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The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology requires:

  1. a general University core,
  2. program prerequisites,
  3. Kinesiology core,
  4. program concentration,
  5. minor field of study, and
  6. possibly electives.

Students wishing to obtain a teaching certificate must select the Physical Education Concentration and the Education Minor. Students interested in a career in the fitness industry or in graduate study in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, or similar fields should select the Exercise Science Concentration.

Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check in order to complete the practicum requirement.

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in some other field and who wish to pursue a teaching certificate to teach physical education should refer to 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 Certification
  • Exercise Science

Interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy

Students who are interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy should complete the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Exercise Science (Pre-Occupational Therapy) and a Minor in Psychology. The degree plan is designed to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to the graduate program in Occupational Therapy at UTEP. Prerequisites for programs at other universities might differ. For specific prerequisites to admission into the Occupational Therapy program at UTEP, see the UTEP Graduate Catalog.

Degree Plan

BS in Kinesiology with Concentration

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Kinesiology Prerequisites (ExSci)
Basics (All courses require a grade of C or better):
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
4
Select one of the following:3
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Precalculus (C)
and Topics in Study of Life I
Program Prerequisites:
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
4
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Introductory Chemistry (C)
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
Kinesiology Core
KIN 1303Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 2332Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 3313Statistics/Measurement in Kin.3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
KIN 4314Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh3
KIN 4330Fitness Programs & Appraisal3
Concentration
Complete one of the following concentrations
Total Hours120

Concentration in All-Levels Education

GPA for Certification
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).
Physical Education Concentration
Required Courses:
KIN 3315Principles of Teaching PE3
KIN 3217Fundamental Movement Skills2
KIN 3219Individual Games and Sports2
KIN 3221Team Games and Sports2
KIN 3223Lifetime Physical Activities2
KIN 3333Motor Development3
KIN 4319Teaching Elem. School Phy. Ed.3
KIN 4320Adventure Curricula in PE 13
KIN 4321Teaching Sec. School Phys. Ed. 23
KIN 2315Intro to Athletic Training3
or HSCI 2309 First Aid & Safety Practices
All-Levels Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School 33
TED 4698Student Teach: All-Levels PE 46
Free Electives
Select one additional hour of courses1
Major GPA
Courses listed are only being listed for purposes of calculating the major GPA. These courses will not be counted a second time towards degree requirements.
1

Must be taken concurrently with KIN 4321 Teaching Sec. School Phys. Ed..

2

Must be taken concurrently with KIN 4320 Adventure Curricula in PE.

3

Must be taken concurrently with TED 4698 Student Teach: All-Levels PE.

4

Must be taken concurrently with SCED 3317 Multicultural Ed in Sec School.

Concentration in Exercise Science

Minor Required
This program requires the selection of a minor.
Exercise Science Concentration
Required Courses:
KIN 4323Current Issues in Exercise Sci3
KIN 4342Geriatric Fitness Programming3
KIN 4334Coronary Intervention Programs3
Electives:
Select two courses from the following:6
First Aid & Safety Practices
Motor Development
Intro to Athletic Training
Racquet Sports-Analysis & Dev.
Dev. Gymnastics-Anal. & Dev.
Track & Field-Analysis & Dev.
Dance-Analysis & Development
Basketball-Analysis & Develop.
Football-Analysis & Develop.
Aquatics-Analysis & Develop.
Soccer-Analysis & Development
Baseball/Softball-Anal. & Dev.
Volleyball-Analysis & Develop.
Fundamental Movement Skills
Individual Games and Sports
Team Games and Sports
Lifetime Physical Activities
Statistics/Measurement in Kin.
Principles of Teaching PE
Athletic Training Practicum II
Growth, Mature, Early Child
Anatomical Kinesiology
Spanish Dance
P.E. for the Classroom Teacher
PE for Elem Schools
Outdoor Educ. & Survival Skls.
Personal Training
Selected Topics in Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Biomechanics
Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh
Advanced Athletic Training
Athletic Train Practicum III
Teaching Elem. School Phy. Ed.
Adventure Curricula in PE
Teaching Sec. School Phys. Ed.
Fitness Programs & Appraisal
Sci. Princpls-Strength/Tr/Cond
Pract Appl of Strength/Condit
Internship
Intrnship in Str Train & Cond
Independent Study
Internship in Sports Managemnt
Free Electives
Select four additional hours of courses4

Concentration in Exercise Science Pre-OT

Concentration Required
This program requires the selection of a concentration.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Kinesiology Prerequisites (ExSci)
Basics (All courses require a grade of C or better):
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
4
Select one of the following:3
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Precalculus (C)
Program Prerequisites:
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
4
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Kinesiology Core
Required Courses:
KIN 1303Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 2332Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 3313Statistics/Measurement in Kin.3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
KIN 4314Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh3
KIN 4330Fitness Programs & Appraisal3

Concentration in Exercise Science Pre-PT

Concentration Required
This program requires the selection of a concentration.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Kinesiology Prerequisites (ExSci)
Basics (All courses require a grade of C or better):
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
4
Select one of the following:3
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Precalculus (C)
Program Prerequisites:
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
4
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Kinesiology Core
KIN 1303Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 2332Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 3313Statistics/Measurement in Kin.3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
KIN 4314Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh3
KIN 4330Fitness Programs & Appraisal3

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
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
Differential Equations
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
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

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 (C)
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