Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of movement-related fields and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited to areas of study such as exercise science, sport management, athletic training, socio-cultural analyses of sports, sport and exercise psychology, physical education teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other related health fields.
Learning occurs through the study of movement and exercise processes within a framework that emphasizes the clinical and practical implications of theory and research.
Undergraduate Kinesiology tracks in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), Athletic Training, Applied Exercise Science, Clinical Exercise Science or Kinesiology prepare students for future careers.
The Department of Kinesiology offers graduate programs in Sport Management and Kinesiology Sport and Human Performance. A graduate certificate in Advanced Testing and Prescription is also available.
Kinesiology Careers include:
- Community Sports Program Director
- Youth Camp Director
- Corporate Wellness Director
- Commercial/Fitness Trainer
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Physical Educator
- Athletic Trainer *
Or with Advanced Post-Graduate degrees:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
- Exercise Physiologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Chiropractic Doctor
*The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree. Sam Houston State University is no longer accepting students into the undergraduate athletic training program. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2021.