Kinesiology, Human Performance Emphasis, Health Promotion Option, Comprehensive Major

(Code 991-068)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Human Sciences Departments

Specific Degree Requirements

Specific requirements for some human science degrees are published in conjunction with the Catalog description of the major leading to the degree, with specific courses required in several Liberal Education outcomes.

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Education and Human Sciences

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science from a human sciences department must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.(see University Graduation Requirements)

General Information

Placement Tests. The mathematics/foreign language placement tests are given during the orientation periods for new freshmen and transfers. Further information about the foreign language or the mathematics tests is available from the chair of the appropriate department.

Laboratory Science Courses. The following have been designated as fulfilling the requirements for laboratory science courses in the human sciences departments:


Degree Requirements

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

Human Sciences Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All degree candidates must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 or higher in both the major and the second program if one is required. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the second program are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements.  Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must present one of the following:

  • Comprehensive major (at least 59-60 credits)
  • Standard major (at least 36 credits) plus one of the following:
    • Another standard major (at least 36 credits), or
    • A minor (at least 24 credits), or
    • A certificate (12-18 credits)

No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major or with two majors of 36 credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Human Performance Emphasis

The Human Performance Emphasis is intended to prepare students to work in clinical, commercial, corporate, and community health fitness settings. Formal application to the Human Performance Emphasis should be made during the second year (either fall or spring) of attendance while enrolled in KINS 309, Introduction to Human Performance. This will allow students to begin taking courses in their area of option (Sport Performance, Fitness Management, Health Promotion, or Pre-Professional) the next semester and begin the professional phase courses the following semester (e.g., KINS 355 and KINS 358). The number of students admitted to the program each year is limited by available resources. Not everyone who applies can be guaranteed admission (currently up to 30 new students are admitted each semester). Program admission will be stratified based on primary interest in one of the four options (Sport Performance, Fitness Management, Health Promotion, or Pre-Professional), with up to five candidates being admitted in each area. Additional candidates will then be admitted based on merit regardless of specialization area.

The Human Performance Program Committee will screen students for admission to the program. At the time of application, students must:

  1. Submit a completed program application form and intended plan of study.
  2. Be enrolled in or completed KINS 304, KINS 308, and KINS 309.
  3. Submit a cover letter and resumé highlighting qualifications related to human performance.

Student admission will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Total GPAs—40%
  2. Overall performance in Kins 304, 308, and 309—36%
  3. Evaluation of student cover letter, resumé, and application self reflective essays—24%

Students who are not accepted in the Human Performance program may apply again the following semester. Those students who choose to re-apply are reminded that the program is a two-year course of study once accepted and that reapplying could delay their graduation up to one year.



Once admitted into the Human Performance program, the student must meet the following criteria to remain in the program:

  1. Maintain a 3.00 GPA in all Kinesiology major courses.
  2. Continue to display appropriate dispositions regarding professional development, as outlined in the Policy for Disposition Intervention, Department of Kinesiology, Human Performance Emphasis.
  3. Satisfactorily complete all course, lab, and practicum experiences within the Human Performance Emphasis core with a C+ or above. Human Performance core courses with a grade lower than C+ must be repeated.
  4. Students must maintain a 2.75 or higher total GPA to remain in the Human Performance emphasis.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet all application requirements prior to application to the program. KINS 309 must be taken on campus. Transfer students who are interested in the Human Performance Emphasis should inform the Admissions Office upon application for admission to the University and contact the Human Performance program director.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements for All Kinesiology Majors

(Except Athletic Training  Code 995-060)

Core Requirement
KINS 294Anatomical Kinesiology3
KINS 304Biomechanical Kinesiology3
KINS 308Exercise Physiology3
KINS 426Motor Development Across the Lifespan3
Total Credits12

 Human Performance Emphasis

Sixty semester credits including the Core:
KINS 309Introduction to Exercise Science3
KINS 355Exercise Science Lab Assessment3
KINS 357Essentials of Strength and Conditioning3
KINS 358Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription3
KINS 440Human Performance Seminar3
KINS 464Clinical Exercise Physiology3
KINS 466Community Fitness Programming3
KINS 474Research Methods in Kinesiology4
KINS 498Human Performance Internship6
Health Promotion option
KINS 262Personal Health in a Global Society3
KINS 275Prevention and Care of Athletic/Exercise Injuries3
KINS 277Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries Lab1
NRSG 220The Language of Health Care1
NRSG 375Pharmacotherapeutics and Pathophysiology for Allied Health Professionals3
Nine credit electives from:
ENPH 450Epidemiology3
KINS 200Orientation to Kinesiology1
KINS 312Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity3
KINS 330Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training3
KINS 445Basic Electrocardiography3
KINS 450Applied Nutrition in Kinesiology3
NRSG 333Wellness in the Work World3
NRSG 389Cross Cultural Health3
NRSG/SW 360Death and Bereavement3
PHIL 306Ethics of Health Care3
PSYC 230Human Development3
PSYC 333Psychology of Adulthood and Aging3
PSYC 353Health Psychology3
PSYC 380Introduction to Behavior Modification3
SOC 364Social Gerontology3
SW 315Aging and the Aged3
Required LE courses not counted toward major:
K1 (Natural Sciences)
BIOL 151Biology of Humans4
BIOL 196Human Nutrition3
PHYS 100Physical Science4
or PHYS 211 General Physics
S2 (Mathamatics)
MATH 246Elementary Statistics4

Note: The Service-Learning graduation requirement is met by the completion of required course work within this major.