Kinesiology, BS

for the Bachelor of Science Major in Kinesiology

Department Website:

Department Faculty: Kinesiology & Community Health Faculty

College Catalog Page: Applied Health Sciences

College Website:

Programs in Community Health and Kinesiology

Undergraduate Programs:

major: Community Health, BS

concentration: Community Health: Health Education & Promotion, BS

concentration: Community Health: Health Planning & Administration, BS

concentration: Community Health: Rehabilitation Studies, BS

major: Kinesiology, BS

concentration: Kinesiology: Teacher Certification, BS

minor: Kinesiology

minor: Disability Studies

joint degree: Community Health, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Kinesiology, BS and Public Health, MPH

Graduate Programs:

degree: Kinesiology, MS

degree: Kinesiology, PhD

degree: Community Health, MS

degree: Rehabilitation, MS

degree: Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Community Health, BS and Public Health, MPH

joint degree: Kinesiology, BS and Public Health, MPH

The Kinesiology curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree that will prepare students for careers in human movement-related fields and/or advanced professional or graduate study. The undergraduate program provides the student with a broad general education, a departmental core integral to the understanding of the diverse aspects of human movement, and a correlate area of courses specific to the student's area of concentration within Kinesiology.

The Kinesiology program is committed to the study and research of human movement in all its dimensions. Undergraduate study focuses on exercise stress, movement efficiency, and fitness; the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of participation in physical activity and sport; coordination, control, and skill of physical activity; physical growth, development, and body form throughout the lifespan; the effects of therapeutic techniques of Kinesiology upon recovery from physical injury; and the instructional process of teaching/coaching of physical activity and sport.

The curriculum combines a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences education with in-depth study in a particular area of interest. The program of study provides knowledge and understanding essential for human movement and sport careers in either public or private agencies. The hours required for graduation include prescribed courses for all students as well as requirements determined by the various areas of emphasis selected by the student. Teaching and research emphasize hands-on learning through the use of technology and modern laboratory equipment. Graduates find employment in a variety of fields including teaching, corporate fitness, coaching, and athletic training. Many students continue their education and become physical therapists, physicians, exercise physiologists, and sport psychologists.

A 5 year BS MPH joint degree program is available for students majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology. Students apply for the program in the latter part of their third year (junior year) of study. Students accepted into the BS MPH joint degree program take 12 credit hours of coursework in their senior year that apply to both BS and MPH degrees. In the 5th year of study, students complete the remaining requirements for the MPH degree, and graduate simultaneously with both BS and MPH degrees. The requirements are explained in more detail on the MPH program website:

for the Bachelor of Science Major in Kinesiology

Requirements Including General Education

The Kinesiology Program requires that General Education requirements must be selected from the Campus General Education course list. The prescribed courses prepare the student for upper division study and may be used to satisfy General Education requirements provided they are on the appropriate General Education list. Specifically required General Education courses are listed below.

Communication Arts
Composition I and an approved speech performance course; or CMN 111 and CMN 112 6-7
Advanced Composition (KIN 340 fulfills requirement)3
Quantitative Reasoning I & II
From the approved campus list 6
Humanities and Arts
From the approved campus list 6
Behavioral and Social Sciences 1
KIN 140Social Sci of Human Movement (Social Science)3
KIN 259Motor Development and Control3
Natural Sciences
KIN 150Bioscience of Human Movement (Life Science)3
From the approved campus physical science list 3
Cultural Studies 2
From Western Cultures approved campus list 3
From Non-Western Cultures approved campus list 3
From U.S. Minority Cultures approved campus list3
Foreign language: Completion through the third level of the same language in high school or college
MCB 244
MCB 245
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anat & Physiol Lab I
MCB 246
MCB 247
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
and Human Anat & Physiol Lab II
Kinesiology and Community Health Department Core
CHLH 101Introduction to Public Health3
KIN 122Physical Activity and Health3
Kinesiology Core Requirements
KIN 125Orientation KIN & Comm Health1
KIN 140Social Sci of Human Movement 33
KIN 150Bioscience of Human Movement 33
KIN 201Physical Activity Research Methods3
KIN 259Motor Development and Control 33
KIN 340Social & Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity 33
KIN 352Bioenergetics of Movement3
KIN 355Biomechanics of Human Movement3

Kinesiology Program Guided Electives

Elective Kinesiology Courses
All courses must be at the 200, 300, or 400 level. At least six or more hours must be at the 400 level (at least 12 hours).12
Correlate Area Studies
Students select a standardized correlate that will prepare them for further education toward their career goals (at least 18 hours).18

Summary of Degree Requirements

General Education and supporting coursework 49
Kinesiology and Community Health Department Core6
Kinesiology Core22
Elective Kinesiology courses 12
Correlate Area 18
Free electives 21
Total Hours128