Health Promotion and Behavioral Science

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Major Requirements

120 semester credit hours is required. All Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majors are exposed to all aspects of the fields of kinesiology and health. At least 36 hours must be upper-division coursework.

The curriculum has the following components:

  1. University-wide basic education general education requirements, including the Core Curriculum and Skills and Experience Flags
  2. degree requirements
  3. major requirements
  4. curricular specialization
  5. free electives

More information, including a list of specializations, tracks, and minors is available on the College of Education's Degrees and Programs page.

Majors must complete the following:

Core Curriculum42
The following coursework is required and can also simultaneously satisfy some core curriculum requirements:3
Introduction to Psychology (required for major) 080
Three hours of additional Social Science (Three additional hours of Social and Behavioral Sciences chosen from the following fields: ANT, ECO, GRG, LIN, or SOC*) 0803
CMS 306MProfessional Communication Skills3
* Coursework used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum requirement may not also be used to satisfy this requirement.
KIN 119Movement Competence (or three hours chosen from the following fields: PED)3
HED 311Introduction to Health Promotion and Behavioral Science3
Two courses chosen from:6
Physiological Basis of Conditioning
Management of Physical Activity and Sport Programs
Motor Learning
Historical and Ethical Issues in Physical Culture and Sports
Undergraduates are expected to have completed two years in a single foreign language in high school. Students without two years of high school foreign language coursework must earn credit for the beginning level proficiency in a foreign language; this credit does not count toward the student’s degree. Students should consult their advisors in the Student Dean's Office, George I. Sánchez Building 2.110 to determine whether additional foreign language requirements apply to them.
HED 343Foundations of Epidemiology3
HED 350Theories of Health Promotion Behavioral Science3
HED 351Needs Assessment and Program Planning3
HED 365Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities3
HED 373Evaluation and Research Design3
6 hours chosen from health promotion and behavioral science electives:6
Applied Human Anatomy
Child and Adolescent Health
Theories of Substance Use and Abuse
Adolescent Health Risk Behavior
Psychosocial Issues in Women's Health
Strategic Health Communication
Human Sexuality
Topical Seminar in Health Promotion
Curricular Specialization
Either a specialization in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, a minor outside of the department, a certificate, or a track in a second field of study which consists of a minimum of 15 hours of coursework, six of which must be upper-division. No more than six hours in the minor may also be counted toward other degree requirements.*15
* See the College of Education "Degrees and Programs" page for specialization and track requirements.
Free Electives21
Additional coursework to fulfill all degree requirements and reach a total of 120 semester hours. No more than 12 semester hours of fieldwork and/or internship courses may be counted toward the degree.
Total Hours120
  • Core Component Areas: 010 English Composition and Core Writing Flag; 020 Mathematics; 030 Natural Science and Technology, Part I; 040 Humanities; 050 Visual and Performing Arts; 060 U.S. History; 070 American and Texas Government; 080 Social and Behavioral Sciences; 090 First-Year Signature Course; 093 Natural Science and Technology, Part II
  • Skills and Experience Flags: Wr Writing; Qr Quantitative reasoning; GC Global cultures; CD Cultural diversity in the United States; E Ethics; II Independent Inquiry