Course Descriptions


Courses currently offered

Note: Courses are co-educational unless listed otherwise; not all classes are offered every semester. 

KINE 1000 - Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice is bringing full, non-judgmental attention to what is happening in the present moment. Classes include instruction in four core practices: body scan, mindful yoga, sitting, and walking meditation. The practical application of mindfulness in mind-body awareness, health maintenance, mindful eating, stress reduction, and communication will be explored through exercises & group discussion.

KINE 1040 - Women’s Self-Defense

This course strives to develop the mind and body through martial arts. There will be an introduction to basic moves followed by more challenging techniques over the course of the semester. There is an equal emphasis on striking and grappling. This course is only offered when there is a qualified instructor available.

KINE 1035 - Aikido

Aikido is a traditional, non-violent yet effective Japanese martial art. Aikido focuses on harmonizing with your opponent to bring peaceful resolution to conflict situations. Students learn how to redirect an attacker's energy into joint locks and throws. This course focuses on the basics of aikido, including conditioning, safe falling and rolling, and self-defense techniques.

KINE 1040 - Women’s Self-Defense

This course strives to develop the mind and body through martial arts. There will be an introduction to basic moves followed by more challenging techniques over the course of the semester. There is an equal emphasis on striking and grappling. This course is only offered when there is a qualified instructor available.

KINE 1055 - Mindfulness and Nature

Spending time in nature and practicing mindfulness are two of the best ways to destress and stay balanced and resilient. This course is focused on learning mindfulness through connecting with the natural world and hiking the nature trails on grounds. Each week we will explore principles of mindfulness, emotional resilience, and nature connection through both playful and reflective activities in nature.

KINE 1060 - Mindful Facilitation and Leadership

Through this course, you will learn foundational skills for bringing mindfulness-based contemplative practices into your personal life, community, and professional environments. Students will deepen their own mindfulness practice while learning to lead contemplative practices and infuse mindfulness into facilitation and leadership settings. Students will apply what they are learning to a specific dimension of their life.

KINE 1100 - Tennis

All tennis classes include participants from beginners through intermediate/advanced players. Instruction is tailored to the level of class participants. Classes stress proper use of the basic fundamentals including proper strokes, court positions and strategy for singles and doubles. Rules, terminology, and etiquette are equally stressed.

KINE 1115 Squash

The basic fundamentals of skills and shots, including serves, forehand, and backhand are stressed, along with rules and game strategy. All levels are welcome. A racquet can be provided, but all participants will need their own protective eyewear and non-marking shoes.

KINE 1120 - Volleyball

This class is open to beginners through intermediate/advanced players. Classes emphasize the fundamental skills and rules of volleyball, as well as basic team play and strategy.

KINE 1130 - Soccer

This class is open to beginners through intermediate/advanced players. Covers the basic skills of soccer such as dribbling, shooting, passing, heading, and trapping. Students will learn drills and participate in game playing.

KINE 1150 - Basketball

Basketball classes attract students across a spectrum of basketball knowledge and experience. Instruction takes into account experience level, with classes focusing on basic knowledge, skill development, rules of play, and strategy. Students will learn drills and participate in group play.

KINE 1155 – Women’s Basketball

The emphasis of this class is on the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Rules and game strategy are also covered and practiced through participation in drills and games throughout the class.

KINE 1170 - Golf

This class is open to beginners through intermediate/advanced players. Instruction is provided on a group basis at a local golf club (Birdwood). Emphasis is placed on grip, stance, and swing in addition to etiquette and rules. Additional fees apply to this class. Note that students are required to find their own transportation to Birdwood Golf Course.

KINE 1200 - Badminton

The basic fundamentals of skills and shots, including serves, forehand, and backhand are stressed, along with the rules and game strategy. Singles and doubles play will be stressed.

KINE 1300 - Swimming

Beginning (I) and intermediate (II) levels of swimming are offered (simultaneously; instructors will determine participant levels the first week of the class). The beginner level is designed for students who have little or no prior swimming knowledge and emphasizes basic stroke development and safety skills. The intermediate level stresses the improvement of strokes, kicking and breathing. Deep water skills are also taught.

KINE 1310 - Swimming for Fitness

This course is designed to improve fitness level through cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility training. It also covers stroke mechanics, basic water safety, and components of fitness. A basic knowledge of swim strokes and ability to swim multiple laps is required.

KINE 1320 - Scuba Diving

Beginning scuba (I) is offered for those with no experience or certification. Advanced scuba (II) requires that the student possess a basic scuba certification. Both classes emphasize the skills of skin diving and scuba, along with the physiology of diving, first aid, and decompression. Both classes are offered off-grounds and have additional fees.

KINE 1325 – Advanced Scuba

Prerequisites: Basic Scuba Certification. Class meetings are held off campus at local dive sites, and transportation is the student's responsibility. Contact instructor directly for class fee, and rental needs if you do not have all the equipment needed..

KINE 1400 - Weight Training

This is a coed class intended for all levels of experience with weight training. Emphasis is placed on learning proper lifting technique and designing individualized programs.

KINE 1410 - Yoga

Yoga is the practice of uniting the mind and body in a series of postures or a meditation in motion. The type of yoga offered will be contingent on the skills of the instructor. All yoga classes focus strengthening the muscles, increase flexibility, energize the body and cultivate mental and emotional calmness. The class will begin with instruction on basic postures and progress to an intermediate level.

KINE 1420 - Core Training

Core training involves a series of controlled movements engaging one’s body and mind that focuses on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the “core” or “powerhouse” of the body, including the abdominal muscles, the back, and the butt.

KINE 1425 Climbing

Climbing improves strength, agility, balance, and mental stamina.  This course is geared mostly for beginners and will focus on technique and training strategies to enjoy this lifetime sport.  Most classes will be on the Bouldering Wall at the Outdoor Recreation Center with some sessions at the Poplar Ridge Challenge Course to introduce belaying and other rope-based skills.

KINE 1430 - Cross Training and Conditioning

Emphasis is placed on increasing cardiovascular endurance through various forms of exercise, including, but not limited to, aerobic dance, circuit training, running, and other aerobic activities. Resistance exercise will also be included such as squats, push-ups, crunches, and weights.

KINE 1440 - Running for Fitness

Open to runners of all levels. Instruction may include road, off-road, speedwork, interval training, and hill work. Training to meet individual needs.

KINE 1445 – Women’s Weight Training

This class provides a woman-only environment to learn proper weight-lifting technique and strategies for health enhancement. Emphasis is placed on developing and designing individualized programs.

KINE 1450 - Climbing as Mindfulness

Climbing is one of many possible goal-driven activities that have 'flow'' potential. The course explores climbing as a tool for engaging the body in the flow of the mind and vice versa and its contribution to heightened body/mind awareness without formal 'meditation'. Discovering such body/mind engagement through a concrete, stimulating activity can transfer to other domains (such as academic success and overall resilience).

KINE 1720 – Dance for Fitness

Course covers the basic steps, vocabulary, and variations of dance in various fields. Students learn basic techniques based on a variety of dance disciplines. Through daily warm-ups and exercises, students gain strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination.

KINE 1725 - Ballroom Dancing

Presents the basic step patterns, rhythmic patterns and positions in ballroom dance. Includes techniques based upon traditional (American Style Ballroom) steps with basic choreographic patterns. Emphasizes proper lead and follow. Will be tailored to students' interests and strengths.

KINE 1730 Hiking

Recommended for beginners, but is open to students with all levels of experience. The class emphasizes the risk management & environmental concerns of hiking while providing students with the tools to plan their own hiking trips. This class takes place both on & off grounds with some indoor class portions, like in the case of inclement weather. Students must provide their own gear, such as appropriate clothes for the weather & a daypack.