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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.

Admission Requirements (Effective Fall 2018)

Admission standards and procedures will be published on the Kinesiology website and are planned to go into effect at the start of the fall semester of 2018. The purpose of the admission process is to identify students who are committed to a healthy, physically active lifestyle, and possess fundamental motor skills that form the foundation for games, sports, and lifetime physical activities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the major.

When students are enrolled in KIN 3303, they will complete the application process for Full Admission to the major, which requires that students submit:

1. A completed Application Form for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

2. Current Transcript(s) attached to the application form.

a. Copy of most up-to-date transcripts from all 2- and/or 4-year institutions the student has attended (e.g., UTEP, EPCC, etc.)

b. 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.

3. 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:

i. 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.

ii. 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.

The Admission Audition

A student will not be designated Fully Admitted to the Kinesiology major until the successful completion of KIN 3303 defined by a final course grade of “C” or better. In addition, students must successfully complete the Health-related Fitness and Motor Skills Assessment, which is administered during KIN 3303 and performance on the test is part of the final course grade. These assessments are administered within the first two weeks of the semester to familiarize students and provide them the opportunity to train and practice throughout the semester in preparation for the end of semester assessment administered during final exam week. Should a student fail any portion of the Health-related Fitness and Motor Skills Assessment, s/he will be assigned a grade of “I” for KIN 3303 and be allowed to complete the assessment during the subsequent semester. A student who is assigned a grade of “I” for KIN 3303 will have 12 calendar months to complete the course requirements in accordance with university policy. A grade of “I” that converts to a grade of “F” for KIN 3303 will render the student ineligible for further consideration of Full Admission to the Kinesiology Major.

1. Health-related Fitness Assessment. The test consists of elements of the ACSM health-related fitness assessment test battery (ACSM, 2014). These tests will be adapted for persons with disabilities as appropriate. Students must meet the following criteria:

a. No health-related risk factors as indicated on health-related fitness screenings using the PAR-Q, ACSM Health History Questionnaire, resting heart rate, and resting blood pressure. Should risk factors be present, students may be required to obtain a medical release prior to participation in rigorous physical activities.

b. 1.5 mile run: minimum time must be at or above the 60th percentile for the student’s age group. For example, a 25 yr old male must run the 1.5 mile in 11 min 29 sec.

c. Push Up (modified push-up for women): minimum number of repetitions must be at least in the “good” range for the student’s age group. For example, a 25 yr old male should be able to perform at least 22 push-ups.

d. Partial curl-up: minimum number of repetitions must be at least at or above the 60th percentile for the student’s age group. A 25 yr old male should be able to perform 31 partial curl-ups.

e. Leg strength using leg press: minimum weight pressed must be at least at or above the 60th percentile for the student’s age group. A 25 yr old male should be able to press 1.97 times his body weight.

f. Sit-and-Reach flexibility test: minimum score must be at least in the “good” range for the student’s age group. A 25 yr old male should be able to reach 27 cm on the sit-and-reach box, while a 25 yr old female should be able to reach 30 cm.

2. Motor Skills Proficiency Assessment. Standards are based on published tests and norms by SHAPE America.

a. Overhand throwing for distance and accuracy.

b. Timed fundamental motor skills obstacle course:

i. Dynamic balancing while performing locomotor variations such as running, hopping, sliding, skipping, and galloping

ii. Agility:

1. Agility ladder

2. Changing directions while running

iii. Jumping onto, off and over objects, landing followed by locomotor variations

iv. Rolling forwards and backwards while coming out of and moving into locomotor variations.

Decisions about Admission

After students submit a complete application for Full Admission to the Kinesiology Major, including the data from the initial Admission Audition, the faculty will evaluate the application and inform the students of their admission status prior to the registration dates for the following semester. Students who are fully admitted will be advised by the faculty prior to registration.

Concentrations

  • All-Levels Physical Education Certification
  • Exercise Science 

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 16
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
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:
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C)3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1508
BIOL 1107
Precalculus (C)
and Topics in Study of Life I
6
Kinesiology Core18
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
Physical Education Professional Courses 26
CPR and First Aid Certificate on file prior to enrolling in KIN 3315
KIN 2315Intro to Athletic Training3
or HSCI 2309 First Aid & Safety Practices
KIN 3217Fundamental Movement Skills2
KIN 3219Individual Games and Sports2
KIN 3221Team Games and Sports2
KIN 3223Lifetime Physical Activities2
KIN 3315Principles of Teaching PE3
KIN 4319Teaching Elem. School Phy. Ed.3
KIN 4320Adventure Curricula in PE3
KIN 4321Teaching Sec. School Phys. Ed.3
All-Levels Education Minor 18
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
TED 4698Student Teach: All-Levels PE6
Free Electives
Select four additional hours of courses from any discipline4
Total Hours120
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 

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 16
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
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:
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C)3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1508
BIOL 1107
Precalculus (C)
and Topics in Study of Life I
6
Program Prerequisites
Select One of the following:
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
4
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
Kinesiology Core18
KIN 1303Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 2332Motor Learning and Control3
KIN 3313Statistics/Measurement in Kin.3
or PSYC 1303 Statistical Methods
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 4312Exercise Physiology3
KIN 4313Biomechanics3
KIN 4314Special Pop: Charac/Motor Beh3
KIN 4330Fitness Programs & Appraisal3
Exercise Science Concentration 26
Required Courses:
KIN 4323Current Issues in Exercise Sci3
KIN 4334Coronary Intervention Programs3
KIN 4342Geriatric Fitness Programming3
Electives
Select six hours from the following:
HSCI 2309First Aid & Safety Practices3
KIN 2315Intro to Athletic Training3
KIN 3201Racquet Sports-Analysis & Dev.2
KIN 3202Dev. Gymnastics-Anal. & Dev.2
KIN 3203Track & Field-Analysis & Dev.2
KIN 3204Dance-Analysis & Development2
KIN 3205Basketball-Analysis & Develop.2
KIN 3206Football-Analysis & Develop.2
KIN 3207Aquatics-Analysis & Develop.2
KIN 3209Soccer-Analysis & Development2
KIN 3210Baseball/Softball-Anal. & Dev.2
KIN 3211Volleyball-Analysis & Develop.2
KIN 3217Fundamental Movement Skills2
KIN 3219Individual Games and Sports2
KIN 3221Team Games and Sports2
KIN 3223Lifetime Physical Activities2
KIN 3313Statistics/Measurement in Kin.3
KIN 3315Principles of Teaching PE3
KIN 3316Athletic Training Practicum II3
KIN 3318Growth, Mature, Early Child3
KIN 3331Anatomical Kinesiology3
KIN 3333Motor Development3
KIN 3342Spanish Dance3
KIN 4101P.E. for the Classroom Teacher1
KIN 4201PE for Elem Schools2
KIN 4222Outdoor Educ. & Survival Skls.2
KIN 4301Personal Training3
KIN 4310Selected Topics in Kinesiology3
KIN 4315Advanced Athletic Training3
KIN 4316Athletic Train Practicum III3
KIN 4319Teaching Elem. School Phy. Ed.3
KIN 4320Adventure Curricula in PE3
KIN 4321Teaching Sec. School Phys. Ed.3
KIN 4340Sci. Princpls-Strength/Tr/Cond3
KIN 4341Pract Appl of Strength/Condit3
KIN 4342Geriatric Fitness Programming3
KIN 4350Internship3
KIN 4351Intrnship in Str Train & Cond3
KIN 4390Independent Study3
KIN 4650Internship in Sports Managemnt6
Free Electives4
Select four additional hours of courses from any discipline
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
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)
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
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
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