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B.S. in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Health & Fitness

The overarching purpose of Kinesiology is to provide the necessary knowledge base and practical skills for our students to be effective and competitive in a wide variety of physical education settings. The degree provides a broad background in health and physical education topics and the opportunity to study courses in one of many UNG minors.

Campus Availability

Dahlonega
Gainesville

Admissions Information

To be eligible for admission to the Kinesiology Major, emphasis Health & Fitness, with the Department of Kinesiology, a student must meet the following minimum requirements.

  1. Complete 30 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 2.50 or higher;
  2. Complete all courses in Area A (Essential Skills), BIOL 2120K, and BIOL 2130K of the core curriculum with a grade of C or higher;
  3. Complete an application for admission to the Kinesiology/Fitness program in the Spring before the conclusion of the sophomore year

Retention

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.

What can you do with a degree in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Health & Fitness?

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

Links and Contacts

Plan of Study/Degree Maps 

Plan of Study - 2017
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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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