Apply

To apply to the BS Kinesiology Program you must complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Application.

Cost & Aid

Tuition rates

For detailed and up-to-date tuition rates, visit the UWM Bursar Office website.


CHS Scholarships


State & National Scholarships/Awards


UWM Emergency Grant

UWM has been awarded a grant through Great Lakes Community Investments to issue undergraduate students emergency funds when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. Students can be awarded up to $1,000 for non-academic expenses (e.g., car repairs, medical bills, rent, utilities, child care, food, etc.). Learn more about the grant at uwm.edu/emergencygrant.


Resources

Contact

Angela Rintelman, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
(414) 229-2758 • rintelma@uwm.edu


Torry Rufer, MS
Academic Advisor
(414) 229-2758 • tjrufer@uwm.edu


Christy Greenleaf, PhD
BS Kinesiology Program Director
(414) 229-5341 • cgreenl@uwm.edu


For specific information about the internship, contact:
Laura J. Rooney, PhD, MS
BS Kinesiology Internship Coordinator
(414) 229-6694 • lrooney@uwm.edu

Are you fascinated by the science of human movement? Then kinesiology might be the major for you. You’ll join an exciting department where nationally known faculty are working to deepen our understanding of physical activity, and you’ll delve into topics such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychosocial aspects of sport/exercise, motor development and more. You’ll graduate ready to apply your knowledge and skills in professional settings ranging from health care to sports to industry.

Why choose us?

  • You’ll work with nationally recognized experts who conduct breakthrough scientific research in a wide variety of areas.
  • Choose from an internship or additional coursework for your required capstone experience. If you decide to go the internship route, you can apply what you’ve learned to real-world challenges in the health and wellness field — and enhance your resume at the same time. Students preparing for graduate study typically choose the coursework option.
  • The majority of our graduates are offered employment at their internship sites, and most find jobs within months of graduation.
  • Our graduates boast a nearly 100 percent pass rate on national certification exams and earn specialized professional certificates in their area of expertise.

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Kinesiology” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Kinesiology-Intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.


Transfer Students

If you are transferring to UWM from another post-secondary institution, you are subject to the program requirements at the time of admission to UWM.

While the University Registrar will review academic transcripts and perform pre-approved department course-for-course transfers, the Department of Kinesiology reserves the right to modify transfer requests.

Course transfers may not be approved if grades achieved are below required levels or if courses were taken beyond a reasonable time period.

You may also appeal for course substitution consideration if the content of a course taken is significantly similar to a program requirement. You should submit syllabi for such appeals to your academic advisor, who will forward them to the faculty for consideration.

Application Procedure

Application Procedure
Submit a UW System application and all appropriate transcripts to the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you meet UWM standard admission requirements, you will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “Kinesiology-Intended.”

Application Submission Priority Dates

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: December 1

General Education Requirements for CHS

General Education Requirements for CHS
The following courses are required if you wish to receive your associate or bachelor’s degree.
UW-Colleges
Associate Degree
GER DesignationUW-Milwaukee Bachelor Degree
3-6Humanities6
3-6Fine Arts/Arts3
11Natural Science/
Laboratory Science/
Math Science
6
9Social Science6
3Application and PerformanceN/A
N/AForeign Language
3*Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity3
3*Interdisciplinary StudiesN/A
*You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

Some courses required for the Kinesiology major also satisfy General Education Requirements. Contact your UWM College of Health Sciences advisor for additional information.

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Course Requirements for Entry into the Major

A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the following courses prior to admission to the Kinesiology major.

UW CollegesUWC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
BIO 280 &
BIO 281
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
OR
BIO 285 &
BIO 286
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
CHEM 125 Introductory ChemistryCHEM 100/CHEM 101
OR
CHEM 145*General ChemistryCHEM 102
ENG 102English Composition II ENGLISH 102
MATH 110College AlgebraMATH 105
MATH 117Elementary StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
PHY 141 General PhysicsPHYSICS 120 & 121***
*Chem 145 is preferred.
**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the UWM Kinesiology curriculum.
***Physics 121 is not required for the Kinesiology major.


Required Courses for Entry into the Major That Are NOT Available in the UW Colleges’ Curriculum

None.


Suggested Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission to Major

While the following courses are not required for admission to the Kinesiology major at UWM, they are required prior to graduation. A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

UW CollegesUWC Course TitleUWM Equivalent
COM 103Introduction To Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
ENG 210* OR
BUS 210*
Business CommunicationENGLISH 205
PSY 202*Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
SOC 101*Introductory SociologySOCIOL 101

Other Requirements for Entry into The Major
  • 2.5 UWM undergraduate cumulative grade point average.
  • In addition to the application for admission to the University, students are required to submit an application for admission to the major. Students are not eligible for admission unless they have all admission prerequisites satisfied or in progress at the time of application submission.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your UWC course work. Students are encouraged to consult a UWC advisor to plan curriculum that transfers to UWM fulfilling prerequisites, General Education Requirement credit, and other program requirements.

Semester I

UW CollegesUWC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
ENG 102English Composition IIENGLISH 102
BIO 280* OR
BIO 285
Human Anatomy OR
Anatomy & Physiology
BIO SCI 202
PSY 202Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 110College AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

UW CollegesUWC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
BIO 281* OR
BIO 286
Human Physiology OR
Anatomy & Physiology
BIO SCI 203
SOC 101Introductory SociologySOCIOL 101
PHY 141General PhysicsPHYSICS 120 & 121
COM 103Intro to Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
ENG 210 or BUS 210Business CommunicationENGLISH 205

*The combination of BIO 280 (formerly PHS 235) and BIO 281 (formerly ZOO 234) at any UW College is equivalent to the combination of Bio Sci 202 (4 credits, GE:NS+) and Bio Sci 203 (4 credits, GE:NS+) at UW-Milwaukee.


Special Notes

There are very few electives for this program. As a result, students are encouraged to transfer to UWM after two semesters at a UWC campus. It is possible to be concurrently enrolled at a UWC and at UWM. Concurrent enrollment would allow a student to take the required courses for the Kinesiology major at UWM while finishing up other course work at a UWC. Please contact an advisor at the UWC Student Services Office to discuss your options.

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Course Requirements for Entry into the Major

A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the following courses prior to admission to the Kinesiology major.

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
NAT SCI 201Anatomy & Physiology 1BIO SCI 202
NAT SCI 202Anatomy & Physiology 2BIO SCI 203
NAT SCI 211General ChemistryCHEM 102*
ENG 202English Composition 2ENGLISH 102
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
MATH 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
NAT SCI 221College Physics 1PHYSICS 120 & 121***
* Will serve as a substitute for Chem 100 in the UWM Kinesiology curriculum.
** Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the UWM Kinesiology curriculum.
*** Physics 121 is not required for the Kinesiology major but is required for admission to physical therapy programs.


Required Courses for Entry into the Major That Are NOT Available in the MATC Curriculum

None.


Suggested Courses in MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission to Major

While the following courses are not required for admission to the Kinesiology major at UWM, they are required prior to graduation. A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
SPEECH 201Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
SOC SCI 231General PsychologyPSYCH 101
SOC SCI 196/203Introduction to SociologySOCIOL 101
NAT SCI 172Basic Nutrition ScienceBMS 232
ENG 197/208Technical Reporting/CommunicationENGLISH 206 (205)

Other Requirements for Entry into The Major
  • 2.5 UWM undergraduate cumulative grade point average.
  • In addition to the application for admission to the University, students are required to submit an application for admission to the major. Students are not eligible for admission unless they have all admission prerequisites satisfied or in progress at the time of application submission.

Recommended Course Plan

Students can complete the vast majority of general education requirements and foundations coursework for this major at MATC before transferring to UWM. It is possible to be concurrently enrolled at MATC and at UWM. Concurrent enrollment allows a student to take the required courses for the Kinesiology major at UWM while finishing up other coursework at MATC. Please contact an advisor at the MATC Student Services Office to discuss your options.

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your MATC course work. Students are encouraged to consult an MATC advisor to plan curriculum that transfers to UWM fulfilling prerequisites, General Education Requirement credit, and other program requirements.

Semester I

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee Course
ENG 201English IENGLISH 101
NAT SCI 201Anatomy & Physiology 1BIO SCI 202
SOC SCI 231General PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee Course
ENG 202English 2ENGLISH 102
NAT SCI 202Anatomy & Physiology 2BIO SCI 203
SOC SCI 196 OR 203Introduction to SociologySOCIOL 101
Numerous OptionsVariesGER-Humanities
Semester III

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee Course
NAT SCI 211Chemistry ICHEM 102
MATH 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215 (KIN 270)
SPEECH 203Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
Numerous OptionsVariesGER-Arts
Semester IV

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee Course
NAT SCI 221College Physics 1 w/LabPHYSICS 120 & 121
NAT SCI 172Basic Nutrition ScienceBIO SCI 232
ENG 197 OR 208Technical Reporting/CommunicationsENGLISH 206 (205)
Numerous OptionsVariesGER-Cultural Diversity

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Individuals wanting to work as physical therapists must complete a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure examination. Most entry-level physical therapy programs are offered at the doctoral level and award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) to graduates. Professional DPT programs are typically three years in duration. Students planning to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree should consult DPT program websites and an advisor in the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs for information regarding DPT prerequisite courses.

The UW-Milwuakee Pre-Physical Therapy guide may also be helpful for students.

Contact

Contact

Angela Rintelman, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
rintelma@uwm.edu


Torry Rufer, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
tjrufer@uwm.edu


For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.


For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at (414) 229-3800 or fill out this form.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

Declaring Your Intent

If you are currently a UWM student and wish to change your major to “Kinesiology-Intended,” you must meet with an academic advisor to do so. Your Kinesiology advisor will guide you through the declaration process and application to the major.


Admission Eligibility

All students are eligible to pursue general education requirements and foundations courses associated with the curriculum, so long as they meet the necessary prerequisites for each course.

If you are interested in this degree path, you should declare Kinesiology as your intended major as early as possible. This ensures timely progress to full admission for the major and graduation. Students are considered “Kinesiology-Intended” until they submit an application, and are officially admitted to the major.

To be eligible for admission to the major and enrollment in the professional core courses of the curriculum, you must:

  1. Submit an application,
  2. Have a UWM cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher,
  3. Completion of all GERs, and
  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better or be in progress at the time of application submission:
  • BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • CHEM 100: Chemical Science*
  • KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions**
  • PHYSICS 120: General Physics I***

*Chemistry 101, 102, 103 and 104 are permitted substitutes for Chemistry 100.

**Business Administration 210, Mathematical Statistics 215 and Psychology 210 are permitted substitutes for Kinesiology 270.

***Physics 122 and 209 are permitted substitutes for Physics 120.


Application Submission

The application for admission to the Kinesiology major is available during the months of February and September. Partner with your academic advisor every semester to identify the best time for you to apply.

  • Applications for spring admission:
    Due by October 1st in the preceding Fall semester.
  • Application for summer/fall admission:
    Due by March 1st in the preceding Spring semester.

Applicants are notified of admission status via email from the program within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.


I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!


Who is my advisor?

Torry Rufer, MS
Academic Advisor
(414) 229-2758 • tjrufer@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.


When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.


How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum
Prior to Fall 2016
This curriculum is for students beginning the program prior to Fall 2016.

The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Kinesiology. The program consists of pre-professional study (years 1 and 2) AND professional study (years 3 and 4) leading to the completion of a minimum of 120 credits.


General Education Requirements (GERs)

All students are eligible to pursue general education requirements and foundations courses associated with the curriculum, so long as they meet the necessary prerequisites for each course.

COURSEGERCredits
Total Credits:
18
English: Must earn "C" or better in ENGLISH 102
Prerequisite: placement test
OWCA3
Math: Must earn "C" or better in Math 105
Prerequisite: placement test
QLA 3
Foreign Language
Satisfied with 2 years of a single language in high school
FL 0
Natural Science
Satisfied below by Foundations courses
GERN0
Social Science
Satisfied below by Foundations courses
GERS0
Cultural Diversity
Select course from approved GER list; Can be combined with Arts/Humanities
GERC3
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH3
COMMUN 103: Public Speaking
Prerequisite: None
GERH3

Foundations: Introductory Courses

Grade of “C” or better required in each course.
A maximum of 4 courses may be repeated once.

CourseGERCredits
Total Credits:18
KIN 200: Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health ProfessionsQLB3
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I
4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology IIGERN4
BMS 232: Introduction to Nutrition3
CHEM 100: Chemical ScienceGERN 4
ENGLISH 205: Business Writing
OWCB3
PHYSICS 120: General Physics IGERN 4
PSYCH 101: Introduction to PsychologyGERS3
SOCIOL 101: Introduction to SociologyGERS3

Satisfactory Progress

Once you have been admitted to the major, you are eligible for enrollment in professional core courses and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as follows:

  1. Minimum term and cumulative GPA of 2.750 in professional core courses, and
  2. Minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.500.

If you do not maintain these criteria, you will be placed on probation in the major for one semester. If you do not meet the criteria after one semester on probation (fall or spring), you will be dismissed from the program.


Professional Core: The Major

2.75 minimum GPA required in these classes at all times.
A maximum of 3 courses may be repeated once.

CourseOfferedCredits
Total Credits:29
KIN 320: BiomechanicsF/S/SU3
KIN 325: Anatomical KinesiologyF/S 3
KIN 330: Exercise PhysiologyF/SU4
KIN 350: Psychological Aspects of Sport/Exercise
F/S 3
KIN 351: Sociological Aspects of Health/MovementF/S 3
KIN 400: Ethics & Values in the ProfessionF/S 3
KIN 460: Motor DevelopmentF3
KIN 461: Principles of Motor LearningS3
KIN 488: Professional Preparation SeminarF/S 1
KIN 5xx (500-level class)F/S/SU3

Capstone Experience: Choose A or B.

Planning to join the workforce after graduation? Choose A.
Planning to attend graduate/professional school? Choose B.

 CourseCredits
AKIN 489: Kinesiology Internship & Seminar
Prerequisites: 320 work hours in health-related setting(s), all coursework complete, 2.75 GPA in Prof. Core
14
BCapstone Credits may be completed during multiple semesters
· 3 credits: KIN 500-level class
· 11 credits from approved list
14

Health Promotion Track: Fall 2016 and after
This curriculum is for students beginning the program on or after September 6, 2016.

The Health Promotion track is designed for students interested in entering the workforce after completing their BS in Kinesiology and includes an internship.

The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Kinesiology. The program consists of pre-professional study (years 1 and 2) AND professional study (years 3 and 4) leading to the completion of a minimum of 120 credits.


General Education Requirements (GERs)

All students are eligible to pursue general education requirements and foundations courses associated with the curriculum, so long as they meet the necessary prerequisites for each course.

COURSEGERCredits
Total Credits:
15
English: Must earn "C" or better in English102
Prerequisite: placement test
OWCA3
Math: Must earn "C" or better in Math 105/108
Prerequisite: placement test
QLA 3
Foreign Language
Satisfied with 2 years of a single language in high school
FL 0
Cultural Diversity
Select course from approved GER list; Can be combined with Arts/Humanities
GERC3
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities (in addition to COMMUN 103 below)
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH3

Foundations: Introductory Courses

Grade of “C” or better required in each course.
A maximum of 4 courses may be repeated once.

CourseGERCredits
Total Credits:39
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology IIGERN4
CHEM 100: Chemical ScienceGERN 4
COMMUN 103: Public SpeakingGERH3
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing
OWCB3
KIN 200: Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health ProfessionsQLB3
NUTR 235: Nutrition for the Health Professions3
PHYSICS 120: General Physics IGERN 4
PSYCH 101: Introduction to PsychologyGERS3
SOCIOL 101: Introduction to SociologyGERS3
SPT&REC 110-192: Physical ActivityGERS1
SPT&REC 292-298: Physical ActivityGERS1

Satisfactory Progress

Once you have been admitted to the major, you are eligible for enrollment in core courses and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as follows:

  1. Minimum term and cumulative GPA of 2.750 in core courses, and
  2. Minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.500.

If you do not maintain these criteria, you will be placed on probation in the major for one semester. If you do not meet the criteria after one semester on probation (fall or spring), you will be dismissed from the program.


Core: The Major

2.75 minimum GPA required in these classes at all times.
A maximum of 3 courses may be repeated once.

CourseOfferedCredits
Total Credits:23
KIN 320: Professional Preparation SeminarF/S 1
KIN 320: BiomechanicsF/S3
KIN 330: Exercise PhysiologyF/S4
KIN 350: Psychological Aspects of Sport/Exercise
F/S 3
KIN 351: Sociological Aspects of Health/MovementF/S 3
KIN 360: Motor DevelopmentF3
KIN 361: Principles of Motor LearningS3
KIN 400: Ethics & Values in the ProfessionF/S 3

Professional Skills Development

Grade of “C” or better required in each course.

CourseOfferedCredits
Total Credits:18
KIN 301: Field Experiences in Kinesiology IF/S 1
KIN 302: Field Experiences in Kinesiology IIF/S1
KIN 303: Field Experiences in Kinesiology IIIF/S1
KIN 325: Anatomical Kinesiology
F/S 3
KIN 336: Principles of Strength & ConditioningS 3
KIN 430: Exercise Testing for Fitness Assessment and Exercise PrescriptionF3
KIN 480: Organization and Administration in the Exercise and Fitness IndustryS3
KIN 481: Program Development & EvaluationF3
CourseCredits
KIN 489: Internship & Seminar
Prerequisites: 100 work hours in health; all coursework complete; 2.75 Core GPA
12

Exercise Science Track: Fall 2016 and after
This curriculum is for students beginning the program on or after September 6, 2016.

The Exercise Science track is designed for students interested in continuing their education and pursuing graduate or professional education after completing their BS in Kinesiology.

The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Kinesiology. The program consists of pre-professional study (years 1 and 2) AND professional study (years 3 and 4) leading to the completion of a minimum of 120 credits.


Pre-Physical Therapy

“Pre-Physical Therapy” is not an undergraduate major at UWM; rather, it is a career classification that allows the College of Health Sciences to identify UWM students who may benefit from special advising services.


General Education Requirements (GERs)

All students are eligible to pursue general education requirements and foundations courses associated with the curriculum, so long as they meet the necessary prerequisites for each course.

COURSEGERCredits
Total Credits:
15
English: Must earn "C" or better in English102
Prerequisite: placement test
OWCA3
Math: Must earn "C" or better in Math 105/108
Prerequisite: placement test
QLA 3
Foreign Language
Satisfied with 2 years of a single language in high school
FL 0
Cultural Diversity
Select course from approved GER list; Can be combined with Arts/Humanities
GERC3
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities (in addition to COMMUN 103 below)
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH3

Foundations: Introductory Courses

Grade of “C” or better required in each course.
A maximum of 4 courses may be repeated once.

CourseGERCredits
Total Credits:39
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology IIGERN4
CHEM 100: Chemical ScienceGERN 4
COMMUN 103: Public SpeakingGERH3
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing
OWCB3
KIN 200: Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health ProfessionsQLB3
NUTR 235: Nutrition for the Health Professions3
PHYSICS 120: General Physics IGERN 4
PSYCH 101: Introduction to PsychologyGERS3
SOCIOL 101: Introduction to SociologyGERS3
SPT&REC 110-192: Physical ActivityGERS1
SPT&REC 292-298: Physical ActivityGERS1

Satisfactory Progress

Once you have been admitted to the major, you are eligible for enrollment in core courses and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as follows:

  1. Minimum term and cumulative GPA of 2.750 in core courses, and
  2. Minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.500.

If you do not maintain these criteria, you will be placed on probation in the major for one semester. If you do not meet the criteria after one semester on probation (fall or spring), you will be dismissed from the program.


Core: The Major

2.75 minimum GPA required in these classes at all times.
A maximum of 3 courses may be repeated once.

CourseOfferedCredits
Total Credits:23
KIN 320: Professional Preparation SeminarF/S 1
KIN 320: BiomechanicsF/S3
KIN 330: Exercise PhysiologyF/S4
KIN 350: Psychological Aspects of Sport/Exercise
F/S 3
KIN 351: Sociological Aspects of Health/MovementF/S 3
KIN 360: Motor DevelopmentF3
KIN 361: Principles of Motor LearningS3
KIN 400: Ethics & Values in the ProfessionF/S 3

Correlate Coursework: Complementary Studies

Correlate courses are intended to help students explore subject matter that is complementary to their primary academic focus. Completion of no fewer than 18 credits is required, with at least 3 of the 18 credits at the 300 level or above, and at least 3 of the 18 credits at the 500 level or above.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Organization

The Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Organization (KUSO) is a student organization for those either intending to be or already in any of the Kinesiology undergraduate programs. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for Kinesiology students to connect with each other; get exposure to and learn from professionals in the field; participate in community and university service; and enrich the undergraduate experience.

Contact

Laura J. Rooney, PhD, MS, Faculty Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor, BS Kinesiology Internship Coordinator
(414) 229-6694
lrooney@uwm.edu


UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.


Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students

Fieldwork Internship

Fieldwork Internship

The Kinesiology (KIN) Fieldwork Internship, as a capstone experience, affords students the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSK) curriculum coursework in a commercial, corporate/industrial, clinical, community, or education setting focusing on health, fitness and wellness. Through the internship experience, students are exposed to and expected to contribute to the provision of services or programs within a supervising agency and under the immediate supervision of a health, fitness or wellness professional for a specific clientele. The goals of the internship are two-fold: (a) to facilitate continued learning along with application of acquired knowledge and skills and (b) to facilitate professional development as preparation for transitioning to next professional steps after undergraduate education and training. These goals are accomplished through successful completion of a for-credit course, KIN 489: Kinesiology Internship and Seminar, which includes a place-based fieldwork internship and a seminar course.

Kinesiology majors interested in pursuing a fieldwork internship as a capstone experience should carefully review the requirements for internship eligibility and completion outlined in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Kinesiology Minor Student Handbook along with the entire contents of this Fieldwork Kinesiology Internship Student Handbook. The fieldwork internship is a required component of the Health Promotion Track of the BSK program. Students should contact their academic advisor and the KIN Internship Coordinator two semesters prior to the term in which they intend to enroll in KIN 489 to ensure specific eligibility criteria for enrollment into and completion of the fieldwork internship course are planned for and met.


Contact

For additional information about the Fieldwork Internship, contact:
Laura J. Rooney, PhD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor, BS Kinesiology Internship Coordinator
(414) 229-6694
lrooney@uwm.edu

Graduation

Graduation
To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 credits as required by the curriculum;
  2. Earn a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.500; and
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750 in Kinesiology professional core courses, including KIN 489: Kinesiology Internship and Seminar (when applicable).

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

OCCUPATIONAVERAGE 2016 SALARY IN WISCONSIN
Athletic Trainer$49,311
Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist$53,030
Chiropractor$82,165
Community Health Worker$38,466
Exercise Physiologist$57,206
Family & General Medicine Practitioner$229,901
General/Operations Manager (multi-faceted facility)$117,393
Marketing Manager/Director$118,035
Media and Communication Workers, All Other$49,664
Medical/Health Services Manager$96,704
Nutritionist$54,968
Occupational Therapist$67,711
Occupational Therapy Aides$30,548
Occupational Therapy Assistant$40,568
Personal Fitness Trainer / Aerobics Instructor$32,965
Physical Therapist$77,867
Physical Therapy Aide$25,903
Physician Assistant$96,810
Psychologists, All Other$80,551
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary$59,611
Recreation Workers$24,065
Recreational Therapist$42,704
Social and Community Service Managers$63,271
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other$69,544
Sociologists$66,094
Sports Coach$32,527
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials$31,652

Source: jobcenterofwisconsin.com/wisconomy


Expected Growth

The Kinesiology degree provides students with a strong educational foundation upon which to build a career. While many of our students pursue graduate school within 12 months of graduation, a significant number of students obtain immediate employment in the health and fitness industry.

Overall employment in the health and fitness industry continues to grow. The overall employment of professionals in this field in Wisconsin is expected to grow between 2.5% and 17.7% through the year 2024 as an increasing number of people spend more time and money on health enhancement, fitness, and illness/disease/disability prevention, and as more businesses recognize the benefits of fitness and wellness programs.

Source: worknet.wisconsin.gov

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
I am a high school student or a student at another institution of higher education, and I would like to come to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences. What do I need to do?
Your first step is to carefully review the UWM Admissions website. There you will find all the information prospective students need. If you would like to make arrangements for you or your family to come to campus, UWM Admissions can connect you to the Campus Visitor’s Center, which will provide information on regularly scheduled programs for prospective students. If in addition to the Visitor’s Center program you would like to meet with an academic advisor, please contact the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs at (414) 229-2758 to schedule an appointment. There are particular times during the academic year when advisors are unavailable to prospective students due to commitments with current students.


I am already a student at UWM, and I would like to pursue Kinesiology as my undergraduate major. What do I need to do?
First, explore this webpage to learn more about the program and requirements of the curriculum. Second, schedule an appointment with an academic advisor by calling the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs at (414) 229-2758.

For students who began the program during or after Fall 2016, you will also need to declare your track: Exercise Science or Health Promotion. The Exercise Science track is designed for students interested in continuing their education and pursuing graduate or professional education after completing their BS in Kinesiology. The Health Promotion track is designed for students interested in entering the workforce after completing their BS in Kinesiology and includes an internship.


What kind of job can I get with a degree in Kinesiology?
Please refer to the Career Opportunities in Kinesiology document. Additional options are made available by the American Kinesiology Association. Students may also consult with an advisor to discuss career options.


What types of classes would I take in Kinesiology?
You may find course descriptions for all Kinesiology courses in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Do I need to set up an appointment to meet with an academic advisor?
Yes. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each and every semester in which they are enrolled in the College of Health Sciences. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (414) 229-2758. Appointments are not scheduled via email.


I want to take a class over the summer at a different institution. How can I make sure it will transfer to UWM to fulfill a requirement? Where do I send my transcripts once the course(s) is completed?
Always consult with your academic advisor before registering for a summer course away from UWM. Utilize the Transfer Equivalency Database to determine if an equivalency rule has already been establish for your particular course and institution of interest. Once you have completed the course, please order the transcript to be sent to the Registrar’s Office, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 729, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0729.


I need CPR and/or First Aid certification. Whom should I contact?
Many organizations offer certification, including University Recreation.


I am interested in scholarships offered in the College of Health Sciences. Where do I start?
Visit the “Pay for School” tab at the top of this page.


How do I find out more about the Honors College and incorporating honors coursework into my Kinesiology major?
Contact an advisor in the Honors College.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff