Suggested Course Sequence
The Kinesiology Department offers five (5) undergraduate majors. The documents below list the suggested course sequence for each semester at SUNY Cortland.
Athletic Training [ATR]
The Kinesiology Department offers the Athletic training undergraduate program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The program is formally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Students admitted to SUNY Cortland will be advised into coursework appropriate to the degree. However, to remain in the program and qualify for the clinical experience, students must complete an internal application review by the selection committee which takes place during the fall of each semester.
At the completion of the program, students are eligible for the Board of Certification Examination. The program is also recognized by the New York State Education Department for Registration as a license-qualifying program for professional purposes.
Additional information regarding the Program mission, objectives, the selection process and the technical standards which establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the program are available at www.cortland.edu/kin/ or from the athletic training program director.
- Candidates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
- Candidates must have a minimum grade of C- in all professional course work.
- Candidates must earn a minimum grade of B- in ATR 221 and corresponding laboratory.
- Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in the courses used to calculate the major grade point average as defined on the Curriculum Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) report.
- Candidates must show proof of current certification (most current national guidelines) in the following emergency skills at the time of application: First Aid, Adult, Child and Infant CPR (including two-person CPR, pocket mask and bag valve mask skills), and AED Essentials. Students must complete the certification through either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. The Athletic Training program will not accept an on-line CPR/AED certification.
- Candidates must complete 75 hours of directed clinical observation.
- Candidates for the program must complete the internal application form, attaching a transcript (transfer students only) of courses completed, and a statement of related experiences and future goals.
- Three recommendations from faculty members at Cortland or prior college and/or high school faculty/staff should be attached.
- Students will verify that they understand the health requirements and the technical standards necessary for selection into the program.
- A selection committee will evaluate the applications, evaluate the clinical abilities of the students, screen and interview students to determine acceptance into the program. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision, which will be final for that year. Students may reapply the following year.
- Applications will be reviewed at the end of the fall semester.
- Prospective candidates must be aware that, upon acceptance into the athletic training program, there will be additional costs associated with items such as professional memberships, uniforms, liability insurance, travel, etc.
The Kinesiology Department, which offers the major in coaching, provides the academic preparation to those students wanting a career in the coaching profession.
Academic content includes study in the key sports science disciplines described by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's (NASPE) domains of coaching effectiveness, which stress the understanding of established principles in the relevant sport science areas.
The major in coaching contains a unique sequence of subjects that focus on the theory and practice of coaching and provides students with an experiential learning component with a coaching internship.Program Details for Coaching [CCH]
Exercise Science [EXSC]
The Kinesiology Department offers the major in exercise science, which is a course of study that prepares students to rigorously apply the scientific method of discovery, analysis and research to a wide range of areas associated with human movement. Exercise science is concerned with how and why the human body responds to physical activity.
There are two primary areas of inquiry where exercise scientists focus their attention:
- health-related aspects of physical activity, and
- sports performance.
In regard to health-related aspects of physical activity, exercise scientists have studied how exercise benefits health. The study of sports performance by exercise scientists involves diverse areas, which can include the growth and development of athletes, nutritional needs of athletes, and movement analysis.Program Details for Exercise Science [EXSC]
Exercise Science Minor [EXSC]
Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
The minor in exercise science allows students an in-depth study of exercise science and human movement. The total number of credit hours for this minor is 38-42.Program Details for Exercise Science Minor [EXSC]
Fitness Development [FIT]
This program in the Kinesiology Department provides a theoretical and practical knowledge base for students who are interested in careers in health/fitness settings. Students in this program have the opportunity to prepare for careers in fitness management, health promotion and other wellness-related programs.
This program can lead to certification as a health/fitness instructor, personal trainer, and/or certified strength and conditioning specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The program is formally recognized by the NSCA.Program Details for Fitness Development [FIT]
Students selecting this major in the Kinesiology Department will earn a B.S. in kinesiology and complete a concentration in either exercise science, sport studies or coaching.
Exercise science is concerned with how and why the human body responds to physical activity. There are two primary areas of inquiry where exercise scientists focus their attention: health-related aspects of physical activity and sports performance.
In regard to health-related aspects of physical activity, exercise scientists have studied how exercise benefits health. The study of sports performance by exercise scientists involves diverse areas, which can include the growth and development of athletes, nutritional needs of athletes and movement analysis.
Sport studies is the liberal arts and sciences approach to studying human movement through the humanities and social science subdisciplines of the field. The humanities subdisciplines include sport history and sport philosophy and can be expanded to include sport art, sport communication and journalism, sport literature and sport law. The social science subdisciplines include sport psychology and sport sociology.
The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in coaching provides the academic preparation for those students wanting a career in the coaching profession. Academic content includes study in key sports science disciplines described by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) domains of coaching effectiveness. This 39 credit hour concentration contains a unique sequence of subjects that focus on theory and practice of coaching. It also provides students with an experiential learning component with a coaching internship.
Program objectives are established to make students aware of the multiplicity of the demands involved in coaching and the important role that coaches have in society. Through this program, students will gain the knowledge and expertise to become successful coaches on several levels including sports programs in junior high or high school, college and at the international level.
Sport Studies [SPST]
The Kinesiology Department offers the major in sport studies which provides a liberal arts and sciences approach to studying human movement through the humanities and social science sub-disciplines of the field. The humanities sub disciplines include sport history and sport philosophy, and can be expanded to include sport art, sport communication and journalism, sport literature, and sport law. The social science sub-disciplines include sport psychology and sport sociology.Program Details for Sport Studies [SPST]