Kinesiology - BS, Exercise Science Track, Motor Behavior Concentration

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.

The three options in exercise science expose students to a strong science background making them excellent candidates for employment opportunities in exercise related areas (cardiac rehabilitation, corporate or private fitness), advanced graduate studies (motor behavior, exercise physiology) or professional school (medical, dental or physical therapy). Course prerequisites for medical, dental or physical therapy professional schools are included in the various programs under this track.

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 from the following: 3-4
Finite Mathematics  
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II  
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
American history 13
Creative arts 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Technical and Business Writing  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
KINE 121Physical and Motor Fitness Assessment 2
American history 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
PHYS 201College Physics 4
PSYC 107Introduction to Psychology 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
PHYS 202College Physics 4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
KINE 213Foundations of Kinesiology 3
Language, philosophy and culture 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
BIOL 319Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
KINE 307Lifespan Motor Development 3
KINE 198Health and Fitness Activity 21
KINE 199Required Physical Activity 3,41
SOCI 205Introduction to Sociology 3
STAT 302 or STAT 303Statistical Methods or Statistical Methods 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 320Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSYC 306Abnormal Psychology 3
KINE 318Athletic Injuries 3
KINE 199Required Physical Activity 3,41
Professional development elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
KINE 406Motor Learning and Skill Performance 3
KINE 427Therapeutic Principles 3
PSYC 307Developmental Psychology 3
Professional development elective 33
Professional development elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
KINE 426Exercise Biomechanics 4
KINE 433Physiology of Exercise 3
KINE 482Seminar 21
Professional development elective 33
Professional development elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

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


Meets University writing requirement. Select writing intensive section of KINE 198.


To be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.


Participation in band or athletics cannot be used for KINE 199 credit. KINE 199 activities cannot be repeated for credit and must be taken for a grade.