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Human Biology and Kinesiology

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Chair ERDAL (Professor, Psychology); Professor JACOBS; Associate Professor BULL; Lecturer MISKA; Visiting Professor ANDERSON

The Department of Human Biology and Kinesiology is committed to academic excellence in the classroom and laboratory.  We strive to increase students' knowledge of the structure and function of the human body through our applied courses including cadaver-based human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, and human nutrition.  All of our courses include hands-on laboratory experiences and/or student centered data analysis, which allows students to explore how course topics are relevant in their own lives.

We aim to increase opportunities for students through our integration with departments throughout the college, exercise physiology research experiences, opportunities to attend regional and national conferences, and our international seminar course which explores research facilities across Scandinavia. Combining our courses with others throughout the college, students may fulfill prerequisite requirements for graduate work in kinesiology, exercise or sport science, or health professions such as physical therapy and medicine.

Currently the department does not offer a major, but is dedicated to supporting students in achieving their academic goals by now offering a minor.  

Minor Requirements

5 units of courses in human biology and kinesiology including the core courses of:

HK204 – Introduction to Human Anatomy

HK321 – Human Physiology

HK330 – Exercise Physiology (previously taught HK 206 will fulfill this requirement)

And any two additional units in human biology and kinesiology, including:

HK125 – Introduction to Human Nutrition

HK130 - Fundamentals of Kinesiology

HK260 - Human Biology and Kinesiology Seminar (may be taught off campus or internationally)

HK300 - Investigations in Human Biology and Kinesiology (independent research with COI)

HK304 – Advanced Human Anatomy

HK430 – Advanced Exercise Physiology

HK 254 - Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy (0.5 unit) and HK113 - EMT Basic (0.5 unit); these two 0.5 unit courses must both be taken to equal one unit for the HBK minor.


Human Biology and Kinesiology

HK100 Human Biology and Kinesiology Activity Class

(Not offered 2016-17).

.25 unit

HK103 Wilderness First Responder

This course is designed to provide outdoor leaders, instructors, guides, rangers, wilderness and foreign travelers with the knowledge needed to deal with emergencies in remote settings. Emphasis is placed upon prevention, leadership skills, and decision-making. The 80-hour national curriculum covers standards of care for urban situations with additional protocols for remote situations. The course is contracted in affiliation with WMI (Wilderness Medicine Institute) as part of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). This course is supported by the Department of Sport Science, Office of Campus Activities / ORC, and the Ritt Kellogg Memorial Fund (http:www2.coloradocollege/campusactivities/ritt.htm). Certifications upon completion of this course in conjunction with SC 113: EMT Basic may allow the student to obtain W-EMT certification. This is a course requiring an additional fee. Registrants will be contacted related to fees and deadlines by Campus Activities. Two sections. Limit 30 per section. P track (pass/fail) only. Taught during half-block. (Not offered 2016-17).

.25 to .5 units

HK114 Health and Fitness

A semester-long adjunct course including classroom, and field laboratory experience in emergency medical techniques, including but not limited to patient assessment, airway management, cardiopulmonary emergencies, bleeding and shock, medical emergencies, childbirth, environmental emergencies including a section on wilderness medicine, psychological aspects of emergency care and EMS systems. 6-10 p. m. Monday and Wednesday. Some Saturday lab sessions. No class during block breaks. Successful completion of this course qualifies the student to sit for the Colorado State E. M. T. basic Prerequisite (State Requirements): Copy of valid driver's license or birth certificate; Proof of Current (TB) Tuberculosis Test (PPD Test) within the last six months; Proof of Vericella (Chicken Pox) vaccination/exposure; Proof of Hep-stat (Hepatitis B) series. Class limit 24. (Not offered 2016-17).

.5 unit

HK120 Topics in Human Biology and Kinesiology

Courses under this rubric will vary year to year. (Not offered 2016-17).

.5 or 1 unit

HK125 Introduction to Human Nutrition

Investigation of the structure, digestion, storage, utilization, and bioenergetics of macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, fat). Suggested intake, and sources of macronutrients, micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and water in maintaining normal physiological function are examined. Topics related to energy balance and nutrition for physical activity and recovery are also discussed. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

1 unit — Anderson

HK130 Fundamentals of Kinesiology

Examination of basic human anatomy, movement, exercise physiology, physiological adaptation, exercise program design, and links between physical activity, health, and performance. Laboratory sessions include measurement of physiological responses to physical activity, performance evaluation, and the estimation of aerobic power, anaerobic power, and body composition. Parameters such as work, power, velocity, and energy expenditure in humans will also be calculated. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

1 unit — Bull

HK203 Sports Medicine Seminar

An investigation into the effects of competitive and recreational physical activity upon the human individual. Major topics include an overview of exercise and sport as a cause of injury and disease, the prevention, recognition and management of injury as related to the recreationalist/competitor, and the physiological parameters of exercise as related to carry-over and lifestyle. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

HK204 Introduction to Human Anatomy

A lecture and cadaver based laboratory course designed to help students gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of human anatomy. Include the examination of skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive structures. Does not involve dissection.

Prerequisite: 1 unit of Organismal Biology and Ecology 105, 106, or 107, Molecular Biology 131, or Human Biology and Kinesiology 130, or Psychology 297, or consent of instructor. Sophomore Standing or higher.

1 unit — Miska

HK220 Physiological Basis of Resistance Training

Examination of the acute and long-term physiological effects of resistance training are examined. Emphasis is placed on how the acute and long-term effects alter physiological function and how this information can help in developing resistance-training sessions to bring about specific physiological adaptations. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

HK254 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy

A laboratory based human cadaver dissection course designed to help students gain an advanced understanding of the structures of the head and neck and to develop the skills of human cadaver dissection.

Prerequisite: Human Biology and Kinesiology 204 (Introduction to Human Anatomy).

.5 unit — Miska

HK260 Human Biology and Kinesiology Seminar

Examination of current research in kinesiology, exercise physiology, and health. Empirical studies serve as the basis for discussions of research topics and the examination of methods utilized in kinesiology. May be offered on-campus, domestically off-campus, internationally, or a combination of these in order to visit laboratories conducting research in kinesiology and related fields. Presentations provided by departmental faculty and guest researchers when off-campus. Extra expense when taught off-campus or internationally.

Prerequisite: Human Biology and Kinesiology 130 and/or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Bull

HK301 Biomechanics: Analysis of Human Performance

Provides a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of human motion, as related to performances in sport and physical activities. Includes an investigation into the concepts of anatomic kinesiology, physics of sports and techniques of mechanical analysis. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: BY/HK 207 & 211 (or BY/HK 205) and/or consent of instructor.

1 unit

HK302 Surgical Anatomy

A cadaver dissection course with matched surgical observation. Taught in conjunction with orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. Taught as a yearlong extended format course with focused half-block commitment. Expectations/projects include outreach teaching to select AP high school biology students, multiple format computer/media presentations, scientific writing and patient-based research projects. Course limit 5 to 10 students depending on availability of cadaveric specimens. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & BY/HK 207 & BY/HK 321 & Junior standing.

1 unit

HK304 Advanced Human Anatomy

A laboratory based human cadaver dissection course designed to help students gain an advanced understanding of the structures of the human body and to develop the skills of cadaver dissection. Students also examine research and provide presentations on topics related to anatomy and kinesiology.

Prerequisite: Human Biology and Kinesiology 204.

1 unit — Miska

HK321 Human Physiology

Provides an integrative approach to understanding normal physiological relationships of major organ systems in the human body through lectures and laboratory experiences. Information is presented from the cellular to the organismal level. Designed to meet the needs of students interested in pre and allied health fields when taken in conjunction with HK204.

Prerequisite: Human Biology and Kinesiology 204.

1 unit — Anderson, Bull

HK330 Exercise Physiology

Examination of cellular bioenergetics and the adaption of the nervous, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, and endocrine systems to acute and chronic physical activity. Special topics such as temperature regulation, acid/base balance, and fatigue thresholds may be discussed. Laboratory sessions include advanced physiological testing of students. Body composition assessment techniques are also examined. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

Prerequisite: Human Biology and Kinesiology 204, and Human Biology and Kinesiology 321 or Organismal Biology and Ecology 366.

1 unit — Bull

HK350 Investigations in Human Biology and Kinesiology

Independent research projects based on library and/or laboratory investigations. Designed for advanced students seeking an independent or departmental minor in Human Biology and Kinesiology.

Prerequisite: Human Biology and Kinesiology 330 and consent of instructor.

1 unit — Bull

HK430 Advanced Exercise Physiology

Students present research and participate in discussions on self-selected research in kinesiology. Advanced examination and experience with common laboratory techniques to estimate oxygen consumption and caloric expenditure rates; anaerobic power, capacity, and thresholds; and body composition. May include visits to local human performance labs and/or field investigations. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: Human Biology and Kinesiology 330 or consent of instructor.

1 unit