Stephen F. Austin State University

Kinesiology and Health Science

Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology & Health Science

The primary purpose of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science is to prepare undergraduate health science, kinesiology, and dance professionals. The department is also concerned with the development of the total fitness, health and recreational sports skills of the general university student through programs of fitness and lifetime sports. In addition, programs leading to endorsements and certifications are offered in the areas of first aid, personal training, and water safety.

The Department also offers the opportunity for the preparation of athletic coaches.

For details on the department, programs and course offerings, please view our section in the SFA General Bulletin (under The James I. Perkins College of Education).

Undergraduate Programs


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.


The mission of the Undergraduate Kinesiology Program is to provide high quality educational experiences and opportunities to students seeking knowledge in a wide variety of fields within the discipline of physical education, coaching and human performance.
The Kinesiology Professional Program has diverse offerings for undergraduate study. Students may major or minor in the program and pursue a Physical Education Teacher Certification or Fitness and Human Performance Studies emphasis.
EC-12 All-level Physical Education
For those planning to teach in schools, the Physical Education Teacher Certification ( EC-12 All level Pysical Education) emphasis is "National Recognized" by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). This emphasis prepares students for teaching EC-12 physical education and coaching athletic teams.
Fitness and Human Performance
The Fitness and Human Performance Studies emphasis focuses on preparing students for the highly sought after American College of Sports Medicine's, Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) certification. This emphasis prepares students to work in health and fitness clubs, as well as clinical settings.

Health Science

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.
Health (EC-12)
For those planning to teach in schools, the EC-12 Health Program is "Nationally Recognized" by the American Association of Health Education (AHHE).
Community Health
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.


Regents Scholarship- Kinesiology/Health Science Department- students eligible are those who are incoming freshman, sophomore, or junior-level students who have not previously attended SFASU; top 15% of graduating high school class; minimum 1220 SAT; or minimum 27 ACT.

Harling-Jagoe Scholarship- Must be sophomore, junior, or senior with a 3.0 GPA and show financial need. Must major in history or kinesiology.

J & B Linney Scholarship- Junior standing (at least 66 hours) and may not be a member of an athletic team. Must plan to enter the coaching profession and have at least a 2.0 GPA.

Dr. Lucille Norton Scholarship- Female with senior standing (at least 99 hours) minimum of 20 hours of physical education. Highest GPA for her classification.

Dr. Jane Robertson Scholarship- Student majoring in Kinesiology all-level with a Special education endorsement, student must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Dr. June Irwin Outstanding Female Kinesiology Graduate Award- honors the top female graduate from the Kinesiology Department each year.

Roy Hanna Outstanding Men's Kinesiology Graduate Award- honors the top graduate from the Kinesiology Department each year.

Applicants for all department scholarships must return a completed Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Foundation Scholarship Application Form to the SFASU Alumni Office by March 1st.

Graduate Programs

The Graduate Program in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science offers a course of study leading to a Master of Science in Athletic Training or a Master of Science in Kinesiology.

Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is an entry-level program that upon completion will enable the student to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) national examination. The Master of Science in Athletic Training is accredited at the graduate level by CAATE.


The Master of Science in Kinesiology is a research-intensive, evidence-based training program that provides two emphasis tracks to accommodate varying interests in the fields of human performance, clinical physiology and rehabilitation, behavioral/lifestyle medicine, and psychosocial aspects of health.