Kinesiology faculty

Dean J. Calsbeek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Ph.D., Colorado State University
M.S., Colorado State University
B.A., Northwestern College



Dr. Calsbeek has a doctorate in physiology and a master’s degree in exercise physiology. He serves as the program coordinator for the exercise science major, as well as the career concentrations in fitness management and strength & conditioning. He teaches courses in exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, nutrition, and human physiology. He also directs exercise science research and internships and serves as the faculty mentor for the Kinesiology Klub. A 1997 Northwestern graduate and former Raider football player, Professor Calsbeek assists the athletics department by announcing sporting events for Internet broadcasts.


  • Concepts of Physical Fitness

    Concepts of Physical Fitness

    (2 credits) (IGE option under Physical Wellness) The course examines various concepts of health and physical fitness with the purpose of encouraging the student to establish positive patterns of activity and healthy living.
  • Physiology of Exercise

    Physiology of Exercise

    (4 credits) The study of the physiological effect of exercise on the human body. Emphasis will be given to metabolism, neuromuscular physiology, cardiopulmonary physiology, and the integration of all physiology systems. Prerequisites: BIO121 and 122 or BIO221 and 222, CHE101 and 102 or CHE111and 112, or permission of instructor.
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription

    Exercise Testing and Prescription

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Provides knowledge and practical experience in physical fitness assessments, interpretation of assessment results, and exercise prescription. Emphasis is placed on assessments within a clinical or research setting. Prerequisite: KIN325 or permission of instructor.
  • Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology II

    Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology II

    (1 credit) Provides practical work experience in fitness, therapy, or sport management settings. Prerequisite: KIN241.
  • Physiological Adaptations to Exercise

    Physiological Adaptations to Exercise

    (3 credits; alternate years, consult department) The study of the physiological effects of exercise on the human body. Prerequisite: BIO102 or 115.
  • Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology I

    Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology I

    (1 credit) Provides exposure to a variety of careers related to fitness, therapy, or sport management. Prerequisite: KIN180 or 182.
  • Human Nutrition for Health Care Professions

    Human Nutrition for Health Care Professions

    (3 credits) The study of the fundamental principles of normal nutrition and the importance of nutrition in promoting growth and health. Emphasis will be given to the basic food constituents and their physiological relationships within the body. Consideration will also be given to family and community needs across the lifespan. Prerequisites: CHE101/102 or CHE111/112, BIO121/122 or BIO221/222.
  • Introduction to Human Physiology

    Introduction to Human Physiology

    (4 credits) An introduction to the physiology of the human body. The focus of the course will be on homeostasis and the function of: biomolecules, cells and tissues, organs and organ systems. The contribution of each of the following organ systems to physiologic homeostasis will be examined: nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisite: CHE101 or 111; Concurrent requisite: CHE102 or 112.


  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies