Beginning with the 2016-2018 catalog, the redesigned Applied Movement Science (AMS) major will prepare students to become health and fitness professionals. Students interested in personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, sport performance coaching, sport coaching, teaching physical education, physical activity public health specialist, and other fitness related fields will be prepared to sit for various certification exams that lead to these positions.
Health Professions Preparation
Students in Applied Movement Science who are interested in pursuing one of the many allied health professions after graduation must complete their Applied Movement Science degree requirements, plus the prerequisites for the allied health profession of their choice. With careful planning, it is very possible for our majors to graduate in four years while also completing all of their allied health profession prerequisites. For more information on allied health professions, please visit the Health Professions Office.
Degree Plans and Four-Year Guides
Available catalog: 2016-18
Certificate, Minors, Specializations and Tracks
Students in Applied Movement Science are required to choose a certificate, track, minor or specialization to complete their degree requirements.
Certificates and Minors
The University of Texas at Austin offers various programs that allow students to choose from a set of courses in order to focus on an area of study in addition to their major. Beginning with the 2016-2018 catalog, certificates and minors are recognized on transcripts. University-wide requirements and the available options can be found in the university's Undergraduate Catalog.
Students interested in furthering their education in Kinesiology and Health are encouraged to choose a specialization. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers seven specializations. For details, please visit our KHE Specializations page.
Tracks do NOT appear on UT Austin transcripts or diplomas; they are reflected only on a student's profile record and degree audit. Tracks consist of 15 hours, 6 of which must be upper-division; the list of tracks are available in the advising offices.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students majoring in Applied Movement Science are only required to complete a foreign language requirement if they do not have two or more years of foreign language in high school. Students without two years of high school foreign language coursework must earn credit for the second college-level course in a foreign language; this credit does not count towards the degree.
Physical Activity Public Health Specialist
Students interested in promoting physical activity from a playground to policy perspective, should consider becoming an ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity Public Health Specialist (PAPHS). Completion of the Applied Movement Science (AMS) coursework, prepares the students to seek certification as Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist. As part of the AMS coursework, you will learn how to build partnerships, develop initiatives, and advocate for programming that is focused on physical activity as a path to stronger public health. This is a new addition to the AMS program. Please visit the ACSM certification site for details and resources regarding preparation for the certification exam.
All-Level Physical Education Teacher Certification
Although the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education no longer offers Physical Education Teacher Education, completion of the Applied Movement Science (AMS) series of coursework makes a student eligible to seek K-12 Physical Education teaching certification as part of their bachelor’s degree. During the second year in the AMS program or after the student has taken the Sport Pedagogy course, the student may apply to the professional development series (a series of three classes and student teaching that are offered by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction). Please visit the Department of Curriculum & Instruction website for how to apply to the professional development series.
A second way that interested students can seek K-12 Physical Education certification is through the post baccalaureate program. During the final semester of their bachelor’s degree, a student can apply to master’s of education (MEd) Physical Education Teacher Education program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.