College of Education and Health Professions


The undergraduate program in Kinesiology (B.S.E.) 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 in Education degree with a major in kinesiology must select one of three concentrations:

  • P-12 Teaching Physical Education/Wellness & Leisure
  • Exercise Science - Pre-Professional Science
  • Applied Exercise Science

Click here for academic program information on the three concentrations.

The Master of Science Degree programs in Kinesiology prepares students with the competencies necessary to pursue career opportunities as ACSM certified fitness directors (M.S. Exercise Science concentration), clinical directors of a hospital or clinical based program which performs rehabilitative services in the realm of movement for people with disabilities (M.S. Adapted Movement Science concentration).

The Master of Athletic Training program prepares students for careers as health care professionals in sports medicine clinics and hospitals.

The Ph.D. program in Kinesiology offers two concentration areas. (Exercise Science, Pedagogy). Graduates of the Ph.D. Kinesiology program are qualified to secure employment as teachers/scholars and leaders in University housed Kinesiology (Exercise Science, Pedagogy) programs and/or Human Performance Laboratory settings.

The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) located within the HHPR department serves both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Kinesiology. The HPL mission is to produce quality research; to provide research opportunities for HHPR faculty and graduate students; to support the department's instructional objectives by providing laboratory experiences, demonstrations, and practical research experiences for graduate and undergraduate students; to serve the University and community with specific "wellness" programs in exercise, nutrition, and stress; and to solicit funding for research activities.

The Office for Studies on Aging serves as a resource for students interested in gerontology curriculum and specialties, addressing research needs in the field. The office has plans to open and operate a clinic to serve Northwest Arkansas seniors and will produce related research on subjects related to the aging process. The Office will confront a variety of issues facing older Americans and will provide meaningful solutions to make the process of getting older and easier, less emotionally and physically aversive experience. For more information contact Barbara Shadden and Ro Di Brezzo, Co-directors of the Office for Studies on Aging.