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The Kinesiology major (52 credits) is an undergraduate option that permits the student to individualize a course of study from several academic offerings in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education. The Kinesiology major is intended for the student who desires greater flexibility in choosing courses related to the study of human movement and physical activity, but is not interested in a specific professional major. The program of study chosen can prepare the student for graduate work in a specific discipline or degree program in human movement science (e .g. sport philosophy, history of sport, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor behavior, or other related areas) or allied health fields (e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, athletic training), or pursue careers in fitness or sport development. Students majoring in Kinesiology are required to complete a 43-credit academic core and a 9-credit elective pool in consultation with a major advisor.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student in good academic standing at SUNY Brockport is eligible for admission into the kinesiology major.

Program Requirements

Students in the kinesiology major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and must complete its requirements.

The major consists of a 44-credit academic core and an elective pool from which 9 credits are selected in consultation with the major advisor.

General Education Requirements (43-47 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (48-52 credits)

Required Core Courses (24 credits)

  • PES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • PES 305 Significance of Physical Activity
  • PES 315 Fitness for Healthful Living
  • PES 335 Physiological Bases for Exercise and Sport (pr=BIO 221 or both BIO 321 & 322)
  • PES 3xx Advanced Performance Choose from:
    • PES 343 Advanced Weight Training
    • PES 348 Advanced Wrestling
    • PES 362 Advanced Racquetball
    • PES 364 Advanced Tennis
    • PES 371 Advanced Basketball
    • PES 372 Advanced Volleyball
    • PES 386 Advanced Soccer
    • PES 387 Advanced Softball
  • PES 420 Biomechanical Skill Analyses (pr=PES 325)
  • PES 430 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PES 439 Motor Learning
  • PES 441 Sport in Society
  • PES 460 Ethics of Sport

Electives (9 credits required)

  • PES 3XX Advanced Performance

    A maximum of one additional Advanced Performance course may count toward the required elective credits.

  • PES 315 PhysicalFitness for Healthful Living
  • PES 350 History of Sport, Play, and Exercise
  • PES 360 Philosophy of Sport, Play, and Exercise
  • PES 396 Women in Sport*
  • PES 401 Physical Activity in Adulthood (if not chosen for requirement)
  • PES 405 Obesity in Society* (if not chosen for requirement)
  • PES 413 Motor Development
  • PES 415 Sports Nutrition (pr=PES 335) (if not chosen for requirement)
  • PES 445 Social Psychology of Sport
  • PES 446 Sport Spectating in the United States
  • PES 451 The Modern Olympic Games
  • PES 499 Independent Study
  • PSH 202 Introduction to Statistics*
  • PBH 488 Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology*
  • MTH 243 Elementary Statistics*

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (12-20 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to explain physiological, kinesiological, and biomechanical principles related to physical activity.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate the socio-cultural and historical context of physical activity.
  3. Students will be able to explain psychological and motor behavior principles related to physical activity.
  4. Students will be able to explain physical activity's importance for health, wellness, and quality of life.
  5. Students will be able to analyze philosophic issues and arguments related to physical activity.
  6. Students will be able to exhibit the skills required for proficient performance in physical activity.