Message From The Chair

The Department of Kinesiology is one of the most productive academic units on campus, serving about 770 undergraduate and graduate students combined.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Sport Science and Fitness Management (SSFM), which serves as an equivalent to a BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences, aimed at preparing students to become exercise professionals at the entry level of their career.

The department additionally offers a Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) degree, preparing graduate students as Physical Education teachers.

While the goal of the Sport Science and Fitness Management degree is to develop exercise professionals, this degree may serve as a “feeder program” for students wishing to continue their education at the graduate level.

The Sport Science and Fitness Management degree is advised for students that wish to continue their studies in Exercise Science and Physiology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Sports Management, Health Promotion, Sports Coaching, Sport Psychology, Athletic training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Physician Assistants, Medical School, and more.

This academic year, the Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies has set the following goals (yet not limited to):

  • Change the name of the department to “The Department of Kinesiology” – now approved and complete
  • Establish a program in Kinesiology – pending approval
  • Change the name of the BS degree to “Exercise and Sport Science” (ExSS) – pending approval
  • Establish a new and improved curriculum that is accreditation suitable
  • Improve the quality of teaching and service to the student (including communication and flow of information to and from students)
  • Increase and deepen the hands-on and real-life experiences of the students
  • Enrich and improve the connection and service to the community
  • Establish a minor in Recreation and Sport Management – in process
  • Establish a minor in Health Promotion – in process
  • Establish a minor in Sports Coaching – in process
  • Establish a minor in Sports Psychology – in process

We welcome you to visit with us, learn more about the improvements already achieved and in progress and find out why you should become part of the Aggie family.

Trent Larson, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology