Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Associate Professor and Chair
Temple University
Department of Kinesiology
Pearson Hall 237
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
215-204-2158
mark.stoutenberg@temple.edu

Sara Kovacs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director
Temple University
Department of Kinesiology
Pearson Hall 245
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
215-204-8790
sara.kovacs@temple.edu

https://cph.temple.edu/departments-research/departments/department-kinesiology

About the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology prepares students to enter a variety of jobs in the fields of physical activity, health promotion and fitness/wellness. Students learn about the field of Kinesiology through an interdisciplinary curriculum. The Kinesiology curriculum provides students with the basic foundations of movement which are then applied to helping communities and populations be healthier and more active. The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology provides multiple career options. There is a growing demand for professionals skilled at integrating physical activity, health, and well-being into community settings. This demand is expected to continue growing in the future, particularly since physical activity is one of the most important public health strategies for preventing and managing chronic diseases.

Our students pursue a wide range of pathways, including workforce opportunities and pursuing advanced studies, following graduation from the Kinesiology program:

  1. Workforce Opportunities: Our students work in a variety of settings including wellness centers, healthcare systems, school district wellness programs, and rehabilitation centers. Career opportunities include working as a physical activity director, corporate wellness coordinator, fitness trainer/instructor, health club/spa manager, fitness/wellness manager, and community recreation center manager.
  2. Graduate Training in Kinesiology: Our students are prepared to attend graduate programs focused on kinesiology, physical activity and public health.
  3. Graduate Training in Other Professional Fields: Our students develop a strong foundation that can prepare them for other graduate programs, including chiropractic school, occupational therapy and other allied health professions. If pursuing graduate studies is a future goal of yours, please see your academic advisor for further details early in your program of study.

To prepare students for these career pathways, our curriculum incorporates didactic training and hands-on learning experiences. We thoughtfully integrate multiple applied learning experiences, laboratory courses and service-learning opportunities into the Kinesiology program of study.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses for this major are KINS 3196 and KINS 4196.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Major Requirements

Kinesiology Core Courses
KINS 1201Introduction to Kinesiology in Public Health3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
KINS 3101Historical and Philosophical Dimensions of Physical Activity3
KINS 3196Psychology of Physical Activity3
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 3213Human Movement and Development3
KINS 3364The Science of Health-Related Fitness3
KINS 3501Research Methods in Kinesiology4
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
KINS 4196Sociology of Physical Activity3
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program (KPAP) Courses8
Content Electives
Select six from the following:18
Functional Anatomy for Kinesiology
Physical Activity Across the Lifespan
Physical Activity for Individuals with Disabilities
KINS 3242
Exercise Psychology and Adherence
Principles of Health Fitness Program Management
Self-Development Through Physical Activity
Program Planning and Leading Physical Activity and Fitness
KINS 4502
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
An Introduction to Holistic Practices and Integrative Medicine
Health Psychology and Human Behavior
Ethnicity, Culture and Health
Total Credit Hours70

Note: All degree program courses noted above must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty upon the satisfactory completion of 120 semester hours of credit.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
KINS 1201Introduction to Kinesiology in Public Health3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program Course2
Content Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
KINS 2203Physiology of Physical Activity4
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program Course2
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Content Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
KINS 3101Historical and Philosophical Dimensions of Physical Activity3
KINS 3196Psychology of Physical Activity [WI]3
KINS 3202Biomechanics of Physical Activity4
KINS 3213Human Movement and Development3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
KINS 3364The Science of Health-Related Fitness3
KINS 3501Research Methods in Kinesiology4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Content Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program Course2
Content Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
KINS 4196Sociology of Physical Activity [WI]3
Kinesiology Physical Activity Program Course2
Content Elective3
Content Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 120