The major in Kinesiology (BSE) offers two concentrations of study: Exercise Science and Physical Education.

Exercise Science

Clinical Assistant Professor Colleen Geary
Office: 1023 Moore Hall

Kinesiology majors with a concentration in Exercise Science take coursework designed to prepare them for a number of vocations in exercise, sport, allied health, and related fields. These include private and corporate wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, and exercise physiology. In addition, the concentration prepares students for further study in exercise physiology at the graduate level.

Physical Education

Associate Professor Oleg Sinelnikov
Office: 1009 Moore Hall

Clinical Assistant Professor Elizabeth Woodruff
Office: 2006 Moore Hall

Kinesiology majors with a concentration in Physical Education study as a cohort. The core classes taken are elementary, secondary, and advanced methods which teach students effective teaching styles and how to deliver different curriculum models appropriate for elementary and secondary students. Early field experiences are embedded within these methods and content courses and serve as excellent preparation for the culminating student-teaching internship. Students also take courses in the exercise sciences, which are foundational to teaching physical education, as well as general education classes.

Students pursuing the Kinesiology, BSE must complete the program core as listed below along with the requirements in their selected concentration. 

Kinesiology Program CoreMore Information

ATR 272First Aid, Safety & CPR1
BSC 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
KIN 303Physiology of Exercise (Students in Physical Education may need to take KIN 300 rather than KIN 303 and should check with their advisor.) *3
KIN 365Applied Biomechanics3
KIN 366Evaluation and Measurement3
KIN 464Admin Phys Educ & Sport3
KIN 468Adapted Physical Education3
Total Hours20

Exercise Science

The concentration in Exercise Science includes general studies requirements, the 20-hour Kinesiology Program Core, 23 hours of required professional studies courses, and 30 hours of electives. Students must complete 120 semester hours as specified below. This program does not lead to professional certification as a teacher.

General Studies: 47 hours

See general studies requirements listed earlier in this section. The following exceptions apply:

  • Area II: Student may substitute a different Area II course for the public-speaking requirement.
  • Area III: BSC 114/115 Biology I (Majors) and CH 101 General Chemistry I should be taken to meet prerequisite requirements.

Professional Studies: 23 hours

Exercise Science Concentration Courses

BSC 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
KIN 492Advanced Ex Phys4
KIN 493Fit Apprsl Exer Prescrip3
KIN 494Strength and Conditioning3
KIN 367Exercise is Medicine3
KIN 392Clinical Exercise Physiology3
KIN 488Internships-Fitness3
Total Hours23

Electives: 30 hours

Students completing the concentration in Exercise Science must complete a minimum of 30 hours of electives from the following list. Selections should be discussed with an advisor in the Department of Kinesiology before registering each term.

BSC 116Principles Biology II (with BSC 117)3
BSC 117Biology II Laboratory (with BSC 116)1
BSC 242Microbiology And Man4
BSC 300Cell Biology3
BSC 315Genetics3
CH 102General Chemistry4
CH 231Elem Organic Chemistry I3
CH 232Elem Organic Chem II (with CH 237)3
CH 237Elem Organic Chem Lab (with CH 232)2
KIN 199Ecol Appr Hlth & Fitness3
KIN 200Weight Mgt Principles3
KIN 352Psychology of Coaching3
KIN 362Motor Development3
KIN 380Coaching Officials3
KIN 381Coaching Football3
KIN 382Coaching Basketball3
KIN 383Coaching Baseball3
KIN 386Coaching Volleyball3
KIN 387Adapted Sports Prof. Dev.1 to 3
KIN 388Professional Dev. in Fitness3
KIN 401Sport Admin.: Princ. and Pract3
KIN 402Sport Marketing3
KIN 403Legal Issues in Sport3
KIN 404Financial Issues in Sport3
KIN 420Issues in Athletics Coaching3
KIN 486Internships-Disability Sport3 to 6
KIN 488Internships-Fitness (additional hours)1 to 9
KIN 491Sport Exercise & Social Scienc3
KIN 496Independent Study1-6
HD 203Medical Terminology2
HHE 370Prin/Foundatn Health Promotion3
HHE 378Drugs, Society, & Human Behav3
HHE 440Understanding Stress Mgt3
HHE 467Design Eval Health Promo3
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 210Dynamics Weight Control3
NHM 315Nutrition For Performance3
NHM 401Nutrition Health Profesn3
PH 101General Physics I4
PH 102General Physics II4
PY 211Elem Statistical Methods3
PY 352Developmental Psych3
PY 358Abnormal Psychology3
advisor approved electives: MATH 113, MATH 125

Physical Education

[NOTE: At the time of publication of this catalog, proposed changes to this program are pending and may be approved before the next catalog revision. Students should consult with their advisor before registering each term for current requirements.]

Kinesiology majors pursuing certification in physical education are typically interested in teaching as their main focus and, with successful completion, will graduate as highly qualified to teach in grades P-12. Many of our students are also interested in coaching as well as strength and conditioning and often have volunteer opportunities to gain experience while undergraduates.

This concentration requires the completion of hours as specified and leads to the bachelor of science in education degree and Alabama Class B Physical Education (P-12) professional educator certificate. Students who have completed all 100- and 200-level requirements, have a UA GPA—and, if transfer work, a cumulative GPA—of at least 2.75, and have completed BSC 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I or BSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, may apply to the physical education teacher education (PETE) methods cohort fall semester of the junior year. Additionally, students must have earned passing scores on all three components (reading, writing, and math) of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test.

The Class B Physical Education program is a State-approved program and is subject to change. The undergraduate catalog is published annually. DegreeWorks is updated more frequently and is likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. In addition, students should obtain the most recent advising sheets available from academic advisers in 104 Carmichael Hall. Students are expected to consult with advisers each term prior to registering for coursework.

General Studies: 54 hours

Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. See general studies requirements, listed earlier. The following exceptions apply:

  • Area II: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
  • Area III: BSC 109 Intro Biology Non Maj II or BSC 114 Principles Of Biology I/BSC 115 Laboratory Biology I should be selected to meet prerequisite requirements.
  • Area IV: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
  • Area V: In addition to those courses listed in General Requirements, BSC 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I or BSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and ATR 272 First Aid, Safety & CPR  should be selected from remaining hours. CAT 200 Comp Ed App and CAT 250 Comp Ed Curr Dev should be selected. EDU 200 Orient to Teacher Education is also required.

Teaching Field:

Physical Education Teaching Field

KIN 199Ecol Appr Hlth & Fitness *3
KIN 300Intro to Kinesiology *3
KIN 305Dance & Gymnastics3
KIN 306Tchg Inv, Strike/Field, Target3
KIN 307Teach Trk & Fld/Net Game3
KIN 310Teaching Swimming3
KIN 311Tch Hlth Related Fitness3
KIN 351Secondary Clinical Experience3
KIN 360Subj Matter Elem Physical Educ3
KIN 361Elem Phys Ed Curr Phil Theory3
KIN 362Motor Development3
KIN 365Applied Biomechanics3
KIN 464Admin Phys Educ & Sport3
KIN 468Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 492Advanced Ex Phys *4

Professional Studies:

Students must earn grades of C or higher in each of the following professional studies courses. No more than five professional studies courses may be taken prior to admission to TEP (see adviser for appropriate course sequence). The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the cumulative GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses. KIN 350 Secondary Curriculum  must be taken concurrently with KIN 351 Secondary Clinical Experience.

Physical Education Professional Studies

BEF 362School, Culture, and Society3
BEP 305Educational Psychology3
KIN 350Secondary Curriculum3
KIN 366Evaluation and Measurement3
KIN 487Physical Educ Teach Pract *3
KIN 497Internship Phys Education *12
SPE 300Survey Spe Accomd Stratg3
EDU 400Internship Seminar *1
Total Hours31

NOTE: BEF 362, KIN 366, and SPE 300 may be taken prior to TEP admission. BEP 305 and KIN 350 must be taken prior to TEP admission.

Admission to the PETE methods cohort is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Rather, students who meet stated criteria are guaranteed consideration for admission to the teacher education program (TEP). All students must begin the PETE methods cohort in the fall semester.

An individual may request from his or her adviser information concerning summative data on the most recent previous admission.

NOTE: Students will apply to TEP while they are enrolled in KIN 350 Secondary Curriculum. They must meet TEP admission requirements, have a 2.75 GPA (UA and cumulative) in areas I-V and all coursework, and have completed an application. Applications for TEP are available in 104 Carmichael Hall.