Undergraduate

Kinesiology

As a BA in Kinesiology major, you’ll explore the principles and theories related to fitness and the human body — from the basics of biomechanics to exercise physiology. You’ll learn to create and implement fitness programs, diagnose injuries, design rehabilitation plans, and become proficient in the current technology of today’s exercise machines and other products.

Most students select this degree with the goal of helping people in the area of fitness or sports. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — gives you a solid understanding of the subject area and fully prepares you for your future career.

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology

Overview:

As a BA in Kinesiology major, you’ll explore the principles and theories related to fitness and the human body — from the basics of biomechanics to exercise physiology. You’ll learn to create and implement fitness programs, diagnose injuries, design rehabilitation plans, and become proficient in the current technology of today’s exercise machines and other products.

Most students select this degree with the goal of helping people in the area of fitness or sports. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — gives you a solid understanding of the subject area and fully prepares you for your future career.

With a BA in Kinesiology, a graduate may work as a personal trainer for an athletic club like the YMCA, a fitness consultant for a corporation, or a sports manager for camps or recreation teams. Advanced degrees are required for careers as coaches in schools, licensed athletic trainers, or occupational or physical therapists.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Kinesiology majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in kinesiology complete core courses, which include Introduction to Kinesiology and Sports Sciences, Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries, Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport and Kinesiology.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BA in Kinesiology majors complete supporting courses, which include Biology Principles and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

REQUIRED INTERNSHIP
You will participate in a semester-long student internship in the kinesiology field of your interest, such as fitness or health clubs or high school athletics departments.

Internship sites have included:

  • Austin YMCA
  • Body Business
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Capital Area Youth Soccer Association
  • City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
  • Concordia Fitness Center
  • Chaparral Ice Center
  • Fitness Connection
  • Hyde Park Gym
  • Lake Travis AAU
  • Salvation Army
  • Schlitterbahn Water Park
  • St. Edward’s University Athletic Department
  • Texas Terminators
  • UIL
  • UT–Austin Athletic Department

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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