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Majors & Concentrations

  • Kinesiology (BS) U460
  • Phys Ed/Health Teach Ed (K-12) (BS) U409

About the major

  • The Kinesiology concentration equips students for careers in preventive and rehabilitative exercise. Students will develop real-world experience through practical courses and a formal internship. This concentration is also designed to provide a pre-professional program of study with a focus on exercise and sport science that also encompasses other fields of science (biology, chemistry, health, nutrition, etc.). After completing this program students will have the necessary academic and clinical experience to allow for future study in allied health fields. They may also be equipped to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Certification: Certified Exercise Physiologist. Examples of types of internships and potential future career fields include, but are not limited to, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, sports performance, strength and conditioning, employee wellness, personal training, and exercise specialists for a variety of populations ranging from children to older adults. . Additional opportunities include, but are not limited to, athletic training (available at the graduate level), physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, podiatry, dentistry, and medicine. Also students can prepare to attend various graduate-level programs and professional schools.
  • The Physical Education and Health Teacher Education concentration leads to K-12 licensure to teach physical education and health in North Carolina and most other states. There are opportunities for observation, participation, assisting, and teaching experiences with public school students, including those with special needs.
  • The Sport Coaching minor reflects the eight domains of sport coaching competence recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education in the publication National Standards for Athletic Coaches, 2006. The minor includes a coaching practicum and certification from the American Sports Education Program. Students interested in coaching will find this minor advantageous.

What's Unique about kinesiology at UNCG?

The faculty in kinesiology is committed to integrating community service into many aspects of research and teaching. Several faculty members have ongoing community programs, often calling on student volunteers to help their operation.

Academic clubs and organizations

  • Project Effort: a program that promotes physical fitness and sports programs for children and adolescents
  • UNCG HOPE: a program that promotes physical activity in adults over 50 years old
  • Fibromyalgia Program: The fibromyalgia program combines service activities with research and also provides a hands-on learning experience for graduate students
  • Physical Education Association (PEA): a student-run organization that promotes physical education and community outreach
  • KIN Club: a student-run organization that promotes healthy living through service and leadership

Student opportunities

  • A 6-semester-hour internship offering practical experience in professional/community settings provides experience appropriate to the student’s career goals.
  • Professional development opportunities include leadership seminars and conventions.
  • Undergraduate research assistantships support students as they gain valuable research experience.
  • Teaching experience begins freshman year for PEHTE students.
  • All three concentrations are possible for UNCG in 3.


  • Career options include athletic trainer, personal trainer, and physical education teacher and health teacher. Graduates often continue their education in allied health fields like physical or occupational therapy and physician's assistant.
  • Graduates of the program have pursued careers with major employers such as Bank of America, Guilford County Schools, City of Greensboro, Medic Computer Systems, Cone Health, Riverside Wellness, N.C. State University, Bermuda Retirement Resort, Carolina Spine Center, and United Healthcare. Graduates also pursue careers as personal trainers for companies such as World's Gym and Gold's Gym.
  • Many graduates extend their degrees by entering master's and doctoral programs at schools with post-baccalaureate programs such as UNCG, East Carolina, Duke, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Professional organizations and accreditation

The Department of Kinesiology is a founding member of the American Kinesiology Association.

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