NOTICE FOR STUDENTS INTENDING TO DECLARE A KINESIOLOGY MAJOR:  The current demand for the Kinesiology major far exceeds the human and physical capacities of the Kinesiology program. Starting February 5 2015, and lasting for one year, no students will be allowed to declare the Kinesiology pre-major. Prospective students should contact their Admissions Counselor by calling 360-650-3440. Students in need of advising regarding course and college major selection, in place of declaring the Kinesiology major, should contact Academic Advising Center at 360-650-3850. Students interested in health-related career and professional advising should contact Western’s Career Services Center at 360-650-3240.

General Information


Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Health Care Professions:
Dr. Gordon Chalmers
(360) 650-3113
Dr. Michelle Mielke
(360) 650-4227
Dr. Dave Suprak
(360) 650-2586,

Movement Studies:
Dr. Gordon Chalmers
(360) 650-3113
Dr. Dave Suprak
(360) 650-2586,

Health and Fitness Specialist:
Dr. Lorrie Brilla
(360) 650-3056,

Sport Psychology:
Dr. Linda Keeler
(360) 650-3514,

The Kinesiology Program provides concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological, and physiological perspectives. This program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry and can serve as a preparatory program for graduate or post-baccalaureate study in the areas of aging, auxology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health/fitness, motor control/learning, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, or similar allied health programs, and sport psychology. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, health education, and physics may be included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.

Program requirements for the five areas of concentration offered:

Kinesiology - Pre-Physical Therapy
Kinesiology - Pre-Health Care Professions
Kinesiology - Movement Studies
Kinesiology - Health and Fitness Specialist
Kinesiology - Sport Psychology


Program Overview

The Kinesiology Program consists of two years of coursework. These include required core coursework in the following areas of professional activities: exercise science foundations, psychosocial and historical foundations, and field experience. Additionally, all Kinesiology students are required to select and take coursework in one of the following five areas of specialization: Movement Studies, Health & Fitness Specialist, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Health Care Professions, or Sport Psychology. It is important to note that completion of coursework for the Pre-Physical Therapy and the Pre-Health Care Professions options may take more than two years. Generally, Kinesiology students begin taking coursework at the beginning of their junior year; however, earlier entry is possible with general university requirements (GURs) and Kinesiology requirements are taken concurrently. Careful planning is required if students are to complete their degree during a four-year period.

Please Note:

The Kinesiology major is in very high demand at Western. WWU students are strongly urged to declare the Kinesiology major early in order to be connected with a departmental advisor and to develop a plan of study. Once declared as a major, however, students are not assured access to courses offered in the Kinesiology major until they have accumulated a significant number of credits, allowing them to register when there is space open in the desired classes. It is often not until late in the junior year or at the start of the senior year that students can start the core classes required in the Kinesiology major due to its popularity. Some required and elective courses for the Kinesiology major that are offered in other departments can be taken prior to Kinesiology courses. Due to very high enrollment and limited state funding, the time to degree for a major in Kinesiology may be extended beyond the normal period. Please declare your major as early as possible, and seek advising early and often.

Admission to the program

Students may be advanced to major status by emailing or going to the main HHD office located in Carver 102 to speak with Sherena Geariety/Program Coordinator. She will assign you to a faculty advisor based on your area of study. After meeting with the advisor, you will be directed back to Sherena to fill out an official declaration form.

Internship & Field Experience

KIN 471 and 472 Internship Information

Internship manual - use this for general information on internships.

KIN 491 Field Experience Information

Field Experience Manual - use this for general information, and to provide information and evaluation forms to your agency supervisor.

Policy Regarding CPR and First Aid Certifications and Re-Certifications

Original certifications must be obtained through classes that contain a both a cognitive and hands-on practical assessment, no entirely online certifications will be accepted. Certification must also be from a professional organization that complies with the guidelines established by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and/or the American Heart Association. All re-certifications must include an in-person hands-on practical portion as well. Completely on-line certification or re-certification will not be accepted. The original signature of the instructor on the certification card indicating the completion of a practical portion will be required as evidence that the class was not online only class. Examples of organizations that provide this type of certification include the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and Medic First Aid however this list is not all inclusive.

First aid certification must be "standard" first aid.

CPR/AED certification must be for adults, although if student is working in an environment with children then child CPR is also advised.

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