In the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at the University of North Texas, our graduate Kinesiology program provides you an in-depth understanding of basic research methodology and professional literature, trends and research being conducted in the field.
We offer course work leading to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with concentrations in exercise physiology, sport pedagogy or sport and exercise psychology. We also participate in two collaborative doctoral degree programs.
Careers are often found in health clubs, wellness centers, corporations, rehabilitation centers, athletic groups and other private groups. Other opportunities are available as teachers, coaches, athletic trainers and administrators. The degree may lead to advancement in your current field.
Our faculty members are outstanding teachers, recognized scholars and active researchers. They've earned honors from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Their areas of expertise range from biomechanics to motor learning to teacher preparation. Current research includes:
The study of physical activity
Social and psychological factors associated with physical fitness and body composition
Effective coaching behavior
Mental skills related to performance success
Physiology of resistance exercise related to hormones, nutrition, health and performance
The role of motor skills and the learning environment on physical activity in children
Concurrent feedback and practice organization on the learning of motor skills
Our collaborative doctoral programs
The collaborative doctoral degree program in Biology with a concentration in exercise physiology explores the body's neuromuscular and cardiovascular reactions to exercise and training.
The Educational Psychology doctoral degree program with a concentration in the psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise examines how psychological strategies and techniques enhance or deter one's athletic performance and how exercise and fitness affect mental health and cognitive function.
The sport pedagogy concentration in the Educational Psychology doctoral degree program examines learning and teaching, the influence of policy, and program impact in physical education, physical activity and sport programs.
Research centers and laboratories
The Applied Physiology Laboratory specializes in research and education in physiology, health and nutrition related to exercise. It's composed of several units including the Exercise Metabolism Laboratory, the Neuromuscular Exercise Laboratory, the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory, the Body Composition Laboratory, and aerobic exercise training and teaching areas.
Each laboratory houses state-of-the-art equipment for measuring oxygen uptake, anaerobic capacity and muscle activation, as well as other areas of related research.
Our Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence combines the expertise of faculty members in psychology and kinesiology. It produces the most comprehensive and cutting-edge sport psychology services available to individuals, coaches, leaders, teams and groups.
The Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Laboratory works to improve school-aged students' health through research, increasing public awareness and policy advocacy. Equipment includes active video game systems, a pediatric exercise ergometer, pediatric table and pedometers, among other tools.
Initiatives use qualitative and quantitative data collection, intervention development and design, evaluation of intervention outcomes and processes and data analysis. A number of software packages are also housed in the laboratory and used for research, teaching and service in sport pedagogy.