Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Academic Programs: Undergraduate

Our undergraduate programs develop future practitioners and teachers in the field of Kinesiology. We offer a four year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Kinesiology for undergraduate students, or a four year B.S. degree in Physical Education and Health Teacher Education (PEHTE) leading to K-12 licensure. Students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology can go on to careers in sport coaching, strength and conditioning, exercise instruction, personal training, cardiac rehab, mental skills training, and sports medicine. Students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in PEHTE can go on to careers as teachers, athletic directors, principals, and professions working with children. A Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology also offers a pathway to further studies at the graduate level.


Kinesiology undergraduate students begin their professional lives with a strong foundation of core knowledge, technical skills, and practical experience with faculty mentorship to guide them. Program of study tracks assist students in identifying the appropriate coursework and practical hands-on experiences that will best position them for their careers or future graduate studies.

This major prepares students for careers in preventive and rehabilitative exercise and fitness, and serves as a pre-professional program of study with a focus on exercise and sport science that also encompasses other fields of science (biology, chemistry, physics, health, nutrition, and pharmacology). Nearly all of the major courses are taught by faculty.

After completing this program, students will have the necessary academic and clinical experience to pursue further study in allied health fields. Examples include, but are not limited to, athletic training (available in the department), physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, podiatry, dentistry, and medicine.

Physical Education and Health Teacher Education

In addition to the general Kinesiology major described above, students interested in teaching physical education and health can choose the Physical Education and Health Teacher Education major. This major leads to K-12 Licensure for teaching physical education and health in North Carolina and many other states. Throughout the program there are opportunities for observation, participation, assisting, and teaching experiences with public school students, including those with special needs.