Kinesiology and Health Specializations

Specializations are small clusters of classes designed to enhance your expertise in a particular professional area. Currently, the seven specializations offered are only available to Kinesiology and Health majors. Once a student completes all of the courses within a specialization, he/she will apply to receive a letter from the Department verifying their completion of the specialization. This letter is a great addition to a resume for future employers!

Click on any of the specializations below to view additional information.

Athletic Health Care (15 hours)

This specialization is ideal for anyone interested in Athletic Training*, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Chiropractic, or any other allied health profession at a graduate level.

Description

This specialization includes courses specific to the prevention, evaluation, and management of injuries sustained by athletes and the physically active population. It will prepare students to go on to graduate programs with a better understanding of the human body and injuries sustained during physical activity and sport.

*Completion of this specialization will not qualify a student to sit for the Board of Certification examination nor the Texas Athletic Trainer Licensure examination for athletic trainers. If you are interested in becoming an Athletic Trainer, please see the information on the Athletic Training Program.

Courses (15 hours)

  • KIN 312 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • KIN 342 Clinical Evaluation of Athletic Injuries - Lower Body (Sp)
    Prerequisite: KIN 312 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • KIN 343 Clinical Evaluation of Athletic Injuries - Upper Body (Sp)
    Co-requisite: Must be taken concurrently with KIN 342 Clinical Evaluation of Athletic Injuries - Lower Body
  • KIN 344 Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation - Lower Body (F)
    Prerequisite: KIN 342 Clinical Evaluation of Athletic Injuries - Lower Body
  • KIN 344U Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation - Upper Body (F)
    Co-requisite: Must be taken concurrently with KIN 344 Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation - Lower Body

Contact

Brian K. Farr, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Director, Athletic Training Education Program

Coaching (19 hours)

This specialization benefits students who are planning to pursue coaching as a profession at various levels such as: youth sports, middle school and high school athletics, collegiate and professional sports.  

This will NOT certify a student to be a coach, however it may prepare the student to sit for some certification exams.

Description

This specialization will give students the knowledge and understanding of the growth and development of athletes. It also exposes students to the legal, psychological, social, biological, physical, theoretical, and technical parameters in coaching. Students will develop comprehension of advanced leadership principles and educational theories and practices. This specialization prepares content with an emphasis on sports ethics and human performance training and development.

Courses (19 hours)

  • KIN 119 Conditioning
  • KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning or KIN 425K Physiology of Exercise
  • KIN 311K Sport Psychology (Sp)
  • KIN 312 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • KIN 312 Fundamentals of Coaching or KIN 335C Motor Learning
  • KIN 361 Coaching Theory & Principles I (Su, F) (Ethics and Leadership)
  • KIN 362 Coaching Theory & Principles II (Sp) (Independent Inquiry)
    Prerequisite: KIN 361 Coaching Theory & Principles I

Contact

Dr. Michael T. Sanders, Ed.D.
Faculty, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Community Health and Wellness (15 hours)

This specialization benefits students wanting to pursue a career in public health, community health, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and worksite wellness programs.

Description

Students are exposed to courses that focus on key public health topics and issues. In addition, students gain practical skills and applied experience in a semester long internship, which is selected to match health interests and career goals.  Students will be prepared to pursue graduate studies in health promotion or public health and related allied health fields.

Choose 3 of the following courses:

  • KIN 348 Psychological Aspects of Exercise (Sp)
  • HED 335 Theories of Substance Abuse Prevention (Wr)
  • HED 352K Psychosocial Issues in Adult Development & Health
  • HED 360 Adolescent Health Risk Behavior
  • HED 361 Psychosocial Issues in Women’s Health (Wr)
  • HED 364 Strategic Health Communication (F)
  • HED 365 Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities (Cultural Diversity)
  • HED 366 Human Sexuality
  • HED 378D 1–Healthyhorns
  • HED 378D 2–Mental Health Promotion

Required Fieldwork 

  • HED 627L Internship in Community & Organizational Health

Contact

Dr. Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Kinesiology and Health EducationDisability Studies

Disabilities Studies (18 hours)

This specialization benefits students who are interested in pursuing a career working with students of varying ages, and with a variety of disabling conditions in a range of settings.

Description

This specialization includes courses specific to the knowledge, practices and services for people with disabilities. Students learn the science and studies behind motor development and motor learning. They will have the opportunity to implement their studies in programs that are created for people with disabilities.

Courses

Each course in the Disability Studies specialization must be completed with a grade of at least C-.

Required Core Cclasses (6 hrs)

  • KIN 321M Motor Development & Performance
  • KIN 360 Programming for People with Disabilities

Electives: (9 hrs)

Choose one of the following classes:

  • KIN 352T Sport and Disability
  • KIN 352x Adapted Fitness and Recreation

Choose two of the following classes

  • KIN 334 Children’s Exercise & Physical Activity
  • KIN 335C Motor Learning
  • KIN 336 Neuromuscular Control
  • KIN 338 Motor Development: Assessment
  • KIN 352T Sport and Disability
  • KIN 352x Adapted Fitness and Recreation

Required Fieldwork: (3 hrs)

KIN 327T Practicum in Disabilities

Contact

Dr. Jody Jensen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Health Fitness Instructor (18 hours)

This specialization benefits students wanting to pursue a career in personal and small group training. It also provides practical experience in preparation for graduate school in applied fields.

Description

This specialization is ideal for students interested in careers in fitness and preparing them for a variety of national certifications. Fieldwork and internships provide students practical experience as they develop and apply programming and exercise techniques for both general and special populations. Students in this specialization go on to graduate school, including medical, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, chiropractic, and other forms of allied health studies.  Others have started successful personal training careers, and many now own and operate their own facilities. Some graduates work with athletes in a sports conditioning setting.

Courses (9 hours)

  • KIN 330E Sport Nutrition or 3 hours of approved Nutrition
  • KIN 322 Diagnosis & Evaluation of Fitness
    Prerequisite: KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning and KIN 424K Applied Human Anatomy 
  • KIN 332 Techniques of Fitness Leadership (Wr & Ethics and Leadership)

Required Fieldwork (3 hours) 

  • KIN 327T 1–Clinical Exercise Testing
    Prerequisite: KIN 322 Diagnosis & Evaluation of Fitness

OR

  • KIN 327T 2–Personal Training
    Prerequisite: KIN 332 Techniques of Fitness Leadership

Required Internship (6 hours)

  • KIN 627F 1–Internship in Health Fitness

Contact

Dr. Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation (18 hours)

This specialization benefits students wanting to pursue a career in the medical field, such as cardiac rehabilitation or physical therapy and will provide experience in a variety of clinical settings.

Description

This specialization is ideal for students interested in a career in a clinical or medical setting. Through fieldwork and internship experiences, students will learn different methods of training and treatment. Students will work with clients from “pre-hab” (preventive exercise programming) to post-rehabilitation. This specialization will prepare students to work in a number of medical settings or to pursue a graduate degree in many fields of allied health, such as physical/occupational therapy, or medical school.

Courses (6 hours)

  • KIN 322 Diagnosis & Evaluation of Fitness
    Prerequisite: KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning and KIN 424K Applied Human Anatomy 
  • KIN 332 Techniques of Fitness Leadership (Wr & Ethics and Leadership)

Required Fieldwork (6 hours)

  • KIN 327T 1–Clinical Exercise Testing
    Prerequisite: KIN 322 Diagnosis & Evaluation of Fitness
  • KIN 327T 2–Personal Training
    Prerequisite: KIN 332 Techniques of Fitness Leadership

Required Internship (6 hours)

  • KIN 627F 2–Internship in Medical Fitness

Contact

Dr. Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Strength and Conditioning Coaching (18 hours)

This specialization benefits students who are interested in designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs. It also as provides guidance on safe training techniques and nutritional advice.

Description

Students in this program will learn how to coach, train and oversee exercise and weight training for various levels of fitness. At the end of the program, students will be ready to participate in a graduate program in Exercise Physiology and become certified as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more information on certifications in this area review the requirements set in place by The National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Courses (15 hours)

  • KIN 330E Sport Nutrition or 3 hours of approved Nutrition
  • KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning
  • KIN 312 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • KIN 119 Conditioning or PED 106C Weight Training
  • KIN 226 Advanced Weight Training 
  • KIN 363 Theory & Practice in Strength Conditioning (F)
    Prerequisite: KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning or KIN 424K Applied Human Anatomy 

Required Fieldwork ( 3 hours)

  • KIN 327T 4–Internship in Strength & Conditioning

Contact

Dr. Kim Beckwith, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

If you have completed the specialization requirements for any of the specializations above and are graduating this semester, please apply here to request your proof of completion. Letters will be mailed to the permanent mailing address that you have on file with the University after graduation is confirmed.