Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Kinesiology is the study of human movement and functionality. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Kinesiology prepares students for professional positions in the rapidly growing healthcare, fitness, recreation and rehabilitation fields or for graduate studies. Graduates can work in clinical, educational, corporate, or therapeutic organizations.
Licensure and/or Certification
Students may become eligible, through selected courses of study, to take national exams for licensure and/or certification.
Potential licenses or certification opportunities include:
- American College of Sports Medicine (personal trainer, exercise physiologist)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist)
- Wellness Coach
Please go to UAA's Authorization by State website for information about licensure or certification in a state other than Alaska.
Complete the Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
Students are required to complete two 1-credit practicum experiences in the community (sophomore and junior year).
Students are required to complete a six credit 240-hour internship.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.
- Complete the following major requirements with a minimum grade of C in all KIN courses and a minimum grade of B in KIN A495:
|BA A151||Business Foundations||3|
|BIOL A111||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL A112||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|DN A203||Nutrition for Health Sciences||3|
|or DN A215||Sports Nutrition|
|KIN A181||Introduction to Kinesiology||3|
|KIN A182||Fundamentals of Biomechanics||2|
|KIN A280||Leadership in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN A281||Leadership in Activities for Special Populations||2|
|KIN A282||Leadership in Initiative Activities||2|
|KIN A284||Leadership in Fitness Activities||2|
|KIN A286||Leadership in Recreation and Sport Activities||2|
|KIN A287||Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Activities||2|
|KIN A289||Prevention and Care of Activity-Related Injuries||3|
|KIN A382||Kinesiology and Biomechanics||4|
|KIN A383||Movement Theory and Motor Development||3|
|KIN A384||Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Activity||3|
|KIN A385||Physiology of Exercise||4|
|KIN A386||Current Issues in Health and Wellness||3|
|KIN A486||Standards and Assessment in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN A487||Administration and Supervision in Kinesiology||3|
|Advisor approved electives||18|
|PSY A111||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|or PSY A150||Lifespan Development|
A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division.
Honors in Kinesiology
- Meet the requirements for Graduating with Honors.
- Meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.
- Earn an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher.
- Complete an advisor approved project.
Students should notify their faculty advisor, in writing, of their intention to graduate with honors before submission of the Application for Graduation.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology will be able to:
- Apply kinesiology related concepts, theories, and frameworks to health, wellness, and quality of life.
- Critically evaluate research related to physical activity and its impact on health and chronic disease.
- Design, implement and evaluate physical activity programs based on relevant standards and research that promote health and quality of life for diverse populations.
- Demonstrate effective leadership skills in varied contexts as demonstrated by
- Writing outcomes
- Selecting appropriate activities including progression, modification, and variation
- Motivational activities
- Venue selection and suitability
- Safety/risk management
- Advocate for, and demonstrate the importance of, a physically active lifestyle personally and professionally as a means to improve quality of life and reduce the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related diseases.