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Science Core, Kinesiology Core, and Major Option Course Work: Kinesiology—Exercise and Movement Science

Science Core

To be eligible for program admission, all but two of the required prerequisite courses (see Application and Admission) must be completed by the end of the fall semester of the application year. Exception: Students enrolled in Biology 152 during the spring semester of the application year may have this course and up to two additional prerequisites in progress during the spring semester of the application year. Chemistry 109 constitutes one course. Biology 101 and 102 are counted as two courses in determining eligibility for the program. 

  • Chemistry 103/104 General Chemistry, 10 or Chemistry 109 General and Analytical Chemistry I, 5 or Chemistry 115/116 Chemical Principles I and II, 10
  • Biology 101/102 Animal Biology and Laboratory, 5; or AP or IB Biology score of 4 or above; or Biology 151/152 Introductory Biology, 10; or Biocore 381/382 Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics and Laboratory, 5.
  • Physics 103 or 201 or 207 General Physics, 4–5.
  • Physics 104 or 202 or 208 General Physics, 4–5.
  • Math 221 or 211 Calculus, 5. Also meets General Education Quantitative Reasoning Part B requirement.
  • Statistics: Stat 371 Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences, 3 (preferred) or Psych 210 Basic Statistics for Psychology, 3. Psych 210 is a prereq for Psych 225.
  • Physiology 335 Human Physiology, 5
  • Anatomy 328 Human Anatomy Lecture, 3
  • Anatomy 329 Human Anatomy Lab, 2
  • Psych 201, 202, or 281, 3-4

Kinesiology Core

Only Kines 116, 119, and 350 can be taken prior to admission to the professional program. 

  • Kines 119 Introduction to Kinesiology, 2
  • Kines 314 Physiology of Exercise, 4. Prereq: Physiol 335 and college chem.
  • Kines 330 Research in Kinesiology, 2. Prereq: Math 112 or exemption; Stat 371, Psych 210 or equiv. 
  • Kines 318 Biomechanics of Human Movement, 3. Prereq: Anat 328/329, Math 112 or exemption; Physics 104 recommended
  • Kines 350 Introduction to Exercise Psychology, 3
  • Kines 361 Motor Learning and Performance, 3. Prereq: Psych 201, 202, 281 or Ed Psych 331
  • Kines 116 First Aid and Basic Life Support, or First Aid certification and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Providers certification, 0–2
  • Kines 300 Practicum, 3. Consult with program staff for correct section number.

Exercise and Movement Science Course Work

Complete at least 12 credits from the following course work. 

  • Kines 325 Group Development and Behavior Management, 3. 
  • Kines 360 Lifespan Motor Development, 3 (offered spring semester only)
  • Kines 390 Principles of Exercise Leadership, 2 (offered fall semester only) Prereq: Kines 314 and Anat 329
  • Kines 427 Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription, 3 (offered spring semester only) Prereq: Physiol 335
  • Kines 501 Health Information for Teachers, 3. Prereq: Jr. Standing
  • Kines 508 Workshop in Kinesiology: Theories & Strategies of Health Behavior Change, 3 (offered only in summer)
  • Kines 523 Clinical Exercise Testing & Training, 3 (offered spring semester only). Prereq: Kines 314
  • Kines 525 Nutrition for Exercise and Sport, 3. Prereq: Physiol 335
  • Kines 527 Principles of Strength and Conditioning, 3 (offered fall semester only) Prereq: Kines 314
  • Kines 531 Neural Control of Movement, 3 (offered spring semester only) Prereq: college-level anatomy and physiology)
  • Kines 614 Biological Factors Influencing Exercise Performance, 3. (offered spring semester only.) Prereq: Kines 314
  • Kines 615 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology, 2 (offered fall semester only). Prereq: 314; 523 recommended
  • Kines 618 Biomechanics, 2–3 (offered fall semester of even years). Prereq: 318 and Anatomy 329
  • Kines 700 Psychological Effects of Exercise, 3 (offered spring semester of even years). Prereq: Kines 600

Choose no more than ONE of the following courses (minimum 3 credits; also meets General Education Communication B requirement): 

  • Kines 355 Socio-cultural Aspects of Physical Activity, 3. Prereq: Completion of Communication A
  • Kines 516 Physical Activity for Diverse Abilities, 3 (offered fall semester only) Prereq: Anatomy 328
  • Kines 521 Physical Activity and Health, 3 (offered fall semester only). Prereq: 314
  • Kines 600 Advanced Exercise Psychology, 3 (offered fall semester only). Kines 350 recommended.

Additional Electives

To bring total credits to a minimum of 120.

Continuation Requirement: Department of Kinesiology

All students admitted to undergraduate programs in the Department of Kinesiology, including Physical Education, must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75, based on all UW–Madison campus course work. Consult the School of Education's Academic Policies and Procedures for additional information about the Continuation requirement.