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Kinesiology and Health

What Is Kinesiology and Health?

Kinesiology and Health (formerly known as physical education) is the study of healthy living and movement patterns related to fitness and physical activities.

Why Study Kinesiology and Health?

Developing a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things someone can do. To help others do the same makes a real impact. In a culture where health and physical education rule, understanding the science of human movement and the positive implications of a healthy society can change lives.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students may choose between a pathway that begins preparation for a teaching career, or a non-teaching pathway in Kinesiology and Health with a focus on one of three areas: Exercise Science, Personal Trainer or Health Coach.

Kinesiology and Health helps people develop physically and socially. Careers available for those interested in Kinesiology and Health include:[row][col]

  • Athletic clothing designer
  • Camping administrator
  • Coach
  • Cruise recreation director
  • Fitness programmer
  • Personal trainer
  • Professional referee
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Sporting goods marketing and sales
  • Sports illustrator
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Teacher
  • Wellness coordinator
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

9062 Kinesiology and Health Pathways

Associate of Science, Pathway – Kinesiology and Health 

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)  

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

Required Courses:

  • KH 2220 Anatomy in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2221 Anatomy in Kinesiology and Heath Lab (1)
  • KH 2230 Physiology in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2231 Physiology in Kinesiology and Health Lab (1)
Choose 1 pathway and complete 10 hours from the following: Exercise Science Pathway Personal Trainer Pathway Choose One:
  • KH 2520 Principles of Physical Activity and Fitness (3)
  • KH 2006 Advanced First Aid and emergency Care (3)
  • KH 2130 Introduction to Kinesiology and Health (3)
Choose One: Health Coach Pathway
  • KH 2022 Personal Health and Wellness (3)
  • KH 2105 Fundamentals of Health Coaching (3)
Choose One:
  • KH 2520 Principles of Physical Activity and Fitness (3)
  • KH 2006 Advanced First Aid and emergency Care (3)
  • KH 2130 Introduction to Kinesiology and Health (3)
Choose One: Program Admission Requirements for the B.S. Exercise Science program at the Georgia State University Atlanta campus: Students must apply to the B.S. Exercise Science program after completion of areas A-E and the following Area F courses: KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231. A minimum of C+ on the first attempt (WF counts as an attempt) is required in each of the following classes: KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231. Competitive applicants will have a “B-“ or better in each of these courses. To apply for the B.S. in Exercise Science, students must submit the application available on the CEHD website education.gsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/. As part of the application, students will be required to upload a statement of purpose (must be no more than 1000 words in length) and include the following information: 1) educational and career objectives and how a degree in Exercise Science will aid you in achieving those goals, and 2) list of extracurricular activities, including jobs, volunteer work, student clubs/organizations, etc. KH 2130, KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, KH 2231, and KH 2520 may be attempted only once. A WF counts as an attempt. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State University may use the grades in the last attempted transferred course or they may attempt them (once) at Georgia State University. Students can petition to use BIOL 2110K and BIOL 2120K in place of KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231; however, a student must still receive a “C+” or higher in each course.


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