The Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology

The Kinesiology program is designed to provide a well-rounded, scholarly understanding of the body of knowledge that is centered on human movement and physical activity. Instruction within the Department of Kinesiology addresses the historical, cultural, developmental, and biophysical bases for quality participation in movement activities, with application to sport, physical activities, and wellness for people of all ages. Students are expected to develop an understanding of how human movement occurs, the factors that directly or indirectly influence movement, and the benefits of a movement-oriented lifestyle.

Degree Requirements

A total of 120 credits are needed to meet graduation requirements. These credits include 46 credits of KNES courses, 15 credits of supporting coursework, 27* credits that comprise the University's General Education requirements, and 32* elective credits (*GenEd and Elective credit totals may vary based on incoming transfer credit, including AP/IB credit, and double-counting GenEd course requirements). 

Please visit the Sample Graduation Plans page to see recommened semester templates.

Supporting Courses

Supporting courses include requirements which serve as background (prerequisites) for major core classes. Some of these classes also satisfy components of the General Education requirements. These courses total 15 credits and include the following:

BSCI170/171: Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology [pre-req: MATH120 placement]

BSCI201: Human Anatomy & Physiology I [pre-req: BSCI170/171 with C- or higher]

BSCI202: Human Anatomy & Physiology II [pre-req: BSCI201 with C- or higher]

Statistics** (1 course from: STAT100, BIOM301, BMGT230, EPIB300, EDMS451, PSYC200, SOCY201) [pre-reqs vary by course, please consult the schedule of classes to check what pre-reqs are required]

**Begining Fall '12, MATH111 is not accepted towards the Statistics requirement. MATH107 is also not accepted to satisfy the Statistics requirement.

Math requirement: Fall 2020 and later: Students entering the major Fall 2020 and later must complete MATH113, MATH115, MATH120, or MATH140 with a C- or higher.

Students who declared the major Spring 2020 or earlier are strongly encouraged to complete MATH113, MATH115, MATH120, or MATH140 with a C- or higher; however, a math placement of MATH140 would also satisfy the requrement. 

Kinesiology Core 

The program provides a hierarchical approach to the study of human movement, which is necessary for all students in the curriculum, regardless of career objectives. These seven courses form the essential sub-disciplines of human movement and are considered foundational to advance to more specific coursework. These courses can be taken in any order, but some courses do require pre-requisites (indicated below). These courses total 23 credits and include:

KNES287: Sport and American Society

KNES293: History of Sport in America

KNES300: Biomechanics of Human Motion [pre-req: BSCI201 with C- or higher and completion of MATH113, 115, 120, or 140 with C- or higher. Students declared as KNES Spring 2020 and earlier satisfy the prereq with a MATH140 placement]

KNES350: Psychology of Sport

KNES360: Physiology of Exercise [pre-req: BSCI201 + BSCI202 with C- or higher]

KNES370: Motor Development

KNES385: Motor Control and Learning

Upper-Level Option

The KNES Upper-Level Option Courses are 300-400 level KNES classes that have a KNES Core class as a prerequisite. These courses build on one or more of the KNES Major Core classes and give students an opportunity to customize their program. Students are encouraged to choose courses which align with their career goals. You can use the document below to view recommended courses based on career interests.

Document Matching KNES OPTION courses with Career Paths

IMPORTANT: Non-academic courses and internships (KNES389E, KNES335, KNES389, KNES389K and KNES498) cannot be used to fulfill the Kinesiology Option requirement.

Students must complete 12 credits or four courses from an expanding listing of courses. Recent and currently available option courses are listed below based on the corresponding KNES Core pre-requisite.

The following Option courses require KNES287 as a pre-req

KNES333: Motor Development and Fitness for Individuals with Disabilities [KNES370]

KNES355: Sport Management

KNES346: Sport for Development (formerly KNES389D, credit only granted for one)

KNES400*:  Foundations of Public Health in Kinesiology [SPHL100]

KNES457: Managing Youth Programs: Educational, Fitness, and Sport [KNES370]

KNES483: Sport Marketing and Media

KNES484: Sporting Hollywood [KNES293]

KNES485: Sport and Globalization

KNES498J: Special Topics; Equity & Diversity: Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity Participation and Health

KNES389I: Special Topics; Sport Economics

The following Option courses require KNES293 as a pre-req

KNES484: Sporting Hollywood [KNES287]

The following Option courses require KNES300 as a pre-req

KNES402: Biomechanics of Sport

KNES306: Prosthetics for Limb Amputations (formerly KNES498W, credit only granted for one)

KNES498V: Clinical Biomechanics: Musculoskeletal Injury

The following Option courses require KNES350 as a pre-req

KNES389M: Topical Investigations; Mental Performance Skills Coaching & Team Building: Turning Theory into Practice

KNES440: Psychology of Athletic Performance

KNES442: Psychology of Exercise & Health

KNES451: Children & Sport: A Psychological Perspective

KNES445: Exercise and Brain Health (formerly KNES498C)

The following Option courses require KNES360 as a pre-req

KNES332: Exercise Testing and Prescription for the Fitness Professional

KNES389P: Topical Investigations; Strength and Conditioning of Athletes

KNES460: Physiology of Aging and the Impact of Physical Activity

KNES461: Exercise and Body Composition

KNES464: Exercise Metabolism: Role in Health & Disease [BSCI201 + BSCI202]

KNES465: Physical Activity and Disease Prevention and Treatment

KNES466: Graded Exercise Testing

KNES498T: Special Topics; Principles and Applications of Exercise Rehabilitation [KNES300]

The following Option courses require KNES370 as a pre-req

KNES333: Motor Development and Fitness for Individuals with Disabilities [KNES287]

KNES457: Managing Youth Programs: Educational, Fitness, and Sport [KNES287]

The following Option courses require KNES385 as a pre-req

KNES462: Neural Basis of Human Movement [BSCI201 + BSCI202]

KNES472: Computational Motor Control and Learning: Engineering the Mind

The following Option courses require SPHL100 as a pre-req

KNES400*:  Foundations of Public Health in Kinesiology [KNES287]

KNES401: Zip Code: Prediction on Physical Activity & Health

The following Option courses have non-standard pre-reqs

KNES334: Adapted Physical Activity: Empowering People with Disabilities to Lead a Healthy and Active Lifestyle (no pre-req)

KNES305: Principles and Applications of Exercise Rehabilitation [BSCI201, BSCI202, and 1 300-level KNES Core course] (formerly KNES498T, credit only granted for one)

KNES405: Principles & Techniques of Manual Muscle Testing [BSCI201, BSCI202, and 1 300-level KNES Core course]

Additional Notes

*KNES400 only satisfies Options requirement if SPHL100 was previously taken to satisfy Foundation of Public Health requirement

[   ] indicate additional pre-req courses needed

KNES498* Special Topics in Kinesiology

* Temporary letters are assigned for these courses until they become approved with a permanent course number. Please check Schedule of Classes on Testudo as the letter after KNES 498 may change for different semesters.

Movement & Physical Activity

To provide both breadth and depth of activities that allow students to experience and apply what they learn in their content classes, the Kinesiology program requires a student to take four courses of movement activity. These four courses must be different skill activities. Most activity courses are 1 credit, however there are some 2 credit activity courses. Please note that some activity courses are only half of a semester in length, and may start mid-semester. You can review policies for non-standard course offerings here. Courses that satisfy this requirement are listed as "Physical Education Activities" under the KNES course prefix in the Schedule of Classes on Testudo. Sample activity courses include, but are not limited to:

KNES100O/N: Basketball

KNES131O/V: Jogging

KNES132N: Badminton

KNES134O: Bowling

KNES137N/O: Golf

KNES140R: Trampoline

KNES144Q: Karate

KNES154W: Swimming/Lifeguard Training

KNES160N/O: Volleyball

In addition to the physical movement courses, either KNES200 (3 credits) or KNES201 (1 credit) is required to connect physical activities and content courses. KNES201 is expected to be taken concurrently with a physical activity course.

Foundations of Public Health

SPHL100 - Foundations of Public Health

This course is an overview of the goals, functions, and methods of public health. After an introduction to the core concepts and tools used in public health research and practice, applications of these methodologies are considered in the context of current controversies/problems in public health. Students work together to develop strategies for prevention and control that take into consideration different points of view, outside research, and impacts on individuals and communities.

** All students entering the Kinesiology major in Fall 2018 and beyond must take SPHL100

KNES400 - The Foundations of Public Health in Kinesiology

·      Students entering the Kinesiology major before Fall 2018 can take KNES400 OR SPHL100
·      When can KNES400 count as an option?  If a student takes SPHL100 and then KNES400, KNES400 can count as an option
·      Pre-reqs for KNES400: KNES287 and senior standing

Senior Seminar: KNES497

The program requires a cumulating experience or “capstone course” that is taken during the final semester of a student’s matriculation. The Kinesiology Senior Seminar, KNES497, requires that a student explore and synthesize literature in the field. A senior thesis is produced as a result of this effort and students are expected to give an oral presentation of the findings that are made. Therefore, students are required to complete, as prerequisites, statistics, Fundamental Studies Professional Writing, at least six (6) of the KNES Core requirements, and at least two (2) Upper Level Option courses. This course fulfills one of the two Scholarship in Practice (DSSP) courses for General Education. This course is 3 credits. Seminar topics vary by semester, but some examples include:

Physical Activity and the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic

Hot Topics in Sports Medicine

Biomechanical Forces and Human Musculoskeletal Health

Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology for Practitioners 

Physical Activity and the Built Environment in Kinesiology

Physical Activity, Aging, and Cardiovascualr Disease

Biopsychology of Human Learning and Performance

Historicizing Modern Sport, Physical Education, and Physical Culture

General Education

The University General Education (GenEd) program requirements are the same for all students on campus. However, the Kinesiology major has several courses that also satisfy GenEd requirements. Please view this checklist to see which KNES major requirements also satisfy GenEd requirements, and which GenEd requirements will need to be satisfied through additional coursework. As a reminder, you can optimize your number of elective credits by selecting courses that satisfy more than one GenEd requirement.


Students have approximately 32 credits of elective coursework; however, this could be higher for students with incoming AP/IB and transfer credit, or who double-count their GenEd coursework. Any course that does not satisfy a major requirment or a GenEd requirement is considered an elective. Examples of how to use elective credits include:

Benchmark Requirements

Benchmarks are a set of courses outlined for students to complete by a designated time period to ensure they are successfully progressing through the major. If students do not successfully complete any set of benchmarks, they will be dismissed from the major and will have one semester to declare a new major.

Benchmark 1

1. Completed by the end of the student's second semester in the major

2. BSCI170/171 [pre-req: placement of MATH120] with a C- or higher

3. One KNES Core class with a C- or higher.

Benchmark 2

1. Completed by the end of the student's third semester in the major

2. BSCI201 [pre-req: BSCI170/171] with a C- or higher

3. At least two KNES Core classes with a C- or higher

Benchmark 3

1. Completed by the end of the student's fourth semester in the major

2. BSCI202 [pre-req: BSCI201] with a C- or higher

3. At least three KNES Core classes with  C- or higher

Review the student handbook for an overview of:

  • Undergraduate policies
  • Kinesiology curiculum
  • Internships
  • Departmental honors program
  • Student Organizations