The URI Department of Kinesiology offers both a bachelor‘s and a master’s degree in Kinesiology. Undergraduate and graduate students can choose from several specializations, depending on your area of interest.
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
The B.S. in Kinesiology is designed for students who plan to pursue a variety of careers in the field of exercise science, or want to become certified physical and health education teachers. The exercise science program can also be used to fulfill the prerequisites for students considering graduate degrees in a range of health care professions. Students majoring in Kinesiology can choose one of the following specializations:
- Pre-Professional Track: This track provides a great foundation for students considering careers or graduate degrees in clinical health care professions.
- Applied Track: Designed for students seeking careers or graduate study in exercise science, health fitness, health promotion, preventive medicine and related fields.
Physical and Health Education Teacher Education
Want to teach? This program will get you certified to teach physical and health education at an elementary or secondary school.
Early Contingent Physical Therapy
Are you an exceptional student planning on becoming a physical therapist? This option allows you to apply to URI’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program during your junior year.
Master of Science in Kinesiology
The Master’s degree program is designed for students who might want to pursue future study in a doctoral program, or work in a variety of organizations with an interest in the promotion of regular physical activity. Graduate students can choose one of the following specializations:
Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Culture
This specialization focuses on the social, cultural, political, and ethical aspects of human movement with the ultimate goal of promoting social justice.
This specialization focuses on physiological concepts related to the acute and chronic effects of exercise on human subjects, with areas of emphasis including exercise and aging, clinical exercise science, obesity, and the interaction between physical activity and health status.
Psychosocial/Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
This specialization focuses on understanding physical activity behavior, including the physiologic foundations of the behavior, and its role and manifestations in society in various forms.