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Kinesiology Bachelor of Science

 Program Description

The kinesiology degree at USU provides three different options for students who wish to pursue careers in exercise science, physical therapy, or physical education. In all of these areas, students study the psychological, neurophysiological, and biomechanical/biophysical aspects of human movement.

Through mentoring, students are given the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research. The  department collaborates with state health programs, parks and recreation programs, and local and regional school districts to provide students with opportunities for hands-on experience and professional training.

Many graduates from the program are accepted into advanced degree programs in physical and occupational therapy or are admitted to medical schools.

For more information visit the USU Degree Finder.

Emphases:

Exercise Science: The exercise science emphasis is science-based and focuses on the integration of anatomical, psychological, biomechanical, and physiological principles related to human movement, exercise, and rehabilitation. Many students complete the exercise science emphasis in order to build a strong foundation prior to pursuing graduate study in exercise science fields or health professions, such as medical school, dentistry, or chiropractics.

Physical Education Teaching: This emphasis prepares students to teach or coach physical education activities in grades K-12.

As part of the major requirements, students in the physical education teaching emphasis take courses that qualify them for licensure at the elementary level. In order to obtain a secondary teaching license for grades 6-12, students must complete the 35-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which includes one semester of student teaching in a public school. This program is administered by USU’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Student must apply to the School of TEAL the semester before taking STEP courses. This is usually the fall of their junior year. Students learn subject content through the HPER Department, and spend the last year or two studying education techniques through the STEP program.

Students in the physical education teaching program are encouraged to select an approved teaching minor in order to expand their career options.

Pre-Physical Therapy: The pre-physical therapy emphasis is designed to prepare students to enter into a graduate degree program in physical therapy. Physical therapists help people who have limited abilities to move and perform functional activities. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sport and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

Requirements

Admissions Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the kinesiology program has additional requirements. International students have additional admissions requirements as well.

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as kinesiology majors.
  • Transfer Students: Students transferring from other institutions need a 3.0 total GPA to qualify for admission as kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise science. Students transferring from other USU majors need a 3.0 total GPA to qualify for admission as kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise science.

For more information visit the USU Catalog.

Physical Education Teaching Emphasis:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as kinesiology majors.
  • Transfer Students: Students transferring from other institutions need a 2.75 total GPA to qualify for admission as kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise science. Students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.75 total GPA to qualify for admission as kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise science.
  • STEP Requirements: In order to be accepted into STEP, students must go through an application process, which includes the following:
    • Complete 60 semester credits with a minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Complete certain core courses (see department for more information)
    • Complete a speech and hearing test
    • Pass the Teacher Education Writing Exam
    • Provide an unofficial copy of  your transcript
    • Pass a criminal background check (this should be done one semester before submitting the application)

For more information visit the USU Catalog.

Exercise Science Emphasis:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as kinesiology majors.
  • Transfer Students: Students transferring from other institutions need a 2.75 total GPA to qualify for admission as kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise science. Students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.75 total GPA to qualify for admission as kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise science.

For more information visit the USU Catalog

Program Requirements

There may be additional program requirements that students need to complete on a case-by-case basis. Meet with your advisor to discuss program requirements and your progress towards graduation.

Graduation Requirements

All graduates, regardless of the type of degree, must satisfy University Studies general education and depth education requirements.

Pre-Physcial Therapy Emphasis Additional Graduation Requirements:

  • Total credits: 120 credits minimum
  • Total credits C- or better: 100 credits
  • Upper-division credits (3000 level or above): 40 credits
  • USU credits (20 upper-division, 10 req. by major): 30 credits
  • USU gpa: 2.0 or better; Overall gpa: 3.0 or better

Physical Education Teaching Additional Graduation Requirements:

  • Total credits: 120 credits minimum
  • Total credits C‐ or better: 100 credits
  • Upper‐division credits (3000 level or above): 40 credits
  • USU credits (20 upper‐division, 10 req. by major): 30 credits
  • USU gpa: 2.0 or better; Overall gpa: 3.0 or better

Exercise Science Additional Graduation Requirements:

  • Total credits: 120 credits minimum
  • Total credits C‐ or better: 100 credits
  • Upper‐division credits (3000 level or above): 40 credits
  • USU credits (20 upper‐division, 10 req. by major): 30 credits

USU gpa: 2.0 or better; Overall gpa: 2.75 or better

Tracking Sheets

The purpose of the tracking sheet is to monitor the progress of students as they work through the degree requirements working towards graduation. The sheet consists of a consolidated course information and requirements. The department uses the tracking sheet, located online, as a working tool and updates the sheet yearly. Students are encouraged to use this sheet and degree works as they plan their schedules.

To access the tracking sheet for the kinesiology program please visit the tracking sheet page.

Program Faculty

 
David Bolton Eadric Bressel Jon Carey
David Bolton Eadric Bressel Jon Carey
Chris Dakin Hilda Fronske Edward Heath
Chris Dakin Hilda Fronske Edward Heath
John Kras Talin Louder Breanna Studenka
John Kras Talin Louder Breanna Studenka
Brennan Thompson Dale Wagner  
Brennan Thompson Dale Wagner  

 

 

Academic Advisor
Name: Raquel Friddle
Phone: 435-797-1278
Email: raquel.friddle@usu.edu
Appt: Schedule
Prgms: KIN: PPT
Academic Advisor
Name: Jose Chavez
Phone: 435-797-0837
Email: jose.chavez@usu.edu
Appt: Schedule
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KIN: PE Teaching
KIN: Ex Sci

Academic Advisor
Name: Melanie Stein
Phone: 435-797-2490
Email: melanie.stein@usu.edu
Appt: Schedule
Prgms: General Studies
Peer Advisor
Name: Mallory Weed
Phone: 435-797-1278
Email: mallory.weed@usu.edu
Appt: Schedule
Prgms: Program Exploration