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Kinesiology major with a Health & Fitness Concentration (B.S.)

Flexibility is the greatest strength of the Bachelor of Science degree with a kinesiology major and a health and fitness concentration. While preparing students with the theoretical and practical competencies necessary for the health and fitness field, there is the flexibility of 20 elective hours. These hours may be used for graduate school pre-requisites (P.T., O.T., P.A.), business courses in preparation for entrepreneurship, or areas of special interest (i.e. languages, a UNG minor, or military science.)


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

Admissions Information

To be eligible for admission to the Kinesiology Major, concentration in 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. Applications may be submitted online March 18-22, 2019 for Fall 2019 admission. 


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

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 science.

Links and 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)



Mr. Blake Podsen teaching Advanced Strength & Conditioning (KINS 4012) in the Strength and Conditioning Lab
Mr. Blake Podsen teaching Advanced Strength & Conditioning (KINS 4012) in the Strength and Conditioning Lab

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