Department of Kinesiology

Undergraduate FAQs

General Undergraduate FAQs  |  Concentration Specific FAQs
Who should I ask if I have further questions about undergraduate concentrations?
Direct questions to Dr. Aaron Terranova, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

General Undergraduate FAQs

What can I do with a major in KIN?
Career options include
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health/Fitness/Wellness Coordinator or Manager
  • Cardiac Rehab Professional
  • Physical Education and Health Teacher
  • Community Youth Sports Professional

Graduates of the program have pursued careers with major employers such as:
  • Bank of America
  • Guilford County Schools
  • City of Greensboro
  • Medic Computer Systems
  • Moses H. Cone Health Care System
  • Riverside Wellness
  • North Carolina State University
  • Bermuda Retirement Resort
  • Carolina Spine Center
  • United Healthcare
  • Personal trainers for companies like World's Gym and Gold's Gym

Many graduates extend their degrees by entering masters and doctoral programs at schools with post-baccalaureate programs like UNCG, East Carolina University, Duke University, and UNC Chapel Hill.

Are scholarships available?
Yes, although most scholarships are available to returning KIN students only.
What undergraduate degree options are available?
Undergraduate students may pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness Leadership, Sports Medicine, or Physical Education and Health Teacher Education, or Community Youth Sport Development.
How do I apply for admission to an undergraduate program?
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to apply online or request materials. Once admitted to the University, please go to 237 HHP to complete a change of major form..
What is the minimum required grade point average (GPA) for undergraduates?
Concentrations in Fitness Leadership, Physical Education and Health Teacher Education, and Community Youth Sport Development require a minimum 2.5 GPA. The Sports Medicine concentration requires a 3.0 GPA. Also, KIN students must earn a grade of at least C (2.0) in each required KIN course at the 100–399 levels for permission to enroll in courses 400 level and above.
Why is the Sports Medicine concentration considered a pre-professional degree program?
Most of the allied health professions require a graduate degree. Completing the Sports Medicine concentration is a first step toward a career in one of these fields. Examples include, but are not limited to, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, podiatry, dentistry, and medicine.
What is a second academic concentration?
Students pursuing a concentration in Physical Education and Health Teacher Education must complete the Healthful Living second academic concentration consisting of a minimum of 18 semester hours. Students will be certified to teach in their second academic concentration.
How do I find out who my advisor is?
Students may access advising information online through UNCGenie or by contacting the department at (336) 334-5308. Advisors are required to post their office hours on their office door. Alternatively, students may contact their advisor by email or telephone to schedule an advising appointment.
How do I get into a class that is closed?
You may or may not be able to get into a closed class; the decision is at the discretion of the instructor. First contact the instructor to request permission to be added to the closed class. You will need to complete a drop/add form for this purpose and the instructor must sign the form. Typically it is easiest to attend the first day of class with a completed form and ask the instructor for permission at that time. Once signed, you may have your drop/add form processed in the University Registrar's Office, 180 Mossman.
Whom should I contact if I have questions about undergraduate study?
Contact the Undergraduate Administrative Assistant at (336) 334-5308, or you can contact Dr. Aaron Terranova, Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Whom should I contact to schedule a visit to tour the department and its facilities?
Contact the department at (336) 334-5308.


Concentration Specific FAQs

Fitness Leadership Concentration

Are there any special application procedures?
Yes. If you entered into the Kinesiology degree program in or after the fall of 2005, you must apply to be accepted into the Fitness Leadership concentration.
The following criteria must be met before a student can apply to the Fitness Leadership concentration:
  1. Successful completion of BIO 111, 271, 277 and the first CHE course
  2. Successful completion of Kinesiology 220 with a minimum grade of “C”
  3. GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. Be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed Kinesiology 375 [minimum grade of “C”]
The application form is available in the department.
**Please note: Transfer and second-degree students must complete the above requirements and successfully complete 12 credits at UNCG prior to application for the Fitness Leadership concentration.
Are there any other special requirements for the Fitness Leadership program?
Yes. To be eligible to enroll in upper level fitness leadership classes [i.e. Kinesiology 467, 468, 469, 570 and 595], students must have a cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher and they must have successfully completed all Kinesiology core classes with a grade of “C” or better, and they must have been accepted into the Fitness Leadership concentration.
What kind of courses will I be taking?
During the first two years, students will typically take general education classes that are general university requirements for graduation. In addition, students must complete General Biology (BIO 111), Anatomy (BIO 271), Physiology (BIO 277) and Chemistry. These classes are prerequisites for some of the exercise and sport science core classes that will be taken during the last two years. During the last two years, students will typically take a combination of Kinesiology classes that will prepare them for working in the fitness leadership field or that fulfill prerequisites for graduate or professional schools. See Fitness Leadership Concentration from the Undergraduate Bulletin.
What else should I do if I want to be a strong applicant for graduate or professional schools?
All applicants to graduate and professional schools have good GPAs, usually 3.0 or better. Other things that will strengthen your application include volunteering in health care settings, volunteering and participating in scholarly research, volunteering and taking leadership roles in campus and community organizations and/or being active in professional organizations. The graduate and professional schools want to see that applicants are caring individuals who are committed to helping others. Students who have aspirations for graduate or professional schools are encouraged to begin volunteering as soon as possible.

Sports Medicine Concentration

Are there any special application procedures?
No. There is no separate admission or application forms for our sports medicine concentration. You can simply declare yourself as an Kinesiology Major with a concentration in Sports Medicine.
Are there any special requirements of this degree program?
Yes. By the beginning of your junior year you must have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0). If you do not meet this GPA requirement, you will not be allowed to enroll in upper level Sports Medicine Courses.
Why such a seemingly high G.P.A requirement?
The Sports Medicine Concentration is a Pre-Professional Program of study that prepares students to be successful applicants to various graduate and professional schools. Many graduate and professional schools require that students have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply. Therefore, it is imperative that students have a high GPA. Successful applicants to these various programs typically have GPAs greater than 3.4.
What kind of courses will I be taking?
During the first two years, students typically take general education classes (literature, arts, humanities, etc) that are university wide requirements for graduation. Additionally during these first two years students are strongly advised to take general biology, anatomy, and physiology courses. The final two years are a combination of Kinesiology coursework along with taking courses that are prerequisites of the various graduate and professional schools. See Sports Medicine Concentration from the undergraduate bulletin.
Beyond good grades and doing well in the sciences, what makes a strong applicant to graduate and professional schools?
All good applicants to graduate and professional schools have strong grades. Other things that strengthen an application include volunteering in health care settings and taking leadership roles in campus and community organizations. These graduate schools want to see that the applicant is a caring person who is committed to helping others in life. It is never to early to start this process. From our students' first semester in the program they are encouraged to volunteer.

Physical Education and Health Teacher Education Concentration

Community Youth Sport Development Concentration