Gain the Knowledge and Training to Become a Kinesiology Professional
The bachelor’s degree program in Kinesiology is appropriate for students interested in pursuing careers in sport science, health promotion, medicine, wellness, strength and conditioning, and clinical healthcare careers such as personal training, sport performance coaching, athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and corporate wellness.
The curriculum combines classroom coursework, practical field experiences, current research, and didactic laboratory experiences to build foundational knowledge in exercise science. Additionally, curricula within the coursework prepares students for professional certification exams from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) during their degree pursuit.
Students planning to continue their education toward a clinical or medical degree should consider pre-requisite requirements for graduate school when choosing certain classes and meet with a Kinesiology advisor regularly to discuss your immediate and future education and career goals.
Undergraduate Application Deadlines
- May 1
- November 1
- March 1
- July 1
- November 1
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- September 1
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Build an understanding in the foundations and application of anatomical and mechanical principles involved in human movement. An emphasis is placed on the analysis of skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and biomechanical factors associated with efficient motor development.
Nutrition & Metabolism in Kinesiology
Study nutrition with a focus on strategies designed to meet nutrient demands for physical activity, exercise, metabolism and athletic performance in sport and exercise sciences.
Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
Learn to integrate your knowledge of exercise science, pathophysiology, and fitness conditioning to develop exercise prescriptions for people with certain diseases, conditions, or stage of life. This course provides an in-depth understanding of unique physiological differences affecting such special populations and how they translate to important precautions and considerations for exercise.
Motivational Aspects of Athletic Performance
Examine the depth and breadth of theories and philosophies regarding motivation in sport. Coursework emphasizes the application of various theories to maximize the operational usefulness of learned strategies as it applies to the individual, pairs, and entire teams.
Undergraduate Practicum Experience
Apply what you’ve learned from your classroom coursework in a real work environment as a student intern. Practicum is designed to provide opportunities for hands on and practical experiences in a workplace with guided supervision from an approved preceptor. Students who wish to complete this elective can apply with the Division of Kinesiology in their junior or senior year.
The Kinesiology program is one of the finest programs to pursue a career in at UCF. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable in their respective fields, and they are wonderful mentors. I have transformed my life in the pursuit of better health, and I can proudly say this program has prepared me to do just that for others, as it is my passion."
Kinesiology Skills You'll Learn
- Learn to administer and interpret various fitness and wellness assessments
- Develop skills to implement evidence-based techniques for improving strength and performance
- Explore fitness and weight management research, theories, and practice.
- Gain experience in current practices and technologies used for health and physical performance monitoring
- Build a foundation of understanding about evidence-based exercise and nutrition recommendations that can prevent some diseases and increase quality of life.
- Athletic Trainer
- Physical Therapist
- Sport Coach
- Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Exercise Physiologist
- Personal Trainer
- Physician Assistant
- Medical Doctor
- Registered Dietitian
- Sport Scientist
- University Professor
- School Teacher