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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).

If you are needing to contact the Advising Center for the department:

To contact the Kinesiology Department- email

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.


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.
Exercise Science

Exercise Science 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 Exercise Science Specialization prepares students for the rigors of graduate health professional degree programs, such as traditional and osteopathic medical school, physical/occupational therapy, physician assistant and entry level Master's programs in Athletic training.

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.

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 male 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.