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The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology requires:

  1. Completion of the general University core,
  2. Program prerequisites,
  3. Kinesiology core,
  4. Kinesiology Professional Courses,
  5. Free elective or minor courses.

Students wishing to obtain a teaching certificate must select the Physical Education Teacher Education Concentration and the Education Minor. The Clinical Exercise Science and the Human Fitness and Performance concentrations are the appropriate concentrations for students interested in careers in the fitness industry or in graduate study in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy or similar fields.

Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check in order to complete the internship requirements. See http://utep.edu/chs/compliance/ for more information.

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field and who wish to pursue a teaching certificate to teach physical education, should examine the College of Education section of this catalog. Students desiring to pursue a Master of Science in Kinesiology should consult the Graduate Catalog.

Concentrations

  • All-Levels Physical Education Teacher Certification
  • Clinical Exercise Science
  • Human Fitness and Performance
     

Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree

Kinesiology majors who are interested in pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy or a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree are advised to select either the Clinical Exercise Science or Human Fitness and Performance concentration, and complete the prerequisite courses for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy or the DPT as part of their 15 semester credit hours of elective courses in the degree plan.  Prerequisites for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs at other universities may differ from those at UTEP. For specific prerequisites to admission into the Occupational Therapy or DPT programs at UTEP, see the UTEP Graduate Catalog.

The Admission Application Process

Students enrolled in KIN 3303 will complete the Admission Application for admission to the Kinesiology Core and Professional Courses, which includes:

  1. A completed Application Form.
  2. A personal statement providing reasons why the student wants to pursue a BS in Kinesiology; the role and importance of physical activity and exercise in their lives; personal qualifications and experiences that have prepared him/her for this degree; and their hopes and aspirations for their professional career.
  3. Current Transcript(s) attached to the application form.
    1. Copy of most up-to-date transcripts from all 2- and/or 4-year institutions the student has attended (e.g., UTEP, EPCC, etc.)
    2. If not shown in the transcripts under 2a, students must add the grades for the semester they just completed, and list courses in progress for the current semester.
  4. Resume: Students must attach a resume to the application form. The resume should show work and volunteer experiences in public or private organizations and/or events (school, community, university, professional organization) related to exercise, sport, recreational physical activity, physical education, or other health-related fitness activities. The University Career Center can assist in developing the resume http://sa.utep.edu/careers/). The lists on the resume should include:
    1. Employment:
      1. Name and contact information of employer;
      2. if employment is/was full or part time;
      3. the number of years/months in each job;
      4. the roles and responsibilities in each job.
    2. Volunteer activities completed:
      1. The organization or event for which the student volunteered;
      2. Contact information of the person in charge of the organization/event who supervised the student;
      3. The responsibilities and tasks performed as volunteer;
      4. The number of volunteer hours completed for each event/activity.

Decisions about Admission

Students will complete the Admission Application no later than end of the third week of classes during the long semesters, and no later than the end of the first week of any other part of term when KIN 3303 is offered.

To be admitted to the Kinesiology Core and Professional Courses, students must (1) submit the completed Admission Application, and (2) successfully complete KIN 3303 with a final course grade of “C” or better. After students submit the completed application for admission to the Kinesiology Core and Professional Courses, the faculty will evaluate the application and inform the students of their admission status at minimum two weeks prior to the advising dates for the following semester. The students will be advised for the subsequent semester under the assumption that they will pass KIN 3303.

Core and Program Prerequisite Courses to Enhance Student Success

Students who want to be admitted to the Kinesiology Core and Professional Courses are encouraged to successfully complete the recommended Core Curriculum courses. Student may select other core courses than the recommended core courses from each of the component area menus in the university core, but the recommended courses provide optimum preparation for the major. Students must complete the required core courses, and the required Program Prerequisite Courses.

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Concentration

Note that students in the Physical Education Teacher Education concentration are not required to complete CHEM 1407 and 1408.

Degree Plan

BS in Kinesiology with Concentration Options:

Concentration in All-Levels Education

University Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.
GPA for Certifcation
This degree plan prepares students for teacher certification in the State of Texas. Although a 2.0 GPA is required to earn a degree from UTEP, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requires a 2.5 GPA to become certified to teach in the State of Texas. For additional information, please contact your advisor.
Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Kinesiology Prerequisites
Basics (All courses require a grade of C or better):
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
Kinesiology Core
KIN 3303Hist,Socio,Phil of Sport & PA3
KIN 3313Assessment and Evaluation3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 3332Motor Behavior3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
Physical Education Professional Courses
CPR and First Aid Certificate on file prior to enrolling in KIN 3315
KIN 3217Fundamental Movement Skills2
KIN 3219Individual Games and Sports2
KIN 3221Team Games and Sports2
KIN 3223Lifetime Physical Activities2
KIN 3315Princip of Teaching & Lead PE3
KIN 3333Motor Development3
KIN 4314Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh3
KIN 4319Teaching Elem. School Phy. Ed.3
KIN 4321Adv Lead & Teach Sec School PE3
KIN 4330Exercise Prescript & Program3
Education Minor
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
TED 4698Student Teach: All-Levels PE6
Total Hours120

Concentration in Exercise Science 

University Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.
Kinesiology Prerequisites
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
or CHEM 1105
CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
and General Chemistry
CHEM 1408Introductory Chemistry (C)4
or CHEM 1305
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
Kinesiology Core
KIN 3303Hist,Socio,Phil of Sport & PA3
KIN 3313Assessment and Evaluation3
or PSYC 1303 Statistical Methods
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 3332Motor Behavior3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
Clinical Exercise Science Professional Courses
Required Courses:
HSCI 3311Introduction to Epidemiology3
HSCI 3322Sports Nutrition3
KIN 3325Research Methods in Kin3
KIN 4323Current Issues in Exercise Sci3
KIN 4330Exercise Prescript & Program3
KIN 4331Clinical Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4334Coronary Intervention Programs3
Required
HSCI 3301Community Health3
HSCI 3308Disease Char'tic/Prevnt/Contrl3
Electives
Select any minor; recommended minors are business, nutrition, biology, psychology9
OR
Choose 9 hours of electives from the following list:
Intro to Athletic Training
First Aid & Safety Practices
Motor Development
Group Exercise Techniques
Personal Training
Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh
Sci. Princpls-Strength/Tr/Cond
Pract Appl of Strength/Condit
Strength &Cond Prgrm Des & Per
Geriatric Fitness Programming
Internship
Directed Study
Independent Study
Total Hours120

Concentration in Human Fitness and Performance 

University Core Curriculum42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.
Kinesiology Prerequisites
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
or CHEM 1105
CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
and General Chemistry
CHEM 1408Introductory Chemistry (C)4
or CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry (C)
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
Kinesiology Core
KIN 3303Hist,Socio,Phil of Sport & PA3
KIN 3313Assessment and Evaluation3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 3332Motor Behavior3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
Human Fitness and Performance Professional Courses
KIN 4238Group Exercise Techniques2
KIN 4301Personal Training3
KIN 4340Sci. Princpls-Strength/Tr/Cond3
KIN 4341Pract Appl of Strength/Condit3
KIN 4345Strength &Cond Prgrm Des & Per3
KIN 4351Intern in Applied Fitn & Perf3
KIN 4442Geriatric Fitness Programming4
Electives15
Select any minor; recommended minors are business, nutrition, biology, psychology
OR
Choose 15 hours of electives from the following list:
Sports Nutrition
Intro to Athletic Training
Research Methods in Kin
Motor Development
Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh
Current Issues in Exercise Sci
Exercise Prescript & Program
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Coronary Intervention Programs
Internship
Directed Study
Independent Study
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6