Advising Course Plan - Health Science Major - Kinesiology/Exercise Science Interest

Kinesiology/Exercise Science is a rapidly expanding field with strong career prospects (e.g. health department settings, federal agencies, prevention research centers, physiological/medical research centers, academic settings, health coach/personal training, and professional, commercial, and nonprofit organizations). Those interested in pursuing a career in Kinesiology/Exercise Science will apply directly to their program(s) of choice. Requirements and prerequisites will differ somewhat between programs, but required courses generally include introductory biology, anatomy & physiology, general chemistry, and preferred courses include biomechanics, exercise physiology, and therapeutic exercise. A background in biochemistry is also beneficial for most Masters programs; therefore, a year of organic chemistry prior to this is helpful, though again not required. Additionally, more Kinesiology programs use calculus-based information, especially in biomechanics-focused graduate programs, so calculus may be advisable to take as well.

Furthermore, it is important to verify that the research focus of the program(s) you are applying to match with your own. In some cases, a faculty sponsorship at the university is required (e.g. at the University of Maryland ( Please be sure to look at an early stage at various graduate program requirements for different universities and areas. Your required and elective courses as an HLSC major will prepare you well for graduate work in this growing, evolving field, which has as its main focus prevention and treatment of chronic disease using a multi-pronged approach. Related to this approach, many Masters and Ph.D. programs in Kinesiology (e.g. at the University of South Carolina are now focusing on epidemiology and public health in this approach to combatting chronic disease, so related courses in Public Health Studies – perhaps even as a minor - will benefit you as well as an applicant to such programs.

Sample Schedule (Note: This sample schedule is more rigorous than required (e.g. it includes a chemistry minor which is beneficial though more than is required by most graduate programs in Kinesiology), but it would make an applicant attractive to top graduate programs).

First Year
BIOL 141P1,*Introductory Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
HLSC 119VHealth and Wellness1
FSEM 1001First Year Seminar (unless transfer student)1
General Education requirement11
 Term Units4
BIOL 142P1,*Introductory Biology: Animal and Plant Physiology1
PSYC 101S1Introduction to Psychology1
MATH 141QCalculus I with Analytic Geometry (or General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course))1
General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course)1
 Term Units4
Second Year
MATH 141Q should be taken at some point during this year if it was not taken in First Year. 
HLSC 2011Anatomy Physiology I1
CHEM 141P*General Chemistry I1
BIOL 301*Microbiology1
PUBH 284Foundations of Epidemiology1
 Term Units4
CHEM 142P*General Chemistry II1
HLSC 2021Anatomy and Physiology II1
MATH 125QIntroduction to Mathematical and Statistical Modeling1
PUBH 140VIntroduction to Public Health1
 Term Units4
Take GRE exam in preparation for graduate school applications - by the end of summer before Fourth Year. 
 Term Units0
Third Year
Junior Seminar must be taken during this year. 
Junior Seminar1
CHEM 201*Organic Chemistry I (HLSC elective)1
or 141P*
College Physics I
University Physics I
COMM 108Public Speaking1
 Term Units4
HLSC 4981Senior Research Proposal1
CHEM 301*Organic Chemistry II (HLSC elective)1
or 142P*
College Physics II
University Physics II
COMM 108Public Speaking1
 Term Units4
Fourth Year
HLSC 4991Senior Research Project1
CHEM 204*Biochemistry I1
HLSC 4111Exercise Physiology1
General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
CHEM 200+ level course that meets Chemistry requirement1
HLSC 313*Biomechanics (HLSC elective)1
General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective11
General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective11
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 32

Required for HLSC major.


PUBH 284 counts as an HLSC elective.


PUBH 140V counts as an HLSC elective.


Common core of prerequisite course work.