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B.S. in Kinesiology with emphasis in Health & Fitness

Program Description

Dahlonega and Gainesville Campuses

The Department of Kinesiology (in fall 2017) at the University of North Georgia offers a Kinesiology degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Health & Fitness will create a more current and flexible degree choice for students.  This degree is designed to prepare students who are pursuing careers in health/wellness, strength & conditioning, corporate fitness, and personal training.

B.S. in Kinesiology with emphasis on Health and Fitness

One important aspect of the kinesiology, health & fitness major is the constant vigilance exercised by the faculty involved to ensure that standards of quality are maintained. The following standards must be maintained for continued retention in the emphasis area:

  1. Compliance with rules and regulations prescribed for all students at UNG;
  2. Completion of all courses in the academic major with an academic grade of "C" or better;
  3. Maintenance of an overall grade point average of 2.50 as required for degree.
Career Options

Careers in the health & fitness area have dramatically increased in recent years. With such diversity in career opportunities, professional development has become an even more important consideration for meeting future goals. The following information hopefully will assist you in further defining your career goals. 

  • Athletic/Health Clubs
  • College/University Instructor
  • Commercial Fitness Programs
  • Community Fitness Centers
  • Corporate Fitness Programs
  • Exercise/Nutrition Consultant
  • Hospital-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Centers
  • Hospital-Based Fitness Centers
  • Medical and Allied Health Professions
  • Personal Trainer/Aerobics Instructor
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Private Enterprise
  • Private Fitness Center Director
  • Research and Development (e.g., equipment design)
  • Retirement Centers and Communities
  • Sales: Sport and Fitness Companies
  • Spas/Resorts
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: High School, College, or Professional Organizations

Some of these professions require additional education and/or certifications. Students may be required to take prerequisite courses or to secure a master's or doctoral degree in a specific discipline.

There are also a variety of Exercise Science Certification options available to those in exercise ccience.

Links & Contacts

Plan of Study/Degree Maps 

Plan of Study - 2017

Program Advisors

Dahlonega Campus

Melissa Layne (706-867-3260) and Gary Preston (706-867-3267)

Gainesville Campus

James Howard (678-717-3799)

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