Department of Health and Kinesiology

Location: 101 Health & Human Performance Complex A, Phone: (409) 880-8724

Chair: J. Douglas Boatwright

Degree Coordinators:

Exercise Science: Dan Chilek, (409) 880-8090, drchilek@my.lamar.edu , HHPA 106C
Health
: Israel Msengi, (409) 880-8716, igmsengi@my.lamar.edu, HHPA 211
Kinesiology: Kim Gauthreaux, (409) 880-8006, kdtallent@lamar.edu, HHPA 207

M.S. in Health Promotion: Barbara Hernandez, (409) 880-7725, barbara.hernandez@lamar.edu HHPA 218
M.S. in Kinesiology: Doug Boatwright, (409) 880-8700, doug.boawright@lamar.edu HHPA 101

Faculty

Professor: Doug Boatwright, Rick Carter, Barbara Hernandez

Associate Professor: Julio Morales, Phapual Joshi,  George Strickland

Assistant Professor: Mihae Bae, Dan Chilek, Israel Msengi

Visiting Instructors: Deidre Holland, Shannon Jordan

Clinical Instructors: Kim Gauthreaux, Jeanne Mullican

The Department of Health and Kinesiology provides several career options for students. Teacher education certification program is offered: Kinesiology. Two programs of study in Exercise Science  and Fitness Management and in Community Health are available for careers in public and private agencies. Undergraduate programs lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in Health or Kinesiology and the graduate programs in Health or Kinesiology lead to a Master of Science degree.

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Teacher Certification) – 120 hrs
Bachelor of Science in Health (Non-Certification Community Health) – 120 hrs
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Fitness Management – 120 hrs

Graduate

Master of Science in Health Promotion – 30 hrs. Thesis option or 36 hrs. non-thesis option

Master of Science in Kinesiology – 30 hrs. Thesis option or 36 hrs. non-thesis option

Health

The Community Health program is a non-teacher certification program that prepares students for a career in public, government, non-profit, and private health agencies. A student must have completed the General Education Requirements, including English, Math, Biology (C or better), Political Science and History, prior to enrolling in the 3000- and 4000-level health professional courses. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of the health professional courses. There are prerequisites for most 3000- and 4000-level health professional courses. Students are required to complete an internship.

Kinesiology

The Kinesiology program of study prepares the student for a teaching career in Kinesiology. The Kinesiology teacher education program leads to EC-12 Physical Education Certification. The course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification in Kinesiology encompasses three areas of work:

  1. the required block of professional theory courses (HLTH & KINT) - 38 semester hours,
  2. the required block of professional development courses (PEDG) - 21 semester hours, and
  3. the required block of professional activity courses and electives (KINA) -19 semester hours.

A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of the kinesiology professional theory courses (HLTH & KINT) and in the professional activity courses (KINA). A student must have completed the English, Math, Biology (C or better), Political Science, and History General Education Requirements prior to enrolling in the 3000- and 4000-level professional theory courses (KINT). For teacher certification in Health and Kinesiology, the required blocks of professional development courses are READ 3326, PEDG 3300, 3380, 4340 and 4630 and PEDG 2310. A student must be admitted to the College of Education and Human Development’s teacher education program with a GPA of 2.75 before enrolling in professional development courses (PEDG 2310 is taken prior to admission into the teacher education program). The required blocks of professional activity courses are KINA 1370, KINA 2378, KINA 3390, and PEGA 1176. Nine additional hours must be selected from KINA 2370, 2371, 2372, or 2373.

Exercise Science and Fitness Management (ESFM)

The Exercise Science and Fitness Management program of study has two professional track options; personal fitness and clinical exercise (pre-professional program).  The personal fitness track serves to prepare the student for a career in a variety of corporate fitness and wellness settings. The clinical exercise track serves as a pre-professional program for clinical graduate programs in Physical or Occupational Therapy, Medicine or Physician Assistant programs.  The course of study leading to the baccalaureate degree encompasses several areas:

  1.         the required block of professional courses to include six hours of course work in either the clinical or personal fitness track ( KINT, HLTH & FCSC) – 58 hours.
  2.        the block of emphasis area courses from either personal fitness  (management , nutrition, community wellness or athletic training) or clinical (pre- requisites course work for clinical graduate programs). - 12 hours.

A student must have junior status and have successful completed Biology 2401 and 2402 (Anatomy and Physiology I & II), KINA 2378 (Applied Fitness Concepts), ENGL 3310 (Technical Writing) and KINT 3330 (Exercise Physiology) prior to enrolling in 3345 or higher level courses.  A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of the pre-professional and professional theory courses.

Entrance Requirements for all Majors

  1. Entering freshmen who meet the university’s general entrance requirements may be admitted to the Department of Health and Kinesiology.
  2. Transfer students who wish to enter the Community Health program must have a minimum 2.0 GPA on all work attempted.
  3. Transfer students who wish to enter the Exercise Science and Fitness Management program must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on all work attempted.
  4. Transfer students who wish to enter Teacher Certification programs must have a minimum 2.75 GPA on all work attempted.

Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology

Teacher Certification Program EC-12 Certification – Total Min. Hours: 120


First Year Second Year
ENGL 1301-1302 6 ENGL LIT/PHIL 3
MATH 1314  3 POLS 2301-2302 6
HIST 1301-1302 6 BIOL 2401-2402 8
KINT 1301 3 SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
HLTH 1370 3 KINA 2378 3
KINA 1370 2 HLTH 1306 3
COMM 3 PEDG 2310 3
MATH 1342/PSYC 2317 3 KINA Elective 3
FINE ARTS 3 FCSC 1322 3
36 35
Third Year Fourth Year
KINT 3320 3 KINT 4360 3
KINT 3350 3 KINT 4330 3
KINT 3370 3 READ 3326 3
KINA 3390 3 PEDG 3380 3
KINT 3330 3 PEDG 4340 3
KINT 3315 3 PEDG 4630 6
PEGA 1
KINA Electives 6
PEDG 3300 3 21
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Bachelor of Science – Health

Non-Certification Community Health Program – Total Min. Hours:120

First Year Second Year
ENGL 1301-1302 6 ENGL LIT/PHIL 1370 3
MATH 1314 3 POLS 2301-2302 6
MATH 1342 OR PSYC 2317 3 COMM 6
HIST 1301-1302 6 FCSC 1322 3
HLTH 1370 3 HLTH 2374 3
FINE ARTS 3 BIOL 2401-BIOL 2402 8
HLTH 1373 3 SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
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Third Year Fourth Year
BIOL 2420 4 HLTH 4309 3
HLTH 3337 3 HLTH 4340 3
HLTH 3360 3 HLTH 4360 3
HLTH 3370 3 HLTH 4370 3
HLTH 3378 3 HLTH 4372 3
HLTH 3372 3 HLTH 4380 3
ENGL 3310 3 HLTH 4342 3
KINT 3370 3 HLTH 4660-Internship 6
25 Electives: 12
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Bachelor of Science – Exercise Science & Fitness Management – Total Min. Hours: 120

First Year Second Year
ENGL 1301-1302 6 ENGL LIT/PHIL 1370 3
MATH 1314 3 POLS 2301-2302 6
MATH 1342 OR PSYC 2317 3 BIOL 2401-2402 8
HLTH 1370 3 SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
HIST 1301-1302 6 FCSC 1322 3
KINT 1301 3 KINA 2378 3
FINE ARTS 3 ENGL 3310 3
COMM 3
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Third Year Fourth Year
KINT 3315 3 KINT 3345 3
KINT 3130 3 KINT 3380 3
KINT 3330 3 KINT 4350 3
KINT 4315 3 KINT 4355 3
KINT 4323 1 KINT 4630 6
KINT 4342 3
HLTH 3360 3 Emphasis Area 6
Emphasis Area 6 Electives 6
Personal Fitness Track
KINT 3310 3 30
KINT 3322 3
Clinical Exercise Track
KINT 3342 3
KINT 3363 3

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Athletic Training Specialization

Licensure by the State of Texas as an Athletic Trainer is available through meeting the following requirements:

  1. Admission to the Athletic Training Internship Program at Lamar University.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 1800 clock hours during a period of at least five academic semesters prior to graduation.
  3. Completion of an undergraduate degree in addition to certain course requirements.
  4. Successful completion of Texas Department of State Health Services Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers licensure examination.

Graduate Program

The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers two programs of study leading to the Master of Science degree.

M.S. in Health Promotion: This online degree program is an in-depth examination of community health theory, research, and practice in health promotion program assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Program topics include current issues, epidemiology, behavior, and psychosocial and socioeconomic factors and determinants influencing health status.

M.S. in Kinesiology: The program is designed to enhance the professional competence of graduates in exercise science, sport studies and related kinesiology fields of study. Primary focus is placed upon advance knowledge and research in pedagogy, sport, and exercise issues.

Admission

  1. Candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Health Promotion or Kinesiology must meet all the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies.
  2. Candidates must also have a 2.5 or greater GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree program.
  3. Candidates must meet the admission formula requirement: (GPA * 50) + (GRE) = 428 or greater, and a verbal score of 146 or greater on the GRE.
  4. Candidates must satisfy the necessary undergraduate prerequisites as prescribed for a particular area of specialization.

Degree Requirements

M.S. in Health Promotion
  1. Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Health Promotion must meet all of the College of Graduate Studies general degree requirements.
  2. Twenty-one semester hours of required curriculum core courses.
  3. Three to nine semester hours of Health Promotion elective courses.
  4. Six semester hours of Thesis or Professional Courses.
    1. Completion of degree option:
      1. Thesis – (30 hours) to include 24 hours of course work and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis.
      2. Non-Thesis – (36 hours) to include a minimum of 36 hours of course work.
M.S. in Kinesiology
  1. Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology must meet all of the College of Graduate Studies general degree requirements.
  2. Fifteen semester hours of required curriculum core courses.
  3. Nine semester hours of Exercise Science or Sport Studies track courses.
  4. Six semester hours of Thesis or 12 additional hours of research and/or track courses.
    1. Completion of degree option:
      1. Thesis – (30 hours) to include 24 hours of course work and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis.
      2. Non-Thesis – (36 hours) to include a minimum of 36 hours of course work.