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Kinesiology–PE: Kinesiology and Science Core Courses, Activity Courses, and Minors/Areas of Concentration

Kinesiology and Science Core Courses

Note: This program is under revision; new admission and course requirements will be implemented in the near future. 

Courses below are Kinesiology listings in the Course Guide unless otherwise indicated. With a few exceptions, students will not be allowed to take Kinesiology department course work toward completion of the certification option until they have been admitted into the program.

Kines 119 Introduction to Kinesiology, 2
Chem 103 or 108 (recommended) Chemistry, 4–5 cr
Anatomy 328 Human Anatomy, 3 cr and Anatomy 329 Human Anatomy Lab, 2 cr
Physiol 335 Physiology, 5 cr
116 First Aid and Basic Life Support, or certification, 0-2 cr
314 Physiology of Exercise, 4 cr
315 Assessment and Research in Physical Activity Pedagogy, 3 cr
318 Biomechanics of Human Movement, 3 cr
350 Introduction to Exercise Psychology, 3 cr
360 Lifespan Motor Development, 3 cr
361 Motor Learning and Performance, 3 cr

Activities Area, 8–9 credits

Complete Dance 205 Dance, 1 cr

Elective Activities: To effectively teach in today's physical education programs, the Physical Education–Teacher Education student must be knowledgeable in aquatics, dance, individual and team sports, racquet sports, outdoor pursuits, and techniques of training. An individualized plan of elective activities and specialized teaching experiences that demonstrates breadth of knowledge and experience will need to be completed with the student's Department of Kinesiology–Teacher Education advisor. The approved individualized plan must be on file in the Undergraduate Studies Office before enrolling in elective activity courses. The student will be required to take 7–8 credits of elective activity courses, depending on prior skills and knowledge, and Dance 205 for a total of 8–9 credits.

Areas of Concentration

PE students must select (1) an area of concentration within Kinesiology, (2) an individually designed area of concentration (approval required), or (3) a minor in another field. Requirements for a minor are determined by the department granting the minor. Students may pursue more than one area of concentration/minor. The following are possible choices:

Adapted Physical Education, 12 credits.  More information on the Adapted Physical Education Area of Concentration is available here. Contact Tim Gattenby, 262-9562, gattenby@education.wisc.edu.

Health Education Minor, 30 credits. See the Health Education Minor for more information.

Dance Minor, 28–29 credits. Go to the Dance Minor requirements for more information.  

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.