Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: How do I change my Major to Kinesiology?

A: We strongly suggest students explore our website, inlcuding the handbook, to determine if they want to change their major.  The process of changing your major to Kinesiology has two parts.  First, you will need to attend a Change of Major Workshop). 

Click here to schedule to attend a Change of Major Workshop

Second, you will need to attend an Academic Plan Workshop.

Note: It will take up to 10 business days after a student attends the Academic Plan workshop for the plan to be reviewed and the major to be officially declared.

IMPORTANT: Students who already had two unsuccessful attempts of benchmark courses, or who need a Dean's exception to repeat a required benchmark course (BSCI105, BSCI201, BSCI202 or KNES core) will not be allowed to change into the Kinesiology major. Contact a KNES advisor if you need clarification.

Q: How does advising work in Kinesiology?

A: Kinesiology students do not have an assigned advisor, rather the advisors work as a team to serve the students.  Some students choose to meet with the same advisor every time and some choose the advsior based on which meeting time works for their schedule. Either way works!  We strongly encourage students meet with an advisor regularly to discuss course requirements, benchmarks, academic plans, internships, schedules, and career planning.

Have a quick question?  You can contact an advisor here e-mail (link sends e-mail).

Want to make and appointment?  Click here!

Q: What happens if my GPA falls below a 2.0?

A: If your GPA falls below a 2.0, you are no longer in good standing at the University. If this happens to you, you are placed on academic probation and it is reflected on your transcript. Your first step is to schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement. They will assist you in developing an academic plan for the semester. Someone there will also serve as your advisor for the semester you are on probation. Advising for students on probation is mandatory. You will not be permitted to register without their permission. The sooner you make an appointment, the better!

Q:  I'm interested in Physical Therapy. Is Kinesiology a good major to prepare me for this?

A: Yes! Physical therapy is a popular interest for our students and can help prepare you for a PTA or DPT program. We have several courses that satisfy major requirements to help prepare students for PT school, such as Principles & Techniques of Manual Muscle Testing.  Please note that there are additional courses required as prerequisites for DPT programs that are not required for the major, such as Physics and Chemistry. This means you can take these courses as electives for your degree. To view a sample four-year plan that outlines your Kinesiology major requirements, General Education requirements, and PT prerequisite courses, please visit here.

Q: What can I do with a degree in Kinesiology?

A: Since Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary field, our students have a variety of interests. Some popular interests include Medicine and Allied Health, such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, and Medicine.  Other interests include fitness, health promotion and wellness, and sport. To view job titles of recent graduates and a list of employers, visit here.

Q: What classes should I take at my community college or current institution to be ready for Kinesiology?

A: If you are currently enrolled at a Maryland Community College, we recommend working with the Pre-Transfer Advising office. You can also use the Transfer Credit database to search for courses at your institution to know if they are equivalent to a course at UMD. In general, it is helpful to take courses equivalent to: 

BSCI170/171: Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
BSCI201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BSCI202: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
MATH113, 115, 120, or 140: Precalculus or Calculus
STAT100: Elementary Statistics and Probability
KNES287: Sport and American Society
KNES293: History of Sport in America
Courses that satisfy General Education requirements for Fundamental Academic Writing (FSAW), Humanities (DSHU), and Oral Communication (FSOC)