The Department of Kinesiology provides students with the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree emphasizing exercise science and exercise research. The department has well-equipped laboratories in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Biochemistry, and Sport Biomechanics.
Students will be admitted to the Exercise Science major as first-year students. Transfer admissions will be considered in accordance with the Exercise Science major (twice per year – October 1 and February 1 application deadlines). Transfer applicants should be in good academic standing at the time of application, with those who hold a 3.0 or higher given greater consideration. Admission is highly competitive, with preference being given to students with strong preparation in mathematics and science.
Exercise Science prepares students to analyze sport and exercise performance in a physiological context. The majority of students use this major to prepare for graduate study in exercise physiology, medicine, physician assistant programs, athletic training, physical therapy, and other health-related fields, or employment in exercise-related professions. Students complete coursework in general education, cognate areas, and kinesiology. Requirements include: BIOL 1107, 1108; CHEM 1127Q, 1128Q; CHEM 2241 or 2443; COMM 1100; MATH 1060Q or 1131Q; MCB 2000 or 3010; NUSC 1165; PHYS 1201Q, 1202Q; PNB 2264, 2265; PSYC 1100; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; KINS 1100, 1160 (when taken as “Free Weight Training”), 1160 (when taken as “First Aid and CPR”), 2227, 3320, 3522, 3530/W, 3545/W, 4205/W, 4500, 4510/W.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits from related coursework from any of the following departments: CHEM, KINS, MCB, PVS, PNB, PSYC. Students in the 3 + 2 accelerated program are encouraged to take the following related courses: KINS 2200, 3212, 3222; and NUSC 4250 to help prepare for the M.S.A.T program. Other courses may be used to meet this requirement pending advisor and department head approval.
All students in the Department of Kinesiology will be required to successfully complete two writing intensive courses within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. The W courses will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain and will be consistent with the practices of professionals in the areas of exercise physiology and exercise-related fields. Courses that will satisfy the W requirement include KINS 3099W, 3530W, 3545W, 3697W, 4205W, and 4510W. The information literacy competency requirement for students in the Department of Kinesiology will be satisfied by the successful completion of the W courses within the major.
Students enrolled in the Exercise Science major who intend to join the Athletic Training or Physical Therapy graduate programs should seek specific course advice from their major advisors during the first year.
Supplemental Dismissal Standards
To remain in the Exercise Science Program, students are expected to attain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of the semester in which they reach 56 credits, and a GPA of 2.7 or higher at the end of the semester in which they reach 84 credits. Students must also maintain a “B” average in the core perquisite courses outlined in the M.S.A.T. admissions requirements.
Exercise Science/Athletic Training 3+2 (B.S./M.S.)
The accelerated 3+2 program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.). The five-year (3+2) program facilitates students to complete degree requirements for the Exercise Science major in 3 years through the Pre-Professional Athletic Training track before completing their final two years in the Professional Phase and earning a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.
Students will be admitted to the 3+2 accelerated program (Exercise Science undergraduate major) as first-year students with continuance into the M.S.A.T. program upon completion of the B.S. degree in Exercise Science. Transfer admissions to the accelerated program will be considered in accordance with the Exercise Science major (twice per year – October 1 and February 1 application deadlines). Transfer applicants should be in good academic standing at the time of application, with those who hold a 3.0 or higher given stronger consideration. Admission is highly competitive, with preference given to students with strong preparation in mathematics and science and demonstrated interest in athletic training as a professional career. Students will be pre-admitted to the M.S.A.T. program when accepted to the 3+2 accelerated track and assigned a specific advisor who will guide them through their undergraduate degree. Students will need to maintain all pre-requisite requirements for the M.S.A.T. degree and complete the process of applying to the Graduate School in order to have the GRE requirements waived, and admittance to the M.S.A.T. program guaranteed.