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    Mississippi College
  Mar 24, 2018



M. Christopher Washam, Chair
Professor (2005)

Carol Barnes
AssociateProfessor (1988)

Suzanne McDonough
AssociateProfessor (2007)

Penny McNair
Instructor (1993)

Scot E. Long
Assistant Professor (2007)

Zachary T. Vosen
Instructor (2013)

Donnie Andrews
Associate Professor (2015)

Support Staff

Kathy Gibbs
Secretary (1986)


The Kinesiology Department is dedicated to excellence in academic preparation and continued professional development throughout the lifespan. The department is committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue their chosen fields. The curriculum is designed to offer students a broad based interdisciplinary education while allowing for in-depth study in a specific area. The kinesiology major focuses on the total development of the individual through the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of health. The department promotes healthy lifestyle alternatives and provides the skills and services that lead to more productive and satisfying lives.

Program Goals

The curriculum in kinesiology is designed to:

  1. provide quality courses, laboratory experiences, and other educational opportunities that will prepare students for careers and advanced study in the field of kinesiology.
  2. offer courses for the University Core Curriculum that improve and effectively maintain healthy lifestyles.


The Department of Kinesiology offers six tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:

  1. Kinesiology-General: Program designed to have broad applications in the fitness, wellness, and sports industries.
  2. Sports Management: Designed to combine liberal arts, kinesiology, and business in a curriculum focused on preparing individuals for careers in the sports industry.
  3. Exercise Science: Provides the theoretical, research, and clinical experiences for careers in preventive and rehabilitative health settings. It also provides students with the basic requirements for most graduate programs in Exercise Science.
  4. Physical Education K-12: Prepares students for a teaching license in physical education. Additionally, students may select a supplemental endorsement or a minor in a subject matter field.
  5. Sports Ministry: Designed for students interested in careers with Christian athletic organizations, or church based sports programs.
  6. Pre Physical Therapy: Program designed to provide students with pre-requisite courses for application to a professional school of physical therapy. Completion of this degree does not guarantee admission to a PT program.


The department also offers minors in kinesiology, coaching, and health; a driver education endorsement; and an educator license add-on endorsement in health.

Honors Courses

By invitation of the Honors Council; see Honors Program  section of Undergraduate Catalog.




      KinesiologyPhysical Activity PED Courses (non-academic)

      A student is allowed two absences for activity classes.  Should a student obtain the third absence, they will not receive credit for the courses.  Limited make-ups will be allowed for emergency absences.  It will be necessary for the student to obtain permission from the instructor to make up periods missed.

      Students may repeat activity courses, not to exceed 10 semester hours of non-academic courses which can be applied toward graduation. 

      Students who enroll in Roller Skating or Scuba Diving will be assessed an additional fee for equipment rental.

      AOS and MSL Leadership Lab 1-hour credit courses may be used to meet the physical activity requirement.

      Students will be allowed to repeat varsity courses as often as they qualify in the particular sport up to four semester hours of credit.

      Students who play varsity sports and wish to obtain non-academic credit must register for the course the semester they play the sport.  Credit cannot be given later.

      Varsity Sports (Physical Education Courses)