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

Dahlonega and Gainesville Campuses

The Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Georgia offers a kinesiology degree.

Program Description

The Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Georgia offers a PE degree with minor.

The overarching purpose of Physical Education 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.

PE Plan of Study 2015-2014

To be eligible for admission to the Physical Education major with minor, a student must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete 30 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 2.50 or higher;
  • Students must be admitted into the program upon completion of 75 semester hours of credit;
  • Complete all courses in Area A (Essential Skills) of the core curriculum with a grade of "C" or better;
  • Complete an application for admission to the Physical Education major with minor at the conclusion of the sophomore year or the fall semester of the junior year. It is strongly encouraged that this process be initiated as soon as possible, preferably during the sophomore year.

Students must meet with a departmental advisor of the desired minor for information concerning necessary courses and possible prerequisites for the minor.


Retention in Physical Education Major with UNG Minor

One important aspect of the Physical Education Major with minor 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. Demonstration of competence in the use of oral and written language; and
  4. Maintenance of an overall grade point average of 2.50 as required for degree.
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

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

There is also a variety of Exercise Science Certification options available to those in Exercise Science.

Links / Contact

Plan of Study/Degree Maps 

Plan of Study

Degree Map

Program Advisors

Dahlonega Campus

Melissa Layne (706.867.3260) and Gary Preston (706.867.3267)

Gainesville Campus

James Howard (678.717.3799) and Paula Edney (678.717.3453)

Minor Contact

Designated department advisor for the minor.

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