The Department of Health & Kinesiology offers three B.S. degrees with nine different options. Each of these programs requires prerequisite coursework and GPA to be admitted to upper level. The Undergraduate Advising Office for the Department of Health & Kinesiology is located in Room 328 of the Blocker Building (979) 845-4530. For more information about changing majors to health and kinesiology, click here.
Admission to upper level in all programs is competitive and not guaranteed.
The goals of this degree are to more effectively develop literate, informed professionals capable of making the world healthier and more humane. The curriculum in health offers three options: Allied Health, Community Health and School Health.
This option is used by students who want to pursue additional schooling in an allied health area. Students can take prerequisite courses for professional allied health schools as electives while receiving a background in the health education field. This option is recommended particularly for students who want to pursue nursing and occupational therapy school upon graduation from Texas A&M.
The goal of this specialization is to prepare and educate students to serve as community health educators and promoters in a variety or government and private health agencies, clinical settings, non-profit organizations, volunteer agencies, and other community organizations. This program is unique in that it offers a wide range of approved electives permitting the student to develop a program according to his or her needs and interests. In addition to classroom experience, the student is exposed to pre-professional training through an internship program providing them with on-the-job experience and employment opportunities. Students are placed in a setting which best fits their professional goals. This degree does require a non-paid, full semester internship in the final semester.
Students selecting School Health will become certified to teach only health in grades K-12 in the public and private schools. After completion of the course work for either option, students are required to complete a full semester of student teaching in the public schools.
The goals are to prepare students for a wide variety of careers such as public school education, and exercise science. All students are assigned to an advisor in accordance with their career choice. Students are encouraged to declare career intentions early so appropriate course work may be planned.
This track is offered to prepare and educate students who wish to enter the field of exercise science. Students are exposed to a strong science background making them excellent candidates for employment opportunities in exercise related areas (cardiac rehabilitation, corporate or private fitness), advanced graduate studies (motor behavior, exercise physiology), or professional school (medical, dental, occupational therapy, physical therapy). Most course prerequisites for medical, dental, occupational therapy, or physical therapy schools are included in the various programs of study under this track.
Students interested in cardiac rehabilitation are encouraged to seek the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification or the Health Fitness Instructor certification offered by the American College of Sports Medicine. Students in corporate or club fitness are encouraged to seek other professional certifications and licenses (Personal Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, etc.) through professional organizations such as American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
This specialization is offered to students wishing to teach Physical Education in public or private schools. The All-Level certification qualifies the recipient to teach in grades Preschool – 12 in Physical Education/Wellness only. This degree plan includes a full semester of student teaching in a public school setting after the completion of course work. The proposed degree plan will provide a program that will lead to successful completion of the certification requirements outlined by the State of Texas. Additional program information is available by contacting the advising office at (979) 845-4530.
The Department of Health and Kinesiology now offers a B.S. in Kinesiology: Dance Science track degree. This program focuses on dance research, anatomy, nutrition, injury prevention, psychological aspects of the dancer, and proper biomechanical principles within dance technique.
The goals of this degree are to prepare students for careers as administrators and managers in athletic, health and country clubs as well as entry level management positions in college and professional athletic organizations. Through this track, students are prepared for a diversity of roles in the areas of sport marketing and promotions, facility management and planning, activity programming, and events management. An internship, following the completion of course work, provides students with on-the-job experience and employment opportunities.
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Provides students who are in good academic standing with the university (2.0+ GPR) and who are specifically seeking an interdisciplinary degree the flexibility to create individualized degree plans at Texas A&M. University Studies degree options are offered by each of the colleges and provide additional access to college-specific courses that may have restricted admission.
The Dance concentration provides preparation in dance history and production. Students complete courses in the foundations of dance, dance production, and dance composition, and technique courses in various forms of dance. Students choose their minors.
The following concentrations are awaiting final University approval. The intent is to offer these UNST Concentrations in the spring of 2013. Please check with the listed advisors for additional information.
The Sports Conditioning concentration focuses on the adult performance at collegiate, professional or fitness-industry levels and prepares students for careers as high school coaches or personal trainers. Students must minor in coaching and either park/natural resources or tourism resource management.
The Sports Leadership concentration prepares students for further study in a wide variety of sport-related fields with non-profit sport groups, youth sport institutions and community sport agencies. Curriculum is designed to train and prepare students to become leaders, not managers, in sport-related agencies and businesses. Students choose two minors from the following areas: sport management, agriculture communications and journalism, park/natural resources, and tourism resource management.
The coaching minor is designed to supplement those interested in coaching who are pursuing teacher certification in any discipline. This minor is also useful to those who work with youth in sports leagues. Admission to this minor is by application only. Students should allow a minimum of three semesters to complete this minor.
The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers a minor in dance and a second teaching field for teacher certification. A minor in dance can lead to numerous opportunities within the field of dance performance and education. Students can obtain the necessary tools to teach, choreograph and direct in high schools, private studios, performance groups, dance/drill teams, dance within community and/or companies, or utilize their minor studies to pursue degrees in dance. Dance is considered to be an important part of the visual and performing arts educational experience. Studies of dance performance, education and history can enhance a student's academic experience. Admission to the dance minor is through audition only.
The sport management minor is designed for students who want an introduction to working with sport organizations, which will complement a number of degrees. The majority of the courses for this minor are available online. Two of the minor courses will also meet International and Cultural Diversity requirements for core curriculum.