Kinesiology is the interdisciplinary study of human physical activity. The kinesiology major and courses provide students with opportunities to investigate biological, behavioral, cultural, and pedagogical aspects of exercise and sport behavior. Teaching Concentration courses emphasize theory and application of physical education pedagogy, ethics, and administrative concepts associated with teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. The Exercise Science Concentration offers a scientific study of physiological, behavioral, and cultural aspects of human physical performance for students interested in fitness and wellness professions and graduate studies in specialized exercise, sport, and health sciences programs. A coaching education program and elective courses are offered to meet the special interests and needs of students.

Major: Exercise Science Concentration: A minimum of 10 course credits, including the following core courses: KIN 111, 206, 207 (or BIO 207), 309, 315, 362, and STA 201; and three courses selected from KIN 212, 215, 237, 308, 310, 334, and 380 (two course credits maximum).

Teaching Major: STA 201 (Statistical Methods I) plus 5-12 course credits to include: KIN *111, *206, *207 (or BIO 207), *237, *309, **311, **318, *324 or *331, 327, and *334. KIN 324 is required for students seeking K-6 certification. KIN 331 is required for those seeking 7-12 certification. In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (before December 1 of their sophomore year) and complete coursework for elementary and/or secondary certification described under Education. Students who do not complete KIN 324 or 331 and the requirements of the Education Program may complete a major in Kinesiology by completing the other course requirements as specified in this paragraph. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.

*Must be completed prior to student teaching.
**At least one must be completed prior to student teaching.

Minor: A minimum of six course credits, including the following core courses: KIN 111, 207 (or BIO 207), and one course to be selected from KIN 206, 212, or 215; plus three electives to be selected from KIN 205, 206*, 212*, 215*, 220, 237, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 318, 334, 362 (capstone), 380 or a topics course offered in the department. At least two of these electives must be at or above the 300-level.  *If not completed as a core course listed above (can’t double count courses).

Coaching Endorsement or Authorization: To obtain a Coaching Endorsement the individual must complete a major in Elementary Education or coursework leading to secondary certification and be granted an Iowa Teaching Certificate. The Coaching Authorization is available to those who do not complete teaching certification requirements or who do not hold an Iowa Teaching Certificate. Both the Endorsement and the Authorization qualify an individual to be a head coach or an assistant coach in any sport offered in the Iowa public schools. Students who complete one of the following programs may apply for the Endorsement or the Authorization through the Education Department.

Coaching Endorsement: KIN 205 and 237, and completion of a major in Elementary Education or coursework leading to secondary certification

Coaching Authorization: KIN 205 and 237.