Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2016-2017 PDF



Vesa Naukkarinen, Chair; Chad Hutchinson, Paulino Santos

Adjunct: Wayne Baker, Brent Batla, Emerson DePaiva, Michael England, Mick Moffitt, Francis Nicholas, Embedzayi Tsanzi, Kim Vanhoose

Aims of the Department

The Department of Kinesiology provides classes and support for Exercise Science, Health and Fitness, Sports and Fitness Management, Physical Education and Fire Science majors as well as minors in Physical Education, Health and Fitness, and Coaching. Classes to support the general studies students in fitness, wellness and physical education are also provided. In the basic fitness and wellness classes, students are guided through a personal fitness program and encouraged to adopt a proactive wellness lifestyle, consistent with SDA teachings. Infrastructure to the University is provided by the operation of a fitness/recreation center that is available to all students and faculty.

Students may elect courses that prepare them for careers as elementary or secondary physical education teachers. A major in Physical Education will also prepare the student for a career in the public or private sector of recreation. Exercise Science is an excellent pre-professional course of study for exercise physiology, physical therapy or other areas of medicine. A major in Health and Fitness prepares the student to become a certified personal trainer and find a career in the hospital, corporate or private fitness industry. Sports and Fitness Management major is for students interested in running a health club or managing a sports team.  All of the majors prepare students to enter graduate school.  A major in Fire Science will prepare the student to become a professional firefighter.

Programs (Click for more info)

  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • B.S. Health and Fitness
  • B.S. Sports and Fitness Management
  • B.S. Physical Education
  • A.A.S. in Fire Science
  • A.S. Health and Fitness
  • Minors in Coaching, Physical Education, and Health and Fitness


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Fire Science (Click for more info)

Fire Science encompasses leadership and service to assist in the growing fire science segment of the economy.  In the world of fire and emergency operations, knowledge of how to best respond quickly requires training that incorporates the changing conditions. The Fire Science program prepares students by teaching them the latest industry principles, theories, and best practices.  Students learn fire safety, tactical operations, leadership and community fire outreach and response skills. 

Southwestern offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Fire Science in cooperation with the Training Division in Crowley, Texas. It prepares students for Fire Science careers. 

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