University of Southern California
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Physical Education Building 107
(213) 740-2492
FAX: (213) 740-7909

Chair: Casey Donovan, Ph.D.


Professors: Casey Donovan, Ph.D.; Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: John Callaghan, Ph.D.; Robert Girandola, Ed.D.; Lorraine Turcotte, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Witaya Mathiyakom, Ph.D.; Philip Requejo, Ph.D.; Mark K. Todd, Ph.D.

Lecturers: Kathleen Costa, Ph.D.; Gudrun Bara Floyd, M.A.; Helaine Lopes, Ph.D.; Alberto F. Vallejo, Ph.D.

Academic Program Staff

Director of Instructional Laboratories: MaryAnn Bohland-Matveyenko, Ph.D.

Student Services Advisor: Laura Ames, M.Ed.

The Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the scientific study of human movement. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide a broad and comprehensive understanding of the human body at work. This includes studies of basic underlying parameters, as well as applications relevant to understanding human movement. The course work necessarily derives from a variety of disciplines, including physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, nutrition and psychology. As such, an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or human performance provides excellent training for students wishing to pursue further graduate or professional studies in health-related fields.

At the graduate level students are expected to specialize in one area, i.e., exercise physiology or biomechanics. These represent areas of active research by department faculty. The focus is on preparing individuals who will contribute to research and scholarship in their chosen discipline.