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The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to advance students’ understanding of relationships among movement, exercise, and skill that occur in the contexts of development, learning, rehabilitation, performance, and training.

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 Clinical Exercise Science, Human Performance and Wellness Management, and a double major in Education and Kinesiology - Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), and Kinesiology prepare students for future careers in a wide range of industries.

The Department of Kinesiology offers graduate programs and graduate assistantships in Athletic Training, Sport Management, and Sport and Human Performance. 

  Kinesiology Careers include:

  • Community Sports Program Director
  • Youth Camp Director
  • Corporate Wellness Director
  • Commercial/Fitness Trainer
  • Physical Educator
  • Coach

  Or with Advanced Post-Graduate degrees:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Biomechanist
  • Chiropractic Doctor
  • Athletic Trainer (now requiring a Master's Degree)
  • Sport Industry Professional (Community, Intercollegiate, or Professional Sports)

For additional information, visit the Department of Kinesiology.

Department Contact: Dr. Jennifer J. Didier
Phone:(936) 294-1398
Location: HKC 207

Student Advising and Mentoring Center
Phone: 
(936) 294-4444

Courses Transfer Students Should Take:* 

SHSU Course NumberCollege/TCCN SHSU Course Title Semester Credit Hours
KINE 1331Foundations of Kinesiology3
KINE 2114Wgt Train & Phy Conditioning1
KINE 2115PHED 1164Lifetime Health and Wellness1

*Note: Other courses may transfer, depending upon the selected degree or program.  Meet with your academic advisor to confirm whether coursework will transfer from another institution. Be sure to complete 'for science majors' science courses if you are planning to transfer into Clinical Exercise Science or apply to graduate school in Physical Therapy in the future. For a complete listing of degree-specific requirements, please, review the degree plan within the Undergraduate Catalog

Field of Study

Sam Houston State University supports the State of Texas Fields of Study

The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University (to be used by all incoming students as of fall 2014) contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing nine component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit hour requirement and a selection of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The Core Curriculum details Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents for college transfer students which comprise SHSU’s core curriculum.

Many SHSU disciplines including the sciences, business, and education require specific courses from the SHSU core as degree specific graduation requirements. To minimize cost and time to complete degree requirements always select SHSU/transfer core courses specified as degree requirements in your intended major. If you have not decided on a major, select core courses supporting your intended area of academic concentration.

Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major. Selection of major-specified core courses reduces the total number of hours required for graduation.

If you do not see a Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) mapping a specific core course to your transfer institution, please go to Transfer Course Equivalency Guide and select your institution from the drop-down menu. The result will list all currently mapped transfer courses from your institution to SHSU courses.