Athletic Coaching Minor

Minor Requirements: Twenty-six (26) semester hours.

  • At least nine (9) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This minor is designed for students interested in coaching. This is not a certifiable minor for teaching.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or better will count toward the minor.
BY150 Human Biology, BY155/156 Anatomy & Physiology I and II, OR BY171 Intro to Cells 4.0
KN158 Health Education-First Aid 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
KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/PE (SC) 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



  • BY150 Human Biology (4) NL

    Systems approach to study of basic human anatomy and physiology designed for non-biology majors. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Not applicable toward the major. Not applicable toward the minor for students having successfully completed BY221 or BY372. Offered every fall and odd-numbered springs.

  • KN158 Health Education—First Aid (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. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course

  • 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. Offered fall semester for Athletic Training majors and spring semester for Exercise Science majors. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160

  • 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

  • KN256 Anatomical Kinesiology/Biomechanical Kinesiology (4)

    Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160.

  • 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. 

  • KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/Physical Education (3)

    Organized principles involved in theories of conditioning, prevention of injuries and procedures for handling emergency situations. Includes basic taping, injury recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN200 or equivalent for Athletic Training majors, BY 150 or equivalent for non-AT majors. Additional fees may be required.

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2) KN

    This is an activity course is designed for the student to work on their own personal conditioning. It involves intensive workouts during the eight weeks. Athletes in season will still need to participate at their top level. Those that are injured should NOT take the class until the injury is healed. 

  • KN405 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (2)

    This course has both lecture and activity component and is structured to give the students the programming experience with a variety of populations. Prerequisite: KN 250.