise
1
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.
KIP 328
Pathophysiology
1
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.
KIP 329
Cardiopulmonary Assessment
1
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.
KIP 330
Psychology of Human Performance
1
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 341
Research Methods and Data Analysis
1
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
1
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.

Faculty