Strength and Conditioning

The career concentration in strength and conditioning will help prepare you to be effective strength and conditioning specialists and to also be prepared for graduate work in this area. The curriculum design is intended to supplement the majors of exercise science and athletic training and will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience specifically needed by strength and conditioning specialists beyond that which is acquired in the respective majors. The curriculum is intended to provide knowledge and experience specific to coaching/leadership, exercise and performance testing, program design and implementation, professionalism, and facility and personnel management. Our strength and conditioning graduates have been accepted into outstanding graduate programs.

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Recommended courses

KIN 125 - Aerobic Activity
KIN 127 - Weight Training
KIN 215 - Principles of Personal Training
KIN 229 - Leadership in Sport Management
This course introduces students to the management and leadership opportunities and skills required in the sport and fitness industry. The applied skills of organizational planning, human resource management, problem solving, communication and motivation in a sport leadership context are the primary focus in this course. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
KIN 250 - Techniques in Resistance Training
KIN 281 - Practicum in Strength and Conditioning I
KIN 333 - Biomechanics
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)Mechanical principles and concepts governing human movement are examined, with an emphasis on analyzing sport skills. Prerequisite: KIN233. A fee is associated with this course (
KIN 381 - Practicum in Strength and Conditioning II
KIN 393 - Advanced Topics in Strenth and Conditioning
KIN 403 - Motor Learning
Understanding of theoretical constructs of learning and knowledge of motor learning principles relating to response mechanisms, feedback, motivation, stress anxiety factors, and the influence of psycho-social elements in the acquisition of complex movements. (3 credits)
KIN 417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
KIN 481 - Practicum in Strength and Conditioning III

Total credits required: 30

It is recommended that students choose to take KIN371, Sport Nutrition, instead of KIN236, Nutrition for Life, or KIN370, Human Nutrition for Health Care Professionals, as a part of their major curriculum.

The entry point into the program is to take KIN281, Practicum in Strength and Conditioning I, which has the following prerequisites:

  • BIO121 and BIO122 series or CHE101 and CHE102 series
  • KIN241 Directed Field Experience or KIN251 Practicum in Athletic Training
  • Permission of the program director