If you have a passion for healthy living and physical activity, why not promote public wellness and physical education by training to be a coach, teacher, personal trainer, health facility manager, or recreation director.  Or you can prepare for graduate study in physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or sports medicine.  Fire Science enables you to progress in your career as a firefighter.  Small class sizes mean lots of hands-on, active learning with professors who take a personal interest in their students’ well being and success.  

Programs

Exercise Science (B.S.)

The mission of Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Kinesiology is to promote lifetime physical activity and healthy lifestyle for all students at the university; it further seeks to prepare kinesiology majors for a variety of careers by fostering the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the field. All this is done in a Christ-centered environment shaped by Seventh-day Adventist and Christian values. In addition, the Kinesiology department focuses on the development of the whole student. The integration of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers within the curriculum, instruction, and activity are paramount to the program. We seek to prepare students for success in their chosen professional careers by developing critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. Of special concern is the development of an understanding and respect for God’s amazing creation, the human body. 

Health & Fitness (B.S.)

The mission of Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Kinesiology is to promote lifetime physical activity and healthy lifestyle for all students at the university; it further seeks to prepare kinesiology majors for a variety of careers by fostering the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the field. All this is done in a Christ-centered environment shaped by Seventh-day Adventist and Christian values. In addition, the Kinesiology department focuses on the development of the whole student. The integration of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers within the curriculum, instruction, and activity are paramount to the program. We seek to prepare students for success in their chosen professional careers by developing critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. Of special concern is the development of an understanding and respect for God’s amazing creation, the human body. 

Sports & Fitness Management (B.S.)

The mission of Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Kinesiology is to promote lifetime physical activity and healthy lifestyle for all students at the university; it further seeks to prepare kinesiology majors for a variety of careers by fostering the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the field. All this is done in a Christ-centered environment shaped by Seventh-day Adventist and Christian values. In addition, the Kinesiology department focuses on the development of the whole student. The integration of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers within the curriculum, instruction, and activity are paramount to the program. We seek to prepare students for success in their chosen professional careers by devel- oping critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. Of special concern is the development of an understanding and respect for God’s amazing creation, the human body. 

Physical Education (B.S.) (Teaching Certification)

The mission of Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Kinesiology is to promote lifetime physical activity and healthy lifestyle for all students at the university; it further seeks to prepare kinesiology majors for a variety of careers by fostering the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the field. All this is done in a Christ-centered environment shaped by Seventh-day Adventist and Christian values. In addition, the Kinesiology department focuses on the development of the whole student. The integration of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers within the curriculum, instruction, and activity are paramount to the program. We seek to prepare students for success in their chosen professional careers by developing critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. Of special concern is the development of an understanding and respect for God’s amazing creation, the human body. 

Fire Science (A.A.S.)

Administered by the Department of Kinesiology, the Fire Science program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and education to become a state-certified firefighter. As part of the program, students will also receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. The firefighting curriculum (FIRS and FIRT courses) is delivered via a mixture of supervised distance education, hands-on practical experience and classroom and lab settings for the on-campus cohort, while the general education portion of the degree will be delivered through traditional courses. Training Division will also provide a two-week on-site boot camp required of all students. Students who complete the program will receive a degree from Southwestern, while certification is offered by the State of Texas upon completion of the state exam.

Health & Fitness (A.S.)

This degree will prepare you to become a certified personal trainer and work in hospitals, schools, spas, and in public or private fitness industry.  You’ll become educated in many facets of healthy lifestyles such as proper nutrition, regular exercise, healthy behaviors, etc.  The program includes theory courses, laboratory experiences, and internships in the fitness industry.

 

Your Future

Careers

A degree from the Kinesiology department prepares you for work in a hospital, school, fitness center, gymnasium, or in firefighting leadership.  It also serves as preparation for graduate education in physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or sports medicine.  Additional certifications offered in connection with degrees in the Kinesiology department increase employment opportunities.

Sample Job Titles

  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Recreational Director
  • Athletic Administrator
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Certified Firefighter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator

39%
Expected employment growth of physical therapists 2010 to 2020

Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, MS

Kinesiology
Associate Professor/Department Chair
(817) 202-6684

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Kinesiology
Assistant Professor
(817) 202-6528

Paulino Santos-Andino, MA (Doctoral Candidate)

Kinesiology
Assistant Professor
(817) 202-6567

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