Stephen F. Austin State University

Kinesiology & Health Science

Kinesiology and Health Science Undergraduate Advising

The Student Services and Advising Center within the James I. Perkins College of Education has dedicated full time Academic Advisors, who advise students on which courses to take every semester until they graduate from SFA. For the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, this involves advising for Dance, Kinesiology (Fitness & Human Performances), Kinesiology All-Level Teaching, and Health Science.

For specific detailed information about the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, please visit their website.


The Dance Program is a division of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, College of Education. The philosophy of the Program is to instill within each student sound principles of movement, scholarship, and professional attitudes with teacher-preparation courses comprising an important component of the curriculum.

Available Concentrations:

Performance and Choreography


For more information on the Dance Program, visit the Kinesiology website.


What is Kinesiology? Simply stated, kinesiology is the study of human movement. The discipline of kinesiology offers a range of traditional classrooms activities and experiential learning leading to the development of knowledge, skills, values and dispositions required for careers in physical education, medicine/rehabilitation, sports performance, fitness, research, and other allied health areas. The Kinesiology and Health Science Department offers two areas of specialization within the broad field of Kinesiology.

Physical Education, EC-12 Teacher Certification

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education (EC-12) prepares students who are planning to teach physical education in school settings. The Physical Education Teacher Certification emphasis is "Nationally Recognized" by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). The EC-12 Physical Education Teacher Certification emphasis provides a rigorous program of preparation culminating in a capstone class (KIN 470). This class is generally taken during the semester the candidate is completing their internship and part of the requirements for this class entails the qualifying examination for enabling the student to sit for their content area for the State of Texas licensure exam (TExES). Students must meet the qualifications within their content area prior to student teaching. The program has a 100% pass rate for students taking the TExES exam during the past four years.

Fitness and Human Performance

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness & Human Performance prepares students for future specialized training and careers in clinical medicine, research, rehabilitation, therapy, fitness, athletic strength/conditioning, and other allied-health areas. The FHP studies program provides a rigorous, scientific-based curriculum, and hands-on clinical and field experience to provide students with an understanding of various career demands and possibilities.


The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Science is a dynamic major that is interdisciplinary in nature, and provides options that allow students to prepare for various careers in public health education and health promotion in settings, such as hospitals, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and worksite health promotion programs.

This degree exposes students to a wide-range of health science careers, while providing the foundational courses required for professional post-graduate work, such as public health, health education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, environmental health and more!

Community Health: For students planning to conduct health education and health promotion in a non-classroom setting, the curriculum includes advanced concepts in consumer health, environmental health, chemical dependency, human sexuality, and evaluation and administration of health programs. Community Health majors will complete 39 hours, a minimum of 18 hours advanced. HSC 121, 216, 235, 337, 351, 425, 430, 436, 489, 470, HSC 475 elective and HSC 480 internship.

Students will complete an internship in a community health agency.

For more information on the Health Science program(s), visit the Kinesiology website.