Kinesiology | Academic Advising Handbook

The Kinesiology major has reduced the number of required courses/credits in order to provide more flexibility in additional coursework/specialization. A rigorous, analytical, systematic and evidence-based context permeates the curriculum, culminating with a required project (Capstone) component.

The Kinesiology major, along with strategic selection of additional courses, can effectively serve students with aspirations to pursue graduate study (e.g., health professions, education, science), while also preparing students to directly enter the workforce (e.g., fitness, coaching, and recreation). It is important that students recognize that the Kinesiology major alone will not provide the necessary prerequisites for many graduate programs, therefore due-diligence is needed to determine additional required coursework.

Given prerequisite sequences and offering frequencies, students must begin required coursework fairly early on and plan ahead.

Requirements for the Kinesiology Major

Course Name Credits
KINES 100 Kinesiology: Themes 1

One of the following: 

  • BIOL 200
  • BIOL 201
  • CHEM 220

Corresponding course:

  • Biology Flow of Energy
  • Biology Flow of Information
  • General Chemistry I


HBIO 230 and 230 Lab Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4
HBIO 231 and 231 Lab Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
MATH 207 Statistics (or MATH 307 or SOC 301) 4
KINES 200 Kinesiology: Techniques 1
KINES 215 Nutrition 4
KINES 300 Kinesiology: Evidence 2
KINES 320 Biomechanics 4
KINES 325 Exercise Physiology 4
KINES 330 Perceptual Motor Learning 4
KINES 340 Psychosocial Issues in Kinesiology 4
KINES 400 Advanced Analysis in Kinesiology 2
KINES 499 Capstone 2
  Total Credits 44

Critical Considerations

  • Prerequisite Grade Requirement: Courses now require a C in prerequisite courses (rather than C-). Although there will be a grace period initially for those who made C- in a prerequisite course before this change was made, students will need a C or better moving forward.

Prerequisite sequences and frequency of offerings:

  • HBIO 230/231 is a Fall-Spring sequence only
  • BIOL 200/201 and KINES 100, 200, 320, 325, 330, and 340 are offered both Fall-Spring terms
  • KINES 300 is offered spring only. KINES 400 is offered fall only.

Research component eligibility prerequisites:

  • Before taking KINES 300 (Junior Spring), students should attempt to have completed all Kinesiology requirements except KINES 400 and 499, but at a minimum must have completed: HBIO 230 & 231, 8 upper division KINES credits & ENGW 180 (or concurrent enrollment)
  • For KINES 400 (Senior Fall), students must have completed KINES 300, Statistics (MATH 207 or 307 or SOC 301), and 12 upper division KINES credits
  • Although not required to complete the major, KINES 498 (Senior Capstone: In Progress) should be taken (0 credits, can be taken multiple times) in any term in which the capstone project is in progress, but not being completed.
  • KINES 499 (Capstone) should be taken in the semester in which the project will be completed.

Closed courses:

Get onto the waitlist. Then, contact the instructor to politely inquire about the chance space will open up. If the waitlist is huge, we usually add seats, but a waitlist is needed to justify it.