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Kinesiology student

Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies


Locations Available

The FAST and CAAR concentrations are pending approval from the Texas A&M University Systems and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to be offered at the Fort Worth Campus



B.S. in Kinesiology


The Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology is designed to prepare you in fields such as teaching, coaching, athletic administration, athletic training, allied health, exercise science, and recreation.

The School of Kinesiology offers the following undergraduate concentrations:

Sports Science

  • Sport Pedagogy/Teacher Preparation (SPTP) The Sport Pedagogy/Teacher Preparation concentration prepares students for Texas Teacher Certification in All-Level Physical Education. Many of these students will also coach interscholastic athletics in school grades 7 through 12. SPTP requires application and admission to the Teacher Education Program after the completion of 60 credit hours. After acceptance, professional development coursework, and the successful completion of State exams, the program culminates with the clinical teaching experience in which students in their final semesters work under professional supervision in the schools of Texas.
  • Coaching, Athletics Administration, and Recreation (CAAR) The Coaching, Athletics Administration, and Recreation concentration prepares students for careers in the diverse and growing sport marketplace. Students develop a knowledge base that is appropriate for careers in a variety of professional fields that are focused on physical activity. Specifically, the curriculum is focused on developing knowledge and skills that support the administrative aspects of sport organizations as well as coaching. The program culminates with an internship experience that is designed to meet the specific career aspirations of the student. While CAAR does not include teacher certification as a part of the curriculum, some students will pursue alternative teacher certification programs after graduation.
  • Exercise & Sports Studies (EXSS) The Exercise & Sports Studies concentration allows students to create a customized intra-disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary concentration within the BS in Kinesiology. Students work collaboratively with faculty and academic advisors to carefully choose elective courses that best meet their career objectives.

Health and Human Performance

  • Athletic Training (ATRN) This concentration offers students the opportunity to earn two degrees in five years (3 year bachelor’s, 2 year master’s). Coursework in this concentration provides hands-on learning and the opportunity to observe professional athletic trainers in action in the Tarleton State University athletic training rooms and other clinical sites.
  • Exercise and Allied Health Professions (EAHP) This concentration serves as a ‘pre-professional’ degree with our most popular options including advanced degrees in clinical fields such as: Physical or Occupational Therapy; Physician Assistant; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Chiropractic; or Medical School.
  • Fitness, Athletic and Strength Training (FAST) This concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the fitness industry. Students engage in experiential learning and are prepared to become strength and conditioning specialists, certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors along with many other well-respected fitness professions.



  • Coaching
  • Fitness
  • Kinesiology (Generalist)
  • Wellness (Fall 2021)

Plan Your Future

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

A B.S. in Kinesiology is designed for hardworking students that want to learn the skills they will need in today’s competitive job market. A Kinesiology degree opens career opportunities such as:

  • Teaching
  • Athletic training
  • Coaching
  • Fitness professional
  • Athletic administration
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Recreation administration
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Real Experience

Kinesiology majors must earn a total of 15 Professional Development (PD) points before completing student teaching or an internship. Points may be earned in different categories with a maximum of 5 points per category. After earning the require PD points, students must also complete the internship and/or student teaching requirement before graduation. This will ensure that all students gain professional, hands-on experience in their desired area of Kinesiology.

Learn more about PD points.

Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Provide educational opportunities related to movement and health
  • Provide leadership experiences through service
  • Promote the total well-being of students; not only for a career, but for a lifetime

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
KINE 1219 Conditioning and Fitness
KINE 1264 Wellness
KINE 1301 Foundations of Kinesiology
KINE 3310 Tests & Measurements
KINE 3330 Motor Behavior (WI)
KINE 3360 Sports Nutrition (WI)
KINE 3370 Physiology of Exercise
KINE 3380 Adapted Physical Activity
KINE 3390 Kinesiology
KINE 4305 Capstone in Kinesiology

For more information on course selection, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Champions Club shop

Champions' Club

The Champions' Club has a laid back and inviting atmosphere for students to relax between classes. This club offers the following amenities for all Kinesiology students:

  • Space for meetings and/or receptions for student organizations
  • Computer stations
  • Internship opportunities
Trainer helping student use a mask on.

Clinical Exercise Research Facility

The Clinical Exercise Research Facility (CERF) is a great way to gain real experience. The primary objective of CERF is training students for professions in clinical, corporate, and research settings in exercise science as well as other allied health professions. A secondary objective is to provide service that are comprehensive, cost effective, and satisfactory in meeting the needs of the client.

Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior

Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior

The Tarleton State University Laboratory for Wellness and Behavior prepares students for careers in the emerging field of exercise and wellness for those with physical disabilities. The program is open to anyone desiring to gain the benefits of physical training. To learn more,visit the LWMB website

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Texan Corps of Cadets

The Texan Corps of Cadets are instilled with values that are essential for the service of our nation, and are exceptionally qualified to succeed in several areas of business, government, and the military. Corps members can benefit from scholarships, corporate internships, and graduation reward opportunities, as well as with the option to minor in Leadership Studies.

Learn more about the Texan Corps of Cadets.