Jul 12, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

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.

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 Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education Teacher Education EC-12 (All-Level Teaching) 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


Kinesiology Concentrations


Complete one of the following concentrations:

Exercise Science Concentration


Physical Education Teacher Education EC-12 (All-Level Teaching) Concentration


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.  

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.

In-Residence Requirement


Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View HOP policy 02-214.

Texas Success Initiative Program


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

Degree Map for Exercise Science Concentration


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

Freshman Year


Fall


Sophomore Year


Fall


Spring


Junior Year


Fall


Spring


Senior Year


Fall


Spring


Degree Map for Physical Education Teacher Education EC-12 (All-Level Teaching) Concentration


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

Freshman Year


Fall


Summer


  • C. Life and Physical Sciences (w/lab) for Kinesiology Teaching Credit(s): 3-4

Sophomore Year


Fall


Junior Year


Senior Year


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