BS in Kinesiology

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Applied Health Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
University Writing Requirement6
General Education and Basic Sciences35-36
Required Major Courses/Kinesiology Core53
Experiential Learning3
Total Hours120

University Writing Requirement

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Total Hours6

 General Education and Basic Sciences

Required Courses
BIOS 110Biology of Cells and Organisms a4
KN 152Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Health a3
PSCH 100Introduction to Psychology b3-4
or KN 150 The Healthy Human
MATH 121Precalculus Mathematics5
CHEM 101Preparatory Chemistry4
PHYS 131Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I a4
Exploring World Cultures course c3
Understanding the Creative Arts course c3
Understanding the Past course c3
Understanding U.S. Society course c3
Total Hours35-36

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.


This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.

Required Major Courses/Kinesiology Core

HN 196Nutrition3
KN 100Kinesiology: First Year Seminar a2
KN 136Techniques and Principles of Exercise3
KN 200Statistical Methods3
KN 237Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KN 243Exercise Assessment3
KN 245Exercise Programming and Instruction3
KN 230Anatomy and Physiology Lecture I3
KN 231Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II3
KN 232Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I2
KN 233Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II2
KN 261Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy3
KN 336Health Coaching3
KN 352Physiology of Exercise4
KN 361Movement Biomechanics3
KN 362Tissue Biomechanics3
KN 372Motor Control and Learning3
KN 491Professional Preparation3
KN 495Senior Seminar1
Total Hours53

KN 100 is completed by both first-year and transfer students.

Experiential Learning

The Experiential Learning requirement is met through successful completion of 3 hours of KN 299, KN 393, KN 396 and KN 397, KN 398, KN 399, or KN 493.3
Total Hours3


Select 22-23 hours of free electives. a22-23
Total Hours22-23

Electives must include at least one 300-level and at least one 400-level Kinesiology course, excluding Experiential Learning classes (KN 299, KN 393, KN 396 and KN 397, KN 398, KN 399 or KN 493)

Sample Course Schedule 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
KN 100 Kinesiology: First Year Seminar 2
CHEM 101 Preparatory Chemistry 4
MATH 121 Precalculus Mathematics 5
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
KN 136 Techniques and Principles of Exercise 3
KN 152 Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Health 3
BIOS 110 Biology of Cells and Organisms 4
KN 200 Statistical Methods 3
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
HN 196 Nutrition 3
KN 230 Anatomy and Physiology Lecture I 3
KN 232 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 2
KN 237 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
General Education course 3
Spring Semester
KN 231 Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II 3
KN 233 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II 2
KN 243 Exercise Assessment 3
KN 261 Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy 3
PSCH 100
Introduction to Psychology
or The Healthy Human
Junior Year
Fall Semester
PHYS 131 Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I 4
KN 245 Exercise Programming and Instruction 3
KN 372 Motor Control and Learning 3
General Education course 3
Free Elective 3
Spring Semester
KN 352 Physiology of Exercise 4
KN 361 Movement Biomechanics 3
KN 491 Professional Preparation 3
Free Electives 5
Senior Year
Fall Semester
KN 362 Tissue Biomechanics 3
Kinesiology 400-level Elective 3
Free Elective 3
General Education course 3
General Education course 3
Spring Semester
KN 336 Health Coaching 3
KN 495 Senior Seminar 1
Kinesiology 400-level Elective 3
Free Elective(s) 5-6
Experiential Learning 3
 Total Hours120