Are you interested in helping people improve their physical and psychological health? Do you have a sports background? Are you good at motivating people? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of North Texas.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement and is a major that is experiencing tremendous growth. People with kinesiology backgrounds are involved in teaching, coaching, athletic training, allied health, ergonomics, and health and wellness. Depending on the specialization, career options include:
With additional training, you could work as a physician assistant, nutritionist, chiropractor, physical or occupational therapist, or in another related health field. Many of our undergraduate students pursue graduate opportunities in exercise physiology or sports psychology.
Our rigorous curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of kinesiology. You can focus your studies to one of the following degree tracks:
You will learn from faculty members who have been recognized for their teaching and research by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the American College of Sports Medicine; and the National Academy of Kinesiology. Their areas of expertise are:
Within some of our upper-level course curricula, we incorporate training and research opportunities, possibly as part of a community outreach program. Past outreach projects have included designing and implementing physical activity lesson plans for children with disabilities in the Denton area and teaching physical activity to children in Denton area schools.
Scholarships sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation are available to help you pay for your education. More information about these scholarships is at www.coe.unt.edu/khpr.
The Pohl Recreation Center allows you to maintain a healthy lifestyle while pursuing your degree. You can also become a resident of the Health and Wellness Community if you live on campus. More information about this REAL community is at www.unt.edu/housing.
As a Kinesiology major, you will study the behavioral, historical, mechanical, physiological, psychological and sociological foundations of exercise and sport. You will also learn about the development of skill and knowledge in specific forms of dance, exercise and sport.
The degree requirements are:
Our Career Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or the equivalent in high school.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.
In your senior year, apply for admission at www.applytexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit www.unt.edu/credit.
If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our Transfer Articulation web page, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor/advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will help you receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.
Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year. The center is in the University Union, Room 320. More information is at transition.unt.edu.