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Moving toward a bright future

When you study kinesiology, you’re studying human movement. You’re not only learning about physical activity, but you’re also exploring its impact on people’s well-being.

Depending on your career goals, a kinesiology degree can prepare you to teach activities and habits that lay the foundation for a lifetime of good health. Or, you can build the skills and knowledge necessary to help people prevent injury — or recover from one.

Whatever path you choose, you’ll be working with knowledgeable professors committed to giving you the individualized attention and support you need to succeed.

Promising career choices

A degree in kinesiology can prepare you for a wide range of career options, including physical education teacher certification, medicine/rehabilitation, sports performance, fitness, research and other allied health areas. 

Two concentration options

The Bachelor of Science in kinesiology features two concentrations: exercise science and all-level teaching (physical education teaching from early childhood through grade 12).

If you’re interested in a career in the fitness and personal training industry, performance/strength and conditioning, or as a movement and kinesiology specialist, the exercise science program will help you get there.

The all-level teaching certification preparation concentration is a great option if you want a career as a teacher and/or coach in a public school setting.

BS in Kinesiology


Concentration in exercise science

This degree program combines a rigorous classroom curriculum with hands-on experience to move you closer to your career goals.

You’ll not only be prepared to sit for certification exams offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, you’ll also have the foundation you’ll need to pursue graduate studies in such fields as physical/occupational therapy, athletic training and medicine.

Concentration in all-level teaching (EC-12 physical education)

As you prepare for a rewarding career teaching physical education, you'll have opportunities to learn, practice, and refine your teaching skills, utilize the latest technology to assess your performance, and engage with colleagues and faculty in innovative and engaging ways as you develop your teaching skills.

  • The program culminates in a capstone class in which students take qualifying examinations in their content areas. Students must pass their qualifying exams before they can sit for the Texas teacher certification exam.
  • Students must meet the qualifications in their content areas before they begin clinical teaching.


Minor in athletic coaching

This minor is designed to prepare you to coach athletic teams and teach subjects besides physical education, health or dance  in a school setting. It’s also a great choice if you’d like to coach city parks and recreation teams, YMCA teams or other sports programs. Students who are majoring in a field of study other than kinesiology, health science or dance  are eligible for this minor.

Minor in exercise science

This minor will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for a wide range of certifications in the field of exercise science.

It also can make you more competitive when you apply to graduate programs in physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation.

Minor in kinesiology

This minor gives you a broad understanding of physical activity and how it can affect people. It’s a great fit for a wide range of degree programs.

Required courses include physical fitness concepts, foundations of kinesiology, measurement and evaluation, physiology of exercise and analysis of movement, among others.


Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13015, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962