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- 80 hours of hands-on training
- Generous credit transfer to finish faster
- Next Start Date
- March 9
- Est. Program Length
- 2-4 years
- Course Length
- 8 weeks
- Cost per Credit
- Credit Hours
- Credits Accepted
*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $541.19 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $7.50 will apply for all students.Request Info
Get Moving on Your Kinesiology Career
At East Central University Online, the online Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program is designed to prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career that helps others feel their best. Featuring a comprehensive curriculum applicable to all students with an interest in human movement, our online kinesiology degree gives you the skills you need to increase your earning potential and build your career.
Topics of Study
The online kinesiology degree program is designed to give you a solid professional foundation in the field. You’ll study key topics like:
- Sports nutrition
- First aid
- Coaching theory
- Sports administration
- Athletic injuries and prevention
- Motor learning
- Strength and conditioning
- Psychology of sports
- Health promotion
- Adapted physical education
Because our bachelor’s in kinesiology program is offered fully online, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your degree without sacrificing work or life commitments. Study when and where it’s right for you. In addition, our generous credit transfer policy means you’ll be able to finish your degree faster. Our partnerships with local community colleges allow you to take advantage of previously earned credits and save money while earning the degree you need to get ahead.
Courses & Requirements
Our online kinesiology degree requires a total of 124 credit hours. Students must take 44 credit hours in general education, 57 major credit hours and 23 elective credit hours.
ECU requires all students to take general education courses. For this program, 2 credit hours (KIN 2122) are counted in the major.
42 additional credit hours are needed.
- KIN 1963
- KIN 2223
- KIN 2273
- KIN 2413
- KIN 2433
- KIN 2713
- KIN 3233
- KIN 3303
- KIN 3353
- KIN 3563
- KIN 3613
- KIN 3723
- KIN 3733
- KIN 3883
- KIN 4153
- KIN 4223
- KIN 4283
- KIN 4593
- KIN 4623
Intro to Kinesiology
An orientation course designed to acquaint majors and minors with the origin, scope, development and purpose of the Kinesiology discipline. The course will provide knowledge concerning future directions and career possibilities.
This course examines the role of nutrition as it relates to athletes and others involved in active lifestyles. Specifically, nutrition is examined as it relates to athletic performance, disease prevention/treatment and various sport-specific nutritional requirements and special populations.
Immediate and temporary treatment for accidental injuries, sudden illness, traumatic shock and thermal burns. Major emphasis is placed on CPR, artificial respiration, transporting injured persons from one location to another, immobilization of suspected fractures and poison control. Also included, mental health considerations as related to sickness, injury and stress management.
Study of the structure of the human body with limited physiological applications for each anatomical system. Special emphasis is placed on the anatomical systems contributing to movement and energy production.
Theory of Coaching
Study of the techniques of coaching modern-day sports.
Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Basic instruction is given in the care, prevention, assessment and management of common injuries and illnesses. Additional medical concerns are addressed as they relate to athletic participation. This includes topics such as illness, disease, legal issues, etc. This course serves as an overview and introduction to basic athletic training principles.
Adapted Physical Education
A class to prepare physical education majors in planning activities and physical education programs for handicapped students. It includes characteristics of different handicapping conditions and suggestions for corrective therapy.
Fundamentals of Sports Administration
Introduction to the concepts, aspects and philosophies of managing sport, fitness and Recreational organizations.
Research and Evaluation of Kinesiology
This course is designed to provide an understanding in the processes of selection, administration and interpretation of assessment instruments as they relate to Kinesiology.
Basic introduction to the principles of health promotion. Specific topics will include disease prevention, risk reduction, wellness, risk appraisal and risk reduction, behavior change theories, program planning and management, holistic health/wellness and others.
An exploration of learning theory as it relates to movement skills; the interaction of cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning domains; the application of learning theories to the skills of physical education, recreation and athletics.
Scientific study of human movement; analysis of fundamental movements and the mechanical principles that apply to human motion; application to teaching movement skills.
Physiology of Exercise
A general study of the bioenergetics of muscular work; neuromuscular structure function and control; cardiorespiratory function and control; physical training; and, nutrition and exercise performance.
Legal Aspects of Kinesiology
Explores the law and how it impacts the field of kinesiology. Examination of topics includes the American legal system, individual courses of action, legal issues commonly found within kinesiology, understanding the concepts of ethics, negligence and risk management strategies to reduce legal liability.
Organization & Administration
An overview to prepare the student for roles and responsibilities of administration including basic management principles, personnel and budget.
Strength & Conditioning
Students will learn principles of designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for clients ranging from the physically active to the competitive athlete. Students will gain knowledge, expertise and specific techniques characteristic of safe and effective strength and conditioning programs. Emphasis will be placed on programming needs of individuals across gender, age and physical fitness status.
A structured practical experience in exercise science, recreation or athletic training. The assignment will be under the supervision of a Kinesiology department faculty member.
Psychology of Sports
This course examines psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. The course is designed to introduce students to the field of sport and exercise psychology by providing a broad overview of the major topics in the area.
Exercise Testing & Prescription
This course reviews the established link between fitness and health. Skills and concepts are taught that enable the learner to choose and perform appropriate physical assessments for the four primary areas of fitness and prescribe appropriate exercise regimens based on the results and knowledge of the needs of various populations.
Students must take 40 upper-level credit hours. There are 36 upper-level credit hours built into the kinesiology degree, therefore students must take 4 upper-level elective credit hours to meet the requirement. It is recommended that students take courses and/or complete a minor from courses within biology, business, chemistry, education, psychology, physics or sociology.
To be accepted into the ECU Online B.S. in Kinesiology program you must meet the following criteria:
- All transfer students must have completed at least 24 college credits with a retention grade-point average of 2.0 or higher to meet the transfer admissions criteria. Transfer students with fewer than 24 college credit hours will be required to submit their high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores for consideration.
How to Apply
To apply, you must submit the following materials:
- Online application
- Official high school transcript or college transcript from an accredited institution
- ACT/SAT scores
Have a question about this program or the admission process? Request a digital brochure and get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors.
Costs & Financial Aid
Tuition & Fees
|Tuition||124 credit hours||$264.25*||$32,767.00|
|Total with transfer credits (up to 94)**||$7,927.50|
*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $541.19 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $7.50 will apply for all students.
**Note: Transfer students must have completed at least 24 credit hours.
Fees and tuition subject to change.
At ECU Online, we strive to ensure your education is as affordable as possible. Learn more about your options for financing your education by visiting our Financial Aid page.View Financial Aid
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Kinesiology is a wide-ranging field that can lead you to numerous exciting professions in athletics, healthcare, recreation and more. Below are just a few of the many options available to you after completing the bachelor’s in kinesiology online degree program.
Athletic trainers are medical professionals who specifically work with athletes. They may be employed by universities or professional sports teams and may be charged with preventing and treating injuries, helping with rehabilitation activities, providing medical advice for lifestyle changes and other related responsibilities.
Average annual salary: $41,247
Personal trainers work 1-on-1 with clients to help them increase their physical abilities and improve their level of fitness. They are charged with designing training programs, evaluating progress, ensuring client safety and related duties.
Average annual salary: $37,604
Fitness and Wellness Director
Fitness and wellness directors are responsible for overseeing fitness programming for their organizations. They may be responsible for managing daily operations in fitness centers, hiring staff, designing fitness programs for clients and related duties.
Average annual salary: $51,252
Recreation directors are responsible for managing all aspects of a recreational facility. They may be required to hire and supervise staff, develop and implement programming, supervise events and other related tasks.
Average annual salary: $49,668
All information cited from PayScale.
Kinesiology graduates may work in a variety of areas, including exercise science, sports management, sports and exercise psychology, occupational therapy, athletic training, medicine and more. Employers may include health clubs, hospital-based wellness programs, sports medicine clinics or recreational facilities. They may also work with special populations, such as those with disabilities or senior citizens. Learn more about specialized careers in kinesiology.
Kinesiology is the study of physical activity, as well as its impact on private and public health. The field combines a variety of study areas, including human biochemistry, neuroscience, biomechanics, physiology, psychology and sociology. The aim of the field is to promote wellness and encourage health. Learn more about the basics of kinesiology.
Kinesiology focuses on the mechanics of movement. This includes how the body functions, performs and how its movement impacts the overall health of individuals. Exercise science can be considered a sub-field of kinesiology. In particular, it focuses on how the body responds to physical activity and how it changes as a result of exercise. Learn more about the differences between kinesiology and exercise science.