Kinesiology and Health Education Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduate majors offer you the opportunity to study human movement, health behavior, and the business and culture of sports. Students in a kinesiology or health education major go on to become physical therapists, teachers, coaches, trainers, researchers, and more. Expert faculty and first-year cohorts will help you get the most out of your college experience.

In addition to choosing a major, you can increase your expertise with a specialization in a certain career field or a teaching certification. We offer a broad range of majors and minors that encourage you to find your niche area of study.

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Applied Movement Science

You will study the basic and applied movement sciences as you prepare for a career in health and fitness, personal training, strength and conditioning, sports performance, coaching, teaching physical education, and physical activity or public health.

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Athletic Training

This major will prepare you to become an athletic trainer who is a health care professional specializing in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries related to physical activity. This major also is appropriate if you are interested in continuing your education in medicine, sports medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other health care professions.

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Exercise Science

This major is ideal if you are interested in health professions and sport sciences. You will not only be prepared to go on to earn graduate and professional degrees, but the applied nature of the program allows you to pursue a career in fitness, health, and sport.

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Health Promotion and Behavioral Science

Explore concepts of public health and health promotion from an interdisciplinary perspective. You will develop a strong foundation in theory, epidemiology, program planning, and evaluation. Many of our graduates go on to careers in public health, community or university health promotion, government, and non-profit health agencies, or graduate and professional education in a variety of fields.

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Physical Culture and Sports

This is your opportunity to examine the world of sport and physical culture from a humanities and social science perspective. Courses in this program focus on the philosophy, history, sociology, and ethics of physical activity and sport culture.

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Sport Management

In this major, you will focus on the sport industry from a business and organizational perspective. You will learn how to manage organizations, athletes, and events from the perspectives of marketing, economics, public relations, management, and law.

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Specializations

If you are interested in preparing for certifications within the fields of Kinesiology and Health, a specialization is a great supplement to your major. We have several to choose from including health and fitness instructor, coaching, medical fitness and rehabilitation, and others. While they do not appear on your UT Austin transcript or diploma, they are reflected on your profile record and degree audit.

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Kinesiology and Health Education Minor

The minor gives you the opportunity to take courses that focus on health behavior, human movement, physical culture, sports, and more. If you are not in a Kinesiology and Health Education Department major, you can enroll in this minor.

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Physical Activity Courses

The Physical Education Division (PED) offers courses in conditioning and competitive sports that keep students healthy and active. Physical activity courses are provided on an elective basis and are offered to students, faculty, and staff.

Contacts

Tolga Ozyurtcu, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Tolga Ozyurtcu studies the historical, sociocultural, and political dimensions of sport and physical culture and oversees undergraduate programs for the department.

Jessica Silva, Undergraduate Advisor

Jessica has been with the university since 2005 and became the Kinesiology and Health Education Advising Head in 2015. She is committed to guiding undergraduate students toward success.