Applied Kinesiology

Department Chair: Diane Burr,, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Sarah Milner,, (701) 845-7162
Department Office: 149 Gaukler Wellness Center, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The Applied Kinesiology concentration is designed for the student who is interested in attaining positions in non-teaching physical education, health education and other fitness related fields. The program is housed in the new state-of-the-art VCSU Health, Wellness and Physical Education Center. Students enrolled in the program will develop an understanding of the various components of health and fitness related services by providing students with field experiences where they will be mentored by professionals from their chosen field. 

The program of study aims to develop an understanding of the concepts and theories of sport activities, along with health and wellness behaviors of the general public. Students will acquire the skills needed to develop and/or assist other health and fitness professionals in publicly or privately owned and operated businesses in the community.


The Exercise Science Club provides students in the fitness, exercise science, and wellness fields opportunities to discuss current topics in the profession and provide community outreach programs. 

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 1
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

 Major Requirement

Required Courses
HPER 109Exercise Techniques and Program Design3
HPER 206Fundamentals of Teaching Health and Physical Education3
HPER 207Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
HPER 208Introduction to Physical Education3
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 212Introduction to Stress Management2
HPER 220Practical Application of Fitness Education3
HPER 258Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 259Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance3
HPER 285Introduction to Adapted Physical Education3
HPER 300Drug Education and Information3
HPER 309Sport Nutrition Concepts3
HPER 314Activities for the Physical Educator3
HPER 315Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases3
HPER 325Instructional Methods in the Elementary Physical Education Classroom3
HPER 350Sport Ethics2
HPER 380Human Sexuality3
HPER 388Outdoor Pursuits for the Physical Educator2
HPER 400Current Issues in Community Health3
HPER 410Organization and Adminstration of Physical Education and Sport3
Total Credits54

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 54 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2Art & Music3
MATH 104, 107, or 210 (Gen Ed)3HPER 2063
Technology (Gen Ed)3Lab Science 4
UNIV 1501Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
 12 16
Second Year
HPER 1093HPER 2083
HPER 2072HPER 2203
HPER 2122HPER 2593
HPER 2583Literacy3
HPER 2853Social Science (Gen Ed)3
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3 
 16 15
Third Year
HPER 3003HPER 2101
HPER 3253HPER 2153
HPER 3502HPER 3093
HPER 3803HPER 3143
Lab Science4HPER 3882
 15 16-17
Fourth Year
Electives9Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2-3
HPER 4003Directed Elective9
HPER 4103HPER 3153
 15 14-15
Total Credits 119-121

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to use content principles in practical applications concerning aspects of fitness and/or wellness.
  2. Students will be able to related evolving patterns in the American Society and the need for physical activities.
  3. Students will be able to articulate and defend personal perspectives as related to sport.