Chair Person For Kinesiology: Dr. James A. Eldridge, EdD
Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. Eldridge received B.A. degrees in Physical Education and Biology from Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, TX (1986), his Master of Arts from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (1989), and his Ed.D. from the University of Houston, Houston, TX (1996).
Richard Lloyd, Ed.D. is the Program Director of the Athletic Trainer Education Program (ATEP). Dr. Lloyd has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training, a Master’s degree in Physical Education, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. He has been certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association as an athletic trainer since 1982 and has athletic training licenses in Texas and New Mexico. Dr. Lloyd served as an athletic trainer for ten years at the high school level and for seventeen years at the college level.
Nydia Cabra is the Head Athletic Trainer, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education from the University of Texas El Paso, and a Master’s of Science in Physical Education from Southwest Texas State University.
Degree plans are listed on the following pages according to the tracks of study within Athletic Training. First is the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with a Biology minor, and no certification. The second is the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with a Biology minor and teaching certification in Biology.
Speak to your advisor about your career plans and the degree you should pursue. More information about the Kinesiology Department and course offerings can be found in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology section of this catalog.
The Kinesiology Department is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. Two degrees are awarded within this department. One is a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization area in pre-professional physical education, sport studies or exercise science. The other degree is a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement. The discipline of kinesiology incorporates numerous sub-disciplines which assist in developing our understanding of human movement at work and at play. These sub-disciplines include exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, sociology of sport, motor control, motor learning, and motor development. Students majoring in Kinesiology have an opportunity to study human movement from all of these perspectives and thereby develop an understanding of how human movement affects and is affected by variables related to each sub-discipline.
Kinesiology is not a profession, but a body of knowledge applicable to many professions ranging from teaching to therapy. A major in Kinesiology is appropriate for students interested in elementary and/or secondary physical education teaching and coaching, adult fitness and wellness, youth sports, physical therapy, sport psychology, graduate study in Kinesiology, and medicine and allied health. Since coursework beyond the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology is frequently required for each of these interest areas, students are advised to discuss with their advisors their professional aspirations early in their degree programs at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Those students who wish to pursue a career in athletic training or sports medicine should read the description of the B.S. in Athletic Training, further in this section.
Regardless of students’ reasons for pursuing an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, they are required to take a series of major core courses and complete a minor in a discipline other than Kinesiology. In addition, all students are expected to demonstrate competence in a number of forms of movement (sport, dance, etc.). Interest in a particular sub-discipline or profession is reflected in the specialization area courses that students take. These specialization areas include (1) Pre-Professional Physical Education, (2) Exercise Science, and (3) Sport Studies. The culminating experience for all students is completion of an independent study and practicum experience. Through this experience, students have the opportunity to gain expertise and practical experience in a specific professional area. Students seeking a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology or a Bachelor of Athletic Training must pass each course taken for the major, the minor, and all prerequisites for the courses in the Kinesiology degree plans with a grade of C or better.
Kinesiology Common Course Requirements
Kinesiology majors, minors, and all students seeking teacher certification in physical education must complete either Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 3350 /BIOL 3151 , BIOL 3352 /BIOL 3153 for 8 credits) or Anatomy and Physiology for Kinesiology (KINE 2385 for 3 credits) in addition to the biology courses used to meet the general education requirements. Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 credits), which is often taught at the 2000-level course at the community colleges, will also satisfy this prerequisite requirement. Anatomy and Physiology are prerequisite to many courses in Kinesiology and should be taken early in the degree program. This course does not count towards the 40-hour Kinesiology major but does count in the 120 hour requirement.
Kinesiology majors must complete course requirements for one of three specialization areas: (1) pre-professional physical education, (2) exercise science, or (3) sport studies. The choice of specialization area is an important one. It should be strongly influenced by student’s career goals. It is important for the student to discuss each area with the academic advisor prior to completing a degree plan. Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisors for specific degree planning early in their academic careers and frequently throughout their tenure at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
Kinesiology majors are also required to complete a minor in an area other than Kinesiology. The choice of a minor should be discussed with your advisor.