B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences

University of Hawaii, Hilo

Program Description

B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences

University of Hawaii, Hilo

B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences

The KES program provides students with a diverse range of high quality instruction and opportunities within the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and the exercise sciences. Furthermore, activity courses provides individuals with exposure to a variety of physical activities and opportunities to enhance their overall well being. Lecture type courses provide introductory and advanced preparation for the fields of education, management and/or coaching, health promotion, and the exercise sciences with include sport psychology, athletic training, physical therapy and exercise physiology.

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

A student who completes the Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences degree program will be able to:

  • Participate in basic physical and recreational activities.
  • Identify the fundamental anatomical functions, the physiological mechanisms, and the biomechanical concepts involved with human movement and human performance.
  • Apply for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program with the desire to become a Secondary Health and Physical Education teacher.
  • Apply for acceptance into graduate school in the areas of the exercise sciences, health, medical school, physical therapy programs, and athletic training programs.
  • Able to provide care and expertise within the area of health.
  • Identify and understand the various health issues within our society, especially those encountered by elementary and secondary school students.

B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences Requirements

Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted on the General Education website.

Group 2. Major Requirements

Core Requirements for all three tracks (20 credits)

  • KES Activities courses (two 1 credit courses of choice; all activities courses are 100-level, one credit courses.)
  • KES 202 Health Promotion (3)
  • KES 206 Basic Human Movement (3)
  • KES 207 Basic Human Nutrition (3) or NURS 375 Applied Human Nutrition (3)
  • KES 209 Data and Stats in Kinesiology (3) or MATH 121 Intro Stats & Prob (3), PSY 213 Statistical Techniques (4), SOC 280 Statistical Reasoning (3)
  • KES 260 Exercise Science Anat & Phys I (3) or BIOL 243 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
  • KES 261 Exercise Science Anat & Phy II (3) or BIOL 244 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3)

Choose one of the following three tracks

1.KESE: Kinesiology and Exercise Track (38 credits)

a. Choose three courses – 9 credits from the following:

  • KES 208 Elementary Tests & Measurement (3)
  • KES 302 Sport & Spirituality (3)
  • KES 306 Advanced Human Movement (3)
  • KES 308 Science Behind Trng Athletes (3)
  • KES 310 Basic Motor Learning (3)
  • KES 330 Applied Motor Learning (3)
  • KES 370 Sport Psychology (3)
  • KES 380 Applied Sport Psychology (3)
  • KES 443 Adapted Physical Education (3)

b. And three additional KES courses at the 300- or 400-level (9)

2.KESM: Sports Medicine and Therapy Track (38 credits)

a. Choose three courses – 9 credits from the following:

  • KES 234 Care & Prev Athletic Injuries (3)
  • KES 334 Adv Care & Preventn Athltc Inj (3)
  • KES 343 Musculoskeletal Anatomy (3)
  • KES 344 Musculoskeletal Physiology (3)
  • KES 348 Exercise Physiology (3)
  • KES 440 Physiology of Aging (3)
  • KES 470 Physical-Occupational Therapy (3)
  • KES 480 Sports Medicine (3)
  • NURS 348 Human Pathophysiology (3)

b. And three additional KES courses at the 300- or 400-level (9)

3.KESH Health Promotion Track (38 credits)

a. Required Courses for Health Promotion track:

  • KES 250 Foundation of Public Health (3)
  • KES 350 Health Promotion Prog Planning (3)
  • KES 450 Health Promotion Practicum (3)

b. In addition choose three courses (9 credits), from any KES courses at the 300- or 400-level or from the following courses in related fields:

  • ANTH/WS 324 Culture, Sex And Gender (3)
  • PSY/WS 325 Psychology Of Women (3)
  • PSY 352 Introduction to Biopsychology (3)
  • PSY 452 Drugs of Abuse (3)
  • PSY 360 Cross-Cultural Psy (3)
  • PSY 380 Health Psychology (3)
  • NURS 359 Foundation of Health Promotion (3)
  • NURS 360 Health Care Policy (3)
  • NURS 372 Spirituality in Health Care (3)
  • NURS 373 Gerontological Health Care (3)
  • PHIL 355 Philosophy of Sport (3)
  • PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics (3)
  • PHIL 327 Bioethics (3)
  • PHIL 316 Science, Technology & Society (3)
  • SOC 310 Race & Ethnic Relations (3)
  • SOC/WS 345 Human Populations (3)

Total Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences

120 credits required.


  1. All courses in Group 2, Major Requirements, must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better except for two Activity Courses, BIOL 243 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3), and BIOL 244 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3).
  2. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required.
  3. At least 45 credits must be earned at the 300- or 400-level.
  4. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements.
  5. Students wishing to make timely progress toward graduation are urged to pay careful attention to all degree requirements.
  6. In addition, when planning a schedule of courses, it is imperative to be aware of course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is available in the course listings in this Catalog.
  7. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are urged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.
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Last updated December 17, 2016
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