BS in Kinesiology

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology requires:

  1. Completion of the general University core,
  2. Program prerequisites,
  3. Kinesiology core,
  4. Kinesiology Professional Courses,
  5. Free elective or minor courses.

Students wishing to obtain a teaching certificate must select the Physical Education Teacher Education Concentration and the Education Minor. The Clinical Exercise Science and the Human Fitness and Performance concentrations are the appropriate concentrations for students interested in careers in the fitness industry or in graduate study in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy or similar fields.

Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check in order to complete the internship requirements. See http://utep.edu/chs/compliance/ for more information.

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field and who wish to pursue a teaching certificate to teach physical education, should examine the College of Education section of this catalog. Students desiring to pursue a Master of Science in Kinesiology should consult the Graduate Catalog.

Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree

Kinesiology majors who are interested in pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy or a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree are advised to select either the Clinical Exercise Science or Human Fitness and Performance concentration, and complete the prerequisite courses for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy or the DPT as part of their 15 semester credit hours of elective courses in the degree plan.  Prerequisites for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs at other universities may differ from those at UTEP. For specific prerequisites to admission into the Occupational Therapy or DPT programs at UTEP, see the UTEP Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Students enrolled in KIN 3303 will complete the Admission Application for admission to the Kinesiology Core and Professional Courses, which includes:

  1. A completed Application Form.
  2. A personal statement providing reasons why the student wants to pursue a BS in Kinesiology; the role and importance of physical activity and exercise in their lives; personal qualifications and experiences that have prepared him/her for this degree; and their hopes and aspirations for their professional career.
  3. Current Transcript(s) attached to the application form.
    1. Copy of most up-to-date transcripts from all 2- and/or 4-year institutions the student has attended (e.g., UTEP, EPCC, etc.)
    2. If not shown in the transcripts under 2a, students must add the grades for the semester they just completed, and list courses in progress for the current semester.
  4. Resume: Students must attach a resume to the application form. The resume should show work and volunteer experiences in public or private organizations and/or events (school, community, university, professional organization) related to exercise, sport, recreational physical activity, physical education, or other health-related fitness activities. The University Career Center can assist in developing the resume https://www.utep.edu/student-affairs/careers/index.html). The lists on the resume should include:
    1. Employment:
      1. Name and contact information of employer;
      2. if employment is/was full or part time;
      3. the number of years/months in each job;
      4. the roles and responsibilities in each job.
    2. Volunteer activities completed:
      1. The organization or event for which the student volunteered;
      2. Contact information of the person in charge of the organization/event who supervised the student;
      3. The responsibilities and tasks performed as volunteer;
      4. The number of volunteer hours completed for each event/activity.

Decisions about Admission

Students will complete the Admission Application no later than end of the third week of classes during the long semesters, and no later than the end of the first week of any other part of term when KIN 3303 is offered.

To be admitted to the Kinesiology Core and Professional Courses, students must (1) submit the completed Admission Application, and (2) successfully complete KIN 3303 with a final course grade of “C” or better. After students submit the completed application for admission to the Kinesiology Core and Professional Courses, the faculty will evaluate the application and inform the students of their admission status at minimum two weeks prior to the advising dates for the following semester. The students will be advised for the subsequent semester under the assumption that they will pass KIN 3303.

Core and Program Prerequisite Courses to Enhance Student Success

Students are encouraged to successfully complete the recommended Core Curriculum and a majority of Program Prerequisite courses before taking any Kinesiology courses. Student may select other core courses than the recommended core courses from each of the component area menus in the university core, but the recommended courses provide optimum preparation for the major. Students must complete the required core courses, and the required Program Prerequisite Courses.

Prior to enrolling in KIN 3303, a Kinesiology major must successfully complete the following core and program prerequisite  courses with a C or better:

  • RWS 1301 or ENGL 1311 or ESOL 1311
  • RWS 1302 or ENGL 1312 or ENGL 1313 or ESOL 1312
  • MATH 1320 or MATH 1508 or MATH 1411
  • BIOL 1305 and BIOL 1107
  • BIOL 2311 and BIOL 2111

Prior to enrolling in KIN 3303, a Kinesiology major will be identified as a KINL (Kinesiology lower division) major. Upon enrolling in KIN 3303, a Kinesiology major will be changed to the KIN major designation. All Kinesiology majors must complete the designated Core and Program pre-requisite courses (see below), and achieve the minimum grade requirement
for each course. The minimum cumulative GPA needed to earn the BS degree in Kinesiology major is 2.5 (4.0 scale). A student with a GPA lower than 2.5/4.0 will not be considered for full admission to the major, until they meet the required minimum GPA. Fully admitted Kinesiology majors must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. If the GPA drops below 2.5, the student will not be allowed to enroll in KIN courses and will be referred to the College of Health Sciences Student Success Center.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Concentration in Physical Education Teacher Education

University Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.
Designated Core
All courses below are required:
General Biology C
Human Anat/Physiology I C
Math for Social Sciences I C
Calculus I
Precalculus
The courses below are recommended:
Public Speaking C
Dance Appreciation C
Action Research in Classrooms C
Ethics C
Seminar/Critical Inquiry C
GPA for Certification
This degree plan prepares students for teacher certification in the State of Texas. Although a 2.0 GPA is required to earn a degree from UTEP, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requires a 2.75 GPA to become certified to teach in the State of Texas. For additional information, please contact your advisor.
Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Kinesiology Prerequisites 16
(All courses require a grade of C or better):
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I C1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II C1
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II C3
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition C3
PHYS 1403General Physics I C4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods C3
Kinesiology Core18
KIN 3303Hist,Socio,Phil of Sport & PA C3
KIN 3313Assessment and Evaluation3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 3332Motor Behavior3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
Physical Education Professional Courses 26
CPR and First Aid Certificate on file prior to enrolling in KIN 3315
KIN 3217Fundamental Movement Skills2
KIN 3219Individual Games and Sports2
KIN 3221Team Games and Sports2
KIN 3223Lifetime Physical Activities2
KIN 3315Princip of Teaching & Lead PE c3
KIN 3333Motor Development3
KIN 4314Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh3
KIN 4319Teaching Elem. School Phy. Ed.3
KIN 4321Adv Lead & Teach Sec School PE3
KIN 4330Exercise Prescription & Prog3
Education Minor 18
BED 4317Tch & Empwr ELLs in Sec Schls3
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
TED 4698Student Teach: All-Levels PE6
Total Hours198

C Course requires a grade of "C" or better

Concentration in Clinical Exercise Science  (CLEC)

University Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.
Designated Core
All courses listed below are required:
General Biology C
Human Anat/Physiology I C
Math for Social Sciences I (MATH 1508 is preferred) C
Calculus I
Precalculus
The courses listed below are recommended:
Public Speaking C
Dance Appreciation C
Ethics C
Introduction to Psychology C
Seminar/Critical Inquiry C
Kinesiology Prerequisites
(All courses require a grade of C or better):
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I C1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II C1
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II C3
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305 c
4
or
Intro to General Chemistry
and Intro General Chemistry Lab c
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306 c
4
or
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
and Intro Organic & Biochem Lab c
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition C3
PHYS 1403General Physics I C4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods C3
Kinesiology Core
KIN 3303Hist,Socio,Phil of Sport & PA C3
KIN 3313Assessment and Evaluation3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 3332Motor Behavior3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
Clinical Exercise Science Professional Courses
Required Courses:
KIN 3325Research Methods in Kin3
KIN 3327Health Risk Appraisal3
KIN 4314Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh3
KIN 4330Exercise Prescription & Prog3
KIN 4331Clinical Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4334Coronary Intervention Programs3
Electives
Select 18 hours of electives. These can include coursework toward a minor or electives at any level from any discipline (including additional KIN coursework).18
Total Hours120

C Course requires a grade of "C" or better

Concentration in Human Fitness, Performance, and Strength & Conditioning

University Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.
Designated Core
All courses listed are required:
General Biology C
Human Anat/Physiology I C
Math for Social Sciences I (MATH 1508 is preferred) C
Calculus I
Precalculus
The courses below are recommended:
Public Speaking C
Dance Appreciation C
Ethics C
Introduction to Psychology C
Seminar/Critical Inquiry C
Kinesiology Prerequisites
(All courses require a grade of C or better):
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I C1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II C1
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II C3
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305 c
4
or
Intro to General Chemistry
and Intro General Chemistry Lab c
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306 c
4
or
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
and Intro Organic & Biochem Lab c
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition C3
PHYS 1403General Physics I C4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods C3
Kinesiology Core
KIN 3303Hist,Socio,Phil of Sport & PA C3
KIN 3313Assessment and Evaluation3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 3332Motor Behavior3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
Human Fitness, Performance, and Strength & Conditioning Professional Courses
HSCI 3322Sports Nutrition3
KIN 4301Personal Training3
KIN 4341Pract Appl of Strength/Condit3
KIN 4351Intern Hum Fit, Perf, Stre Con3
KIN 4440Sci. Princpls-Strength/Tr/Con4
KIN 4442Geriatric Fitness Programming4
KIN 4445Strength/Cond Prog Design4
Electives9
Select 9 hours of electives. These can include coursework toward a minor or electives at any level from any discipline (including additional KIN coursework).
*Clinical Compliance and KIN 4350 and KIN 4351 Internships: Clinical Compliance, which can include a background check, may be required of students who wish to complete an internship depending on the internship site.
Total Hours117

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6