About the Department of Kinesiology
Kinesiology is an academic discipline that focuses on the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Our faculty's vast teaching experience, research expertise, and commitment to service provide rich learning experiences for students across all of the department's academic programs.
Undergraduates have degree options two academic areas, Exercise Science and Kinesiology. The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science has two tracks, Clinical Health Professions and Fitness/Wellness. The Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology also has two tracks: Physical Education Teacher Education, a track leading to Texas Teacher Certification, and a Kinesiology Generalist degree with an optional Sports Emphasis available. Each of our undergraduate program areas share a common core of kinesiology courses that provide students with a strong foundation in the sciences of human anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology; they also provide an introduction to research methods. Regardless of their discipline, students are prepared to be active professionals who are capable of impacting the overall health and well-being of their students, clients, and patients.
Graduate students interested in the effects of exercise on health and well-being should consider our Master of Science in Exercise Science program. This Master's program is a research-based program focusing on the effects of exercise on health and well-being, and provides graduate students the opportunity to build their research skills under the mentorship of a departmental faculty member. The ongoing research of Kinesiology faculty in areas such as physiology of exercise, postural control, athletic training, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, pedagogy, motor learning, and the general areas of allied health sciences provide the research core for the M.S. program.
Athletic Training is the Department's third academic area and offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training for those interested in a career as a certified athletic trainer. Entry into this program is competitive and selective, with one cohort admitted per year. Students in this program focus on scientific theory, skill acquisition, application of skills, and professional behaviors in a variety of classroom, laboratory and clinical fieldwork settings in order to build the experiences and expertise needed to pass the BOC Exam and to be competent, creative and caring athletic trainers.