Kinesiology is the science of human movement and physical activity. Kinesiology majors 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. Kinesiology is part of the fastest growing body of professions in the nation, with Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating future growth in related positions at nearly three times the national average for all occupations combined.
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 Kinesiology, Physical and Occupational Therapy, medical school and many others. Students can select from three concentrations focused on teaching physical education, clinical exercise physiology, and human fitness and performance.
The department’s Master of Science in Kinesiology Program features classroom and online courses. The program offers research and learning opportunities in areas including motor behavior, strength and conditioning, and metabolic and exercise research, with faculty mentors that specialize in each area. Faculty and student research teams conduct projects in the Department’s state of the art research laboratories, including the Virtual Reality and Motor Control Research Lab; the Metabolic, Nutrition and Exercise Research (MiNER) Lab; the Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Lab, and the Kinesiology Fitness Research Facility, which houses the highly successful Physical Fitness in the Golden Age program. The Department also offers an Online Master of Science in Kinesiology degree in collaboration with other UT campuses.
Graduates of the UTEP Masters in Kinesiology degree are competitive candidates for research and entry-level teaching positions in industry, government and academia, or may decide to establish their own fitness facility or exercise physiology practice. The program also prepares students for competitive entry into a Doctor of Kinesiology degree or to seek admission to the UTEP Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Health Sciences program, with Kinesiology faculty members as their major advisors.
The faculty members in Kinesiology are dedicated to life-long learning, personal growth and student success. Please visit our faculty page to learn more about their professional and academic background.
We look forward to an opportunity to visit with you and explore your interest in our programs!