Jun 23, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 

Kinesiology Major (BS)

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Kinesiology Major- Bachelor of Science (BS)

Please see the UNLV Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Science web page at http://kinesiology.unlv.edu/ for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bs-kinesiology.

Please see advising information at the UNLV The Divisions of Health Sciences Academic Advising Center at http://kinesiology.unlv.edu/advising.html.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize Kinesiology career options.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of functional anatomy and biomechanics.
  3. Describe the biological foundations of motor control, explain information processing and learning theories, and identify practical concerns relating to enhancement of motor performance.
  4. Explain the biomechanical principles that underlie human motor performance.
  5. Specify the physiological response to exercise and describe the systemic adaptations that occur at rest and during submaximal and maximal exercise following chronic aerobic, anaerobic, and strength training.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to discuss the physiological basis of the major components of physical fitness, and develop individual fitness programs.
  7. Evaluate current concepts in nutrition in relation to health and disease, and apply guidelines for designing a healthy diet.
  8. Explain acute care of sport related injury and illness, and design risk management and injury prevention strategies.
  9. Evaluate popular nutrition practices utilized by competitive and recreational athletes, focusing on dietary assessment, scientific validity, and efficacy.
  10. Explain the risk factor concept of disease and the role of physical activity in modifying risk factors.
  11. Analyze and evaluate research data.

University Graduation Requirements

Kinesiology Degree Requirement - Total: 120-124 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 36-37 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 
  • Social Science: 9 credits 
    • PSY 101 – General Psychology
    • One course from each of the two remaining fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 credits
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirement

Multicultural and International - Credits: 6

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Major Degree Requirements - BS in Kinesiology - Subtotal: 66 Credits

Elective Courses – Credits: 9-18 (sufficient credits to bring the student’s total to 120).

Total Credits: 120

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