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Sport and Exercise Behavior (Psychology) Curriculum

Thesis Option - 30 hours
Non-Thesis Option - 30 hours


Specialization (15 hours) - All Sport and Exercise Behavior graduate students
KIN 501 Behavioral Analysis of Exercise - Provides an in-depth analysis of psychosocial factors related to preventive and rehabilitative exercise behavior.

KIN 502 Behavioral Analysis of Sport - Explores the psychological factors influencing participation patterns and performance in sport, and effects of sport upon psychological responses.

KIN 503 Physical Activity in Modern Society - Provides an in-depth analysis of the interaction between physical activity and society including the social and cultural processes and institutions which influence, and are influenced by physical activity.

KIN 504 Psychology for Sport Performance - An in-depth exploration of the current professional practices in sport and exercise psychology service delivery that utilize both psychological and educational interventions.

KIN 509 Research Methods in Kinesiology - Prepare students to read, understand, and evaluate research in the field of kinesiology.

Non-Thesis Option (15 hours of Electives)


Thesis Option (15 hours)

PSYC 520 Research Design and Inference I - Research methods, philosophy of science, research writing, review of basic statistics, using computer for statistical analysis and research writing. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Psychology or consent of instructor.

KIN 599 Thesis in Kinesiology - Students selecting thesis track must earn minimum of 3 credit hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: KIN 515. (6 hours)

Electives (6 hours)

Exit Requirements


Thesis Option - The student will work with their advisor to organize a committee of three faculty members to supervise, monitor and successfully defend their thesis (6 credit hours).

Non-Thesis Option- In the final semester non-thesis students will be required to complete a comprehensive project determined in close consultation with one's Graduate Advisor and other faculty as appropriate. The project is intended to develop greater breadth and depth of understanding of the field and the application of knowledge that will lead to the implementation or presentation of a plan to a profession, community group or an organization as approved by the program director. The project concludes when the student presents orally the findings related to his/her project and defends conclusions against questions raised by the faculty advisor.

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