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Department of Kinesiology

Department Mission and History

Mission Statement

The Department of Kinesiology is committed to improving the physical activity and overall health of all individuals through high quality teaching, research, and service.


In 1970, UT Arlington established the Department of Physical Education within the College of Liberal Arts. The department’s primary functions included: (1) providing the required and elective physical education classes to students at the University and (2) providing pedagogy classes for students seeking teacher certification in physical education.

In the fall of 1989, the department was renamed the Department of Exercise, Sport, and Health Studies. Six years later, in 1995, the department launched its second degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sports. In the fall of 1999, the department was moved from the College of Liberal Arts to the School of Education (now the College of Education and Health Professions). In the fall of 2000, the department launched the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree plans in Athletic Training and changed its name to the Department of Kinesiology to better reflect the breadth and scope of its academic endeavors.


The Department of Kinesiology provides quality educational programs that emphasize scientific theory, hands-on learning in the laboratory setting and real-world application through clinical internships and other field-based experiences. The faculty's vast teaching experience and research expertise provide rich learning experiences across all of the department's academic programs.

The Department of Kinesiology currently offers a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Science. In June 2012, we launched a second graduate degree program, the Master’s of Science in Athletic Training. This program is an entry-level professional program designed to prepare students for the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers’ state licensure exam, the Board of Certification’s national certification exam.

The department’s undergraduate studies are organized into three program areas: athletic training, exercise science, and physical education teacher education. Each of these academic programs share a common core of kinesiology courses that provide students with a strong foundation in the sciences of human anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology, as well as an introduction to research methods. In addition to the kinesiology core, each undergraduate degree plan provides a comprehensive, discipline-specific program of study designed to prepare students for a specific career path.

The Department of Kinesiology also offers a minor in sports medicine, as well as two degree plan options that meet the prerequisite requirements for admission to physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician's assistant graduate programs, as well as medical and dental schools.