Applied exercise and health option added to kinesiology major

September 09, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Department of Kinesiology has added a new option to its bachelor of science degree in kinesiology that provides students opportunities for applied training in foundations and scientific understanding of exercise and health through the lifespan. This option also better aligns the program with the future of the field.

The applied exercise and health (AEH) option, which became available this semester, uses an interdisciplinary approach throughout its curriculum. It prepares students to work in private and corporate fitness arenas, community-based fitness organizations, and university and hospital settings. It can also prepare students to pursue teaching certification in Pennsylvania for health and physical education (K-12) teaching positions at public or private schools.

The new option is a result of the department’s effort to redefine and evolve its program as the kinesiology field, as well as certification and training requirements, continue to develop, according to Danielle Downs, professor of kinesiology and professor-in-charge of the kinesiology undergraduate program.

In the option, students identify one of two areas of emphasis that are certification-based and practice-oriented:

  • Courses and practical experiences that prepare students to go on to achieve certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Courses and student teaching experiences that prepare students to go on to pursue teacher certification in health and physical education.

“The AEH option positions us ahead of the field,” Downs said. “It prepares students for the ever-evolving kinesiology industry by leading the way for a variety of careers in health, fitness and education. We are excited about this new option and believe our students will be highly successful in the field.”

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Last Updated September 09, 2016