Overview

Are you fascinated by the science of human movement? Then kinesiology might be the major for you. In the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) BS Kinesiology Program 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.
  • The core requirements provide the basic theory and science, while the laboratory and hands-on experiential courses provide skills and encourage professional development.
  • The health and fitness industry has been projected to be a growing industry in the country for the next decade.

Apply

To apply to the BS Kinesiology Program you must first apply to UWM. On your application 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. The application for admission to the Kinesiology major is available during the months of February and September.

Cost

Tuition

For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Undergraduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

UWM offers the following Tuition Reduction Programs for out-of-state residents:

Mandatory/Segregated Fees

These funds are earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

Additional Course Fees

There may be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee .

Aid

UWM & CHS Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA then go to the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal . Sign in using your PAWS credentials and complete the General Application and the CHS application. You may save your work and return to the portal at a later time. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships .

State & National Scholarships/Awards

UWM Emergency Grant

The UWM Emergency Grant is funded by several private contributions and is available to students when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. You 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 at uwm.edu/emergencygrant .

Resources

Contact

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

Christy Greenleaf, PhD
Program Director
414-229-5341cgreenl@uwm.edu

For specific information about the internship, contact:
Laura J. Rooney, PhD, MS
Internship Coordinator
414-251-5425lrooney@uwm.edu

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

To apply to the BS Kinesiology Program you must first apply to UWM. On your application select “Kinesiology” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Kinesiology-Intended” upon admission to the University.


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.

You can be guaranteed admission to UWM by participating in the 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.

Go to uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/transfer for the most up-to-date information about the application process, including deadlines, sending transcripts and test scores, and more.

To see how your credits will transfer to UWM, go to Transfer Wisconsin . For transfer credit evaluation questions, contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at 414-229-3800 or uwm.edu/registrar/contact-us .

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

If you meet UWM standard admission requirements, you will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as a “Kinesiology-Intended” major.

Transfer from UW Colleges

UWM General Education Requirements (GER)

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


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 CollegesUW-Milwaukee
BIO 280: Human Anatomy AND
BIO 281: Human Physiology

OR

BIO 285: Anatomy & Physiology AND
BIO 286: Anatomy & Physiology
BIO SCI 202 AND
BIO SCI 203
CHEM 125: Introductory Chemistry OR
CHEM 145: General Chemistry*
CHEM 100/CHEM 101
CHEM 102
ENG 102: English Composition II ENGLISH 102
MATH 110: College AlgebraMATH 105
MATH 117: Elementary StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
PHY 141: General PhysicsPHYSICS 120 AND 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.


Suggested Courses in the UW Colleges’ Curriculum that are NOT Required for Admission to the 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 Colleges EquivalentUWM Equivalent
CTA 103: Introduction To Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
ENG 210: Business Communication OR
BUS 210: Business Communication
ENGLISH 205
PSY 202: Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
SOC 101: Introductory SociologySOCIOL 101

Other Requirements for Entry into the Major
  • Minimum 2.5 UWM undergraduate cumulative GPA.
  • In addition to the application for admission to UWM, you are required to submit an application for admission to the major. You are not eligible for admission unless you have all admission prerequisites satisfied or in progress at the time of application submission.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a BS Kinesiology from UWM, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your UWC course work. You 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 Colleges EquivalentUWM Equivalent
ENG 102: English Composition IIENGLISH 102
BIO 280: Human Anatomy* OR
BIO 285: Anatomy & Physiology*
BIO SCI 202
PSY 202: Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 110: College AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

UW Colleges EquivalentUWM Equivalent
BIO 281: Human Physiology* OR
BIO 286: Anatomy & Physiology*
BIO SCI 203
SOC 101: Introductory SociologySOCIOL 101
PHY 141: General PhysicsPHYSICS 120 & 121
COM 103: Intro to Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
ENG 210: Business Communication OR
BUS 210: Business Communication
ENGLISH 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 UWM. If you have credit for ONLY BIO 280 OR 281, those courses are NOT individually equivalent to BIO SCI 202 and/or 203.


Note

There are very few electives for this program. As a result, you 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 you to take the required courses for the Kinesiology major at UWM while finishing up your coursework at a UWC. Please contact an advisor at the UWC Student Services Office to discuss your options.

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.

MATC EquivalentUWM Equivalent
NATSCI 201: Anatomy & Physiology IBIO SCI 202
NATSCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology IIBIO SCI 203
NATSCI 211: General ChemistryCHEM 102*
ENG 202: English Composition IIENGLISH 102
MATH 200: Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
MATH 260: Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
NATSCI 221: College Physics IPHYSICS 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.


Suggested Courses in the MATC Curriculum that are NOT Required for Admission to the 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.

MATC EquivalentUWM Equivalent
SPEECH 201: Elements of Speech ICOMMUN 103
SOCSCI 231: General PsychologyPSYCH 101
SOCSCI 196: Introduction to Sociology OR
SOCSCI 203: Intro Sociology
SOCIOL 101
NATSCI 172: Basic Nutrition ScienceBMS 232
ENG 197: Technical Reporting OR
ENG 208: Technical Communications
ENGLISH 206 (205)

Other Requirements for Entry into the Major
  • 2.5 UWM undergraduate cumulative GPA.
  • In addition to the application for admission to the University, you are required to submit an application for admission to the major. You are not eligible for admission unless you have all admission prerequisites satisfied or in progress at the time of application.

Recommended Course Plan

You 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 you to take the required courses for the Kinesiology major at UWM while finishing up your coursework at MATC. Please contact an advisor at the MATC Student Services Office to discuss your options.

If you are interested in obtaining a BS Kinesiology from UWM, the following recommendations have been established to help you plan your MATC course work. You 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

MATC EquivalentUWM Equivalent
ENG 201: English IENGLISH 101
NAT SCI 201: Anatomy & Physiology IBIO SCI 202
SOC SCI 231: General PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 200: Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

MATC EquivalentUWM Equivalent
ENG 202: English IIENGLISH 102
NAT SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology IIBIO SCI 203
SOC SCI 196: Introduction to Sociology OR
SOC SCI 203: Intro Sociology
SOCIOL 101
Numerous OptionsGER-Humanities
Semester III

MATC EquivalentUWM Equivalent
NAT SCI 211: Chemistry ICHEM 102
MATH 260: Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215 (KIN 270)
SPEECH 203: Public SpeakingCOMMUN 103
Numerous OptionsGER-Arts
Semester IV

MATC EquivalentUWM Equivalent
NAT SCI 221: College Physics 1 w/LabPHYSICS 120 & 121
NAT SCI 172: Basic Nutrition ScienceBIO SCI 232
ENG 197: Technical Reporting OR
ENG 208: Technical Communications
ENGLISH 206 (205)
Numerous OptionsGER-Cultural Diversity

Doctor of Physical Therapy

If you want to work as a physical therapist you 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-Milwaukee Pre-Physical Therapy guide (PDF) may also be helpful for students.

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

You are eligible to pursue general education requirements and foundations courses associated with the curriculum, so long as you 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. You are considered “Kinesiology-Intended” until you 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 GPA of 2.0 or higher,
  3. Complete all General Education Requirements, and
  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better or be in progress at the time of application:
    • 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***

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

**BUS ADM 210, MTHSTAT 215 and PSYCH 210 are permitted substitutes for KIN 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.

  • Application 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.

You will be notified of admission status within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

Advising

Advising

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
414-229-2758tjrufer@uwm.edu

You can also contact your advisor in your student center in PAWS .


When should I meet with my advisor?

You are encouraged to meet with your 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.

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


How can my advisor help me?

The College of Health Sciences 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

Fall 2016 – Summer 2019

Health Promotion Track


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

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)

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

COURSEGERCredits
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
Total Credits:
15

Foundations: Introductory Courses

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

CourseGERCredits
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
Total Credits:39

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
KIN 300: 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
Total Credits:23

Professional Skills Development

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

CourseOfferedCredits
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
Total Credits:18
CourseCredits
KIN 489: Internship & Seminar
Prerequisites: 100 work hours in health; all coursework complete; 2.75 Core GPA
12

Exercise Science Track


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

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

COURSEGERCredits
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
Total Credits:
15

Foundations: Introductory Courses

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

CourseGERCredits
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
Total Credits:39

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
KIN 300: 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
Total Credits:23

Correlate Coursework: Complementary Studies

Correlate courses are intended to help you explore subject matter that is complementary to your 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.

Download the sample 4-year plan (PDF)


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.

Download the Pre-Physical Therapy sample 4-year plan (PDF)

Download information for preparing to apply for admission to a physical therapy program (PDF)

Fall 2019 and after


The curriculum is designed for students interested in continuing their education and pursuing graduate or professional education after completing their BS 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)

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

COURSEGERCredits
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
Total Credits:
15

Foundations: Introductory Courses

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

CourseGERCredits
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
Total Credits:39

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 2.0 in core courses,
  2. Minimum of “C-” in Kinesiology core courses, and
  3. Minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.0.

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

2.0 minimum GPA and minimum of “C-” required in these classes at all times.
A maximum of 3 courses may be repeated once.

CourseOfferedCredits
KIN 300: 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
Total Credits:23

Correlate Coursework: Complementary Studies

Correlate courses are intended to help you explore subject matter that is complementary to your 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.

Download the sample 4-year plan (PDF)


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.

Download the Pre-Physical Therapy sample 4-year plan (PDF)

Download information for preparing to apply for admission to a physical therapy program (PDF)

Get Involved

Get Involved

Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Organization

The Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Organization (KUSO) is for those 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 their undergraduate experience.

Contact

Laura J. Rooney, PhD, MS, Faculty Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor, BS Kinesiology Internship Coordinator
414-251-5425
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 UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. There are opportunities to make a real difference 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 at uwm.edu/community/students .

Graduation

Graduation

The following requirements must be met to graduate:

  1. Completion of the required 120 degree credits;
  2. Cumulative UWM GPA of 2.0;
  3. GPA of 2.0 in Kinesiology Core curriculum courses; and
  4. Minimum of “C-” in Kinesiology Core courses.

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 2019 SALARY
IN WISCONSIN
Athletic Trainer$50,180
Chiropractor$86,010
Community Health Worker$47,440
Exercise Physiologist$54,900
Medical/Health Services Manager$111,640
Nutritionist$57,060
Occupational Therapist$76,260
Occupational Therapy Aides$28,750
Occupational Therapy Assistant$43,770
Personal Fitness Trainer / Aerobics Instructor$32,030
Physical Therapist$88,570
Physical Therapist Assistants$53,210
Physical Therapist Aides$30,720
Physician Assistant$114,240
Recreation Workers$26,920
Recreational Therapist$46,740
Social and Community Service Managers$69,020
Sports Coach$33,430
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials$32,620

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. Employment projections in Kinesiology-related fields are strong. Between 2016 and 2026, Wisconsin is expected to see a 29.5% increase in physician assistants, 22.5% increase in physical therapy aides, 15.4% increase in physical therapists, and 11.3% increase in exercise physiologists. 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, there is continued demand for high-quality health professionals.

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 UWM student and 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.

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

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

Do I need to set up an appointment to meet with an academic advisor?
Yes. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor every semester you are enrolled. Schedule an appointment by calling 414-229-2758.

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 established for your particular course and institution of interest. Once you have completed the course, please have the transcript 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?
Go to uwm.edu/healthsciences/scholarships

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

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