Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Education Department of Kinesiology Undergraduate Programs Kinesiology
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
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.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course (18 credits):
Applied Human Anatomy
Principles of Human Movement
All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (18 credits):
The Healthy Lifestyle
Foundations of Kinesiology
Measurement in Kinesiology
Physiological Bases of Physical Activity
Biomechanics of Physical Activity
Physical Growth and Motor Behavior
The following course (1 credit):
Chemistry Laboratory I
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Sport and Exercise Psychology (W)
Sociocultural Analysis of Physical Activity (W)
Completion of an approved cognate in kinesiology (a minimum of 12 credits).
An internship experience approved by the Kinesiology Internship Coordinator from one of the following courses (3 to 6 credits):
Interniship: Non-Physiologically Based
3 to 6
Internship: Physiologically Based
3 to 6
Kinesiology 492 is designed for seniors who have completed one of the following cognates: Adapted Physical Activity, Administration, Biomechanics, Communication, Growth and Motor Development, Orthotics and Prosthetics, or Psychological Aspects.
Kinesiology 493 is designed for seniors who have completed one of the following cognates: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiology, Fitness Leadership, Nutrition, or Pre-professional.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Kinesiology - Survey - MTH103
Major - Kinesiology - Survey - MTH103: 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
A minimum grade of 2.0 for CEM141, KIN216, MTH103, KIN251, PSL250 in Requirement(s) 11, 12
Requirement 12: Major - Kinesiology - Survey
Major - Kinesiology - Survey: 4 courses from CEM141, KIN216, KIN251, PSL250
A minimum grade of 2.0 for CEM141, KIN216, MTH103, KIN251, PSL250 in Requirement(s) 11, 12
Requirement 13: Major - Kinesiology - Core
Major - Kinesiology - Core: 6 courses from KIN121, KIN173, KIN250, KIN310, KIN330, KIN360
Major - Kinesiology - Core: A minimum GPA of 2.0000 using KIN121, KIN173, KIN250, KIN310, KIN330, KIN360 in Requirement(s) 13
Requirement 14: Major - Kinesiology - Laboratory
Major - Kinesiology - Laboratory: 1 course from CEM161
Requirement 15: Major - Kinesiology - Tier II Writing
Major - Kinesiology - Tier II Writing: 1 course from KIN345, KIN445
Requirement 16: Major - Kinesiology - Internship
Major - Kinesiology - Internship: 1 course from KIN492, KIN493
Requirement 17: Major - Kinesiology - Cognate or Approved Minor
Major - Kinesiology - Cognate or Approved Minor: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Activity: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from KIN345, KIN445, KIN371, KIN443, KIN465
Exercise Physiology: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from KIN125, KIN217, KIN371, KIN411, KIN465
Advisor Approved: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from Advisor Approved Kinesiology Cognate-Please contact Academic Advisor
Cognitive and Motor Neuroscience: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from KIN217, KIN365, KIN371, KIN443, KIN465
Athletic Administration: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from KIN401, KIN453, KIN454, KIN456
Health Promotion: 18 credits
At least 6 credits from KIN121, PSY320
At least 3 credits from HNF150, HNF260
At least 9 credits from approved courses
Coaching: 23 credits
At least 20 credits from KIN173, KIN345, KIN216, KIN360, KIN400, KIN401, ANTR350
At least 1 credit from Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Certification. Students must obtain these two certifications through a reputable source.
At least 2 credits from approved coaching focus
Requirement 18: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 19: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.