Dec 10, 2023  
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin ARCHIVED

Kinesiology, BS

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Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science prepares students for future specialized training and careers in clinical medicine, research, rehabilitation, therapy, fitness, athletic strength/conditioning and other allied-health areas. The exercise science program provides a rigorous, scientific-based curriculum and hands-on clinical and field experiences to provide students with an understanding of various career demands and possibilities.

Increases in public awareness of the importance of overall health, physical activity and exercise have led to intensive growth in the public and private sectors of health and fitness clubs (primary and secondary intervention), as well as clinical settings often housed within hospitals (secondary and tertiary intervention). In response to this growth, the exercise science program is designed to prepare students to meet the increased demands for professionally certified individuals.

Kinesiology majors are required to take BIOL 2301  and PHYS 1305  as part of the quantitative skills and science requirements of the Bachelor of Science.

Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of the SFA Alliance; the departmental professional club, PEK Honors Fraternity, SFA’s food pantry, and other related departmental activities.

All-level Teaching

The Kinesiology, Major  with the All-Level Teaching (Physical Education Teacher Education EC-12) Concentration  is nationally recognized by the Society of Health and Physical Educators and prepares students to be certified teachers in physical education in Texas.  

Students in this program are required to participate in vigorous physical activities and successfully complete physical fitness tests.

A 2.75 GPA in coursework completed at SFA, along with a 2.75 GPA in coursework completed in the major and minor fields considered separately at SFA, is required for graduation. These required averages are based on those courses in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan.

Degree Requirements

A sample degree plan is available on the departmental website.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

C. Life and Physical Sciences

For Exercise Science

Six hours from:

For Kinesiology Teaching

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Sciences

I. Component Area Option

Kinesiology Major

The Kinesiology, Major  will consist of a 21 hour core and one of the following concentrations:

  • Exercise Science
  • All-Level Teaching (Physical Education Teacher Education EC-12)

Minor (For the Exercise Science Concentration)

Select an academic minor with the guidance of an advisor.  The minor must contain at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours.

General Electives

The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree.  

Degree Total Hours: 120

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Degree Map

The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year



Sophomore Year



Junior Year



Senior Year



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