AT Kinesiology

In this class you will gain a greater understanding of the key sub-disciplines involved in kinesiology and how each of these interdisciplinary areas connect with one another to explain the movement and function of the human body.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

Along with the labs that are used at University of South Carolina, students will complete an in depth research article on a specific topic of their choice that relates to one of the Kinesiology sub-disciplines. 

Course Details

David Bond

"You should take this course if you are interested in learning more about human movement, physical education, and health. This course is an excellent opportunity for students to explore possible career pathways in related fields such as physiotherapy, sport and exercise psychology, health and fitness occupations, medicine, physical education and coaching.

AT Kinesiology

ID: 48000 Grade: 11-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Physical Education
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology, plus a Semester I grade of B+ in Chemistry or B in Accelerated Chemistry; or recommendation of PE Department Chair.
Note: The Advanced Topic (AT) designation indicates a course is at university level, putting it at or above the level of a traditional Advanced Placement (AP) course. This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

This course is designed to provide students with selected foundational knowledge in kinesiology. Modules focus on basic anatomy and introduce key aspects of exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor behavior. Students will have the opportunity to apply course content through project-based learning. Projects may look to explore and investigate areas such as human performance, personal wellness, public health, and quality of life across the lifespan. This course aims to prepare students to pursue further studies in physical education and medical fields. The course requires rigorous study and emphasizes in-depth research. 

What Our Students Say


I would recommend this course to anybody remotely interested in the human body. This class starts with learning about the body, like how muscles contract or what ligament and tendons functions are, but then it also covers a more psychological aspect like the gender gap in sports, or why athletes choose to use steroids. This class is extremely interesting and very useful if you want to pursue a career in physiotherapy or athletic training. Even if you are not interested in pursuing a similar job in the future, this class is great because it teaches you more about why your body functions in certain ways. You can learn how to treat an injury, why your muscles might be feeling sore, and even create certain workouts after you learn different muscle movements. Overall I really loved taking the course and would recommend it to anybody who wants to learn more about how to take care of their body or if they would like to pursue a career in kinesiology. ”Maya Leipold,
Class of 2020


I am considering majoring in Kinesiology in college so I wanted to take the AT course as an introduction to this field of study. Not only is the course relevant to me academically, but as an athlete it is incredibly interesting to analyze the complex details of the seemingly simple movements I have been practicing my whole life. Learning the correct terminology for both the anatomical and chemical processes involved with movement is exciting to me because I can begin to make connections about why I may experience something differently than the next person and move differently as a result. I look forward to learning more about specific body types and their unique ways of responding to stimulus as it has been something that has interested me my whole life.”Willow Martin,

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations

What Our Alumni Say


I think AT Kinesiology was one of the most interesting courses I took during my time at SAS. For students considering this course, I'd recommend trying to connect the information to other classes as this is going to help you learn quicker. The great thing about AT Kinesiology is that everything you learn will apply to something in your life so it will be easy to connect the new information to other things. This course helped me learn how to do research and write a scientific paper on that research which has been really helpful for me in university as this is a skill that you're expected to know in some of your classes.

Kilane Daane, Class of 2018