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Department of Kinesiology


The Department of Kinesiology creates and disseminates new knowledge related to physical activity, physical education, and sport. It prepares scholars and researchers, physical education teachers, physical activity, and sport specialists to deliver physical activity, physical education, sport and rehabilitative services for all segments of society, including special populations such as children, the elderly, athletes, and persons with disability, injury and disease.

Degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level are offered in exercise science, physical education and sport management. These programs help students apply knowledge, principles, and methods from the behavioral, biological, medical, and physical sciences to the study of physical activity and sport.

Academic Programs

Exercise Science

Exercise and sport science gives students in-depth knowledge of the scientific basis of physical activity, exercise and sport. Faculty for core classes are nationally recognized experts in the field. Students in this major have an interest in human movement to enhance health and fitness or for sports performance. Students may apply this knowledge to the general population, as well as to specific populations such as children and older adults, athletes, and individuals with chronic diseases, conditions, or disabilities. The coursework, in addition to research labs and practicum experiences, allows students to pursue national certifications, professional and graduate programs, and jobs in the profession.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis in Exercise Science:

Non-Degree Programs

Also from the Exercise Science Program:

None provided at this time.

Physical Education

Physical education is the process of teaching physical activities, sports skills and physical fitness to all segments of the population. It is taught as a course to elementary, middle, high school, and college students to improve their motor coordination, physical fitness, and develop teamwork skills.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis in Physical Education:

Non-Degree Programs

Also from the Physical Education Program:

None provided at this time.

Sport Management

The Department of Kinesiology aspires to be a global leader in creating physical activity knowledge, programs, and services while positively impacting Georgia, the United States, and other nations through the development of scholars and practitioners who study and promote physical activity, exercise, and sport.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis in Sport Management:

Non-Degree Programs

Also from the Sport Management Program:

None provided at this time.

Student Resources and Services


Students are given the opportunity to become engaged in research opportunities. Many students are mentored by faculty on research topics through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). In addition, students compete for and receive numerous scholarships available through the Kinesiology Department. Master's and PhD students are engaged in research as an integral part of their education.

The Department of Kinesiology has a non-teaching track that gives students a background in teaching physical activity, preparing them for teaching in non-school settings (e.g., coaching, recreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, or other private sector opportunities).

Faculty and Research


Department faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research in exercise science, physical education, and sport management. Research in exercise science focuses on the effects of physical activity on health, disabling conditions, and physical and mental function; aging and physical performance; injury during sport participation; the scientific determinants of human physical performance and fitness; and factors affecting the learning of motor skills.

Faculty research in physical education focuses on expert teaching in sport and physical education, socialization of physical education teachers, multicultural and global aspects of physical education and sport, and motor functioning of individuals with disabilities.

Research in sport management/studies focuses on sport law, sport marketing, sport-governing organizations and industry policies, management and legacy of mega-events, and global, social, and cultural aspects of sport.

Outreach, Engagement, and Service


The Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic is designed to provide a physical activity program for children who are low in physical and motor functioning. Children ages 2-14 attend the clinic, which provides activities to help increase motor and physical development.

The Center for Physical Activity and Health targets all sectors of the population with an emphasis on the prevention and management of chronic diseases and physically disabling conditions that can benefit from physical activity.

Kinesiology plays a major role in UGA’s Exercise and Obesity Initiative

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