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Faculty and students in our department examine human movement from a physiological, biomechanical, developmental and psychosocial perspective.

Undergraduates receive a B.S. in Kinesiology, with coursework focusing on either Exercise Science (ES) or Physical & Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE).

The ES concentration prepares students for careers in area such as strength and conditioning, personal training, corporate wellness, and cardiac rehabilitation. Many of our Exercise Science graduates choose to continue their education in order to pursue various health-related professional programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and medicine.

Physical Education and Health students complete a five-year program which leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).  What this means is that at the end of four years, students will receive a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in PHETE. The fifth-year MAT program starts after graduation in May. After successful completion of the MAT students are able to obtain a PK-12 VA state teaching license in Physical and Health Education.

In addition to the MAT, the Department also offers a graduate program in Exercise Science with an emphasis in exercise physiology.  The ES graduate program prepares students to enter fields related to exercise testing, fitness training, sport, research and/or the health and wellness industry.

And finally, the department also offers a minor in Coaching Education.  This NCACE accredited program prepares students for youth and high school coaching positions.

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

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.

Kinesiology
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.S.
  • Concentrations:
    • Exercise Science
    • Physical and Health Education Teacher Education
  • Minors:
    • Coaching Education

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.

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 15 for spring semester and March 15 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, williaja@jmu.edu.

Progressing in the Major

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


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