Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences

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The Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences (KES) program within the College of Arts and Sciences offers students the following degrees:

  • B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences
  • B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences – Health Promotion

The KES program provides students with a diverse range of high quality instruction and opportunities within the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and the exercise sciences. Furthermore, activity courses provides individuals with exposure to a variety of physical activities and opportunities to enhance their overall well being. Lecture type courses provide introductory and advanced preparation for the fields of education, management and/or coaching, health promotion, and the exercise sciences with include sport psychology, athletic training, physical therapy and exercise physiology.

Degree Requirements

See undergraduate education in the UH Hilo Catalog for a detailed listing of the Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences B.A. requirements.

New: The Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences program offers now two Certification Programs

WITS (World Instructor Training Schools) Certified Fitness Trainer program is designed for fitness & health enthusiasts looking to immediately expand their career and job prospects by obtaining a certification to train individuals towards a healthier lifestyle & reaching fitness goals. This NCCA certification program emphasizes core knowledge, practical hands-on training, & a 30-hour internship program to create a very competent fitness professional.

The NCSF (National Council on Strength & Fitness) Sport Nutrition Specialist Certification program is designed for career-oriented professionals looking to expand their knowledge & skills in a primary domain of the personal trainer profession. This program takes an in-depth look at nutritional science and its application to athletic performance. The latest evidence-based information is presented in a building blockades affording fitness professionals the opportunity to develop the competences necessary of a skilled practitioner, allowing them to expand their service offerings. Prerequisite required: must be current with any NCCA-personal trainer certification.

For further questions please contact Stefanie Basso:

Why Study Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences?

The UH Hilo program of Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, formerly the Health and Physical Education (HPE) program, is an umbrella major which provides a diverse range of studies in the areas of health, physical education, exercise science, anatomy and physiology, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, and recreation management. A wide range of activity courses provides students with exposure to a variety of physical activities and opportunities to be educated to, and exposed to opportunities to enhance their overall well-being. Lecture and laboratory courses provide introductory and advanced preparation for the fields of elementary and secondary education, coaching, recreational management, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, and the exercise sciences.

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

A student who completes the Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences degree program will be able to:

  1. Participate in basic physical and recreational activities.
  2. Identify the fundamental anatomical functions, the physiological mechanisms, and the biomechanical concepts involved with human movement and human performance.
  3. Apply for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program with the desire to become a Secondary Health and Physical Education teacher.
  4. Apply for acceptance into graduate school in the areas of the exercise sciences, health, medical school, physical therapy programs, and athletic training programs.
  5. Able to provide care and expertise within the area of health.
  6. Identify and understand the various health issues within our society, especially those encountered by elementary and secondary school students.

Special Opportunities

The Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences program at UH Hilo presents students with much depth and breadth in a variety of dimensions. Within the major, the Department presents a sequence and detailed lesson plan based upon the current Hawaiʻi Content and Performance Standards (HCPC II), presenting opportunities for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program for those with the desire to become a Secondary Health and Physical Education teacher.

The Department operates an exercise science laboratory with facilities for anthropometric measures, stress-testing, exercise physiology investigations, stress psychology investigations, strength and power and other human performance investigations. The laboratory has been noted for the study of performance, anatomy and physiology and aging. Studies of aging and muscle physiology are ongoing. Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences students have special opportunities to contribute to the research efforts of the laboratory, much like a doctoral student would elsewhere. Trained students have actually had the opportunity to have authorship in peer-reviewed international journals in their field. While the program provides a broad approach to the discipline of Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, students majoring in the field are encouraged to focus their upper division work in subdisciplines. Such emphasis in exercise science and anatomy-physiology presents interested students in possible acceptance into Graduate Schools in the areas of exercise science, and medical school with many possible careers.

Faculty-Student Relationships

The faculty in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences at UH Hilo are committed to undergraduate instruction. The faculty members are close to the students, and take pride in their advising of students. They pride themselves in their preparing of their students for post-graduate success.

Related Career Titles for Kinesiology Majors

Entry Level Job Titles

  • Activities Director
  • Adventurer/Risk Trainer
  • Aquatic Management
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor
  • Community/Commerical Recreation
  • Corporate Fitness Instructor
  • Country Club Manager
  • Cruise Recreation Director
  • Dance Instructor/Aerobics Instructor
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Exercise Physiology Technician
  • Health/Fitness Consultant
  • SPA/Health Club Manager
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Occupational Exercise Scientist
  • Park Manager
  • Personal Trainer
  • Prison Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sporting Goods Sales
  • Social Director
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Swimming Pool Manager
  • Teacher; Physical Education

Additional Education or Experience Required

  • Camp Director
  • Dietitian
  • Chiropractor
  • Sport Agent
  • Athletic Director - College/University
  • Sports and Fitness Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Sports Medicine
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Physiologist
  • Sport Psychologist
  • PE/Sport/Research Instructor
  • Kinesiology/Exercise Science Professor - College/University
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Pro Football Referee
  • Professional Sports Scout
  • Professional Sports Umpire
  • Medical Doctor

Related Major Skills for Kinesiology Majors

  • Interest in Coaching
  • Motor Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Discussion Skills (i.e., human sexuality)
  • Oral & Visual Communication Skills
  • Demonstration Skills (physical activities)
  • Interest in Health Issues
  • Interest in Teaching
  • Knowledge of Proper Nutrition
  • Planning Skills
  • Patience
  • Athletically inclined
  • Interest in Physical Activities
  • Interest & Knowledge in the mechanics and general health of human body

Laboratory for Exercise Sciences

Visit the lab in UCB 207.

Related Documents

Faculty and Staff Teaching KES Courses