Exercise Science

BS in Kinesiology

If you are interested in helping people improve their overall health through fitness, TWU’s BS in Kinesiology focused on Exercise Science is the program for you. After taking courses such as exercise testing and physiology, sports and fitness management, and sports nutrition, you will participate in internships focused on rehabilitation and fitness.

Want to become an occupational therapist? You can take the prerequisites for Occupational Therapy school in this program.

This program is offered on our Denton campus.

Careers & Salaries

Specializing in exercise science opens opportunities in both the cardiac rehabilitation and corporate fitness fields, as well as prepares you for graduate studies in exercise physiology, biomechanics, occupational therapy and other allied health fields.

Salaries in these professions vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $31,000 for personal trainers and $41,000 for exercise physiologists, with those specializing in cardiology often earning 20 percent more.

Why Exercise Science at TWU?

This program highlights experiential learning – or learning by doing. You will take courses where you get hands-on experience analyzing motion in a high-tech biomechanics lab, measuring oxygen consumption during exercise and reading electrocardiograms in the exercise physiology lab. You also will develop skills using state-of-the art equipment.

This program’s coursework requires you to work directly with children with special needs and older adults at risk for diabetes. You will have experience that will set you apart from your peers once you graduate with this degree from Texas Woman’s.

Program Requirements

This program requires 120 hours. Upper-level courses focus on exercise physiology, exercise testing, biomechanics, exercise testing and sport psychology. As a student in this program, you will complete internships of 350 hours or more in cardiac rehabilitation or corporate fitness.

A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to be placed in an internship and to graduate.

See full program requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

As a full-time student, you can complete the coursework for this degree within four years with careful planning and completing a few courses during summer school.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate admission to Texas Woman’s University is based on a number of criteria including academic achievement, academic preparation and standardized test scores. An offer of admission from TWU is valid for four terms, if the applicant has not attended another institution of higher education. If students do not attend TWU within four terms, they must reapply, pay the application fee, and submit the appropriate credentials. Applicants who would like to make changes to an application should contact the Office of Admissions Processing or complete the Application Change form. For specific undergraduate admission requirements, please refer to the links below.

Residency for Tuition Purposes

TWU defines a domestic applicant as an applicant who holds one of the following:

  1. A U.S. citizenship, permanent resident card, or naturalization document (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services); or
  2. INS form Notice of Action I-797 stating that permanent residency is approved; or
  3. Permanent resident endorsement on passport.

These applicants should complete a domestic (freshman, transfer, graduate, readmit, or transient) application via ApplyTexas when completing the Application Process.

For admission purposes, Texas Woman’s University defines an international applicant as a foreign national who is or will be studying at a U.S. institution on a non-immigrant visa. These applicants must complete the ApplyTexas international application when completing the Application Process. This includes students who hold a non-immigrant visa/status and attend high school in the U.S.

International students admitted to Texas Woman’s University usually do so in an F-1 visa status. It is, however, possible to enter the U.S. on other non-immigrant visas. For questions regarding immigration status, please contact the Office of International Education at intloffice@twu.edu or 940-898-3338.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions Processing
Texas Woman’s University
P. O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
e-mail: oap@twu.edu
phone: 940-TWU-3076 or 1-866-809-6130; ext. 3076

For more information

Kyle Biggerstaff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
940-898-2596

Page last updated 12:33 PM, May 24, 2019