College of Health Professions


Department of Kinesiology

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is broadly defined as the study of human movement. This study includes an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of movement and exercise patterns through the lifespan.

I want to major in kinesiology. Where do I find out more about this major?

At Towson University the term "kinesiology" is used to describe the entire department. The department offers four academic majors:

 There is no major in "kinesiology" at Towson University.

Are any of the majors within the Department of Kinesiology screened?

Athletic training is a screened major. It requires a separate application for admission. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the athletic training major.

Which programs are accredited by professional organizations?

The Athletic Training Education Program at Towson University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as an entry-level program. Satisfactory completion of this program qualifies the student as a candidate for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification examination.

The Physical Education/Teacher Education Program is recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/National Association for Sport and Physical Education as meeting the standards for teacher education preparation.

As a transfer student, how can I determine the number of credit hours that I have earned toward the major?

Once the Office of Admissions and the Transfer Evaluation Group receive an official transcript from each college attended, they will evaluate potential transfer course work and determine the total number of credit hours accepted by the University. They will specify course work that meets General Education and/or Major requirements. The Department of Kinesiology, upon request and submission of the appropriate documentation, can then evaluate non-equated courses to determine additional course equivalencies. This determination is made by the chairperson of the department in consultation with the appropriate program coordinator. This evaluation may include reviewing course titles, catalog descriptions, and/or course outlines/syllabi.  A minimum of one-half of the credit hours required in the major must be completed at Towson University.

How are students advised in the Department of Kinesiology?

Freshmen Students

Freshmen are assigned to a First Year Experience (FYE) advisor through the Academic Advising Center. This advisor will work with the student throughout their first year at the university. The role of the FYE advisor is to provide support and information regarding the transition to college, location of campus resources, understanding of course sequencing, and other related interests available to TU students. At the beginning of the student's Sophomore year, a departmental academic advisor will be assigned. This advisor will be a faculty member within the student's program of study and, generally, will remain the same for the duration of their academic career. The role of the departmental academic advisor is to provide support and information regarding academic progress, course sequencing, career choices, location of campus resources, and other related interests available to TU students.

Transfer and Non-Traditional Students

Transfer students are assigned a departmental academic advisor following their Transfer Orientation. This advisor will be a faculty member within the student's program of study and, generally, will remain the same for the duration of their academic career. The role of the departmental academic advisor is to provide support and information regarding academic progress, course sequencing, career choices, location of campus resources, and other related interests available to TU students.

Mandatory Advising and Hold Removal

Each semester, prior to registration, all students at Towson University have a Mandatory Advising Hold placed on their account. This hold may only be removed by the student's academic department after having received registration-related advising.

The Department of Kinesiology holds Mandatory Advising Sessions in March and October of every year. Students are given the opportunity to schedule an appointment at which they will meet with an academic advisor within their major. The goal of these sessions is to ensure that students have reviewed their degree progress and to then confirm their current standing and future course plans with an advisor. If a meeting is not made at these sessions, removal of the hold may be delayed. Students who do not wish to meet with an advisor prior to registering have the opportunity to complete a waiver indicating their ownership of responsibility for registering.

Are scholarship funds available for students in the Department of Kinesiology?

Please visit out Scholarships page for more information regarding scholarships offered through the Department of Kinesiology.

 

Department of Kinesiology
Burdick Hall, Room 120
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Telephone: 410-704-2376
Fax: 410-704-3912



 

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