Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Undergraduate: B. S. in Kinesiology

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). 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.

Student Learning Goals

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge in foundational aspects of kinesiology, such as anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of sociocultural foundations of Kinesiology.
  3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of human development over the lifespan
  4. Apply the basic scientific theories and principles that serve as a foundation for the allied health and medical professions.
  5. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body and the stresses associated with movement, exercise and the demands of various physical activities.
  6. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the prevention, care, and treatment of injuries and illnesses that commonly occur in physical activity.


For admission to the KIN major, see the Undergraduate Application Process and Requirements page.

Major Requirements (C or higher)

KIN 220 Lifetime Wellness KIN 250 Introduction to Kinesiology
KIN265 Strength Training and Conditioning KIN 330 Critical Analyses for a Physically Active Society
KIN 353 Injury and Illness in Physical Activity* KIN 370 Assessment and Evaluation in Kinesiology
KIN 375 Physiology of Sport and Physical Activity* (Must make a C in Anatomy and Physiology) KIN 376 Biomechanics of Sport and Physical Activity*
KIN 379 Instructional Methods of Physical Activity KIN 386 Motor Development and Learning*
KIN 388 Psychology of Physical Activity

Students must complete 4 activity courses in addition to 265. Courses with an asterisk (*) cannot be taken if students are listed as PKIN and not KIN majors. See Moving from PKIN to KIN. 


Students must have at least 15 hours of electives. 6 hours must come from KIN 100-599 that are not satisfying other requirements. Students may also choose from the list below.

BIO 112, 280-599 CHE 205-599 CTR 101-599
HHS 110-599 HDF 211-599 NTR 213-399
PHY 205-599 PSY 230-599 HEA 113-599
SWK 215-599 SOC 101-599 KIN 101-599