Athletic Coaching Minor

Minor Requirements: Twenty-one (21) semester hours.

  • At least nine (9) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This minor is designed for students interested in coaching. This minor is not available for Clinical Exercise Science or Exercise Science majors.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.
KN158A Emergency Medical Response 3.0
KN200 Surface Anatomy 3.0
KN242 Sports Techniques and Research 3.0
KN245 Sports Officiating 1.0
KN250 Physiology of Exercise 4.0
KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance 3.0
KN260 Theory of Coaching 3.0
KN404 Conditioning I 2.0
Recommended Courses:
KN256 Anatomical/Biomechanical Kinesiology 4.0
KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (SC) 2.0
Activity Course(s) 1.0



  • KN158A Emergency Medical Response (3)

    Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. 

  • KN200 Surface Anatomy (2)

    his course is designed to introduce prospective allied health professionals to the bones and landmarks, joints and movements, and the muscles of the human body. Prerequisite: None

  • KN242 Sports Techniques and Research (3)

    Designed to provide prospective physical education and recreation educators with instruction, practice, and participation in the fundamental rules, skills, terminology, and strategies of the sports most often taught in physical education classes K through 12. Special emphasis is placed on the research process needed to become knowledgeable and able to instruct unfamiliar sports. Offered fall semester. Observation/teaching hours required. Prerequisite: EN201 or permission of instructor

  • KN245 Sports Officiating (1)

    Techniques and methods of officiating basketball, football, track and field, baseball and softball, soccer or volleyball; study of rules and strategies of officiating; Michigan certification available. 

  • KN250 Physiology of Exercise (4)

    Study of the physiological responses to exercise and sport. Emphasis on energy expenditure, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and their adaptation to training. Lab required. Additional fees required. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY171 or KN200 or permission of instructor.

  • KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance (3)

    An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on the role that nutrition plays in the physiological response to exercise in sport. This includes the composition of pre, during and post physical activity meals, the role that nutrients play in performance, disordered eating, and food as an ergogenic aid. Prerequisites: None

  • KN260 Theory of Coaching (3)

    This course is designed to introduce and develop skills needed to become a successful coach. It is intended to provide the foundation for those who coach sports at any level. Through a series of videotaped presentations, readings, Internet activities and discussions, the learners will gain insight into the many intangibles of coaching that, until now, could only be learned through the trial and error of experience. The course addresses the differences in levels of competitive sports, the personal roles that coaches should exhibit, the professional roles expected and the organizational influences on the world of a coach. 

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2)

    This course will expand on the basic and applied principles of exercise prescription. Emphasis will be placed on cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and neuromuscular training in both the general populations and special populations. The course will consist of lectures, readings, group discussions and activities. Prerequisite: KN250