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Chair’s Welcome

A message from John W. McChesney. PhD., LAT., Department Chair

Kinesiology is Ready for the Future

John McChesney portraitGreetings from the Boise State University campus community and welcome to our Department of Kinesiology! We invite you to engage with us and study in this dynamic department where we offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Boise State University is located in the high desert of the Intermountain West where outdoor activities abound contributing to a very high quality of life. The fact is that Boise is one of the most desirable American cities in which to live and study which makes for a very positive college experience. Our department is host to 16 full-time faculty dedicated to teaching and scholarly activity as well as multiple research and clinical instruction laboratories. Housed in the School of Allied Health Sciences under the College of Health Science, we are closely associated with the Center for Orthopedic & Biomechanics Research, the Center for Physical Activity & Sport, as well as Athletics. As the result of recent organizational re-configuration, our primary academic offerings are now in the areas of Kinesiology (and its 3 sub-disciplines) as well as K-12 Physical Education.
What we proudly offer is an excellent education in Kinesiology and its related fields presented by a highly skilled faculty and staff in an environment conducive to student learning and success.

Regarding Health Education and Promotion (HEP):
This storied program and its faculty have recently been moved the Department of Community and Environmental Health (CEH). The program now has an even brighter future as part of the new Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree within CEH. The fact is that, at the School of Allied Health Sciences, we are streamlining and adapting to meet the demands of our students and region. For those of you interested in studying Health Education and Promotion, please refer to the CEH website.

On Athletic Training Education:
The Kinesiology department is still educating undergraduate students in Athletic Training (and will be for the next 3 years). However, this academic program has accepted its last cohort and no new undergraduate student applications are being considered. In an effort to comply with the changing landscape of Athletic Training Education, we are pleased to announce that our undergraduate Athletic Training program is migrating to a two year entry-level Masters Degree proposed to start accepting students Spring of 2018 to start in the Summer of 2018. Please see the ATP website for program development updates.

As Chair, I invite you to explore our academic offerings and please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we may assist you in learning more about our dynamic Department of Kinesiology. John's signed initials