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The Department of Kinesiology is dedicated to the development of future leaders in professions that maximize the potential of individuals and society through exercise, sport and leisure activities. There are two different concentrations in kinesiology: exercise science and physical and health education teacher education.

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Degrees Offered



Exercise Science

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education


Coaching Education

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Concentration
This concentration prepares students for careers in teaching school physical and health education. The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) concentration is a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. Upon successful completion of the first four years, students earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in kinesiology. The fifth year M.A.T. degree provides the requisite courses to obtain a Virginia state teaching license in Health and Physical Education (prek-12).

Exercise Science
This concentration prepares students for employment in fitness-related agencies such as wellness centers, hospitals and rehabilitation programs, and to pursue graduate degrees in exercise science. Graduates of this program are prepared to enroll in the fitness instructor certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine. Students interested in physical therapy find this concentration a complement to the Pre-Physical Therapy program.

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the kinesiology major when they register for orientation. In consultation with their kinesiology advisor, students will select a concentration in exercise science or physical and health education teacher education.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected.  Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Other Declaring Information 

Admission to the Concentrations

Exercise Science Concentration
All students must apply for a limited number of seats in the exercise science concentration. To apply for admission, students must complete the following pre-requisite courses:BIO 270. Physiology

  • BIO 290. Anatomy
  • CHEM 131. General Chemistry and CHEM 131 Lab
  • KIN 202. Biological Foundations of Kinesiology
  • KIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

Grades in the prerequisite courses are weighed heavily in the admission decision and admission is offered to the top students on a space available basis. Courses taken on a repeat/forgive basis will not be accepted. Only those grades received in prerequisite courses taken for the first time will be counted.

Applications are due October 1 for spring semester and March 1 for summer and fall semester. See the Kinesiology departmental adviser for specific application procedures.Students denied admission may reapply during the next admission cycle.

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Concentration
Students must meet all admission requirements for entry into the teacher education pre-professional program by the beginning of the fall semester their junior year. Admission requirements are listed on the Teacher Education website.

Students must be admitted to the teacher education pre-professional program before they can enroll in professional education courses. For more information contact the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education coordinator Dr. Jackie Williams, Godwin Hall, Room 317, 540-568-6957,

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

The major is a part of the Department of Kinesiology, an academic unit within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.

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