Kinesiology added to VC course offerings
VC kinesiology students
Brittany Wallace practices taping McCullen Stafford's ankle. Both students enrolled in the new kinesiology class being offered at Victoria College this fall.

Victoria College has added some muscle to its fall course offerings, including a new kinesiology class for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physical education or fitness and wellness.

Foundations of Kinesiology (PHED 1301), a three-hour credit course, will introduce students to human movement, the history of physical education and trends in physical education instruction and exercise psychology.

The course is required in most degree plans for kinesiology majors, who often take their basics at VC before transferring to universities such as Texas State, The University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. The University of Houston-Victoria has also announced plans to offer a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology this fall.

“Many times, these students must wait until they transfer to a university to experience coursework within their field of study,” said Mary Mayes, physical education instructor. “This course will give freshman- and sophomore-level students the opportunity to experience coursework now before transferring to a four-year institution."

In addition to current physical education classes such as weight training, yoga, volleyball, bowling, and self-defense, the new kinesiology class can be taken as an elective for other degree plans.

“We want to stress to our students the need to be physically active and pay attention to their wellness, through exercise, stress management and good nutrition,” Mayes said. “All of these areas are vital to be successful in whatever career path students choose, not just kinesiology.”

Other new credit courses offered at VC this fall are:

  • Fundamentals of Information Security (ITSY 1300), in the Computer Information Systems—Networking Program, which offers an introduction to information security vocabulary and terminology, ethics, the legal environment and risk management.
  • Millwright I (MCHN 1325), a part of the new Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Program, which introduces students to millwright technology and tools.
  • Concert Orchestra (MUEN 1125), a new music course that includes the study of symphonic repertoire, from Baroque to Contemporary. The class is part of a larger orchestra called Crossroads Strings, which is comprised of youth and adult string players from the community.
  • Profession of Physical Therapy (PTHA 1301), in which students learn general information regarding the field of physical therapy.

Registration for fall credit courses is going on now through Aug. 21, with fall classes beginning Aug. 24. New freshmen are required to sign up for a Pirate Orientation session at and will register for classes during the session they attend.

For more information, call VC’s Advising & Counseling Services Department at (361) 582-2400 or stop by the Advising & Counseling Office located in VC’s Student Services Building.

Published: Tuesday, 04 August 2015

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