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Programs of Study: Undergrad


Head of Department: Wojciech Chodzko-Zajko
Department Office: 117 Freer Hall, 906 South Goodwin, Urbana, (217) 244-0823

The Kinesiology curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree that will prepare students for careers in human movement-related fields and/or advanced professional or graduate study. The undergraduate program provides the student with a broad general education, a departmental core integral to the understanding of the diverse aspects of human movement, and a correlate area of courses specific to the student's area of concentration within Kinesiology.

Students who desire certification as a physical education teacher can satisfy the necessary subject matter requirements by appropriate selection of courses within the several categories of the curriculum. Students seeking such certification should ask the undergraduate academic adviser about admission criteria for the teacher certification program in physical education. For teacher certification requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education section. Further information on careers in Kinesiology is available from the Academic Advising Office, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 155 Freer Hall, 906 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL, 61801, (217) 333-1083 (217) 333-2461.

A 5 year BS MPH joint degree program is available for students majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology. Students apply for the program in the latter part of their third year (junior year) of study. Students accepted into the BS MPH joint degree program take 12 credit hours of coursework in their senior year that apply to both BS and MPH degrees. In the 5th year of study, students complete the remaining requirements for the MPH degree, and graduate simultaneously with both BS and MPH degrees. A summary of the requirements for the MPH degree is provided at: The requirements are explained in more detail on the MPH program website:

Requirements Including General Education

The Kinesiology Program requires that General Education requirements must be selected from the Campus General Education course list. The prescribed courses prepare the student for upper division study and may be used to satisfy General Education requirements provided they are on the appropriate General Education list. Specifically required General Education courses are listed below.

Hours Communication Arts
6-7 Composition I and an approved speech performance course; or CMN 111 and 112
3 Advanced Composition (KIN 340 fulfills requirement)

Hours Quantitative Reasoning I & II
6 From the approved campus list

Hours Humanities and Arts
6 From the approved campus list

Hours Behavioral and Social Sciences1
3 KIN 140 -  Social Science of Human Movement (Social Science)
3 KIN 262 - Motor Develop, Growth & Form  (Behavioral Science)

Hours Natural Sciences
3 KIN 150 - Bioscience of Human Movement (Life Science)
3 From the approved campus physical science list

Hours Cultural Studies2
3 From Western cultures approved campus list
3 From U.S. minority cultures or non-Western cultures approved campus list
  Foreign language: Completion through the third level of the same language in high school or college

1. Students pursuing teacher certification must complete PSYC 100 or PSYC 103 in addition to KIN 262.
2. Courses in cultural studies may be completed through other categories where appropriate.

Hours Computer Skills
3 From the approved department list

Hours Anatomy
5 MCB 244/245: Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
5 MCB 246/247: Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

Hours Kinesiology and Community Health Department Core
3 CHLH 101-Introduction to Public Health
3 KIN 122-Physical Activity and Health

Hours Kinesiology Core Requirements
1 KIN 125 - Introduction to Kinesiology
2 KIN 130 - Analysis of Basic Movement
3 KIN 140 - Social Sci of Human Movement*
3 KIN 150 - Bioscience of Human Movement*
3 KIN 340 - Soc & Psych of Phys Activity*
3 KIN 257 - Coordination, Control & Skill
3 KIN 262 - Motor Develop, Growth & Form*
3 KIN 352 - Bioenergetics of Movement
3 KIN 355 - Biomechanics of Human Movement
24 Total

*Fulfills University General Education Requirements

Kinesiology Program Guided Electives

Hours Elective Kinesiology Courses
at least 12 All courses must be at the 200, 300, or 400 level.  One course must be completed in each of the three areas (exercise physiology and athletic training; cultural, pedagogical and interpretive studies; and biobehavioral kinesiology). At least six or more hours must be at the 400 level.

Hours Correlate Area Studies
at least 18 Students select a standardized correlate that will prepare them for further education toward their career goals.

Summary of Degree Requirements

Hours Requirements
49 General Education and supporting coursework
6 Kinesiology and Community Health Department Core
24 Kinesiology Core
12 Elective Kinesiology courses
18 Correlate Area
19 Free electives
128 Total Hours required for graduation

Requirements for Teacher Certification

Application to the Teacher Certification curriculum is made at the end of the sophomore year. Admission depends on meeting minimum grade point average requirements. In order to remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, and content area grade point averages of 2.5 (A=4.0), and a professional education grade point average of 3.0. Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade point averages. In addition, candidates must receive a B- or higher in KIN 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, and 460, and meet professional standards of scholarship, ethics, and responsibility as evaluated by the Physical Education Area of Specialization Committee. In addition, students must complete all degree required courses with a grade of C or higher.

In addition to the General Education requirements for all Kinesiology undergraduates, the teacher certification requirements for students in all curricula, and the Kinesiology core requirements, students pursuing certification to teach physical education (K-12) must include the following courses in the elective kinesiology, correlate area studies, and free electives areas:

Hours Required Electives and Correlate Area Studies
3 KIN 360 - Adapted Physical Education
3 KIN 361 - Curriculum in Grades K-6
3 KIN 362 - Curriculum in Grades 7-12
3 KIN 363 - Instructional Strategies in PE
3 KIN 364 - Exper in the Common School
3 KIN 401 - Measure & Eval in Kinesiology
3 KIN 460 - Technology & Pedagogical KINES
3 KIN 260 - Teaching Activities I
3 KIN 261 - Teaching Activities II
1 CI 473 - Literacy in Content Areas
3 EPS 201 - Foundations of Education
3 EPSY 201 - Educational Psychology


EDPR 438 - Ed Prac in Sp Fields in Ele Ed


EDPR 442 - Ed Prac in Secondary Ed

Students may not enroll for professional education courses from the Elective Kinesiology area until they have passed the Illinois Certification Testing System Test of Basic Skills and have applied to the Teacher Education K-12 program.