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Kinesiology Major with an Exercise Science Concentration (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science with a major in kinesiology and a concentration in exercise science provides the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical competencies to prepare students to be effective and competitive in clinical, corporate, and fitness settings. The program is also designed to prepare students for professional organization certifications and post-graduate studies in exercise science or other health-related disciplines.

Important

Before admission into the BS in Kinesiology with Exercise Science Concentration, students must declare the “General Studies (Exercise Science)” concentration/major.  Once admitted, student’s concentration/major will change to “Kinesiology/Exercise Science”. 

Campus Availability

Dahlonega Campus

Admissions Information

The exercise science concentration area is not an open option for a degree (i.e., acceptance by UNG as well as program application and approved admission are both required). Students wishing to enter the program must submit a complete application for admission to the UNG College of Education.

Online applications for fall 2020 admittance will be accepted mid-November and close December 6, 2019. (No early or late applications will be accepted).

After the current fall semester review, the student’s overall GPA must be 2.75 or higher.  Any applications with an overall GPA below a 2.75 at the end of the fall semester review will not be considered.

All admission criteria, requirements, forms, and pertinent information are outlined below.

Application Process

All students entering into the exercise science concentration area must be accepted by UNG as well as the College of Education before beginning any professionally-based coursework. A completed application must be submitted typically during the sophomore year and approved prior to admission to the exercise science concentration area. Also, a current resume and cover letter must be included with the application. Shadowing and observation hours may be uploaded, but are not required. Admission is required prior to enrollment in the following upper division classes: SPMD 3200, KINS 3350, 3380, 3380L, 4420, 4425, 4435, 4470, 4480, and 4490.

A template for the resume and cover letter development may be obtained at the bottom of this page. Further assistance in developing your resume and cover letter can be obtained by scheduling an appointment with Career Services.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, you can contact Sarah Snyder, the admissions coordinator for the College of Education at 706-867-3210 or Sarah.Snyder@ung.edu.

Once a year in November - December, complete applications will be accepted for the following fall semester admittance. If the Exercise Science admissions committee has additional questions concerning your application, an interview will be scheduled. After all interviews are completed, the admissions committee will select the most qualified students for admittance into the program. All applicants will receive a letter indicating their status, whether it be accepted, provisionally accepted, or denied. Qualified students not selected for admittance will be ranked and placed on a waiting list. Provisionally accepted students that fail to meet the qualifications will have their acceptance letter withdrawn and the first qualified applicant on the waiting list will be considered for admittance.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the exercise science concentration area within the Department of Kinesiology, a student must be accepted as a student by UNG and meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. complete 35 semester hours of earned credit and have an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher by the end of the fall semester;
  2. complete all courses in Area A (Essential Skills) classes, BIOL 2120K, BIOL 2130K, and KINS 2100 with a grade of "C" or better. All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed no later than the end of the spring semester (the semester following application submission). Students may apply while currently enrolled or registered for these courses.
  3. complete an online application for admission to the exercise science concentration area including a personal resume, cover letter and observation hours (optional).
  4. If needed, an interview with the Exercise Science Admissions Committee.

Retention in Exercise Science Concentration Area

One important aspect of the Exercise Science concentration area 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 concentration area:

  1. compliance with rules and regulations prescribed for all students at North Georgia;
  2. completion of all courses in the academic major with an academic grade of "C" or better; and
  3. maintenance of an overall grade point average of 2.75 as required for concentration area admission.

Probation and Dismissal

Students may be placed on probation and/or dismissed if they fail to comply with the standards for retention in the exercise science concentration area. Two consecutive semesters or sessions on probation will result in dismissal from the exercise science concentration area. In addition, a student will not be allowed to register for KINS 4490 (Internship: Exercise Science) until the standards for retention in the exercise science concentration area are met. Due to the sensitive nature of working with both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in various clinical settings, this policy will be strictly enforced.

Appeals

Students denied admission to or continuance in the exercise science concentration area may appeal the decision. Appeals must be made in writing to the dean of the College of Education and should clearly state why an exception should be made. A student must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 to be considered for admission. The dean of the College of Education will appoint an ad hoc committee to review the student's appeal. The dean's decision shall be final.

Forms

Internships

Introduction

The principal goal of the exercise science internship experience is to position a student in a quality environment that fosters learning, promotes professional growth, and gives them valuable work experience. The student is now expected to work in a professional manner utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired during their classroom experiences. Some of the benefits associated with an internship are:

  • Gain practical experience in your chosen field.
  • Improve personal and professional skills.
  • Obtain additional references and contacts (e.g., networking).
  • Enhance your opportunity with a company in obtaining employment.
  • Work directly under an established individual in a position of leadership.
  • Determine if your area of interest is a viable career option prior to making a long-term commitment.

Prerequisites

  • Admission to the exercise science emphasis area and meeting of retention standards are mandatory.
  • A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required.
  • Completion of all kinesiology (exercise science) course requirements with at least a grade of "C" in all major courses.
  • Take KINS4435/Professional Development at least two semesters prior to prospective internship semester. This course will provide information about professional networking, internship sites and potential responsibilities, and preliminary internship requirements.

KINS4490 Course Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 360 active hours for 12 semester hours of college credit.
  • Course assignments will be provided through e-learning. Examples of assignments include the following:
    • discussion posts
    • journal reports
    • project development and implementation
    • formal evaluations of your performance from the site supervisor

Specific questions concerning the Exercise Science Internship program should be directed to the internship coordinator, Mrs. Ashley Bruce, at (706) 867-3077 or by e-mail at ashley.bruce@ung.edu.

(Revised: Oct. 22, 2019)

What can you do with a career in Exercise Science?

Career Options

Careers in the exercise science 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
  • YMCAs/YWCAs

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 is also a variety of certification options available to those in exercise science.

(Revised: Oct. 30, 2017)

Contact Information

Program Contact

Jenica Alvarez, coordinator
jenica.alvarez@ung.edu 706.867.3273

Kinesiology majors learning and practicing to use skinfold calipers for measuring body composition
Kinesiology majors learning and practicing to use skinfold calipers for measuring body composition

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