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Academic Programs: Physical Education Major

So you want to be a major?

All students in Physical Education are Physical Education majors. They choose a sub-disciplinary emphasis based on a particular area of vocational interest. The four emphases, as noted on the student's Academic Evaluation Report (AER), are denoted as follows:

  • BA.PE - General Physical Education
  • BA.PE + EXSC - Exercise Science
  • BA.PE + SPMG - Sport Management
  • BA.PE + EL (K-8) or SEC (7-12) or K12 (K-12) - Teacher Education

The Physical Education Nucleus

Kinesiology is organized and administered in a unique way that unites all its majors through a centralized foundation of common Physical Education coursework. The focal point from which this curricular nucleus is derived is the study of physical activity. All Kinesiology physical education majors are well-grounded in the reasons and ways people engage in physical activity, culminating in demonstrated competence in helping others discover and celebrate movement and play. All Physical Education majors, independent of emphasis, are required to take the following courses:

KIN 201 (3) - Historical & Sociological Foundations of Physical Education, Recreation & Sport
KIN 212 (3) - Anatomical Kinesiology
KIN 220 (3) - Motor Learning & Skill Performance
KIN 301 (3) - Measurement & Evaluation in Health, Physical Education & Recreation
KIN 325 (3) - Physiology of Physical Activity
KIN 332 (3) - Philosophy of Physical Education & Sport

Emphases and their requirements

» General Studies: SOC 315 (3), 2 Electives (KIN Interim and/or 200+ Level Courses)

» Exercise Science: KIN 213 (3), KIN 328 (3), +2 Electives (6-8), +Cognates - BIOL 141, 205, 206 CHEM 115, PHYS 223, MATH 143 (21-28), HE 254, CPR certification
*Pre-PT and pre-med take additional coursework in Chemistry, Physics, & Psychology

» Teacher Education K-12: KIN 156 (1)*, KIN 204 (2), KIN 213 (3), KIN 215 (3), KIN 280 (1), KIN 281 (1), KIN 305 (3)*, KIN 306 (3)**, KIN 380 (1), KIN 359 (3), EDUC 346 (12)
*Not Required for 7-12 Certification
**Not Required for K-8 Certification

» Sport Management: KIN 218, KIN 320, + Business Minor = BUS 160, BUS 203, BUS 380, ECON 221, ECON 222, 1 - 300+ BUS ELECTIVE

» Secondary Teaching Minor: KIN 204 (2), KIN 212 (3), KIN 220 (3), KIN 280 (1), KIN 281 (1), KIN 301 (3), KIN 306 (3), KIN 325 (3), KIN 332 (3), KIN 380 (1)

» Elementary Education Teaching Minor: KIN 156 (1), KIN 204 (2), KIN 212 (3), KIN 220 (3), KIN 280 (1), KIN 281 (1), KIN 301 (3), KIN 305 (3), KIN 325 (3), KIN 332 (3), KIN 380 (1)

» Physical Education Minor: (At least 18 hours) KIN 201 (3), KIN 220 (3), KIN 325 (3) +
*A Minimum of 7-10 Hours of at Least 3 KIN Courses from 200 Level & Above of Which One Course May be an Approved Interim

We encourage most of our physical education majors to consider working toward advanced degrees in physical education, exercise science, sport administration, sport nutrition or sport psychology. Our graduates have KINrformed very well in advanced degree programs.

Career options in Health & Physical Education

  • Physical Education
  • Health Education Teacher
  • Coach
  • Professional Instructor (e.g., golf, tennis)
  • Dance Instructor
  • Martial Arts Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Group Exercise Leader
  • Commercial/corporate Fitness Program
  • Wellness Program Director
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Health/fitness Counselor
  • Strength and Conditioning SKINcialist
  • Certified Aerobics Instructor
  • Sports Medicine
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Recreation Programs
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Orthopedic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medicine