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 mission of the Dance Program is to professionally prepare future teachers who possess a breadth of understanding in the discipline and who will continue to uphold high standards of excellence. In turn the students will make contributions to dance in education and as an art form. Students are encouraged to reach their highest technical and creative potential to the extent that, should they desire to pursue graduate studies in Dance or a performing career, they will be sufficiently prepared to realize their goals.

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

EC-12 teacher certification in physical education is the specialization that many students select to prepare for careers in teaching and coaching in the public school systems. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA and complete all degree plan coursework to graduate. While completing the degree plan students are eligible to sit for the State of Texas certification exams. Once a student has achieved a passing score on the certification exam and completed the undergraduate degree plan in Kinesiology with a specialization in EC-12 Physical Education, he/she may apply to the State of Texas for his/her teaching certification.

Fitness and Human Performance

Fitness and Human Performance Studies is the specialization that students select when they want to pursue careers in the following: fitness and personal training industry, performance/strength and conditioning , movement specialist and kinesiologist. This program prepares students to sit for gold standard certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Also, the Fitness and Human Performance Specialization, an applied science and the Pre-Health Professionals Program prepares students for the rigors of graduate health professional degree programs, such as traditional and osteopathic medical school, physical/occupational therapy, physician's assistant and entry level Master's programs in Athletic training.


The mission of the Health Science Program is to provide quality academic education and structured professional experiences designed to prepare students to promote health and enhance the quality of life for individuals and their communities.

Community Health Concentration

For students planning to conduct health education and health promotion in a non-classroom setting, including advanced concepts, such as consumer health, environmental health, chemical dependency, human sexuality, and evaluation and administration of health programs.

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


For current detailed information regarding the Kinesiology Graduate Programs, visit their website.