2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Kinesiology

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  • To provide students the opportunity to participate in a program designed to aid in the development of physical efficiency, healthful living, social cooperation and individual activity for the enjoyable and intelligent use of leisure time;
  • To introduce students to the potential benefits of a stimulating systematic exercise program;
  • To prepare students for careers in teaching, coaching, therapeutic science, athletic training, and recreation-oriented community service programs.

Tradition of Excellence

The Department of Kinesiology offers students many unique opportunities. Students participate with experienced and nationally recognized professors in a dynamic, hands-on educational experience. The faculty gives the students a deep insight into the area of sport and physical education, making the program perfect for a variety of interests. In addition, the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is nationally accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE). As part of the educational program, students participate in practical laboratory and internship programs, observation and participation in hospitals and physical therapy centers, observation of surgery and special lecture series with medical doctors and other medical experts.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Department of Kinesiology are prepared for a variety of opportunities that await them after leaving PLNU. Many students go on to graduate schools in physical therapy, athletic training, physician assistant, exercise physiology and medical school. Other students become teachers and/or coaches. Still others go on to work as program directors at hospitals and sports clinics. With the experiences and education found at PLNU, the opportunities in fields related to Kinesiology become reality.


Arnel Aguinaldo, Ph.D.c
Concordia University Chicago

Brent Alvar, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Ted Anderson, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Jerry Arvin, M.S.
Butler University

Nicole Cosby, Ph.D.
University of Virginia

Ann Davis, M.Ed.
National University

Susan Ganz, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico

Jacob Goodin, Ph.D.
Eastern Tennessee State University

Richard Hills, M.A.
San Diego State University

Heidi Lynch, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Jessica Matthews, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Brandon Sawyer, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Arizona State University

Jeff Sullivan, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Oregon State University



    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.


      Athletic TrainingExercise and Sport ScienceKinesiologyPhysical Education

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