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: Charles Nix, (409) 880-2226, charles.nix@lamar.edu, HHPA 212

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, jdboatwrigh@lamar.edu HHPA 103

Faculty

Professor: Doug Boatwright, Rick Carter, Barbara Hernandez

Associate Professor: Julio Morales, Charles Nix,  George Strickland

Assistant Professor: Mihae Bae, Dan Chilek, Yunsuk Koh, Israel Msengi

Visiting Assistant Professor: Clementine Msengi

The Department of Health and Kinesiology provides several career options for students. Two teacher education certification programs are offered: Health and 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.

All university students are required to complete a minimum of one credit hour of physical education general activity (PEGA) in order to satisfy the university core curriculum requirements. Note: KINA classes will not satisfy the university physical education general activity program credit hour requirement. The physical education general activity program is designed to develop life-long activity skills, as well as enhance the general education objectives of the university.

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Teacher Certification) – 120 hrs
Bachelor of Science in Health (Teacher Certification) – 124 hrs
Bachelor of Science in Health (Non-Certification Community Health) – 121 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 health program of study offers two options for a career in health education. The Health Teacher Education Program leads to certification to teach EC-12 Health plus an approved additional teaching field at the secondary level. 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, 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 in the non-certification program are required to complete an internship, while student teaching is required in the certification program.

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) - 33 semester hours,
  2. the required block of professional development courses (PEDG) - 24 semester hours, and
  3. the required block of professional activity courses (KINA) -18 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, 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 3310, 3320, 3380, 4340 and 4630 and PEDG 2310. A student must be admitted to the College of Education and Human Development’s teacher education program 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, and KINA 3390. 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 prepares the student for a career in corporate or community fitness, personal training, physical therapy, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and athletic training. The course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree encompasses several areas:

  1. the required block of professional theory courses (HLTH & KINT),
  2. the required block of physical activity courses (KINA 2378 and PEGA)
  3. the block of courses from a chosen emphasis area (management, clinical, laboratory sciences, nutrition, community and private recreation, or athletic training.)

A student must have successfully completed 45 semester credit hours to include the English, Math, and Laboratory Sciences General Education Requirements in addition to KINA 2378 (Applied Fitness Concepts) and KINT 2371 (Functional Anatomy and Physiology) before enrolling in the 3000- and 4000-level ESFM professional courses. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of the professional theory (KINT & HLTH) and activity (KINA & PEGA) 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. Students who wish to enter Teacher Certification programs, the Community Health program, or the Exercise Science and Fitness Management program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology must have a minimum 2.5 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 3
MATH 1314 AND ABOVE 6 POLS 2301-2302 6
HIST 1301-1302 6 BIOL 2401-2402 8
KINT 1301 3 COMM/MOD LANG 3
HLTH 1370 3 KINA 2378 3
KINA 1370 2 HLTH 1306 3
PHIL 1370 3 PEDG 2310 3
PEGA 1 KINA Elective 3
FINE ARTS 3
Third Year Fourth Year
KINT 3320 3 KINT 4360 3
KINT 3350 3 KINT 4330 3
KINT 3371 3 READ 3326 3
KINA 3390 3 PEDG 3380 3
KINT 3330 3 PEDG 4340 3
KINT 3315 3 PEDG 4630 6
SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
KINA Electives 6
PEDG 3310 3 21
PEDG 3320 3
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Bachelor of Science – Health Teacher Certification Program

EC-12 Certification – Total Min. Hours: 120

First Year Second Year
ENGL 1301-1302 6 ENGL LIT 3
MATH 1314 3 POLS 2301-2302 6
MATH 1342 OR PSYC 2317 3 HIST 1301-1302 6
BIOL 2401-2402 8 SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
HLTH 1370 3 FCSC 1322 3
PEGA 1 HLTH 2374 3
PHIL 1370 3 FINE ARTS 3
HLTH 1373 3 ENGL 3310 3
COMMUNICATION 3 SPED 2310 3
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Third Year Fourth Year
HLTH 3372 3 HLTH 4340 3
PEDG 3310 3 HLTH 4372 3
PEDG 3320 3 PEDG 4340 3
READ 3326 3 HLTH 4380 3
HLTH 3370 3 PEDG 4630 Student Teaching 6
PEDG 3380 3
HLTH 3360 3 18
HLTH 3378 3
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Supplementary Teaching Area 12

Bachelor of Science – Health

Non-Certification Community Health Program – Total Min. Hours:121

First Year Second Year
ENGL 1301-1302 6 ENGL LIT 3
MATH 1314 3 POLS 2301-2302 6
MATH 1342 OR PSYC 2317 3 HIST 1301-1302 6
BIOL 2401-2402 8 SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
HLTH 1370 3 KINA 2378 3
PEGA 1 FCSC 1322 3
PHIL 1370 3 HLTH 2374 3
HLTH 1373 3 FINE ARTS 3
30 30
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 4660 Internship 6
22 24
Electives:
Related HLTH Courses 12
3000 or 4000 level from a combination
of the following courses:
SOCI 3306; KINT 3330; FCSC 3320;
ECON 1301; MGMT 3310; SPAN 1311,
1312, 2311, & 2312, and GEOL 3390

Bachelor of Science – Exercise Science & Fitness Management – Total Min. Hours: 120

First Year Second Year
ENGL 1301-1302 6 ENGL LIT 3
MATH 1314 3 POLS 2301-2302 6
MATH 1342 OR PSYC 2317 3 PHIL 1370 3
HLTH 1370 3 SOCIAL SCIENCE 3
PEGA 1 BIOL 2401-2402 8
HIST 1301-1302 3 PEGA 2
KINT 1301 3 FCSC 1322 3
FINE ARTS 3 KINA 2378 3
COMM 3
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Third Year Fourth Year
HLTH 3360 3 KINT 3380 3
ENGL 3310 3 KINT 4350 3
KINT 3315 3 KINT 4355 3
KINT 3330 3 KINT 4630 6
KINT 3130 1
KINT 3340 3
Emphasis Area 6 Emphasis Area 6
KINT 3352 3 Electives 6
Personal Fitness Track
KINT 3310 3
KINT 3322 3 27
Clinical Ecercise Track 3
KINT 3342

KINT 3344 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.
  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.