Department of Health and Kinesiology

The mission of Health and Kinesiology is to provide well-rounded leaders and critical thinkers in the areas of health and movement studies. To accomplish this mission, the faculty are committed to teaching, service and research in the fields of health and kinesiology, in an academically challenging, learner-centered and caring environment where all employees contribute to student success.

The Department offers the following undergraduate degrees that can prepare students for health- and/or kinesiology-related careers in either a school setting or the public sector: B.S. in Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education), B.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Science), B.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Science/Performance Psychology), B.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy), B.S. in Kinesiology (Sport and Leisure Studies) and B.S. in Kinesiology (Sport Business).

Special Requirements for B.S. in Kinesiology

In addition to the graduation requirements set forth by the university and the College of Education and Human Performance, the Department of Health and Kinesiology requires a grade of C or better in all major or teaching-field courses for all degree concentrations offered under the B.S. in Kinesiology. Additionally, students earning a grade below C more than twice in any specific EDHL or EDKN course will be denied subsequent enrollment in that course, and will not be allowed to pursue the degree under any concentration requiring that course. 

All students pursuing the B.S. in Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education) must have completed the major/teaching-field courses, with the exception of EDKN 4315 and EDKN 4342, prior to beginning the CEHP Educator Preparation Program in the second semester of their junior year. Finally, students pursuing the B.S. in Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education) must pass TExES examinations #158 (physical education: EC-12) and #150 (pedagogy and professional responsibilities) prior to enrolling in student teaching (EDED 4613) in their final semester.

Health and Kinesiology Minors

A minor in health is available to all majors.  Additionally, non-kinesiology majors may choose to minor in kinesiology, and may select from one of the following minors based on their specific interests:

  • Kinesiology-Coaching
  • Kinesiology-Exercise Science
  • Kinesiology-Performance Psychology
  • Kinesiology-Physical Education
  • Kinesiology-Sport Business

Activity Courses (EDKN)

The courses listed below require physical activity. Depending on the specific course, that activity can range in intensity from light to vigorous. All students enrolled in an activity will be required to sign an assumption of risk and participation agreement, and may be required to complete a pre-participation health assessment. An activity course fee of $4 will be charged to each student enrolled in an activity class. In certain specified courses additional fees may be charged. Note: Enrollment in EDKN 1107, EDKN 1108, EDKN 1109 and EDKN 1110 is restricted to intercollegiate athletes only. 

Activity Course Listing

EDKN 1101Selected Physical Activity1
EDKN 1105Flexibility and Strength Train1
EDKN 1121Elementary Swimming1
EDKN 1125Water Aerobics1
EDKN 1135Racquetball1
EDKN 1137Weight Training and Cond1
EDKN 1142Bowling1
EDKN 1149Jogging and Circuit Training1
EDKN 1150Mat Pilates1

Department Faculty

Bloomquist, Judith Senior Lecturer, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Burt, Ashlee Lecturer II, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.S., Ouachita Baptist University; B.S.N, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; M.S., University of Arkansas.

Burt, Daniel Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.A., Ouachita Baptist University; M.S., Henderson State University; Ph.D., University of Arkansas.

Cutton, David Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.S., University of Florida; Ph.D., Louisiana State University and A&M College.

Hearon, Christopher M Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; Chair; B.S., Texas Tech University; M.Ed., Texas Tech University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University and A&M College.

Killion, Lorraine Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.S., Stephen F. Austin State University; M.A., University of Houston at Clear Lake; M.Ed., Prairie View A&M University; Ed.D., University of Houston.

Knight, Melody Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.S., Southwest Baptist College; M.Ed., Texas Tech University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Lim, Boram Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.A., Myong-Ji University (South Korea); M.A., California Polytechnic University; Ph.D., University of Nevada.

Menaker, Brian Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Florida.

Sherman, Nestor W Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; Regents Professor; Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Performance; B.S.E., State University of New York at Cortland; M.Ed., University of Houston; Ed.D., University of Houston.

Shipherd, Amber Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.S., University of California, Davis; M.S., Florida State University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.

Emeritus

Daniel, Michael Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology; B.S.E., Southern State College; M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia; Ed.D., University of Arkansas.

Subjects in this Department

Health (EDHL)

EDHL 1254  Contemporary Wellness  2 SCH  (2-1)  

Introductory health education for establishing wellness concepts for men and women of all ages. Nutrition, diseases of the circulatory system, sexually transmitted diseases, behavior modification and related concepts for establishing life time commitments to health promotion are taught. May be substituted as one required activity course.

EDHL 1304  Foundations of Health  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of the profession and practice of health education, health sciences and behavior modification.

EDHL 2124  CPR and First Aid  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Current standards and techniques for first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including bloodborne and airborne pathogen training.

EDHL 2325  Health Promotion  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Overview of theories, processes, activities and settings for health education/health promotion practice.

EDHL 3331  Consumer Health  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An informed health consumer is one who purchases health products and services that are useful and beneficial. This consumer is also aware of consumer protection, product safety and services available if dissatisfied with a product or service.

EDHL 3333  Growth Develop and Sexuality  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Human sexuality content for different developmental stages. Designed for individuals who plan to present human sexuality content to various age groups.

EDHL 3335  Drug Education  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of prescription and non-prescription drugs, their action in the body, their benefits and abuse potentials.

EDHL 3381  Community Health  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Acquaints the student with all aspects of community and public health. Designed to prepare students for planning, implementation and evaluation of health education/health promotion programs in community, health care and worksite settings. Prerequisites: junior standing.

EDHL 3383  Women's Health  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Medical, historical, legal, environmental, sociological and psychological issues that affect women?s health, both past and present. Prerequisite: junior standing.

EDHL 4331  Health Field Studies  3 SCH  (0-3)  

Studies and investigations relating to health problems in community health, school health and industry. All students will initiate individual study in an area of their interest. Prerequisite: 15 hours of health.

EDHL 4337  Disease Entities and Epidemiol  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Cause, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of communicable, chronic and degenerative disease. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401 and credit or registration in BIOL 2402.

EDHL 4342  Program Planning Health Promo  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Explore the demographics of the Kingsville area, identify a disease that is prevalent to a local population, assess the resources available, develop a health promotion program and implement the program at a local facility.

EDHL 4344  Health and Aging (WI)  3 SCH  (3-0)  

In-depth information regarding the health issues of aging individuals including: physical health, psychological health, legal and ethical issues of health and Medicare/Medicaid. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Kinesiology (EDKN)

EDKN 1101  Selected Physical Activity  1 SCH  (0-3)  

A variable topics course that provides instruction and practice in skills for selected physical activities. Course may be repeated for credit as activities vary.

EDKN 1105  Flexibility and Strength Train  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Introduction to training techniques used for muscular endurance and flexibility training. Recommended for those desiring an individualized approach to light resistance and flexibility training.

EDKN 1107  Varsity Football  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Participation in varsity football through regularly scheduled practice sessions and games.

Fee: $9.00

EDKN 1108  Varsity Basketball  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Participation in varsity basketball through regularly scheduled practice sessions and games.

Fee: $9.00

EDKN 1109  Varsity T and F Vb Tn Bb or Sb  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Varsity participation in either track and field, volleyball, tennis, baseball or softball through regularly scheduled practice sessions, meets and games.

Fee: $4.00

EDKN 1110  2nd Semester Varsity Sports  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Credit for a second semester's participation in varsity sports.

Fee: $4.00

EDKN 1119  Beg Rhythmic Activities  1 SCH  (0-3)  

The development of skills and techniques appropriate for all ages (K-adult) in rhythmic and physical fitness activities suitable for inclusion in an educational setting. Prerequisite: Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education) majors only.

Fee: $9.00

EDKN 1121  Elementary Swimming  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Instruction for the beginning swimmer.

EDKN 1125  Water Aerobics  1 SCH  (0-3)  

A variety of water activities designed to strengthen the heart, lungs and vascular system without undue stress of weight-bearing exercise. Must have basic swimming and personal aquatic safety skills or instructor permission.

EDKN 1135  Racquetball  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Instruction and practice in the fundamentals of racquetball.

Fee: $5.00

EDKN 1137  Weight Training and Cond  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Individualized conditioning program based upon knowledge of the basic training principles underlying flexibility, muscle strength, muscle endurance and cardiorespiratory endurance exercises.

Fee: $4.00

EDKN 1142  Bowling  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Instruction and practice in the basic skills for beginners in bowling.

Fee: $24.00

EDKN 1149  Jogging and Circuit Training  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Instruction and participation in distance running and circuit training.

Fee: $4.00

EDKN 1150  Mat Pilates  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Exercises serving to improve fluidity of mobility, mental focus and control, flexibility and posture. Lifelong participation in Mat Pilates can lead to improved muscular strength, balance, coordination and a reduction of stress.

EDKN 1301  Foundations of Kinesiology  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Biological, sociological, psychological, philosophical and historical foundations of kinesiology. Consideration of objectives and programs in the field.

EDKN 1305  Intro to Exercise Science  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Anatomical, physiological, nutritional, biomechanical, and psychological foundations of the exercise sciences; courses of study, professional responsibilities, and careers within the exercise sciences.

EDKN 1308  Intramurals and Officiating  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Develop competency in designing, organizing and promoting intramural programs. Emphasis on officiating techniques and procedures in various activities.

EDKN 1309  Fund of Coaching & Officiating  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Officiating techniques and procedures in various sports, administration of intramural sport programs, and coaching ethics, philosophy and careers.

EDKN 2110  Teaching Lifelong Activities  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Participation and introduction to teaching in a variety of lifelong activities and sports. Active participation required. Prerequisite: Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education) majors or Kinesilogy-Physical Education minors only.

EDKN 2112  Teaching of Indiv/Dual Sports  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Participation and introduction to teaching in a variety of individual/dual sports, recreational and physical fitness activities. Active participation is expected. Prerequisite: Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education) majors or Kinesiology-Physical Education minors only.

EDKN 2114  Teaching of Team Sports  1 SCH  (0-3)  

Participation and introduction to teaching in a variety of team sports. Active participation required. Prerequisite: Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education) majors or Kinesiology-Physical Education minors only.

EDKN 2130  Sport Business Apprenticeship  1 SCH  (1-0)  

An introductory field experience in sport business. Forty contact hours in the field in addition to in-class meetings, allowing the student to explore career options in a practical work setting, normally on campus. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Kinesiology adviser consent.

EDKN 2201  Cert Personal Trainer Prep  2 SCH  (2-1)  

Course is designed to help prepare students to sit for any of a number of accredited personal trainer certifications with primary focus on the knowledge and skills specific to the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer certification. Includes required laboratory experiences.

EDKN 2322  Preventn and Care of Athl Inj  3 SCH  (2-2)  

The prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and illnesses. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Fee: $5.00

EDKN 2324  Admin of Sports Programs  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Overview of the fundamental principles of management and administration of sport programs. Combines theory and practice related to legal and ethical issues, marketing and organizational structure of recreational and sport related services and facilities.

EDKN 2326  Activity Health and Safety  3 SCH  (2-2)  

The factors that enhance children¿s physical development; the interrelatedness of physical activity, health, wellness, and safety. Includes training in CPR/AED and basic first aid, and requires physical activity.

EDKN 2330  Introduction to Sport Business  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Introduction to the sports industry, career opportunities involving sport and the economic impact of sports in America, including theoretical and applied foundations of sport business.

EDKN 2333  Sport Marketing & Promotions  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Investigation of the complex responsibilities of the sport promotion specialist that unfold through promotions and sales. Advertising, publicity, sponsorship, atmospherics, incentives, personal contact, community relations, licensing and technology in the sport industry.

EDKN 2335  Sport in Global Society  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The impact of sport on global society and its institutions. Current practices, problems, and issues in sport and physical activity across the globe.

EDKN 2340  Medical Terminology  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Vocabulary related to anatomical structures, physical processes, illnesses, and diseases of the human body.

EDKN 3320  Motor Devel and Motor Learning  3 SCH  (2-3)  

Physical factors that influence growth, maturation and aging; process underlying perceptual-motor performance and the interpretation and applications of motor research to human movement. Includes required laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: One of the following: EDKN 1301, EDKN 1305, or EDKN 2330, and junior standing.

EDKN 3322  Modalities and Therapeut Exerc  3 SCH  (3-0)  

A basic foundation in concepts and techniques of modalities and therapeutic exercise programs for the patient recovering from athletically related injuries. Individual joint rehabilitation. Prerequisites: Instructor consent.

EDKN 3332  Fitness Industries  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Organizational development and management in corporate, commercial and institutional fitness industries. Prerequisite: junior standing.

EDKN 3333  Sport Marketing & Promotions  3 SCH  (3-0)  

This course examines the practical applications of consumer behavior, marketing information systems, pricing strategies, media relations, promotional methods, sponsorship, and marking controls in a variety of sport business contexts. Prerequisite: junior standing.

EDKN 3343  Strength and Conditioning  3 SCH  (2-2)  

Scientific principles of strength training and conditioning and their application to athletic competition and performance, including program design and facility administration. Laboratory required. Prerequisites: EDKN 3436 and junior standing.

EDKN 3345  Meas/Eval in Kinesiology  3 SCH  (2-3)  

Use and function of the various tests in kinesiology, together with the purpose, scope, and techniques of test construction will be analyzed. Sufficient statistical techniques necessary for adequate manipulation and interpretation will be reviewed. Required laboratory experiences. Prerequisites: MATH 1314 or MATH 1324, and junior standing.

EDKN 3352  Sport Psychology  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Social and psychological factors related to sport participation. Topics include socialization into and through sport; feedback, reinforcement and expectation effects; moral development; competition and competitive strees; self-perceptions; motivation and mental skills training. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 and junior standing.

EDKN 3353  Applied Performance Psychology  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Social and psychological factors related to exercise participation, peak performance, and injury rehabilitation. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 and junior standing.

EDKN 3355  Sport and the Law (WI)  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Legal and ethical dilemmas facing those in sport. Legal principles and judicial opinions in cases involving organized sport. Prerequisite: junior standing.

EDKN 3390  Topics in Sport Business  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Current issues in sport business are identified and researched. Course may be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: junior standing.

EDKN 3395  Topics in Kinesiology & Sport  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Current issues and special topics in Kinesiology and sport are identified and researched. Course may be repeated for credit as topics vary.

EDKN 3436  Basic Physiology of Exercise  4 SCH  (0-3-0-2)  

Physiology as applied to exercise and human performance. How the systems of the body respond to both acute and chronic exercise training. Includes required laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: BIOL 2401; credit or registration in BIOL 2402; junior standing.

EDKN 4315  Psychomotor Skills Child (WI)  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Motor development activities for children. Grouping principals and techniques for selecting activities appropriate to various age groups and development levels. Prerequisites: EDKN 2110, EDKN 2112, EDKN 2114 and junior standing.

EDKN 4320  Introductory Research Methods  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An introduction to research methodologies commonly employed in the health, fitness and exercise science disciplines. Prerequisites: MATH 1314 and junior standing.

EDKN 4324  Exerc in Chronic Disea/Disab  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Basic pathophysiology, and special exercise testing and exercise program design/implementation considerations for individuals with commonly seen chronic diseases and disabilities. Prerequisites: EDKN 4401 and senior standing.

EDKN 4325  Biomechanics  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The study of the human body in its performance of movement and interrelationships of biomechanics, musculoskeletal anatomy and neuromuscular physiology. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401; junior standing.

EDKN 4327  Advanced Athletic Training  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Practical experience in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and illnesses. Prerequisite: EDKN 2322 and instructor consent.

EDKN 4328  Internship  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The student and the university supervisors will develop a contractual agreement which provides for a minimum of 120 clock hours of specific learning experiences on or off campus. Approved ACSM certification examination required for interns in the exercise science concentrations. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: EDKN 2333 or EDKN 4401, and instructor consent.

EDKN 4329  Sr Seminar Exercise Sci (WI)  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The capstone course for Kinesiology-Exercise Science, to be taken in the senior year. The course will explore the current status of and current issues in careers in exercise science. Issues will include but not be limited to professional ethics, social impact and career options. Prerequisites: senior standing and instructor consent.

EDKN 4330  Rsrch Projects in Kinesiology  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

An independent review of literature and a laboratory or field problem yielding a formal report on the research. Variable credit dependent upon the project. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequisite: advanced standing and prior approval of the problem by the supervising instructor.

EDKN 4334  Research Proj in Exerc Sci  3 SCH  (3-0)  

An independent review of literature and a laboratory or field problem yielding a formal report on the research. Prerequisites: Kinesiology majors only, senior standing and prior approval of the problem by the supervising instructor.

EDKN 4336  Research in Sport Business  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Research design, data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation in sport business. Students are required to complete a practical sport business research project of publication quality. Prerequisite: EDKN 3345.

EDKN 4342  Motor Skills Special Populatns  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Practical considerations for conducting kinesiology programs for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Legal entitlements, integrating persons with disabilities, conducting individualized instruction, physical fitness programs, and use of motor skills for transitional living. Prerequisites: EDKN 3320 and junior standing.

EDKN 4345  Sport Economics and Finance  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Cases from facility construction, marketing, sport law and sponsorship illustrating the integral role of economics and finances in the daily administration of the sport organization. How the disbursement, receipt and use of money can catalyze growth in the sport industry. Prerequisite: junior standing.

EDKN 4350  Sport Event and Facility Mgmt  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating sport events. Planning and management of major sport facilities. Emphasis on the experience of the sport event or facility's customer and/or participant. Prerequisite: junior standing.

EDKN 4352  Psychology of Injury  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Psychosocial factors involved in injury prevention, pain, and the rehabilitation process. Relevant theory, research, and practical applications will be discussed. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 and junior standing.

EDKN 4353  Psychology for Sports Coaches  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Understanding and applying psychological principles as they relate to sports coaching and athletic performance. Prerequisites: EDKN 3352, PSYC 2301, and junior standing.

EDKN 4401  Exercise Test and Prescription  4 SCH  (3-1)  

Design and implementation of exercise programs for healthy and special populations based upon appropriate screening and evaluation procedures. Laboratory required. Prerequisites: EDKN 3436 and senior standing.

EDKN 4432  Adv. Orthopaedic Evaluation I  4 SCH  (3-1)  

Orthopaedic evaluation techniques and rehabilitation exercises for the lower body. Accepted techniques and rationale from the literature and development of a solid base of skills. Theory and principles of therapeutic exercises. Prerequisites: BIOL 2402 and EDKN 2322; and instructor consent.

EDKN 4433  Adv Orthopaedic Evaluation II  4 SCH  (3-1)  

Orthopaedic evaluation techniques and rehabilitation exercises for the upper body. Accepted techniques and rationale from the literature and development of a solid base of skills. Theory and principles of therapeutic exercises. Prerequisites: EDKN 4432 and instructor consent.