Kinesiology


Your Future in Kinesiology

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 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:

  • Allied health professional
  • Athletic trainer
  • Ergonomic consultant
  • Fitness instructor
  • Middle school, high school or collegiate coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher
  • Sports director
  • Strength and conditioning specialist

With additional training, you could work as a physician assistant, nutritionist, chiropractor, physical or occupational therapist, or in another health-related field. Many of our students pursue graduate opportunities in exercise physiology or sports psychology.

What we offer

Our rigorous curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of kinesiology. You can focus your studies to one of the following degree tracks:

  • Allied health pre-professional
  • All-level teacher certification
  • Athletic training
  • General kinesiology
  • Health fitness

You’ll 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 Association for Girls and Women in Sport. Their areas of expertise are:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Human performance
  • Physical activity
  • Psychology of sport
  • Sociology of sport
  • Sport instructional methods
  • Teacher preparation

In some upper-level course curricula, we incorporate training and research opportunities, possibly as part of a community outreach program. Past outreach projects have been designing and implementing physical activity lesson plans for Denton area children with disabilities and teaching children physical activity in the Denton area schools.

Scholarships sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation are available to help you pursue your education.

The Pohl Recreation Center allows you to maintain a healthy lifestyle while pursuing your degree. The facility features an enormous weight and cardio room, indoor track, eight-lane lap pool, leisure pool and four multi-purpose courts.

What to expect

As a Kinesiology major, you will study the behavioral, historical, mechanical, physiological, psychological and sociological foundations of exercise and sport. You’ll also learn about the development of skill and knowledge in specific forms of dance, exercise and sport.

The degree requirements are:

  • 24 credit hours of theory core courses
  • 5 credit hours of performance core courses
  • Electives in coaching, health fitness and children’s programs

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

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 ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas 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.

Transfer students

If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to 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.