B.S. in Kinesiology

The program in kinesiology is designed to prepare candidates for a variety of career options in the vast field of movement science. Career opportunities may include teaching physical education, coaching, analyzing and prescribing fitness programs, athletic training, or preparation for professional programs in allied health. Graduates of this program should be well prepared to enter graduate programs of study in such areas as pedagogy or adapted physical education, exercise physiology, biomechanics, athletic training, sport management, medical school, physical therapy school, and other allied health professional schools.

The candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in kinesiology must select one of two concentrations:

  • K-12 Teaching Physical Education/Wellness & Leisure
  • Exercise Science

Undergraduate students in the Kinesiology (Exercise Science) program area are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of coursework to graduate. Included within this requirement are courses in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, and Health Science and a strong variety of interdisciplinary courses. Depending on the concentration selected, students may be required to complete coursework in areas of Human Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Communications, Psychology, Media, Social Sciences, Fine Arts/Humanities, Counselor Education and, in some concentrations, Business or Statistics classes are required. Students are also provided with opportunities to connect classroom learning with actual research or hands-on experiences through courses such as Independent Study, Laboratory Practicums, Internships, and pedagoical classes.

Undergraduate students participate in a capstone experience (KINS 405V- Independent Study, KINS 4903 - Internship for Exercise Science, or PHED 407V - Student Internship for Teaching) in order to integrate the learning that has taken place previously during their college experience. Independent research projects, Internship, and Senior Seminar (pedagogy) are all culminating experiences that allow the students the opportunity to either conduct an original research project or utilize competencies learned through classroom instruction in a real life situation. Kinesiology has a high rate of students who qualify and are involved in the Honors College/COEHP College Honors curriculum.