Requirements for Program
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion offers undergraduate courses and degree programs in kinesiology and health education. The kinesiology program (exercise science option) leads to employment opportunities in the athletics, sports and fitness industries, as well as professional programs in health fields such as Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. The kinesiology program is guided by the standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).
The B.S. in Kinesiology requires completion of: (1) the UK Core requirements; (2) specified course work in program related studies, professional kinesiology requirements, education course requirements; (3) practicum internship hours; and (4) specified course work in exercise science.
- The kinesiology program stimulates higher performance goals for high-performing students by offering several modes of performance: (a) skills in performing physical activities; (b) skills in writing and oral presentations in theory courses; (c) computer technological skills in some courses; and (d) leadership skills by high-performing students are often used in classes through class leaders, peer tutors, and/or assistant instructors.
- Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA for retention in and exit from the program with a bachelor’s degree. Students who demonstrate a lack of commitment, effort, professional behavior, knowledge, or disciplinary skills, or who have not maintained the necessary GPA overall and in the major courses may be removed from the program and the college.
I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity
II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities
III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences
IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
V. Composition and Communication I
VI. Composition and Communication II
VII. Quantitative Foundations
VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning
IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA
Subtotal: UK Core hours: 31
Graduation Communication and Composition Requirement (GCCR)
Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3
- All students who declare exercise science as their major will be accepted with premajor status.
- All exercise science students will be required to take a minimum of 45 credit hours and complete the following courses to be admitted into major courses (i.e., 400/500 level): ANA 209 and PGY 206 or ANA 109 and ANA 110 ; MA 109 or math ACT score of 25 or above; CHE 104 or CHE 105 . Upon completion of these requirements, students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to enroll in 400/500 level KHP courses (listed below).
- Specific upper division level courses will be restricted so that only students who have been granted major status, graduate students, and students required to take the restricted courses as part of other University certificates, minors, and programs (e.g., Nutrition for Human Performance Certificate) will be allowed to enroll in those courses. The restricted classes are KHP 415 , KHP 420G , KHP 445 , KHP 450 , KHP 473 and KHP 577 .
- A 3-person appeals committee of Exercise Science faculty will be established to determine standards for accepting students who may have extenuating circumstances and evaluate appeals to remain in the Program if students do not meet minimum major requirements. In addition, academic advisors and/or the Appeals Committee will review applications and transcripts of students transferring to the Exercise Science major (nonteacher education major). Transfer students will be required to complete the following courses (ANA 209 and PGY 206 or ANA 109 and ANA 110 ; MA 109 or math ACT score of 25 or above; CHE 104 or CHE 105 ), complete a minimum of 45 credit hours, and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA prior to obtaining major status or be provided with an override by the Appeals Committee in special circumstances, and thus being able to register in KHP 415 , KHP 420G , KHP 445 , KHP 450 , KHP 473 and KHP 577 . Transfer students may complete the equivalent of the required courses at another academic institution. Transfer students are responsible for obtaining and submitting the syllabi of those courses to the academic advisor unless existing established transfer equivalency can be found on the official University of Kentucky Transfer Equivalency Database.
- Students will complete a brief application form to be accepted into the major. Students who meet all premajor requirements will be admitted to the major, pending verification of all premajor requirements. Forms will be submitted to their assigned advisor. The KHP advisors in the College of Education will be responsible for reviewing students’ transcripts to determine if students have achieved major status.
- Once admitted to major status, students will be required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 or who have two consecutive term GPAs below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation by currently existing university rules. A student who is placed on academic probation will retain major status (and be able to enroll in restricted courses) for one semester. If the student’s cumulative GPA does not raise to 2.0 after one semester, the student will be removed from major status (thus not able to enroll in the restricted courses). Students who are placed on academic probation may take other University or unrestricted KHP courses to raise their GPA to 2.0 or higher and re-apply to obtain major status. In the case of academic probation due to an insufficient GPA, the process will involve the KHP Advisor notifying the Program Director which students do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement (2.0). An academic advisor will contact the student and notify him/her of their probationary status. The student may appeal the probationary major course restriction by meeting with the Appeals Committee to state their case. Following this meeting an academic advisor or the Appeals Committee will provide a written decision for the student.
- After admittance to the program, students not only must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, they must continue to exhibit desirable professional characteristics to remain in the program. Students who demonstrate a lack of commitment, effort, professional behavior, and knowledge may be removed from the program until these characteristics are demonstrated.
Additional Premajor Requirements
*Or MA ACT score of 25 or above.
**For students who have completed ANA 209.
***For students who have completed ANA 109.
Program Related Studies Hours: 21-22
Professional Kinesiology Requirements
Professional Kinesiology Hours: 35
plus 10 credit hours of Exercise Science electives chosen from the following:
Exercise Science Hours: 21
Choose electives with the help of an advisor for 120 total