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Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement. Our students explore physiological, mechanical and psychological mechanisms as they relate to fitness and the human body. Each of our five degree plans explore the major theories and principals of the discipline through classwork and hands-on training. 

In the Kinesiology program, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Assemble a strong foundation in the movement sciences
  • Create and implement fitness programs
  • Learn how to assess and diagnose injuries
  • Design rehabilitation plans
  • Become acquainted with field-specific technology 

The BA in Kinesiology program has five tracks of study:  

  1. BA with a Major in Kinesiology
  2. BA with a Major in Kinesiology with Athletic Training Emphasis
  3. BA with a Major in Kinesiology with Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis
  4. BA with a Major in Kinesiology with Sports Management Emphasis
  5. BA with a Major in Kinesiology with EC-Grade 12 Teacher Certification

Learning Tracks


This program provides a foundation in the physiological and mechanical aspects of the human body. Hands-on coursework and close interaction with faculty members will give you the freedom and guidance to become a well-versed, independent learner. 

On this track you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the fundamentals of kinesiology such as musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics and fitness 
  • Study the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries
  • Design and implement fitness programs
  • Participate in a supervised internship

Most students select this degree with the goal of helping individuals in the area of fitness or sports. 

Athletic Training Emphasis

Athletic trainers motivate others to fulfill athletic goals while practicing principles of injury prevention and rehabilitation. 

On this track you will have the opportunity to:

  • Study all aspects of human anatomy, physiology and movement
  • Work with SEU athletic teams
  • Participate in a supervised internship
  • Prepare to qualify for the Texas licensure test

To be licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas you must pass the licensure test administered by the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — fully prepares you for your supervised athletic-training internship and state certification exams.

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

Physical therapists optimize health and function through the assessment, identification, and correction of acute or prolonged movement dysfunction. 

On this track you will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify, prevent and correct movement dysfunction 
  • Study scientific topics as they relate to the human body, exercise, and rehabilitation
  • Design rehabilitation plans
  • Learn how to motivate individuals through fitness and wellness plans

This track is often taken by students pursuing physical therapy, medical, or occupational therapy schools, as well as other medically-based fields. 

Sports Management Emphasis

This track prepares you for a diversity of roles in the areas of sports marketing, facility management and planning, human resources, strategic planning, sport finance and facility design. 

On this track you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the science and management of kinesiology in relation to sport programs
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of business administration
  • Study the management of kinesiology and sports programs

Students on this track are required to complete a minor in Business Administration as part of the degree plan.

EC-12 Physical Education Emphasis

The Physical Education track prepares you to become a certified physical education teacher in grades EC-12. 

On this track you will have the opportunity to:

  • Study all aspects of fitness and its important role in fostering lifelong health
  • Explore the fundamentals of physical activity in adolescents including motor development and biomechanics
  • Learn to design curricula, fitness plans and recreational activities
  • Develop coursework on aspects of well-being
  • Participate in a student-teaching internship



Graduates are well prepared to pursue careers as personal trainers, fitness consultants, and entry level sports managers. Students interested in becoming licensed athletic trainers, occupational therapists or physical therapists will need advanced degrees and should explore graduate school options.

Athletic Training Emphasis

Most students select this degree with the goal of becoming an athletic trainer or a fitness consultant. To be licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas you must pass the licensure test administered by the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers, the licensing and regulatory authority of athletic trainers in Texas. For more information about licensure, please refer to the Texas Department of Health Athletic Trainer Licensing website.

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

Students select this program with the goal of pursuing an advanced degree in physical therapy, medicine, occupational therapy, and other medically-based fields. Since schools vary in entrance requirements, students should become familiar with the specific requirements of each program of interest and complete the recommended support courses as electives.

Sports Management Emphasis

Graduates pursue careers as administrators and managers in the field of athletics and recreation as well as entry-level management positions in college and professional sport organizations. Students will be qualified for roles in the areas of sports marketing, facility management and planning, human resources, and sport finance.

EC-12 Physical Education 

After successfully completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 12 Physical Education teacher certification in Texas.

According to the American Kinesiology Association, increased interest in kinesiology can be attributed to the field's growing science base. Kinesiology gained recognition as an official academic discipline in the life sciences in 2006 by the National Research Council as well as a place in the Taxonomy of Research Doctoral Programs.

Outside of the Classroom

Active Engagement in the Field

Kinesiology majors gain valuable experience through hands-on learning and field work. In the program, you will have an opportunity to participate in:

  • A clinical internship supervised by field professionals
  • Safety and first aid training
  • Lifeguard training
  • Water safety instructor training

Meet the Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners dedicated to developing responsible and independent learners. 

Education is the way in which we discover the world and contribute to its transformation. As such, we strive to instill a sense of wonder and excitement in our students by nurturing their ambitions and providing guidance. Learn more about the Kinesiology faculty from a few of our many esteemed professors:

"I love the moment when the light bulb turns on in a student's mind...It's exciting to be part of the process. — Frank J. Smith, PhD,  School of Education; Professor of Kinesiology
"I want my students to be able to apply their new knowledge as soon as they begin their first job out of college." — John Knorr, EdD, Professor of Kinesiology
"I take a hands-on approach to teaching... By providing my students with tangible examples, I help them put their learning to the test and see firsthand what the course material really means." — Kristy K. Ballard, PhD, Associate Dean,  Associate Professor of Kinesiology 

We are proud to have our own Dr. Kristy Ballard, associate professor of Kinesiology, honored as the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award Winner.

Minors in Kinesiology

Minor in Kinesiology

Students interested in studying the anatomy, physiology and movement of the human body can pursue a minor in Kinesiology.

Coursework explores:

  • An introduction to kinesiology and sports science
  • Athletic injury prevention and treatment
  • Concepts of physical fitness and wellness
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics

Minor in Kinesiology with a Coaching Emphasis

Students can add a minor in Kinesiology with a Coaching Emphasis to strengthen their candidate profile for sports and fitness-related jobs.

Coursework explores:

  • Strength training and cardiovascular conditioning
  • Safety and first aid
  • Athletic injury prevention and treatment
  • Exercise physiology
  • Coaching theory and practice 
  • Legal and ethical Issues in sport and kinesiology
  • Kinesiology and sports through an internship

A full description of required coursework for each minor can be found in the undergraduate bulletin.