Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduates majoring in Kinesiology choose from one of four concentrations: exercise science, fitness leadership, exercise bioenergetics or physical education teacher certification.

Exercise Science Concentration

This concentration prepares students for graduate study in the exercise science sub-disciplines of biomechanics, metabolism, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and sports performance and for entry into professional graduate programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, and optometry.

Fitness Leadership Concentration

This concentration prepares students to become fitness directors and instructors in community (non-profit), commercial (public and private), and clinical (hospital) settings while also preparing them for graduate study (specifically a master’s degree in exercise physiology) and further professional advancement.

Exercise Bioenergetics Concentration

This concentration prepares students for academic, industry, and research careers in the areas of clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, research in human health and disease, human performance, and aging. This multidisciplinary program combines study in exercise science, kinesiology, biochemistry, physiology, and nutrition to better understand how production and utilization of energy can be used for healthy living and exercise across the lifespan.

Physical Education Teacher Certification Concentration

This concentration prepares students to become physical education teachers and athletic coaches for children and adolescents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 while also preparing them for graduate study and the additional certifications and advanced employment opportunities that follow.


Kinesiology graduate students may choose from one of several master’s degrees. In addition to traditional and alternative physical education teacher certification master’s degrees and an exercise physiology master’s degree, the Kinesiology program also offers a post-master’s education specialist degree for those who have completed their M.S. teacher certification.

M.S. with a Concentration in Exercise Physiology

This master’s degree prepares students for advanced employment opportunities in community, commercial, clinical, and corporate health or fitness facilities and for doctoral study.

Physical Education - Teacher Certification

The Kinesiology program offers a traditional master’s degree (for those who have Class B teacher certification), an alternative master’s degree (for those who do not have prior teacher certification), and a post-master’s educational specialist degree, all of which prepare students for the corresponding levels of state-issued teacher certification.

Undergraduate Minors

The Kinesiology program offers to non-majors the opportunity to minor in athletic coaching or exercise science.

Athletic Coaching Minor

The minor in athletic coaching equips students with the knowledge and skills to become effective coaches.

Exercise Science Minor

The exercise science minor is useful to a range of health professionals including future physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, nurses, physical education teachers, and dietitians.

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Kinesiology Laboratories

There are two kinesiology laboratories at UAB. The Exercise Physiology Laboratory and the Exercise and Nutritional Physiology Laboratory are used for data collection, training, and scientific inquiry and are open to kinesiology graduate students and undergraduate honors students. Students use the laboratories for their theses, honors projects, internships, and field experiences.

Kinesiology Degrees

The Kinesiology program in the Department of Human Studies offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. After earning a bachelor’s degree, a student may choose to pursue one of two master’s degrees and a post-master’s Educational Specialist degree.

A = Available

AEC = Alabama Educator Certification

O = Online

ConcentrationMinorBachelorsAlternative MastersMastersEducational Specialist
Athletic Coaching A        
Exercise Physiology       A  
Exercise Science A A      
Fitness Leadership   A      
Physical Education   A, AEC A, AEC A, AEC, O A, AEC, O