Kinesiology is the science of human movement and physical activity. UTEP kinesiology students study how people learn new motor skills, the effects of exercise on the physiology and biomechanics of the human body, how to best treat and rehabilitate sports injuries, and much more. Classes in the Department of Kinesiology prepare students for certifications as Strength and Conditioning Specialists, Personal Trainers, Health Fitness Instructors, Exercise Specialists, Clinical Exercise Physiologists, and for graduate programs in physical and occupational therapy. Students can enroll in four degree programs focused on teaching physical education and coaching, exercise science and fitness careers, preparation for physical and occupational therapy graduate studies. Classes are taught using cooperative and active learning strategies to enhance the value of the experience.
The Kinesiology Master’s graduate program features classroom and online courses for students interested in exercise science or pedagogy. The Department collaborates with other UT campuses to offer the Online Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and our faculty members teach three courses in this award-winning program. The Kinesiology Department is also part of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Health Sciences program at UTEP.
The faculty members in Kinesiology are dedicated to life-long learning, personal growth and student success. In addition to teaching, faculty members advise students, and conduct numerous research projects. Research is conducted in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory, the Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory, and in the Fitness Research Center that houses the very successful Physical Fitness in the Golden Age program.