Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP)

The Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP) are service courses offered through the Kinesiology Department. KINES 001-096 are courses that are approved to assist in fulfilling the GHA component of the General Education requirement for baccalaureate students. The courses offer quality movement experiences and are designed to promote an active and healthful lifestyle across one’s lifespan. Select courses in this program receive instructional support through the Student Fitness Assessment Center.

University policy prohibits any student from registering for more than one Kinesiology GHA class per semester during the normal registration period. After the normal registration period has been completed all registration controls are lifted from Kinesiology GHA classes.

There are KPAP courses for everyone! In any given semester, over 120 classes are offered which involves more than 5,000 students. Offerings include activities such as the traditional racquet sports of racquetball, squash and tennis, and also more fitness oriented classes such as jogging, personal conditioning and strength training. However, our most popular class continues to be ballroom dance. For a complete listing of course offerings, please check the schedule of courses http://soc.our.psu.edu.

In the past several years, course selections have grown to include many new and exciting options for Penn State students, such as Outward Bound types of activities with students participating in sailing and canoeing trips. Yoga is also part of the curriculum as well.

For more information, please contact our Program Director, Michelle Duffey, or the Administrative Support Assistant, Beth Oberdick.

276 Recreation Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: (814) 863-0353
FAX: (814) 865-1275

Student Fitness Assessment Center

The Center provides instructional support for select activity-based courses offered by the Department of Kinesiology. Students enrolled in KINES 061, KINES 065, KINES 067, KINES 072, KINES 084, KINES 093 (cycling), and KINES 201 obtain fitness testing as part of the requirements for the course. The Center also provides an avenue by which upper level Kinesiology majors may gain clinical experience in fitness testing for future careers in sports medicine.

Future plans are to offer a variety of wellness and fitness testing opportunities to the general Penn State student population. The Center is supervised by Chris Bopp and Megan Schuchert, instructors in kinesiology. Visitors are welcome to stop by the lab or call 865-2720 for information.