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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 (and its 3 sub-disciplines) 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

Biomechanics Emphasis

Biomechanics 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.

Exercise Science Emphasis

Exercise Science Emphasis focuses on the scientific principles of training and exercise. Included is an emphasis on the biological sciences in preparation for graduate study in a variety of disciplines.

Pre-Allied Health Emphasis

Pre-Allied Health is designed for students who intend to apply to a professional school following completion of their undergraduate degree. Students should be aware of deadlines and requirements established by professional schools and testing organizations.

Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis

Starting in the fall of 2017, this emphasis area will prepare students to apply to the Entry-Level Master of Athletic Training Program at Boise State University, beginning Summer 2018, or elsewhere.  This emphasis is recommended for students who intend to become a certified athletic trainer.

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training has accepted its final cohort. The Bachelor’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Please contact the Boise State-Athletic Training Program Director in the Department of Kinesiology 208-426-4863 for additional questions.

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

Meets the Idaho State Department of Education requirements for an endorsement on a K-12 certificate in the subject area of Health.

Sport Coaching Certificate

The new Sport Coaching Certificate provides current and future sport coaches with the knowledge and skills to develop their athletes, provide positive sport experiences, and effectively lead sport programs across diverse coaching contexts. Participants in the Sport Coaching Certificate program will have opportunities to build their knowledge in areas such as sport psychology, strength and conditioning, leadership, and developmentally-appropriate coaching principles along with being provided real world coaching experience through a culminating internship. Anyone who holds a Bachelor’s degree or is a current student may enroll in the program.

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).

View Graduate Assistantships and Scholarship Opportunities.

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

Apply Now

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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