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About the Undergraduate Program

Program Overview

The Department of Kinesiology has one undergraduate major, the BS in Kinesiology. All majors in the department gain conceptual and experiential knowledge in the anatomical, physiological, psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives on physical activity, movement, exercise and sport. Today there are close to 1000 undergraduates majoring in Kinesiology who will go on to further study in health professions (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine), sport-related professions (sport management, sport marketing, coaching), fitness-related professions (exercise leader, personal trainer) and other health and physical activity-related careers. The Department and its faculty have strong roots in Physical Edcuation and some students pursue this feild.  Others will pursue a graduate program in research in Kinesiology.




The Department of Kinesiology is comprised of 21 full-time faculty:

  • 6 Full Professors
  • 5 Associate Professors
  • 6 Assistant Professors
  • 2 Professional Track Lecturers
  • 2 Research Assistant Professors
  • 13 Lecturers/Instructors

Five faculty are active, elected members of the National Academy of Kinesiology (the honorary organization limited to the top 125 leaders in the field). One faculty member, along with his collaborator, was the University of Maryland 1997 Inventor of the Year. Four faculty have held elected office in national scholarly organizations in the field (three as Presidents). Eight faculty in the Department affiliate with the Neural and Cognitive Sciences program (NACS). Several faculty have affiliate appointments in the Center on Aging, the Departments of Psychology, Communication, Woman's Studies, Robotics Center, Bioengineering, and the Medical School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Programs and Degrees 

The Department of Kinesiology offers one undergraduate degree:

  • B.S. in Kinesiology

Students interested in becoming physical education teachers complete the B.S. in Kinesiology and then apply to the MCERT program, a masters certification program in physical education. The undergraduate degree in physical education is currently suspended.

Three graduate degrees in Kinesiology are offered: M.A., M.P.H. and Ph.D., with specializations in four programmatic areas:

  • Cognitive Motor Neuroscience
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Cultural Studies
  • Physical Activity (the MPH degree is a concentration in Physical Activity)

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs in kinesiology, the Department has several courses in the university General Education program, including I-Series, Scholarship in Practice, Honors, and other courses. See for more information.


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