The Undergraduate program in Exercise Physiology at the University of Miami, is designed for students to acquire a sound knowledge base in the sciences followed by the application of that knowledge base to human movement, exercise and sports performance. Clinical laboratory experiences supplement applied scientific theory in a rigorous academic setting.

  • Students may pursue a pre-med track concurrent with the Exercise Physiology major and should inform their advisor if selecting this track.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 8 credits in chemistry. The academic advisor will advise on the correct sequence of chemistry based on the individual student's career goals.
  • Exercise Physiology requires that students maintain a major GPA of 2.75. Students with a major GPA below 2.75 will have one semester to raise their GPA to meet the requirement. Failure to do so may lead to dismissal from the major.
  • Students transferring from another college or university must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in order to be considered for admission to the major.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required for each course applied toward the major. Students are allowed to retake a course one time.
  • All 100 level courses and KIN 202, KIN 212, and KIN 232 are open to non-majors. All other courses are open to majors and minors only. KIN 202 is only open to science majors. Students should not take KIN 150 and KIN 202 as course material overlaps.
  • All 300- and 400-level courses except those in a STEM cognate, are restricted to declared Exercise Physiology majors only.
  • KIN 399 should be taken in the Spring semester of the junior year. 
  • Seniors are required to participate in the General Education Assessment prior to graduation as part of the SACS accreditation review process.

University of Miami Honors Program – Exercise Physiology

KIN 458 will be available for honors credit  for Exercise Physiology students provided the following stipulations are met:

  1. The course is under the direction of a full-time faculty member in Exercise Physiology.
  2. The student completes an honors project permission form and submits this form to the instructor within the first three weeks of the semester.
  3. The student completes assigned writing credit work by the end of the semester.
  4. Assignments completed for honors credit hour are sent to the University of Miami Writing Center for review.

The University of Miami currently offers an accelerated programs for undergraduate Exercise Physiology majors who want to obtain a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, Strength & Conditioning/Fitness Entrepreneurship, or Nutrition for Health & Human Performance. This can be done by taking one additional year of graduate courses. These students must take two graduate courses in Exercise Physiology in their senior undergraduate year in order to earn an M.S.Ed. degree in one additional year. Please visit our website for additional information on the accelerated master’s programs. To be eligible students must apply for admission to the accelerated master’s program no later than the end of the Fall semester of their senior year.

Curriculum Requirements

Major Requirements 48 Credits
KIN 202Applied Nutrition for Health and Performance3
KIN 212Elements of Sports Psychology3
KIN 221Exercise Physiology: Biochemistry & Skeletal Muscle3
KIN 222Exercise Physiology Laboratory Practicum: Neuromuscular3
KIN 232Basic Human Physiology3
KIN 233Basic Anatomy Lab2
KIN 321Introduction to Systemic Exercise Physiology3
KIN 322Exercise Physiology Laboratory Practicum: Cardiorespiratory3
KIN 344Gross Anatomy For Kinesiology And Sport Sciences3
KIN 345Kinesiology3
KIN 365Exercise Programming3
KIN 366Exercise Physiology Laboratory: Assessment3
KIN 399Neuromuscular Basis For Training3
KIN 421Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology3
KIN 457Practicum in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences3
KIN 477Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness3
Chemistry Requirement 1
Choose one of the following combinations:8
Combination 1
Principles of Chemistry I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
Principles of Chemistry II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
Combination 2
Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Lecture)
Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Lecture)
and Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Laboratory)
Combination 3
Principles of Chemistry I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Lecture)
and Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Laboratory)
Calculus
MTH 161Calculus I4
Statistics and Research Methods
EPS 351Introduction to Statistics and Research Design3
KIN 415Evidence Based Sports Medicine3
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
UMX 100The University Of Miami Experience0
Cognate Courses18
Electives/Pre-Med16
Minor/Pre-Med15
Total Credit Hours120
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All students who are majoring in Exercise Physiology must earn 8 credit hours TOTAL in chemistry. The chemistry requirement may be fulfilled by any 8 credit hours in chemistry, provided that the courses are not repeated or considered an equivalent of one another. Please see an advisor for proper chemistry course placement.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
KIN 202 Applied Nutrition for Health and Performance 3
KIN 232 Basic Human Physiology 3
KIN 233 Basic Anatomy Lab 2
Choose one of the following: 4
Principles of Chemistry I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Lecture)
and Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Laboratory)
 
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
 Credit Hours15
Spring
KIN 212 Elements of Sports Psychology 3
KIN 221 Exercise Physiology: Biochemistry & Skeletal Muscle 3
KIN 222 Exercise Physiology Laboratory Practicum: Neuromuscular 3
Choose one of the following: 4
Principles of Chemistry II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
 
Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Lecture)
and Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Laboratory)
 
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
KIN 321 Introduction to Systemic Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 322 Exercise Physiology Laboratory Practicum: Cardiorespiratory 3
MTH Per Placement OR Elective 3
Cognate Course 3
Minor/Pre-Med Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
KIN 344 Gross Anatomy For Kinesiology And Sport Sciences 3
KIN 345 Kinesiology 3
MTH Per Placement OR Elective 3
Cognate Course 3
Minor/Pre-Med Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
KIN 366 Exercise Physiology Laboratory: Assessment 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
Cognate Course 3
Minor/Pre-Med Course 3
Elective/Pre-Med Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
KIN 365 Exercise Programming 3
EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design 3
Cognate Course 3
Minor/Pre-Med Course 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Four
Fall
KIN 416 Research Methods in Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 421 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 477 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness 3
Cognate Course 3
Minor/Pre-Med Course 4
 Credit Hours16
Spring
KIN 399 Neuromuscular Basis For Training 3
KIN 457 Practicum in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences 3
Cognate Course 3
Minor/Pre-Med Course 3
Minor/Pre-Med Course 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120