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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

At Tarleton, we are building fearless champions who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed — and lead — in the diverse kinesiology and sport industry. If you want to work with and help people, we can help you figure out the best academic and career path that fits your goals and interests. Choose from six concentrations.

Concentrations in the Department of Health and Human Performance:

  • Athletic Training is an accelerated program that allows you to complete a BS in Kinesiology with an Athletic Training concentration plus the MSAT degree within five years and become eligible for state and national athletic training certification.
  • Exercise and Allied Health Professions prepares you for professional school programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic medicine and physician assistant, as well as careers in clinical exercise physiology or cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Fitness, Athletic and Strength Training allows you to earn certification in sports nutrition, personal training, strength and conditioning, group exercise, special populations and corrective exercise.

Concentrations in the Department of Sport Science:

  • Coaching, Athletic Administration and Recreation develops your knowledge and skills in coaching at all levels of a sport, as well as supporting the administrative aspects of sport organizations, preparing you for a career in one of many professional fields that are focused on physical activity.
  • Exercise and Sport Studies is designed to allow you, with the help of academic advisers, to customize your program to meet your career interests and goals.
  • Physical Education Teacher Education prepares you for Texas Teacher Certification in All-Level Physical Education, which will allow you to teach and coach in Texas public schools at the EC–12 level.

Regardless of which concentration you choose, you will become an invaluable member of Team Kinesiology.

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and encompasses a diverse group of academic sub-disciplines, including exercise science, sport management, human performance, physical education, biomechanics, human ergonomics, recreation, sport performance, wellness and more.

A cornerstone of the kinesiology discipline is the psychomotor domain of learning. At Tarleton, our undergraduate students majoring in kinesiology learn by doing through a variety of service-learning projects and high-impact practices that are embedded in the curriculum. Opportunities such as these prepare you for jobs related to movement and health. Texas is experiencing a shortage of workers in several kinesiology-related fields, such as coaching. Graduates with bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology have an advantage over job candidates with two-year associate degrees and are getting paid really well for their knowledge, skills and experience. A BS degree in kinesiology can open up opportunities for career promotions, particularly for EMTs or paramedics and fire academy graduates who are looking to move up in rank.

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology?

With marketable and employable job skills, from design and technical skills to communication and problem-solving skills, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of fields related to sport, exercise science, human performance and allied health. Our kinesiology majors work for elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, sport commissions, club and professional sports organizations, nonprofit organizations, country clubs, municipalities and more.

Several of our concentrations are also great steppingstones to professional school programs such as physical or occupational therapy and exercise physiology or graduate degrees such as Tarleton’s MS in Kinesiology, MS in Athletic Training or EdD in Educational Leadership.

Why Major in Kinesiology?

We offer a variety of opportunities to learn by serving others, participate in the process of creating new knowledge, build an extensive peer and professional network, master knowledge and skills through practical application and customize your degree program.

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Get hands-on experience in your desired area of kinesiology

You’ll work with industry professionals and faculty coordinators to conceptualize and plan a customized practicum or internship experience that puts into action all you’ve learned for professional practice.

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Focus on getting career ready with professional development

Through career shadowing, job fairs, internship expos, professional conferences, guest speaker presentations and more, you will have a wide variety of opportunities to build relationships that are the foundation of a strong professional network.

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Learn with award-winning faculty who are engaged and accessible

Professors and students interact to develop relationships and mentorships that help students majoring in kinesiology succeed in their education and future careers.

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Gain leadership and professional experience through services

We offer several programs that allow you to work with a variety of populations, including FITNESSGRAM, Home-School Physical Education, Rock the Gym, Public School Physical Education and Sports Officiating.

What Classes Will You Take as a Kinesiology Major?

Dynamic and relevant, the program curriculum blends theory with action. All kinesiology majors complete courses in core knowledge areas, including wellness, nutrition, motor behavior and physiology of exercise, in addition to courses that are more career-focused within their respective concentrations. For example, you may study topics such as prevention and care of athletic injuries, orthopedic assessment, therapeutic exercise, exercise testing and prescription, exercise electrocardiography and biomechanics, group exercise instruction, theory of strength and conditioning, exercise design for special populations, tactical strength and conditioning, personal training and more. Many core and concentration-level courses include experiential learning components. Internships are highly encouraged and required in most concentrations.

Professional certifications for teachers, coaches and fitness professionals are embedded in the coursework. You can earn a certification in strength and conditioning, personal training, sports nutrition, corrective exercise, exercise therapy and group fitness.

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How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology?

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Kinesiology Schools

With two departments, six concentrations and three minors, Tarleton’s School of Kinesiology has a proud tradition of excellence, as well as a culture of community and teamwork.

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Training in Stephenville

Use advanced technology in the Human Performance Lab, Sports Medicine Lab, Field House, Kinesiology Building, Clinical Exercise and Research Facility, Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior, Kinetic Performance Lab and Wisdom Gymnasium. Students majoring in kinesiology help provide programming in therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, strength and conditioning, personal training and more.

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Student Activities

Join professional and social organizations for students majoring in kinesiology, such as the Tarleton Athletic Training Student Association, Kinesiology Research Organization, Phi Epsilon Kappa, the Kinesiology and Fitness Club, intramural sports, fitness classes, Outdoor Pursuits, and Kinesiology and Sport Review.

 

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Experience Kinesiology in a Different Culture

Join Team Kinesiology on a study abroad trip to San Miguel, Mexico, where we work on leadership development and fitness assessment with school-aged children in the region, or study abroad in Scotland.

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