About this Program
- College: Health and Human Performance
- Degree: Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
- Specializations: Exercise Physiology | Fitness/Wellness
- Credits for Degree: 120
- Additional Information
To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.
The University of Florida admits students as freshmen into the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. The exercise physiology specialization prepares students for careers in one of the health professions or graduate study in exercise science. Fitness/wellness prepares students to function as exercise technicians, exercise specialists and/or wellness instructors in hospital, corporate, private or government agencies.
The fitness/wellness specialization emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of exercise science. Students in this specialization become exercise technicians and specialists in hospitals and corporate, private or state agencies. Many students in this specialization also pursue careers in health professions. Students are required to complete a one semester internship as a capstone experience. All required courses must be completed before the internship.
Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.
Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.
- Complete 2 of 8 critical-tracking courses with a 2.5 GPA on tracking coursework: APK 2100C, APK 2105C, ATR 2010C, ECO 2023 or AEB 2014, HUN 2201, MAC 1140 or MAC 1147 or calculus, PSY 2012, STA 2023. Minimum grades of C are required in APK 2100C, APK 2105C and ATR 2010C.
- 2.0 UF GPA required
- Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with a 2.6 GPA on tracking coursework
- 2.0 UF GPA required
- Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with a 2.7 GPA on tracking coursework
- 2.0 UF GPA required
- Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with a 2.8 GPA on tracking coursework
- 2.0 UF GPA required
To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.
This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.
|IDS 1161||What is the Good Life (Gen Ed Humanities)||3|
|Precalculus Algebra (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics)|
|Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics)|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics)|
|PSY 2012||General Psychology (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)||3|
|State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences:||3|
|General Chemistry 1 (State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences)|
|Biological Sciences (State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences)|
|Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences)|
|State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement||3|
|Economic Issues, Food and You (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)|
|Principles of Microeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)|
|STA 2023||Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics)||3|
|Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement||3|
|Select one elective:||3|
|Effective Oral Communication|
|Introduction to Public Speaking|
|State Core Gen Ed Humanities||3|
|APK 2100C||Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)||4|
|HUN 2201||Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)||3|
|Electives (Gen Ed International; Writing Requirement)||8|
|APK 2105C||Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)||4|
|ATR 2010C||Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (Critical Tracking)||3|
|HSC 3102||Personal and Family Health (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)||3|
|Gen Ed Diversity; Writing Requirement||3|
|APK 3110C||Physiology of Exercise and Training||3|
|APK 3163||Sport Nutrition||3|
|APK 3200||Motor Learning||3|
|MAN 3025||Principles of Management (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)||4|
|APK 3113C||Principles of Strength and Conditioning||3|
|APK 4050||Research Methods||3|
|APK 4125C||Physical Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription||3|
|APK 3220C||Biomechanical Basis of Movement||3|
or APK 3405
|Introduction to Sport Psychology
or Exercise Psychology
|MAR 3023||Principles of Marketing (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)||4|
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology offers specializations in exercise physiology and in fitness/wellness. Students will gain extensive understanding of the anatomical, physiological and psychological bases and consequences of human movement. Students will explore the relationship between physical activity and health and learn how to prevent and treat athletic injuries.
Before Graduating Students Must
- Pass a comprehensive critique performed by an approved professional in the field of applied physiology and kinesiology and as determined by the department's grading rubric.
- Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Students in the Major Will Learn to
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- Integrate principles and methods of math, social sciences and arts and humanities to applied physiology and kinesiology, wellness and/or fitness environments.
- Identify and relate the nomenclature, structures and locations of components of human anatomy to health, disease and physical activity.
- Identify, examine and explain physiological mechanisms of homeostasis at various levels of an organism (i.e., cells, tissues, organs, systems).
- Investigate and explain the effects of physical activity on psychological health as well as the perspectives used to enhance adherence to healthier lifestyles.
- Identify and explain the acute and chronic anatomical and physiological adaptations to exercise, training and physical activity.
- Select and utilize the appropriate scientific principles when assessing the health and fitness of an individual and prescribing physical activity based on those assessments.
- Solve applied physiology and kinesiology problems from personal, scholarly and professional perspectives using fundamental concepts of health and exercise, scientific inquiry, and analytical critical and creative thinking.
- Collect, compare and interpret qualitative or quantitative data in an applied physiology and kinesiology context.
- Effectively employ written, oral, visual and electronic communication techniques to foster inquiry, collaboration and engagement among applied physiology and kinesiology peers and professionals as well as with patients, clients and/or subjects.
I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed
|Courses||SLO 1||SLO 2||SLO 3||SLO 4||SLO 5||SLO 6||SLO 7||SLO 8||SLO 9|
|APK 4125C||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A|
|APK 4940C||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A|
- Laboratory practical exam
- Internship evaluation