Kinesiology

College of Education and Health Professions

 

Chair A Louise Fincher

 

Web www.uta.edu/coehp/kinesiology/ms/

Email ricard@uta.edu

Phone 817.272.3288

Fax 817.272.3233

 

147 Maverick Activities Center

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Exercise Science, M.S.

Graduate Faculty

Professor

John Buckwalter

A Louise Fincher

Barry McKeown

Mark Ricard, Graduate Advisor:

Exercise Science, M.S.

Associate Professor

Paul Mcdonough

Larry Nelson

Cynthia Trowbridge

Judy Wilson

Assistant Professor

Jean Hargreaves

David Keller

Rhonda Prisby

Christopher Ray

Jake Resch

Department Information

Courses

Master of Science in Exercise Science - Objective

Admission Requirements

Degree Requirements

 

For specific information regarding graduate study in the Department of Kinesiology, please contact the Graduate Advisor at 817.272.3288 or by e-mail at kinegradcoord@uta.edu.

Master of Science in Exercise Science - Objective

The program of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science is designed to accomplish two major objectives:

  1. 1. To provide students with the academic and research skills needed for doctoral study in kinesiology, exercise science, physiology of exercise, postural control, athletic training or biomechanics.
  2. 2. To prepare students for employment in clinically-oriented environments that place an emphasis on research-based practice such as cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning or sports medicine.

 

Current departmental faculty members have been academically trained in, and are actively publishing in the areas of physiology of exercise, postural control, athletic training, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, micro-circulation to bone and tissue, and the general areas of allied health sciences. The ongoing research in these areas provides the primary focus for the M.S. program. Program graduates will be well prepared to work as researchers in laboratories and to enroll in doctoral programs in these content areas.

Students are encouraged to present their research at state and national meetings of the following organizations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The M.S. degree, combined with supervised clinical experience, will assist students in their preparation for national certification exams.

Admission Requirements

Unconditional Admission

  • Current GRE score of at least 500 on the verbal test of the GRE and a score of at least 500 on the quantitative test of the GRE
  • 3.0 GPA for the degree and/or 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate course work related to exercise physiology.
  • 3.0 GPA on all graduate work
  • 3 letters of reference on file

 

Probationary Admission

Applicants failing to meet the unconditional admission GRE criteria or having a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission in which case the following additional criteria will also be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee:

  • Professionally relevant experience
  • A sample of technical writing may be requested

 

Applicants admitted on probation will be required to maintain a B or better average during their first 12 hours of graduate study.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination

Upon recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding UT Arlington graduates with a degree in Kinesiology or related fields (such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering) may qualify for a waiver of the requirements for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To qualify, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor's degree program at UT Arlington no more than three academic years prior to admission to the graduate program (as measured from the start of the semester for which admission is sought). A commensurate bachelor's degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master's degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, admission with the GRE waiver is contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree.
  2. The student's UT Arlington grade-point average must equal to or exceed 3.0 in the following calculations:
    • as calculated for admission to the Graduate School;
    • overall;
    • in the major field; and
    • in all upper-division work.

 

Applicants qualifying for waiver of GRE who do not qualify for advanced admission, must comply with all other requirements for admission, i.e., submitting the application for admission, paying fees, providing official transcripts from other institutions, and meeting any requirements established by the admitting graduate program. The GRE waiver must be recommended by the Graduate Advisor at the time of admission. The waiver of GRE program applies to applicants for master's degree programs only. Some programs may require higher grade-point averages to qualify and some will not waive the GRE under any circumstances.

Additionally, some programs may waive the GRE requirement for non-UT Arlington graduates who seek admission as a master's student and meet qualifications listed in those programs' specific admission requirements. Such waivers are not offered by all graduate programs.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Kinesiology offers graduate teaching and graduate research assistantships. Assistantships are contingent upon prior acceptance to The Graduate School. Graduate Assistant applicant evaluation begins on February 1 and continues until all positions are filled. Please direct all inquires to the graduate program director Dr. Mark Ricard at ricard@uta.edu.

Degree Requirements

All students accepted into the Master of Science in Exercise Science program will complete 36 hours of coursework consisting of 27-30 semester hours in exercise science, which includes completing either KINE 5389 Research Manuscript or KINE 5698 Thesis. Students then have the option of selecting 6-9 hours of electives. Detailed information concerning the plan of work is available on the Department of Kinesiology website: www.uta.edu/coehp/kinesiology/ms.

Required Coursework (24 hours)

KINE 5300 Research Methods in Kinesiology

KINE 5305 Applied Statistical Principles in Kinesiology

KINE 5320 Advanced Physiology of Exercise

KINE 5326 Cardiocirculatory Physiology of Exercise

KINE 5327 Pulmonary Physiology of Exercise

KINE 5329 Strength and Conditioning

KINE 5331 Obesity and Weight Management

KINE 5350 Applied Biomechanics

Choose one of the following

KINE 5389 Research Manuscript Submission

KINE 5698 Thesis

Elective Coursework (Choose 6 to 9 hours, based on thesis or non-thesis track)

KINE 5322 Metabolism and Exercise Biochemistry

KINE 5328 Neuromuscular Physiology of Exercise

KINE 5345 Sport Nutrition

KINE 5390 Special Topics in Kinesiology

KINE 5393 Physiology of Exercise Internship

KINE 5394 Research in Kinesiology

Coursework that is more than six years old at the time of graduation or teacher/administrator certification program completion cannot be used toward meeting the requirements for a master's degree or graduate-level certification. Master's degree and graduate-level certification programs must be completed within six years (time in military service excluded) from initial registration in the Graduate School. Appropriate state exams and application to the State Board for Educator Certification for a standard certificate must be made within six months of completion of residency/practicum/program. If a candidate allows the six-month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or exams will be required.

Please Note:

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses.) The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either “Graded P/F/R” or “Graded R.” Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate graduate advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled “R” Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses (KINE)

KINE5125 – IMMUNOLOGY

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course will include a brief review of the immune system and factors that affect immune function with emphasis on the effect of exercise and stress on muscle and overall immune function. The effect of nutrition and over-training on the immune system and associated syndromes/diseases will also be presented.

 

KINE5190 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN KINESIOLOGY

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

In-depth study of selected topics in physical education and exercise science. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

 

KINE5191 – INTERNSHIP IN CARDIOPULMONARY REHABILITATION

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

The student will complete 400 internship hours in an approved Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. The student may take two semesters of KINE 5191 at 200 hours each. The student will be involved in patient/client assessment, training, rehabilitation, risk factor identification and lifestyle management services provided for individuals with or at risk for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases. In addition the student will observe common cardiac surgeries and diagnostic procedures to better understand the pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic disease.

 

KINE5192 – INTERNSHIP IN GRADED EXERCISE TESTING FOR HIGH RISK POPULATIONS

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

The student will complete 200 hours of graded exercise testing in an approved hospital or outpatient clinical setting which conducts exercise tests for high risk populations, including clients with suspected cardiopulmonary and metabolic diseases. The student will be exposed to noninvasive (echocardiography and graded exercise testing) and invasive methods used to diagnose cardiopulmonary and metabolic disease, including procedures conducted in cath and nuclear testing laboratories.

 

KINE5193 – PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE INTERNSHIP

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individualized academic training in an external professional exercise physiology setting (e.g., physical medicine, athletic training, external laboratory, health/fitness facility, professional teams or sports management) under the direct supervision of an exercise science professional.

 

KINE5194 – RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects selected from the various areas of Kinesiology.

 

KINE5195 – INTERNSHIP IN GRADED EXERCISE TESTING FOR HIGH RISK POPULATIONS

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

The student will complete 200 hours of graded exercise testing in an approved hospital or outpatient clinical setting which conducts exercise tests for high risk populations, including clients with suspected cardiopulmonary and metabolic diseases. The student will be exposed to noninvasive (echocardiography and graded exercise testing) and invasive methods used to diagnose cardiopulmonary and metabolic disease, including procedures conducted in cath and nuclear testing laboratories.

 

KINE5198 – THESIS

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5290 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN KINESIOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

In-depth study of selected topics in physical education and exercise science. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

 

KINE5291 – INTERNSHIP IN CARDIOPULMONARY REHABILITATION

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

The student will complete 400 internship hours in an approved Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. The student may take two semesters of KINE 5191 at 200 hours each. The student will be involved in patient/client assessment, training, rehabilitation, risk factor identification and lifestyle management services provided for individuals with or at risk for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases. In addition the student will observe common cardiac surgeries and diagnostic procedures to better understand the pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic disease.

 

KINE5292 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN KINESIOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5293 – PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE INTERNSHIP

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individualized academic training in an external professional exercise physiology setting (e.g., physical medicine, athletic training, external laboratory, health/fitness facility, professional teams or sports management) under the direct supervision of an exercise science professional.

 

KINE5294 – RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects selected from the various areas of Kinesiology.

 

KINE5298 – THESIS

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5300 – RESEARCH METHODS IN KINESIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is an overview of concepts and procedures necessary for designing, conducting, and analyzing research in Kinesiology from multiple research paradigms. The course will focus on the steps involved in the administration of a research project, including literature review, design, data collection and analysis.

 

KINE5305 – APPLIED STATISTICAL PRINCIPLES IN KINESIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The course covers descriptive statistics, elementary probability, one- and two-population mean and variance comparisons, ANOVA, simple linear regression, and correlations. In addition, more advanced principles in parametric and non-parametric statistics will be emphasized.

 

KINE5320 – ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE

2 Lecture Hours  ·  2 Lab Hours

Lecture and laboratory sessions are designed to investigate concepts of energy metabolism, lactate production and accumulation, energy expenditure, excess post exercise oxygen consumption, cardiovascular and temperature regulation, neuromuscular control, aerobic and anaerobic adaptations and ergonomics.

 

KINE5322 – METABOLISM & EXERCISE BIOCHEMISTRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course will address the regulation of exercise metabolism as well as the distinct biochemical pathways through which energy transduction occurs. This will allow the student to appreciate not only the end result of metabolism, ultimately the production and maintenance of cellular ATP levels, but also the pathways that biological machines use to achieve ATP homeostasis. Calorimetry, respiratory exchange ratio, and substrate utilization during exercise will be assessed as part of the laboratory section of this course

 

KINE5326 – CARDIOCIRCULATORY PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

The structure and function of the cardiovascular and circulatory system will be studied, as well as, cardiac control, the cardiac cycle, cardiac output, hemodynamics, vascular resistance, arterial-venous oxygen difference and oxygen delivery and consumption. Heat production and thermal control during exercise will also be addressed in lecture and laboratory sessions.

 

KINE5327 – PULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines the structure and function of the pulmonary system including mechanics of breathing, lung capacity tests, pulmonary circulation, lung diseases, gas exchang, ventilation, diffusing capacity, acid/base balance, neural and chemical regulation of breathing, and blood flow with respect to rest and exercise values in healthy and diseased populations. Prerequisite: KINE 5320.

 

KINE5328 – NEUROMUSCULAR PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

The structure and function of muscle, including the motor unit, control and integration, central and peripheral modifiers of neuromuscular control and biochemical characteristics of fibers will be studied. These concepts will also be applied to concepts in strength and power development.

 

KINE5329 – STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The course covers the physiology and biomechanics of strength training and conditioning. Additional topics include: testing and evaluation of athletes, resistance training techniques, training program design, and organization administration of a strength training facility. This course is designed to prepare students to take the CSCS certification examination. Prerequisite: current CPR certification, KINE 3300, KINE 3301, KINE 3315, or permission of the instructor.

 

KINE5331 – OBESITY & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is a review of the scientific literature on the causes and consequences of obesity. Topics include techniques for assessing body composition, factors promoting fat metabolism and deposition, traditional and non-traditional weight-loss programs, and adherence to weight-loss programs. Offered as KINE 4331 and KINE 5331. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: KINE 5320 or permission of department.

 

KINE5335 – GRADED EXERCISE TESTING AND PRESCRIPTION

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

The knowledge and skills necessary for assessment of health history and appraisal, blood pressure, electrocardiogram, cardiovascular fitness and function will be acquired in lecture and laboratory sessions. Various test modalities and protocols will be discussed for health and diseased populations.

 

KINE5336 – ECG INTERPRETATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Principles of electrocardiography will be explored, with emphasis on interpretation of resting and stress ECGs. Interpretation of dynamic rhythm strips will prepare students to work in cardiac rehabilitation and other allied health professions.

 

KINE5338 – EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

This course will discuss the pathophysiology of cardiovascular, metabolic and pulmonary diseases. Methods of exercise prescription and issues of concern will also be presented for these populations, as well as, low back pain, pregnancy, osteoporosis, cancer, anorexia and bulimia, children, adolescents, teens, older adults, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Practical application of leadership skills and hands-on instruction will be addressed in the laboratory portion of this course.

 

KINE5345 – SPORT NUTRITION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Overview of nutrients necessary for healthful living and nutritional impact on reducing risk factors of lifestyle diseases. Application of nutrient recommendations for sports and exercise activities, including fluid replacement, sports supplements, and ergogenic aids. In addition, students will construct plans for dietary intake of athletes during training and competition for both endurance and resistance training. Offered as KINE 5345 and KINE 3301. Credit will be granted only once.

 

KINE5350 – APPLIED BIOMECHANICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Application of Newtonian mechanics to human movement analysis. Biomechanical models using three-dimensional video and force plate data will be used to analyze human movement.

 

KINE5389 – RESEARCH MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The student will collect scientific data in the Physiology of Exercise laboratories or in a work-related environment under the supervision of a faculty member. The student will analyze the data, write a manuscript, and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. This course must be taken in the final semester of graduate work and requires approval of the Graduate Advisor.

 

KINE5390 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN KINESIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

In-depth study of selected topics in physical education and exercise science. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

 

KINE5392 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN KINESIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5393 – PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE INTERNSHIP

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individualized academic training in an external professional exercise physiology setting(e.g., physical medicine, athletic training, external laboratory, health/fitness facility, professional teams or sports management) under the direct supervision of an exercise science professional.

 

KINE5394 – RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects selected from the various areas of Kinesiology.

 

KINE5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5498 – THESIS

4 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5598 – THESIS

5 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5694 – RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects selected from the various areas of Kinesiology.

 

KINE5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

KINE5994 – RESEARCH IN KINESIOLOGY

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects selected from the various areas of Kinesiology.