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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Focus on health with a minor in kinesiology at UNT.
A minor in Kinesiology lets you explore and deepen your teaching, coaching, and athletic training. You will learn more about mental health, physical health and overall quality of life in our modern, diverse society.

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Why Earn a Kinesiology Minor?

The Kinesiology minor gives students outside of the KHPR program the opportunity to learn more about health and fitness, human movement, sports, and nutrition. Depending on the student's career goals, this minor can complement those with a major in business, nutrition, pre-med, education, or communications.

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 Minor 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 Minor?

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 Minor Courses You Could Take

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.
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.
Biomechanics (3 hrs)
The analysis of efficient movement through a study of mechanical and anatomical principles and their application to human movement.
Movement for Individuals with Disabilities (3 hrs)
Comprehensive practical approach to conducting physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities. Course includes discussion on relevant federal legislation, the social model of disability, procedures for assessment, and best practices for working with individuals with developmental, congenital, acquired or sensory disabilities.
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.

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