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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

The field of kinesiology consists of biomechanical, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural approaches to the study of movement. The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree program offers four majors: athletic training, health promotion and fitness, kinesiology, and sport management. Within the kinesiology major, students choose from two options: general kinesiology (noncertification), and all-level teacher certification. The kinesiology certification program is designed for students interested in studying human movement as a background for teacher certification in physical education; students who have completed the program may be entitled to teach in prekindergarten through grade twelve.

The general kinesiology (noncertification) program is appropriate preparation for further study in sport and exercise sciences or in movement-related areas such as physical therapy and sport medicine. The health promotion and fitness major is designed to prepare graduates for a number of professions involving wellness, fitness, rehabilitation, and disease prevention. The sport management major is designed for students who are interested in the organization, marketing, and management of sports programs. The athletic training major is designed to prepare the student for a career as an athletic trainer. The major is also appropriate for students interested in continuing their education in medicine, sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or another allied health care profession.

A total of at least 130 semester hours of credit, forty-two of which must be upper-division, is required for the degree. The curriculum for the degree has three components: basic education requirements, major requirements, and electives.

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Basic Education Requirements

The basic education requirements below apply to all majors leading to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree. However, the kinesiology teacher certification option calls for specific courses to meet some of the basic education requirements; information about these courses is available in the advising offices in George I. Sánchez Building 216 and Bellmont Hall 222.

Area A: English Composition and Literature, Writing, Foreign Language

  1. English composition and literature: Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K.
  2. Writing: In addition, the student must complete six semester hours in courses certified as having a substantial writing component. These courses are identified in the Course Schedule. At least three of these six semester hours must be at the upper-division level.
  3. Foreign language: Students must demonstrate proficiency in a single foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of the second college semester in the language; proficiency is usually shown by earning credit for language courses 506 and 507 or the equivalent. Prospective Texas teachers are strongly encouraged to take Spanish to fulfill the language requirement.
          Although the foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency rather than the completion of a specified number of hours, the courses taken to gain this proficiency are not electives and may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.
          Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.
          College of Education students who are not pursuing teacher certification may substitute nine semester hours in specific multicultural and language/communication courses for the foreign language requirement. This program is open only to students who have completed two years of a single foreign language in high school. A list of acceptable substitute courses is available in the Student Dean's Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216, or in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Bellmont 222.

Area B: Social Sciences

  1. History 315K and 315L, or six semester hours in other United States history courses that fulfill the legislative requirement described in chapter 1.
  2. Government 310L and 312L.
  3. Psychology 301.
  4. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, or sociology.
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Area C: Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  1. Three semester hours of mathematics. Kinesiology and athletic training majors must complete either Mathematics 305G or coursework in calculus. Health promotion and fitness and sport management majors may choose any mathematics course, excluding Mathematics 301.
  2. Biology 301L or 311C.
  3. Six semester hours in chemistry.
  4. Six additional semester hours chosen from astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer applications, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, physical science, physics, experimental psychology, physical anthropology, physical geography, and history of science and philosophy of science.

Kinesiology majors seeking teacher certification must take at least one laboratory course as part of the science requirement.

Area D: General Culture

  1. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), drama, fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  2. Communication Studies 306M.
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Major Requirements

Athletic Training

Students who plan to major in athletic training must be admitted to the Athletic Training Educational Program (ATEP). Admission is based on a competitive application process. The student's grade point average and completion of prescribed coursework are factors in the admission decision. Applicants must also participate in the Directed Observation Program, meet a set of technical standards, pass a health assessment/physical examination, provide proof of immunizations and vaccinations, submit letters of recommendation, and submit additional application documents. More information about the admission process and requirements is available from an academic adviser and online.

In addition to completing the coursework associated with the athletic training major, students in the ATEP must participate in a series of clinical assignments and become adept in a set of educational competencies and clinical proficiencies. Students who plan to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination or the state licensure examination for athletic trainers must complete the ATEP.

For the athletic training major, students must complete

  1. The basic education requirements given above for the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with the following modifications:
    1. In fulfilling the Area C mathematics and natural sciences requirement, athletic training majors must complete Biology 309D.
    2. In fulfilling the Area D general culture requirement, athletic training majors must complete Classical Civilization 306M.
  2. Prescribed work in the area of specialization:
    1. Major: Forty-five semester hours, consisting of
      1. Kinesiology 119 (Topic 10: Conditioning).
      2. Kinesiology 219K (Topic 3: Introduction to Athletic Training).
      3. Kinesiology 324K.
      4. Kinesiology 325K.
      5. Kinesiology 326K.
      6. The following topics of Kinesiology 352K: Topic 15: Clinical Evaluation of Athletic Injuries in the Upper Body; Topic 13: Sport Nutrition; Topic 20: Topics in Athletic Training; Topic 22: Clinical Evaluation of Athletic Injuries in the Lower Body; Topic 19: Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training; Topic 24: Advanced Athletic Training: Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation; Topic 21: Athletic Training Program Administration.
      7. Twelve hours of elective coursework in kinesiology, including at least nine hours of upper-division coursework. Students participating in the ATEP must complete a fieldwork course (Kinesiology 127L, 227L, 327L, or the equivalent) each semester of the clinical rotation. Up to six hours of this fieldwork may be counted toward the degree as electives.
    2. Minor: Fifteen semester hours of coursework outside kinesiology, nine of which must be upper-division. Additional information is available from an academic adviser.
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Kinesiology

General Kinesiology

For the general kinesiology option, students must complete

  1. The basic education requirements given above for the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In place of Communication Studies 306M, students may complete three additional hours in the fields of study that fulfill the first part of the Area D requirement.
  2. Prescribed work in the area of specialization:
    1. Major: Thirty-two semester hours, consisting of
      1. Two semester hours of coursework chosen from Kinesiology 119 core courses.
      2. Kinesiology 321M, 324K, 325K, 326K, and 315 or 336.
      3. Three semester hours of coursework in psychosocial foundations chosen from Kinesiology 330, 333, 352K (Topic 7: Psychosocial Issues in Women's Health), 352K (Topic 16: Psychosocial Issues in Adult Development and Health), 352K (Topic 17: Psychological Aspects of Exercise), 352K (Topic: Physical Aging in America), 352K (Topic: Sociological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity), 366, and 370K (Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations of Health).
      4. Twelve additional semester hours in kinesiology, six of which must be upper-division. No more than six semester hours may be selected from Kinesiology 127L, 227L, and 327L.
    2. Minor: Eighteen semester hours of coursework outside kinesiology, nine of which must be upper-division, in an area approved by an academic adviser. No more than six semester hours may be counted toward both the minor and the basic education requirements. Additional information is available from an academic adviser.
Kinesiology with All-Level Teacher Certification

Students who plan to major in kinesiology with the all-level certification option should see an adviser in the Student Dean's Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216, or the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Bellmont Hall 222, for a list of requirements.

Health Promotion and Fitness

For the health promotion and fitness major, students must complete

  1. The basic education requirements given above for the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.
  2. Prescribed work in the area of specialization:
    1. Major: Forty-five semester hours, consisting of
      1. Twenty-one hours of core coursework: Kinesiology 324K, 310 or 325K, 352K (Topic 4: Management of Sport and Health Promotion Programs), 352K (Topic: Diagnosis and Evaluation of Fitness), 370K (Topic 2: Introduction to Health Promotion), 373, and 377.
      2. Nine hours of elective coursework. A list of approved electives is available from advisers in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.
      3. Fifteen hours of professional development courses within the major, consisting of Kinesiology 352K (Topic 12: Techniques of Fitness Leadership), 352K (Topic 14: Techniques of Health Promotion), 627L, and one of the following courses: Kinesiology 327L (Topic 1: Fieldwork in Health Promotion), 327L (Topic 5: Personal Training), 327L (Topic 6: Clinical Exercise Testing).
    2. Minor: Nutrition 311 and twelve additional semester hours of coursework outside kinesiology, six of which must be upper-division, in an area approved by an adviser. No more than three semester hours may be counted toward both the minor and the basic education requirements. Additional information is available from an academic adviser.
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Sport Management

Students who plan to major in sport management must apply for admission to the program. The student's grade point average and completion of prescribed prerequisite coursework are factors in the admission decision. For information about admission requirements, see an academic adviser.

For the sport management major, students must complete

  1. The basic education requirements given above for the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with the following modifications:
    1. Sociology 302 may be counted toward the Area B requirement in place of Psychology 301.
    2. The student must choose an economics course to fulfill the Area B requirement for three hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, or sociology.
    3. In fulfilling the Area C requirement, the student must complete the following:
      1. Six hours in one science, rather than Biology 301L or 311C.
      2. Three hours in mathematics, science, computer applications, or computer science, rather than six hours in chemistry.
      3. Three hours in computer applications, rather than five or six additional hours in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer applications, computer sciences, geological sciences, mathematics, physical science, physics, experimental psychology, physical anthropology, physical geography, or history of science and philosophy of science.
  2. Prescribed work in the area of specialization
    1. Major: Forty-five semester hours, consisting of
      1. Kinesiology 312, 329 or 330, 352K (Topic: Sociological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity), 352K (Topic 4: Management of Sport and Health Promotion Programs), 352K (Topic 10: Revenue and Budgeting in Sport), 352K (Topic 11: Sport and Event Promotion), 352K (Topic 25: Sport and Law), and 352K (Topic 26: Media and Public Relations in Sport).
      2. Twenty-one semester hours of professional development courses, including Kinesiology 627L. A complete list of professional development courses is available from advisers in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. To enroll in Kinesiology 627L, the student must have a grade point average in kinesiology of at least 2.50 and must have completed at least twelve semester hours of coursework to be counted toward major requirement 1 above.
    2. Minor: Eighteen semester hours of coursework outside kinesiology, nine of which must be upper-division, in an area approved by an adviser. No more than six semester hours may be counted toward both the minor and the basic education requirements. Additional information is available from an academic adviser.

Electives

Additional semester hours of coursework to bring the total to 130 semester hours. No more than twelve semester hours in Kinesiology 127L, 227L, 327L, and 627L may be counted toward the degree.

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Middle Grades, Secondary, and All-Level Teacher Certification

All middle grades (grades four through eight), secondary (grades eight through twelve), and all-level (prekindergarten through grade twelve) teacher certification programs are based on degrees with academic majors in the student's chosen teaching field. Certification requirements for students seeking middle grades, secondary, and all-level teacher certification include all the courses required for the student's major in the College of Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, or Natural Sciences or the Jackson School of Geosciences, as well as the preprofessional and professional education courses.

Students pursuing middle grades or secondary teacher certification in mathematics, computer science, or science must follow the curriculum prescribed by the UTeach-Natural Sciences program, a collaborative partnership between the College of Education and the College of Natural Sciences. Program advising is housed in the College of Natural Sciences. Information is available from the College of Natural Sciences Office of Special Projects.

Students pursuing middle grades or secondary teacher certification in English language arts and reading, history, languages other than English, or social studies must follow the curriculum prescribed by the UTeach-Liberal Arts program, a collaborative partnership between the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts. Program advising is housed in the College of Liberal Arts. Information is available from the College of Liberal Arts Office of Special Programs.

Program advising for students seeking all-level certification in art, music, and theatre arts is provided in the College of Fine Arts and in the College of Education.

Certification Requirements

Information about legal requirements for certification to teach is available from the teacher certification officer, George I. Sánchez Building 216, or from the State Board for Educator Certification. Application for the certificate should be made at the Certification Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216. State of Texas teacher certification requirements are governed by the State Board for Educator Certification and are subject to change. Students must adhere to current certification requirements, even if they differ from those listed in a University catalog.

In accordance with state law, the commissioner of education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime that directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

Students who have completed all necessary academic requirements for certification must also achieve a passing level of performance on the required state certification examinations. In addition, students seeking bilingual education certification or certification to teach French or Spanish in elementary or secondary school must earn a passing score at the advanced level on the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) in the appropriate language.

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum coursework and scholastic requirements for the degree, students seeking middle grades, secondary, and all-level certification must meet other requirements to take the prescribed work in professional development. Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted; information about admission requirements is available in the Office of the Dean, George I. Sánchez Building 216.

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Teaching Fields

All candidates for middle grades, secondary, and all-level teaching certificates must earn a degree in their primary teaching field by meeting all of the requirements for the appropriate major. While completing these requirements, the certification student must take a core set of courses in the major that fulfill certification requirements. This certification core includes at least twenty-four semester hours in a single teaching field or forty-eight semester hours in a composite teaching field, and incorporates the state-specified essential knowledge and skills needed for successful teaching in the field. Often, the student's major department requires more than these twenty-four semester hours, but the certification core in the major field must be taken.

Students seeking middle grades certification may choose from the following teaching fields: English language arts and reading, social studies, mathematics, and science. Students seeking secondary certification may choose from the following teaching fields: science, social studies, computer science, English language arts and reading, history, and mathematics. Students seeking all-level teacher certification may choose from the following teaching fields: art, kinesiology, languages other than English (French, German, Latin, or Spanish), music, special education, and theatre arts.

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