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The kinesiology major is an undergraduate option that permits the student to individualize a course of study from several academic offerings in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education. The kinesiology major is intended for the student who desires greater flexibility in choosing courses related to the study of human movement and physical activity, but is not interested in a specific professional orientation. The program of study chosen can prepare the student for graduate work in a specific discipline or degree program in human movement science (e.g., sport philosophy, history of sport, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor behavior, or other related areas).

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare the major in kinesiology.

Program Requirements

Students in the kinesiology major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and must complete its requirements.

The major consists of a 22-credit academic core and an elective pool from which 12 credits are selected in consultation with the major advisor.

Required Core Courses (22 credits)

  • PES 305 Significance of Physical Activity
  • PES 326 Kinetics of Exercise and Sport
  • PES 335 Physiological Bases for Exercise and Sport
  • PES 349 Motor Learning
  • PES 3xx Advanced Performance
  • PES 430 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PES 441 Sport in Society

Elective Courses (12 credits required)

A maximum of one additional Advanced Performance course may count toward the required elective credits.

  • PES 3XX Advanced Performance
  • PES 315 Fitness for Healthful Living
  • PES 325 Kinesiological Bases for Exercise and Sport
  • PES 350 History of Sport, Play, and Exercise
  • PES 360 Philosophy of Sport, Play, and Exercise
  • PES 396 Women in Sport
  • PES 399 Independent Study
  • PES 401 Physical Activity in Adulthood
  • PES 405 Obesity in Society
  • PES 413 Human Development and Movement
  • PES 414 Assessment Physical Education and Sport
  • PES 420 Biomechanical Skill Analyses
  • PES 445 Social Psychology of Sport
  • PES 446 Sport Spectating in the United States
  • PES 451 The Modern Olympic Games
  • PES 460 Ethics of Sport Contests
  • PES 461 Theories of Play
  • PES 490 Physical Education Exchange Program
  • PES 495 Topics in Physical Education
  • PES 499 Independent Study

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. explain physiological, kinesiological, and biomechanical principles related to physical activity.
  2. evaluate the socio-cultural and historical context of physical activity.
  3. explain psychological and motor behavior principles related to physical activity.
  4. explain physical activity's importance for health, wellness, and quality of life.
  5. analyze philosophic issues and arguments related to physical activity.
  6. exhibit the skills required for proficient performance in physical activity.