Samford University Catalog 2016-2017 Academic Year 
    Jul 16, 2018  
Samford University Catalog 2016-2017 Academic Year [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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John K. Petrella, Chair, Associate Professor
Alan P. Jung, Professor
Thomas Kopec, Professor
Ralph R. Gold Jr., Associate Professor
Robert W. Hensarling, Jr., Associate Professor
Christopher Ballmann, Assistant Professor
Darrell Jon Gililland, Jr., Assistant Professor
Allison J. Jackson, Assistant Professor
W. Nathan Kirkpatrick, Assistant Professor
Mallory Marshall, Assistant Professor
Shannon M. Ashe, Instructor, Clinical Coordinator
Joseph A. Pederson, Instructor
Rebecca R. Rogers, Instructor, Human Performance Lab Coordinator
Kyle Southall, Visiting Instructor


In the Department of Kinesiology, we are called to nurture and prepare students to positively impact the health and well-being of members of society and to instill in all students, faculty, and staff, a commitment to lifetime fitness and positive health. An exemplary education provided in a Christian context, by individuals with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship, service and teaching provide the mechanism to fulfill this mission.


The vision of the Department of Kinesiology is to challenge students continually to improve the health and well-being of society by exhibiting the highest standards of quality in teaching, scholarship and service; and to assume the leadership role among academic programs in our field in meeting the challenges of preventive medicine and health care.


Five fundamental values form the foundation of the Department of Kinesiology culture.

Collaboration - The phrase “to act as a unit” forms the basis of the kinesiology department. This value ensures that all students will benefit from the collective wisdom of a team of education professionals.

Excellence - A commitment to excellence has created the kinesiology department’s legacy of achievement and innovation in curricular and programmatic areas resulting in high achievement for students and faculty.

Integrity - Adherence to scientific, professional, and personal integrity are our ethical cornerstones; they underlie our desire to mentor students, conduct clinical research investigations, educate students and allied health professionals, while guiding the fiscal and administrative management of the kinesiology department.

Compassion - A commitment to compassion includes a respect for all persons, while providing the highest level of service.

Commitment - As an institution, the kinesiology department recognizes its responsibilities to the community in which we reside, to the students it services, to Samford University and to the individuals in leadership who oversee the management of its resources.

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

Majors Minor
Athletic Training Major (B.S.)   Sport and Recreation Ministry Minor  
Exercise Science Major (B.S.)  (Pre-Physical Therapy)
Health Sciences Major (B.S.)  
Sport Administration Major (B.S.) 
Sports Medicine Major (B.S.)  

The Department of Kinesiology offers majors in athletic training (ATTR), exercise science (pre-physical therapy) (EXER), health sciences (HESC), sport administration (SADM), and sports medicine (SMED) leading to a bachelor of science degree. The department also offers a minor in sport and recreation ministry. See department chair for details.

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all KINE prefix courses within each major and minor.

University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements  are detailed in the individual degree tables, with some exceptions. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, consult the University Core Curriculum & General Education Requirements  and the Physical Activity Program  for a list of applicable activity courses.




      Kinesiology - UndergraduatePhysical Activity Courses (Non-Varsity)

      All regular physical activity courses earn standard letter grades, and only one instance of an individual course can be applied towards the general education physical activity requirement.

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