The Department of Kinesiology (formerly HPERC) prepares teachers and professionals in physical education and the exercise sciences. The department houses two undergraduate major programs and one master’s program: BSE Physical Education Teacher Education, BS Human Performance; and MSE Professional Studies: Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching.
The Department of Kinesiology is a member of the American Kinesiology Association which promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified academic discipline involving the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life. As part of the College of Education and Professional Studies the teacher preparation program is one of few programs in the state of Wisconsin which has received accreditation from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The faculty and academic staff in the Kinesiology Department are dedicated to providing high quality education for students committed to professional careers in the exercise sciences, health and physical education, health promotion, sport and recreation management, strength and conditioning, and coaching, among other health and human performance careers.
The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to:
Department of Kinesiology Scholarships
Students in the Physical Education Teacher Education and Human Performance majors should be aware of the following scholarship awards below to apply. Applications are currently being accepted through February 22nd for those whose applications are submitted online.
Van Steenderen Scholarship
For more scholarships available and to apply, please visit the Scholarshp Website .
Visit the link below to know about undergrad research projects; from how to get started, and what faculty to go to for help, to a list of possible research topics, previous proposal topics, as well as a list of important dates for undergrad research, such as timelines and conferences. We hope you'll find all you need here, and wish you good luck with your research proposal!
The Department of Kinesiology has offices, classrooms, laboratories and activity spaces located in Williams Center, the Kachel Fieldhouse and surrounding outdoor locations. Facilities are also utilized in the Roseman Building, the Student Athletic Complex and other locations across campus.
Located on the northern edge of the campus, Williams Center and the Kachel Fieldhouse includes the following facilities:
The Department of Kinesiology also enjoys specialized facilities in Williams Center that include the Human Performance Laboratory, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Computer Laboratory and Dance Studio. All classrooms in Williams Center are equipped with instructional technology which includes SMART Boards in selected classrooms.
Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory is located in Williams Center 188 and provides teaching, research and service programs in exercise science with primary responsibility for the teaching of students in health, physical education, recreation, coaching and related areas. The facility has state-of-the-art equipment for exercise science with four fully-equipped multi-student laboratory stations which utilize computer systems on customized carts with dual monitors. Each of the four carts includes a Vacu-Med Vista VO2 Lab metabolic analysis system, Cardio-Card electrocardiography system, BIOPAC system and pulmonary function analysis system. Each of the four teaching stations includes a cycle ergometer, upper body ergometer and treadmill.Additional equipment includes a research-grade metabolic analysis cart that uses AEI analyzers and Vacu-Med Vista software and interfaces operating on a computer system with dual monitors. The cart also includes a Cardio-Card electrocardiography system, BIOPAC system and capabilities for measuring oxyhemoglobin saturation. Other equipment includes a Velotron Dynafit Pro with VariCrank that uses 3D, SpinScan, Coaching and Wingate software. The Human Performance Laboratory also has capabilities for exercise biochemistry that include a glucose and lactate analyzer, two UV/Vis spectrophotometers, water bath, analytical balance and related equipment to analyze blood and other tissues. Capabilities for DNA analysis are available across campus in Upham Hall. A computerized hydrostatic location is available in a separate location in the Williams Center complex.
Motion Analysis Laboratory
As part of the Human Performance Laboratory, the Motion Analysis Laboratory facilitates instruction in anatomy and physiology, and provides students with an in depth study of the physics of human movement. A wide range of anatomical and physiological models are available. The Motion Analysis Laboratory includes a computerized motion analysis system with a force platform. The four fully-equipped multi-student teaching stations in the Human Performance Laboratory may also be used in the Motion Analysis Laboratory.
The Computer Laboratory is located in Williams Center room 187. During the academic year it is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday. The Computer Laboratory is equipped with 24 Windows computers, a handicapped-accessible work station, an Apple Mac, a scanner and a printer. All computers include standard software featuring MS Windows, MS Office, Adobe and Firefox, along with specialized laboratory software and DVD/CD-RW drives. Specialized science software includes Stellarium, Salt 2012, HU-M-AN, Fitness Gram and Google Earth. Specialized mathematics software includes Inspired Data, IBM SPSS and Geometers.
The Dance Studio is a modern movement space with an acoustic ceiling, suspended wooden flooring, large mirrors, and a contemporary sound system with remote microphones for instructors.