Kinesiology (Physical Education) - Bachelor of Science in Kinestiology

Kinesiology is a great option and prepares students for many fields in allied health. Career choices include, but are not limited to, medical school, physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, corporate health and wellness, chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and much more. 

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree program can be completed in three concentration areas: Exercise Science, Performance Psychology, or Physical Education. For the required credit hours, see the program descriptions below. Regardless of the concentration, students must complete 120 total semester hours for the Kinesiology degree. Additionally, students pursuing a Kinesiology degree will be responsible for ensuring that they complete 48 upper division credits (3000 (300) and 4000 (400) level courses). Kinesiology students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA to enroll in most upper-division SPMD courses. ENGL 1110G, Area II General Education courses, Kinesiology courses, and Approved Electives must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education, Viewing a Wider World, and program-specific courses to total a minimum of 120 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

With a concentration in Physical Education and successfully meeting state requirements, students will be eligible to teach in the school system (e.g., Elementary, Middle and High School settings).

Information about Kinesiology and potential career opportunities may be obtained at the Department of Kinesiology, Activity Center 204, phone 575-646-2215.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
Choose one from the following:4
Composition I4
Composition I4
English Composition - Level 1 13
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra 23
or MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (8 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
Human Growth and Behavior (Required with a "C-" or better)3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
MATH 1130GSurvey of Mathematics3
or MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I
Viewing a Wider World 36
Must be from two different colleges, cannot be DANC 3510V/HNRS 347V
Departmental/College Requirements
Kinesiology Core (specific to Physical Education only)
SPMD 1350Social Foundations of Physical Activity3
SPMD 2210Anatomy and Physiology I 43
SPMD 2210LAnatomy and Physiology Laboratory 41
SPMD 2250Fitness for Health and Sport3
SPMD 3710Motor Learning3
K-12 Physical Education Concentration Courses
SPMD 3110Racquet Sports2
SPMD 3120Theory and Technique of Lifelong Outdoor Leisure Activities2
SPMD 3130Theory and Technique of Sports and Games2
SPMD 3140Designing Student Centered Afterschool Physical Activity Clubs3
SPMD 3150Theory and Technique of Dance and Rhythms2
SPMD 3250Introduction to Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics3
SPMD 3310Lifetime Activities2
SPMD 3650Motor Development3
Professional Education Coures
CEPY 2110Learning in the Classroom 43
EDUC 1995Field Experience I 41
EDUC 3120Multicultural Education 4,53
EDLT 3110Integrating Technology with Teaching 43
READ 4330Content Area Literacy 63
SPED 3105Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 43
SPMD 3160Elementary School Physical Education3
SPMD 4110Adapted Physical Education 63
SPMD 4130Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education 66
Student Teaching
EDUC 4820Secondary Student Teaching 69
EDUC 4821Middle and High School Student Teaching Seminar 63
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Choose two from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Survey of Economics3
Macroeconomic Principles3
Principles of Microeconomics 3
World Regional Geography3
Human Geography3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
Issues in American Politics3
International Relations3
The Human Mind3
Archaeology: Search for the Past3
Citizen and State Great Political Issues3
Media and Society3
Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
Personal Health & Wellness3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work3
Introduction to Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
One additional Area V/VI: Humanities or Creative & Fine Arts Course (must be a different subject area than the course selected above) 13
Total Credits120

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses


MATH 1220G College Algebra or MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus is required for the degree but students may need to take prerequisites needed to enter either course first.


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses


Pre/co-requisite to Teacher Ed program


 Must be completed prior to Submission of TEP portfolio


 Requires admission to Teacher Ed Program (TEP)

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested study plan for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1220G
College Algebra
or Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus
SPMD 1350 Social Foundations of Physical Activity 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Semester 2
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
EDUC 1995 Field Experience I (Spring Only) 1
MATH 1130G
Survey of Mathematics
or Applications of Calculus I
SPMD 2250 Fitness for Health and Sport 3
An additional Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course (for licensure purposes) 2 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Second Year
Semester 1
CEPY 2110 Learning in the Classroom 3
ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science 3
SPED 3105 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course (BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS) 2 4
An additional Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course (for licensure purposes) 2 3
Semester 2
EDUC 3120 Multicultural Education 3
EDLT 3110 Integrating Technology with Teaching 3
SPMD 2210
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
SPMD 3110 Racquet Sports (Spring Only) 2
Either an additional Area V: Humanities or Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course (for licensure purposes) 2 3
Third Year
Semester 1
SPMD 3120 Theory and Technique of Lifelong Outdoor Leisure Activities (Fall Only) 2
SPMD 3130 Theory and Technique of Sports and Games (Fall Only) 2
SPMD 3150 Theory and Technique of Dance and Rhythms (Fall Only) 2
SPMD 3310 Lifetime Activities 2
SPMD 3710 Motor Learning 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
Semester 2
READ 4330 Content Area Literacy (Spring Only) 3
SPMD 3140 Designing Student Centered Afterschool Physical Activity Clubs (Spring Only) 3
SPMD 3160 Elementary School Physical Education (Spring Only) 3
SPMD 3650 Motor Development (Spring Only) 3
SPMD 4110 Adapted Physical Education (Spring Only) 3
Fourth Year
Semester 1
SPMD 3250 Introduction to Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics (Fall Only) 3
SPMD 4130 Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education (Fall Only) 6
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Semester 2
EDUC 4820 Secondary Student Teaching 9
EDUC 4821 Middle and High School Student Teaching Seminar 3
 Total Credits120-121

These courses may have prerequisites and/or co-requisites, and it is the student's responsibility to check to ensure the requirements are fulfilled.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.