Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Kinesiology

Undergraduate Programs

The major in kinesiology places emphasis on the attainment of disciplinary knowledge in the anatomical, biomechanical, developmental, physiological, and neurological aspects of physical activity, explores how physical activity relates to human well-being, and offers an area of emphasis in exercise science.

The bachelor’s degree program in kinesiology is designed to prepare students to enter a variety of fields associated with sport, exercise science, and allied health services. Students who graduate from this program often enter professional exercise science programs or graduate studies in kinesiology.


Admission to the major requires completion of at least 28 credits acceptable to the College with a cumulative university grade-point average of 2.0 or above and a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the following courses: Chemistry 141, Kinesiology 216, Kinesiology 251, Mathematics 103, and Physiology 250.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

    Students enrolled in the Kinesiology major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Kinesiology may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250. The completion of Chemistry 161 and Kinesiology 251 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2.a. below.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Kinesiology major is met by completing Kinesiology 345 or 445. Those courses are referenced in item 2.d. below.
  2. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course (18 credits):
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    KIN 216 Applied Human Anatomy 3
    MTH 103 College Algebra 3
    KIN 251 Principles of Human Movement 4
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    b. All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (18 credits):
    KIN 121 The Healthy Lifestyle 3
    KIN 173 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
    KIN 250 Measurement in Kinesiology 3
    KIN 310 Physiological Bases of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 330 Biomechanics of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 360 Physical Growth and Motor Behavior 3
    c. The following course (1 credit):
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    KIN 345 Sport and Exercise Psychology (W) 3
    KIN 445 Sport and Physical Activity in Society (W) 3
    e. Completion of an approved cognate in kinesiology (a minimum of 12 credits).
    f. An internship experience approved by the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator from one of the following courses (3 to 6 credits): 
    KIN 492 Interniship: Non-Physiologically Based 3 to 6
    KIN 493 Internship: Physiologically Based 3 to 6