The bachelor's degree includes a 34-hour core of kinesiology courses. Students then opt to take 36-39 hours in two or three areas, including fitness, health promotion, nutrition, sport and fitness management, coaching/sport skill, pre-professional and disability sports. Finally, students may have room in their program for one three- hour elective course, depending on the areas chosen.

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This program leads to the bachelor of science in education degree and requires the completion of 120 semester hours as specified below. The program does not lead to professional certification as a teacher. A prospective exercise and sport science student must

  1. complete 45 hours of applicable courses toward the degree, and
  2. have at least a 2.0 GPA before taking upper-division (300-level or above) courses in the program of study.

General Studies: 50 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 109 Intro Biology Non Maj II should be taken to meet prerequisite requirements. For students selecting pre-professional coursework, BSC 114 Principles Of Biology I and BSC 115 Laboratory Biology I should be taken instead of BSC 109 Intro Biology Non Maj II. Students selecting pre-professional coursework should complete MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra to meet prerequisite requirements.
  • Area IV: Students selecting the sport and fitness management concentration are encouraged to complete EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics in meeting University core requirements. Students selecting pre-professional coursework should complete PY 101 Intro To Psychology to meet prerequisite requirements.

Kinesiological Core

All students in the major must complete the kinesiological core:

BSC 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BSC 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
ATR 272First Aid, Safety & CPR2
KIN 199Ecol Appr Hlth & Fitness3
KIN 300Intro to Kinesiology3
KIN 362Motor Development3
KIN 365Applied Biomechanics3
KIN 366Evaluation and Measurement3
KIN 464Admin Phys Educ & Sport3
KIN 468Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 492Physiology of Exercise3
Total Hours34

Kinesiological Focused Coursework: 36–43 hours

Students in the major must select three of the following areas for in-depth study or pre-professional coursework plus one additional area. This should be discussed with an adviser in the Department of Kinesiology.

Fitness Coursework

KIN 388Professional Development in Fitness3
KIN 493Fit Apprsl Exer Prescrip (required)3
KIN 488Internships-Fitness 19-12
Total Hours15-18

All students must take KIN 493 Fit Apprsl Exer Prescrip. A student who takes KIN 388 Professional Development in Fitness may take KIN 488 Internships-Fitness for 9 hours instead of 12 hours. A student who does not take KIN 388 Professional Development in Fitness must take KIN 488 Internships-Fitness for 12 hours.

Health Promotion Coursework

HHE 370Prin/Foundatn Health Promotion3
HHE 378Drug Awareness Education3
HHE 440Understanding Stress Mgt3
HHE 467Design Eval Health Promo3
Total Hours12

Nutrition Coursework

NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 210Dynamics Weight Control3
NHM 315Nutrition For Performance3
NHM 401Nutrition Health Profesn3
Total Hours12

Sport & Fitness Management Coursework (Concentration)

Select 15 hours of the following:15
Intro Public Relations
Principles of Microeconomics
Sport Administration: Principles and Practice
Sport Marketing
Legal Issues in Sport
Financial Issues in Sport
Total Hours15

Coaching/Sport Skill Coursework

Students opting for Coaching/Sport Skill may take up to three different three-hour coaching courses at the 300 level or above.

Students may also take a maximum of six different one-hour Basic Physical Education Program (BPEP) courses (KIN 101 Physical ConditioningKIN 170 Beginning Karate) to partially fulfill Coaching/Sport Skill.

Select 12 hours of the following:12
Coaching courses (300-level or greater)
Basic Physical Education Program (BPEP) courses
Analysis Teaching Movement I
Intro to Athletic Training
Total Hours12

Pre-professional Coursework

Students selecting pre-professional coursework in preparation for advanced professional training (e.g. physical therapy school, medical school, occupational therapy school) may work with an exercise and sport science adviser in choosing alternate courses required for admission into specific programs. Substitutions must be adviser approved.

CH 101General Chemistry4
CH 102General Chemistry4
PH 101General Physics I4
PH 102General Physics II4
MATH 113Precalculus Trigonometry3
PY 211Elem Statistical Methods3
PY electives6
Total Hours28

Disability Sports Coursework

KIN 387Adapted Sports Professional Development3
SPE 300Survey Spe Accomd Stratg3
KIN 486Internships-Disability Sport6
KIN 496Independent Study3
Total Hours15

Additional Electives

Students must complete electives as needed to complete 120 semester hours, in addition to all University core and exercise and sport science program courses.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Graduates accept jobs such as exercise physiologist, personal trainer, coach, athletic coordinator, sports nutritionist or physical therapist.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Experienced alumni serve  in positions such as strength and conditioning coach, exercise physiologist, university professor, research scientist, coach, personal trainer, physical therapist and occupational therapist.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center