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Kinesiology Major, BS in Kinesiology


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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.

Major Requirements and Rules

Advising Transition

Academic advising for freshmen, sophomores, and new transfer students in the Kinesiology major occurs in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Office of Advising & Student Services (BEC 332). A student will transition to KRSS Department advising after he/she completes the following U-track milestones:

  • Maintains a minimum cumulative UT GPA of 2.5 after a minimum of 60 hours of coursework.
  • Completes MATH 125 * or MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, KNS 200 , CHEM 132 * CHEM 133 *, and BCMB 230 . These are the uTrack milestones for the first four terms.
  • All of these courses must be completed with a C or better to remain in good standing and continue in the major.

At the end of each semester, staff of the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services will compile a list of students ready to change to departmental advising. 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 to complete this transition.

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 122 * and CHEM 123 *, CHEM 132 * and CHEM 133 *, and BCMB 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 122 * and CHEM 123 *, CHEM 132 * and CHEM 133 *, PHYS 221 *, Professional Science Elective, and BCMB 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 better 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 .

uTrack Requirements

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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Kinesiology Major


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
1Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3 2.5 cumulative GPA
CHEM 122 * and CHEM 123 *, or CHEM 128  4  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
2MATH 125 * or MATH 141 * or MATH 147  3  
3Physical Education Activity Program Elective 1  
2,4,10Unrestricted Elective 1  
Term 2
CHEM 132 * and CHEM 133 *, or CHEM 138  4 MATH 125 * or MATH 141 * with a grade of C or better
ENGL 102  3  
MATH 115 * or STAT 201 * or STAT 207  3  
3Physical Education Activity Program Elective 1  
PSYC 110 * or PSYC 117  3  
4Unrestricted Elective 1  
Term 3
BCMB 230   5 CHEM 132 * and CHEM 133 * with a grade of C or better
CMST 210 *, CMST 217 *, CMST 240 *, or CMST 247  3 KNS 200  with a grade of C or better
KNS 200   3  
PHYS 221  4  
Term 4
1Global Citizenship – International  Elective* 3 BCMB 230  with a grade of C or better
KNS 260N   1  
8Kinesiology Elective 3  
KNS 332 * 3  
KNS 350   3  
1Volunteer Core  Elective* 3  
Term 5
ENGL 255 * or ENGL 295 * or ENGL 360 * or JREM 450 * or JREM 451 * or JREM 456  or PHIL 252 * or PHIL 345  3 KNS 332 * with a grade of C or better
7KNS 480 * 3 PHYS 221 * with a grade of C or better
NUTR 100 * 3  
6Professional Elective 3  
1Volunteer Core  Elective* 3  
Term 6
1Global Citizenship – US  Elective* 3 No milestones
KNS Applied Oral Communication */Department elective (KNS 331 *, KNS 365 *, KNS 431 *, KNS 435 *, or KNS 475 *) 3  
7KNS 414   3  
8Kinesiology Elective 3  
6Professional Elective 3  
Term 7
1Engaged Inquiries  Elective* 3 No milestones
7KNS 422 * 3  
3Physical Education Activity Program Elective 1  
6Professional Elective 3  
9Professional Science 4  
Term 8
5Department Elective 3 No milestones
3Physical Education Activity Program Elective 1  
6Professional Electives 6  
4Unrestricted Electives 5  
TOTAL 120  
1 Select courses from the Volunteer Core  list*.
2 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.
3 Student must pass a total of 4 hours in physical education classes. Participation in athletic competition does not count toward these hours.
4 Classes that do not count in other areas of the Kinesiology curriculum can be counted as unrestricted electives.
5 Select courses from KNS 231 , KNS 290 KNS 331 *, KNS 335 , KNS 365 *, KNS 370 , KNS 380 , KNS 426 , KNS 431 *, KNS 435 *, KNS 440 , KNS 450 KNS 475 *, KNS 485 , KNS 490 , KNS 493 , KNS 497 ; RSM 326 *, RSM 335 , RSM 338 , RSM 370 , RSM 405 , RSM 415 , RSM 424 , RSM 426 , RSM 450 . Students must earn a C or better in these courses.
6 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 269 CHEM 359 , CHEM 360 , CHEM 368 ; CLAS 273 ; COSC 100 *; ECON 201 *; EEB 240 ; FINC 300 ; KNS 231 , KNS 290 KNS 331 *, KNS 335 , KNS 365 *, KNS 370 , KNS 380 , KNS 426 KNS 431 *, KNS 435 *, KNS 440 , KNS 450 KNS 475 *, 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 434 *, PSYC 435 , PSYC 440 , PSYC 461 , PSYC 470 , PSYC 475 , PSYC 482 PUBH 201 *, PUBH 202 , PUBH 315 , PUBH 350 , PUBH 401 ; RSM 326 *, RSM 335 , 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.
7 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.
8 Select one course from Group 1 and one course from Group 2. Students must earn a C or better in these courses.
Group 1: KNS 231 , KNS 290 , KNS 331 *, KNS 431 *, or KNS 490 .
Group 2: KNS 335 , KNS 365 *, KNS 435 *, KNS 440 , or KNS 475 *. 
9 Select at least 4 credits from BCMB 401 ; BIOL 220 , BIOL 229 , BIOL 240 ; CHEM 260 , CHEM 269 , CHEM 359 , CHEM 360 ; PHYS 222 *.
10 FYS 101  is highly recommended to be taken in fall of Freshman year.

* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements .   

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