Kinesiology: M.S. Kinesiology

Neuromechanics


Area Description

The Neuromechanics area is designed for students with an interest in the study of the interaction of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system to produce coordinated movement. Specifically, emphasis is placed on the areas of study including musculoskeletal injury biomechanics and neuromotor control. The Neuromechanics area of study is research intensive and prepares students for research careers as well as positions in athletic, clinical, and industrial settings.

Possible career outcomes

  • PhD or other professional program
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Laboratory research assistant in an academic, clinical or corporate setting

General Program of Study

Core Coursework (9-12 credits)
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course
Thesis OR Capstone Project

Primary Focus Area Coursework (9 credits)
KIN 520: Introduction to Neuromechanics Research Methods
KIN 561: Neuromechanics of Goal-Directed Voluntary Movement
KIN 590: Neural Control Movement

Specialization Coursework (12-15 credits)

Example Program of Study

Example Program of Study
Fall Year 1 Credits
KIN 520: Introduction to Neuromechanics Research Methods 3
KIN 561: Neuromechanics of Goal-Directed Voluntary Movement 3
Elective 3

Spring Year 1 Credits
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis 3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course 3
KIN 590: Neural control of movement 3

Fall Year 2 Credits
KIN 720: Biomechanics research methods 3
KIN 590: Neurophysiology of Human Movement 3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 3

Spring Year 2 Credits
KIN 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury 3
Elective 3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 6

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must have successfully (B or better) completed undergraduate coursework (or equivalent):

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy & physiology (with lab)
  • Biomechanics or physics
  • Motor behavior or a psychology course including human movement

Faculty who advise students in this area