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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Explore the science of human motion and health with a Kinesiology degree from UNT.
UNT's Kinesiology Bachelor's program will train you for a future in teaching, coaching, ergonomics and health and wellness. It can also prepare you for graduate studies in physical or occupational therapy, and other medical professions. You will be able to encourage mental health, physical health and overall quality of life of our modern, diverse society.

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Why Earn a Kinesiology Degree?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and is a major that's experiencing tremendous growth. People with kinesiology backgrounds are involved in teaching, coaching, allied health, ergonomics and health and wellness. Depending on the specialization, career options include:

A Bachelor of Science with a major in kinesiology shows that you are committed to best practices within the field of human movement and wellness. By choosing the general track, you have a wide latitude for choice of studies within your major.

You'll learn from faculty members who've been recognized for their teaching and research by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. In some upper-level course curricula, we incorporate training and research opportunities, possibly as part of a community outreach program.

Past outreach projects have involved designing and implementing physical activity lesson plans for Denton area children with disabilities and teaching physical activity to children in Denton area schools.

Marketable Skills
  • Apply knowledge of physical activity
  • Demonstrate effective teaching skills
  • Determine strategies for prevention of injuries
  • Develop and coordinate fitness programs
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies

Kinesiology Degree Highlights

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College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory positively influences the physical activity engagement of school-aged children to improve the health of students through empirical research, increasing public awareness and policy advocacy.
The Applied Physiology Laboratory includes more than 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities for the measurement of bioanalytical outcomes following various exercise or nutritional treatments.
You'll learn from faculty members who've been recognized for their teaching and research by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.

What Can You do With a Kinesiology Degree?

Kinesiology-Fitness Leadership prepares students to help people lead active and healthy lives and career options including:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Wellness Coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Strength and conditioning specialist

Many of our students pursue graduate opportunities in exercise physiology or sports psychology.

Kinesiology Degree Courses You Could Take

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1 hr)
Laboratory studies examining the functional anatomy and physiology of the human body including cell morphology, tissue histology, musculoskeletal anatomy and nervous system anatomy.
Introduction to Kinesiology (3 hrs)
Survey of the foundations underlying the scientific basis of kinesiology. Units include curricula, historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, physiological, biomechanical, pedagogical and motor behavioral components essential to the study of kinesiology. Students are introduced to the skills and knowledge required to become a successful practitioner, researcher or teacher in the psychomotor domain. Students are expected to complete this course prior to enrolling in kinesiology core courses.
Sociology of Sport(3 hrs)
Study of social behavior in sport with particular emphasis on its relationship to the cultural perspectives of socialization, minorities, economics, politics and current issues.
Psychology of Sport (3 hrs)
Survey of the literature concerning the relationship of psychological processes and motor performance. Topics include motivation, communication, anxiety management, youth sports, concentration, confidence and group dynamics.
Physiological Bases of Exercise and Sport (3 hrs)
Applied physiology course of study including bioenergetics, neuromuscular factors, and cardiovascular and pulmonary dynamics during exercise. Emphasis is placed on acute and chronic responses of human physiology to exercise stress.

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