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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 Department of Kinesiology offers the following undergraduate concentrations:

  • Sport Pedagogy (SPTP) prepares you to serve as a certified teacher (EC-12) so you can teach and coach in the public schools of Texas. Teacher education programs are coordinated by Educator Preparation Service. Students must apply for admission to teacher education programs, usually during the end of the sophomore year or beginning of the junior year. The application includes a departmental screening. Review the screening criteria.
  • Exercise and Allied Health Professions (EAHP) prepares you for allied health professional schools including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant. You may also prepare for careers in clinical exercise working with individuals with chronic conditions including obesity, diabetes, and cardiac and pulmonary diseases.
  • Athletic Training (ATRN) prepares you to complete your B.S. in Kinesiology and transition into the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) for completion in five years. This concentration will also provide the necessary credentials for both state and national athletic training.
  • Fitness, Athletic, and Strength Training (FAST) prepares you for the fitness industry by providing credentials in sports nutrition, personal training, group exercise, corrective exercise, and strength and conditioning.
  • Coaching, Athletic Administration, and Recreation (CAAR) prepares you for careers as a coach at the youth sport, high school, collegiate, and professional levels. In addition, you can prepare for careers in athletic administration and recreation. 

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

Designed With You in Mind

The Department of Kinesiology aims to provide quality education, research, and service opportunities by empowering students to become successful professionals in teaching, athletic training, and exercise science.

All undergraduate Kinesiology majors are require to demonstrate standards in health-related fitness and swimming proficiency, as well as participate in leadership and professional development activities.

A minor in Kinesiology is also available. Requirements consist of a minimum of 18 hours of Kinesiology courses, 6 of which must be advanced.


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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 courses, 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.