The Kinesiology major prepares students for a variety of careers in health-related fitness and for graduate or professional study in various fields within kinesiology (exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor behavior, physical activity epidemiology, etc.), allied health professions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, athletic training, etc.) and medicine. Incoming freshmen ("first year students") can enter the Kinesiology major when they start at UT, or during their first two years. Transfer students can enter the Kinesiology major when they start at UT.
If a chosen career path will require graduate school, a student should know that planning for that starts now. Educational preparation as an undergraduate is an essential part of success later on. Many students arrive at the university with the goal to become a physician, physical therapist, or other health professional, but they have little knowledge of what the profession is really like or of its demands. Because competition is so intense in medicine and other health professions, students should become as familiar as possible with the career they are pursuing, including the additional education requirements and the minimum GPA and grades in specific courses to be competitive for admission to graduate study.
uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)
Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.
Major Requirements and Rules
Academic advising for freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students in the Kinesiology major occurs in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Office of Advising & Student Services (BEC 332). To transition from college to department advising, the student must complete an application form and submit it to department advising staff (322 HPER or via email to the staff member listed on the application). College and department advising staff will assist students making this transition.
uTrack students will transition from college to department advising upon completion of the following:
- A minimum cumulative UT GPA of 2.5 after a minimum of 45 hours of coursework.
- Completion of MATH 125 * or MATH 141 *, KNS 100 , CHEM 130 *, and PHYS 221 *. These are the uTrack milestones for the first four terms.
- All of these courses must be completed with a C or better.
Students not following the uTrack requirements must apply for transition from college to department advising prior to the completion of 75 hours of coursework. Hours earned through AP credit or dual enrollment while in high school do not count toward this total. These students must also meet the following criteria:
- Achievement of a minimum cumulative UT GPA of 2.5 after a minimum of 45 hours of coursework.
- Completion KNS 100 , CHEM 120 *, and PHYS 221 *.
- All of these courses must be completed with a C or better.
Applications for the transition from college to department advising can be obtained by visiting HPER 322 or the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies department website. Once the application form is approved by the department, students will be emailed a letter with the name and contact information of their new department advisor. Students will then be responsible for scheduling a meeting with their new advisor for an advising appointment in HPER.
Minimum Grades and Required GPA for Continuation in the Major
Students who do not earn a C or better in MATH 125 * or MATH 141 *, PHYS 221 *, and KNS 332 will not be allowed to take KNS 422 - Biomechanics of Human Movement . Students who do not earn a C or better in CHEM 120 *, CHEM 130 *, and Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology 230 will not be allowed to take KNS 414 - Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription or KNS 480 - Physiology of Exercise .
All Kinesiology courses, Professional Electives, Department Electives, MATH 125 * or MATH 141 *, CHEM 120 *, CHEM 130 *, PHYS 221 *, PHYS 222 *, and Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology 230 (or any course(s) used as a substitute for these requirements) must all be passed with a C or better to graduate.
Kinesiology majors must maintain a cumulative UT GPA of 2.5 or higher to register for any required 400-level Kinesiology courses (KNS 414 , KNS 422 , and KNS 480 ) and to graduate.
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Honors Program
Kinesiology majors have the opportunity to participate in the college's honors program. For eligibility and requirements, see College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Honors Program .
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education – Kinesiology Major
||Select courses from the University General Education list.
||If math placement score is not high enough to enter into MATH 125 * or MATH 141 * directly, MATH 119 or MATH 123 * or MATH 130 is recommended. If taken, MATH 119 , MATH 123 *, or MATH 130 can be counted as an unrestricted elective.
||Student must pass a total of 4 hours in physical education classes. Participation in athletic competition does not count toward these hours.
||Classes that do not count in other areas of the Kinesiology curriculum can be counted as unrestricted electives.
||Select courses from KNS 231 , KNS 290 , KNS 331 , KNS 334 , KNS 335 , KNS 365 , KNS 370 , KNS 380 , KNS 426 , KNS 431 , KNS 440 , KNS 450 , KNS 485 , KNS 490 , KNS 493 , KNS 497 ; RSM 326 , RSM 335 , RSM 336 , RSM 337 , RSM 338 , RSM 370 , RSM 405 , RSM 415 , RSM 424 , RSM 426 , RSM 450 . Students must earn a C or better in these courses.
||Select courses from ACCT 200 ; ANTH 480 ; any BCMB course; BIOL 101 *, BIOL 102 *, BIOL 150 *, BIOL 160 *, BIOL 159 *, BIOL 220 , BIOL 229 , BIOL 240 , BIOL 260 , BIOL 269 ; CFS 210 *; CHEM 260 , CHEM 268 , CHEM 360 , CHEM 368 , CHEM 369 ; CLAS 273 ; COSC 100 *; ECON 201 *; EEB 240 ; FINC 300 ; KNS 231 , KNS 290 , KNS 331 KNS 334 , KNS 335 , KNS 365 , KNS 370 , KNS 380 , KNS 426 , KNS 431 , KNS 440 , KNS 450 , KNS 485 , KNS 490 , KNS 493 , KNS 497 ; MARK 300 ; MGT 201 , MGT 300 ; MICR 210 *; NURS 201 , NURS 351 ; NUTR 302 ; PHIL 244 *, PHIL 252 *; PSYC 220 , PSYC 300 , PSYC 301 , PSYC 310 , PSYC 320 , PSYC 330 , PSYC 360 , PSYC 382 , PSYC 400 *, PSYC 410 , PSYC 430 , PSYC 431 , PSYC 434 *, PSYC 435 , PSYC 440 , PSYC 461 , PSYC 470 , PSYC 475 , PSYC 480 , PSYC 482 , PSYC 496 ; PUBH 201 , PUBH 202 , PUBH 315 , PUBH 350 , PUBH 401 ; RSM 326 , RSM 335 , RSM 336 , RSM 337 , RSM 338 , RSM 370 , RSM 405 , RSM 415 , RSM 424 , RSM 426 , RSM 450 ; STAT 201 *. Students must earn a C or better in these courses. Other courses not listed here may be petitioned to count as kinesiology professional electives with approval of the assigned kinesiology faculty advisor. Check with advisor prior to taking the course. Courses selected as professional electives cannot be used to fulfill additional requirements in the program.
||Kinesiology students must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 to register for these courses. Students must earn a C or better in these courses.
||Select one course from KNS 231 , KNS 290 , or KNS 335 . Students must earn a C or better in this course.
* Meets University General Education Requirement .