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Kinesiology provides a scientific understanding of human movement with academic emphasis on the disciplinary, professional and activity dimensions of biological and behavioral components of movement, exercise and sport.
The undergraduate program in Kinesiology offers a complete curriculum that prepares students for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors, and in teaching. The mission of the undergraduate program is to develop students who are recognized for their leadership in the human service and educational realms of public and private schools and institutions. The program prepares students to go into corporate fitness programs, fitness and/or sports medicine centers, as well as careers in teaching and/or coaching of physical education.
Students with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology are committed to best practices within the field of human movement and wellness. Each undergraduate major has a faculty member who provides guidance about career and professional opportunities, and who provides a supportive and caring environment, focused on worthwhile learning and appropriate knowledge and skills in their teaching, research, and service.
There are five possible tracks to a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology:
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General Non-Certification - offers a degree in Kinesiology with wide latitude for choice of studies.
All-Level Teacher Certification - students will graduate with all-level Physical Education certification. >> So You Want to Teach PE?
Health Fitness Interest - This option prepares students for fitness-related careers and research.
Athletic Training - This option emphasizes athletic training techniques and theory.
Allied Health Pre-Professional - designed for acceptance into graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant or medicine.
Undergraduate Admissions are handled through University of North Texas Admissions.
The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation offers a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. Students in this program graduate with an understanding of basic research methodology and an understanding of the professional literature, trends and research being conducted in kinesiology. Career opportunities for graduates are generally found in the private sector with health clubs, wellness centers, corporations, rehabilitation centers, athletic groups and other private groups; or within the teaching profession as teachers, coaches, athletic trainers and administrators.
Students in this program also have the option of concentrating in Sport Pedagogy, with optional PE Teacher Certification.
The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation provides teaching fellowships on a competitive basis to full-time graduate students.
See Departmental Graduate Admissions for application procedures.