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Kinesiology is Ready for the Future

We proudly offer an excellent education in Kinesiology and its related fields presented by a highly skilled faculty and staff in an environment conducive to student learning and success.

We offer undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology with multiple emphases as well as K-12 Physical Education. We also offer master’s degrees in the following areas: Master of Athletic Leadership, Master of Athletic Training, Master of Science in Kinesiology (behavioral studies, biophysical studies and socio-historical studies), and Master of Kinesiology (behavioral studies, biophysical studies and socio-historical studies). View the full listings below to learn more about our programs.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Human Performance and Exercise Science Emphasis

The Human Performance and Exercise Science emphasis focuses on the scientific principles of strength and conditioning, human performance, and exercise. This emphasis will prepare student for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential and exam. In addition, this emphasis will prepare student for graduate study in the area of human performance.

Neuromechanical Science Emphasis

The Neuromechanical Science emphasis develops an understanding of the mechanical principals of human movement in sports and exercise. It is designed to prepare students for graduate study in Biomechanics, biomedical engineering, or ergonomics.

Pre-Allied Health Emphasis

The Pre-Allied Health (Medical Science) emphasis is designed to provide students with a pathway to graduate programs in Medicine (e.g. DO, MD, DC, PA) following completion of their undergraduate degree. Students should be aware of deadlines and requirements established by professional schools and testing organizations.

Rehabilitation Science Emphasis (including Pre-Athletic Training)

The Rehabilitation Science emphasis is designed to provide students with a pathway to graduate programs in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and other rehabilitation science related professional programs.  This emphasis focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills related to human movement and function, including exercise prescription for health and wellness, injury prevention, and the treatment of human movement dysfunctions. 

Students interested in pursing Athletic Training can select two different pathways at BSU, the (1) Accelerated MAT 5-year (3+2) degree plan or a the (2) traditional BS in Kinesiology with Rehabilitation Science emphasis (4 year degree) and then apply to the MAT (2 year program).

  1. Accelerated MAT 5-year (3+2)  (Please note:  This option is restricted only to those students that meet strict academic progression requirements- Admission to the Masters of Athletic Training program at Boise State is not guaranteed and advising with the accelerated advisor is mandatory each semester). Please contact the Boise State-Athletic Training Program Director in the Department of Kinesiology 208-426-4863 for additional questions.
  2. BS in Kinesiology with Rehabilitation Science Emphasis

Bachelor of Science in K-12 Physical Education

K-12 Physical Education Degree

K-12 Physical Education assists students in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for success in teaching physical education in the elementary and secondary schools. Course work combines content knowledge, theories of learning and human development, and the study of curriculum and methodology. The K-12 PE cohort program admits up to 15 students per year as part of an application process during the sophomore year. Students must pass Praxis I, Praxis II, maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, 3.0 in Education courses, and 3.0 in all KINES courses. Students must provide a current CPR and first aid certification. Transfer coursework will not be used to fulfill the following courses: KINES 251, 351/352, and 451/452. Candidates who complete this program will meet the Idaho Beginning Teacher Standards and be recommended for state certification.

To learn more about the requirements of the degree, go to our Program Requirements and Advising page.

Health Teaching Endorsement

Health Teaching Endorsement

The Health Teaching Endorsement meets the Idaho State Department of Education coursework requirements for an endorsement on a K-12 certificate in the subject area of health. Additional requirements to earn an Idaho teaching credential are necessary.  See the Teacher Education section of the catalog for more information.

Sport Coaching Certificate

A Certificate in Sports Coaching demonstrates the completion of a concentrated area of study. To earn the certificate, one must first hold a degree. Or, students may enroll in certificate programs concurrently while working on a degree. Community members who already hold a degree may enroll in certificate programs. The Sports Coaching certificate will prepare individuals to utilize coaching principles and knowledge through experiential learning in various sport contexts.

Health Coaching Certificae

A Certificate in Health Coaching fulfills requirements for students desiring to sit for the certification exam from the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (the largest accrediting board of health coaches). The certificate requires 50 coaching sessions of at least 20 minutes each. A Certificate in Health Coaching will help graduates of health-related fields more marketable in their chosen careers.

Physical Activity and Health Certificate

Certificate in Physical Activity and Health provides bachelor’s level students with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve individual and community health through physical activity and exercise prescription. The certificate provides the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain advanced credentials through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Kinesiology may choose from three areas of emphasis: behavioral, biophysical, and socio-historical.

Students must complete 9 hours of core requirements in their chosen emphasis and 12 hours of elective credits. They must also complete a thesis.

Students who complete this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields including medical settings and private business, or they seek to continue their education at the doctoral level.

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The priority application deadline is January 15, 2021. For more information, contact Shelley Lucas at 208-426-2446 or

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Master of Kinesiology

Master of Kinesiology

Students pursuing a Master of Kinesiology (MK) chose one of three areas of emphasis: behavioral, biophysical, and socio-historical.  The degree is the non-thesis version of the Master of Science in Kinesiology (MS). The two programs are virtually identical with the following exceptions:

  • The MK degree requires an additional 3 credits of electives (total of 12 elective credits) and a 2-credit Internship coupled with a 1- credit Project during the final semester.
  • The MS degree requires 9 credits of electives and a 6-credit culminating activity (KINES 593 Thesis).

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The priority application deadline is January 15, 2021. For more information, contact Shelley Lucas at 208-426-2446 or

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Master of Athletic Leadership

The Master of Athletic Leadership program is designed to prepare future leaders in athletics and features unique opportunities to learn, grow, and lead in a thriving metropolitan university. The program is not simply about knowing and doing. Our program is about becoming a leader. Our program provides rich opportunities to explore leadership on the personal, interpersonal, and organizational levels through a collaborative, experiential-based learning environment. We believe athletic leaders inspire others to establish more inclusive, ethical, and progressive sport organizations.

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Master of Athletic Training

Master of Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Educational Program at Boise State University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.

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