Major in Kinesiology

The program in Kinesiology emphasizes knowledge and awareness of human movement and performance related to the major sub-disciplines and their interactions. Courses will present the historical and philosophical foundations of kinesiology and its development over the years as an academic discipline. 

The fundamentals of human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics will be examined to provide a framework from which to begin an in-depth study of human movement. The physiological responses and adaptations that the body makes to exercise and movement will be considered. The effect of selected psychological variables on human performance, the acquisition and development of motor skills, and the control of human movement will be probed. Research related to the study of human movement and related areas will be explored in an attempt to apply the information to future movements, regardless of whether the movement is in everyday activities or performed in a sport or athletic event. 

Students may elect to seek licensure to teach after completing the requirements listed under the Department of Education page.

Degree Requirements

B.S. Major in Kinesiology

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Brian Butterfield

For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation

Must choose an emphasis:  Exercise Science or Health and Human Performance (with or without Teacher Licensure)

126 hours


I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

Limit II. C. Quantitative Reasoning to MAT 101 College Algebra

Limit III. A. Behavioral Sciences to PSY 210 General Psychology 

*Limit III. B. Natural Sciences to CHE 121 and 121L (General Chemistry I and Lab)

34 hours


II. Major Requirements:

34 hours

BIO 100 

Human Biology OR 


BIO 211 

Human Anatomy & Physiology I 


HEA 121 

Principles of Nutrition 

HEA 217 

First Aid and CPR 

KIN 120 

Foundations of Kinesiology (W) 


KIN 327

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (W)


KIN 328

Anatomical Kinesiology


KIN 329 

Biomechanics of Human Movement 

KIN 338

Physiology of Exercise (W)


KIN 420

Motor Learning


KIN 425 

Organization and Administration of Physical Education (W)

KIN 426 

Adaptive Physical Education (W) 

PEA 100

Lifetime Wellness 


PEA 156 

Weight Training 


III. Additional Requirements (choose one emphasis below):

18 hours 

A.  Exercise Science* 


BIO 212 

Human Anatomy & Physiology II 

KIN 397/497 

Practicum in Exercise Science 

KIN 437 

Exercise Testing and Prescription 



MAT 235 

Introductory Statistics 


B.  Health and Human Performance 


HEA 216

Personal Health 

KIN 100 

Fundamentals of Movement 

KIN 225 

Physical Activities for Children 

KIN 235 

Fundamentals of Sport Skills 

KIN 320 

Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education (W) 




IV. Electives (including additional Bible)

40 hours

* Exercise Science emphasis requires taking BIO 211.

**Three (3) hours must be upper-division.

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Physical Education (Kinesiology)

1. Completion of the B.S. major in kinesiology as outlined above.

2. Required professional education courses. (see Department of Education entry)