The Department of Kinesiology is dedicated to serving its students by integrating Christian faith and practice with academic excellence while preparing students for careers in Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education-teaching, Coaching and our newest offering, Sport Management. Exercise Science students typically enter careers in the Health and Fitness Industry, or pursue graduate work in Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, or other Health Science areas, such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Therapeutic Recreation. Students interested in the NCATE-approved Health and Physical Education Teaching option will work in conjunction with the Department of Education preparing for a teaching career. Those students interested in Sport Management will be prepared to work in the business side of the sport and athletic industry. The Department of Kinesiology also provides all university students opportunities for developing healthy and active lifestyles through the general activities program. A wide variety of sports, fitness activities and lifetime fitness classes is available for all students through the General Education Curriculum.
The bachelor of science (BS) degree in Exercise Science is designed to prepare students for careers in corporate/hospital Fitness Programs, graduate school in Exercise Physiology or entry into Allied Health Programs such as Physical or Occupational Therapy. The Exercise Science curriculum meets the Program Standards established by the NASPE Basic Standards for the Professional Preparation in Exercise Science. In addition, the curriculum complies with the objectives established by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for the Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) Certification Exam. The degree is a multi-disciplinary program, with course work coming primarily from Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education. All students are required to complete a Field Experience in their specific area of interest. Potential Field Experience locations include: Corporate/Hospital Fitness Centers, YMCA’s, Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs, Sports Medicine Centers or other programs in Nashville or other parts of the country. Students who graduate are prepared and encouraged to pursue certification through a professional organization (ACSM, NSCA, ACE), depending on the student's interests and goals.
- Graduate School in Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Science, Athletic Training
- Health Science (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Chiropractic Medicine)
- Fitness Professional in Corporate/Hospital or YMCA
- Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Health and Physical Education (teaching, K-12 licensure)
The bachelor of science (BS) degree in Health and Physical Education (K-12) is a professional training program committed to quality teacher preparation in Health and Physical Education. The Program meets state standards for licensure in Health and Physical Education, grades kindergarten through 12 grade. Courses include both theoretical and practical the aspects of teaching Health and Physical Education. All students are required to do one full semester of student teaching in local public or private schools and must take the Praxis Exam before graduation. Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program through the Education Department is required.
- Teaching elementary or secondary Health and Physical Education
- Graduate School in Physical Education or Other Health Related Fields
The bachelor of science (BS) degree in Sport Management is designed to prepare students for careers in the business side of the sport and athletic industry. Students will gain valuable experience in the business management and marketing aspects of sports and athletics. Many students will want to pursue an MBA in graduate school to maximize their opportunities in this growing and competitive field.
- Athletic Director or athletic administrator
- Athletic facility manager
- Health and fitness center manager
- Sports journalism and marketing
- Graduate school in business, management or marketing
Recommended high school background
Any college preparatory high school program will provide adequate preparation for those desiring careers in Exercise Science or Physical Education. However, it is advisable for potential majors to earn a solid science core from their high school program.