Kinesiology - BS, Dance Science Track

The Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology offers several options designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in public school education, exercise science and dance science. Some options also provide academic preparation for students interested in professional schools, e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant or medicine. There are some common course requirements for all kinesiology options. Additional hours for each option are specifically designed to prepare students for that field of study. The sequencing of courses should be determined in consultation with an appropriate academic advisor.

This option is offered to prepare and educate students to enter the field of dance science. Dance Scientists are professionals who are employed by dance companies and dance training facilities throughout the world to devise effective training programs as well as advise the dancers regarding nutrition, injury prevention/care and dance psychology. Dance Scientists also become researchers, dance therapists, massage therapists and better informed dancers and teachers.

This degree plan has been laid out showing students the number of hours they must take each semester in order to complete the degree in four years without attending summer school.  This is a suggested plan and does not have to be followed as laid out below.  Students should use this information in conjunction with advising documents available from their advisor or the department website when scheduling courses each semester to ensure they are meeting all prerequisites, taking courses for admission to professional phase in a timely manner and meeting all grade requirements.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 103 or ENGL 104Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition or Composition and Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Finite Mathematics  
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II  
BIOL 107Zoology 4
DCED 160Ballet I 2
DCED 171Modern Dance I 2
PSYC 107Introduction to Psychology 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Select one of the following: 3
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Elements of Creative Writing  
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
KINE 213Foundations of Kinesiology 3
KINE 260Movement Lab: Ballet I 2
KINE 271Movement Lab: Modern Dance I 2
KINE 199Required Physical Activity 31
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
PHYS 201College Physics 4
DCED 161Ballet II 2
DCED 172Modern Dance II 2
KINE 201Pilates Apparatus 2
DCED 303Health Practices for Dancers 2
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 319Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
DCED 203Dance Production 3
KINE 361Movement Lab: Ballet II 2
KINE 372Movement Lab: Modern Dance II 2
KINE 175 or KINE 199Gender Neutral Partnering or Required Physical Activity 31
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
BIOL 320Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
DCED 162Ballet III 2
DCED 173Modern Dance III 2
NUTR 202Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3
DCED 306Dance Composition I 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
DCED 301Dance History 43
DCED 400Dance Composition II 2
KINE 305Sport Nutrition 3
KINE 318Athletic Injuries 3
KINE 462Movement Lab: Ballet III 2
KINE 473Movement Lab: Modern Dance III 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
KINE 406Motor Learning and Skill Performance 3
SPMT 304Sport Psychology Management and Practice 3
DCED 402Dance Composition III 2
KINE 482Seminar 41
Language, philosophy and culture elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
DCED 202Dance Appreciation 53
DCED 401Dance Pedagogy 3
KINE 120The Science of Basic Health and Fitness 1
KINE 403Dance Wellness 3
KINE 433Physiology of Exercise 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

Course selection should meet the International and Cultural Diversity Graduation requirement if needed.


Must meet Core Curriculum requirements.


To be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.  Students must take a specific activity.


Meets the University writing requirement.


Meets Creative Arts core curriculum requirement.