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Welcome to the Kinesiology Department
Welcome to the Kinesiology Department at TAMUT. Kinesiology is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. Kinesiology, as an integrative discipline, focuses on the studies of human movement related to physical activity and sport, incorporating the scientific areas of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biomechanics, psychology, epidemiology, history and sociology, and encompassing such professional fields as clinical exercise physiology, Physical Education and coaching, physical therapy, athletic training and sport management.  The Kinesiology program at TAMUT is established in response to the significant needs from local schools and communities, and the challenge of various health related problems among our young/old people in our community. around Texarkana area.  Students graduate from our Kinesiology program will play a very important role in providing health related physical activities and rehabilitation services to the public, and contribute to the health promotion in the area of Texarkana, nearby cities and the greater Northeast of Texas region. 

Mission and Vision
The mission of the department of Kinesiology at TAMUT is to engage a variety of professionals and communities to produce quality graduates who possess the theoretical knowledge, applied skills and advanced competencies necessary to become leaders in the physical education, health and human movement studies. We intend to fulfill this mission by offering opportunities and experiences in classes, seminars, field work experiences, clubs, and organizations involved with the study of human movement and physical activity. Through continuing excellence in teaching, research, and service, The Kinesiology program is designed to educate and prepare future professionals to become leaders capable of living and working effectively in a changing world.

Degree and Requirement
Department of Kinesiology offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Education (EC-12) and Pre - Physical Therapy. A student must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours (SCH), and complete all University Core Curriculum requirements in addition to the requirements for the major in Kinesiology. The course requirements for Physical Education and Pre-Physical Therapy are listed below:


Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - Adapted Physical Activity  
The Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction with the specialization in Adapted Physical Activity is designed to provide those with a bachelor’s degree and local PE teachers with an opportunity for advanced study in Adapted Physical Activity. A student must complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours (SCH) for Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a specialization in APA, and the course requirements will be available soon.
Student Advising
All students who have declared Kinesiology as their major, including freshmen and transfer students, must see University advisor or Kinesiology faculty before enrolling for next semester courses. Advising sessions are helpful to discuss course selection, course load, as well as career options depending on the student progress in the Kinesiology degree. For transfer students, Kinesiology faculty advising is paramount to identify the appropriate courses in the Kinesiology degree in according to prerequisite constraints. Academic advisors in UC can assist students with adjustment to college life, monitor student’s academic progress, and advise students for scholarship opportunities. 

Program Internship 
The program internship is designed to assist students to engage in the real-life workplace environment in related local school and community, including private companies with international exposure. The internship will be conducted during second last or last semester of students’ final year of studies.  This is a credit-bearing learning experience.

Career Options and Professional Development
Graduates from the Kinesiology program will find a wide range of career and further education pathways, including: Teachers, Exercises Science Educator, Health & Wellness Expert, Sports Science Consultant, Sports & Fitness Consultant, Community/Schools, even Sales & Marketing!

Graduates may also obtain teacher certificate, coaching, personal trainer certificate and other qualifications by further study on these certificate programs offered on/off campus in the future. 

Kinesiology Contact Information
Dr. Shihui Chen
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Email: schen@tamut.edu
Office Phone: (903) 334 - 6658

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
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