Advising & Declaring

Welcome to the Kinesiology and Physical Education Program in the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation at Western Washington University. Included here is information to assist you in deciding whether Kinesiology and Physical Education is the field you wish to study, as well as information to get you started in our department. Please explore all the links provided throughout this site.

Declaring a Kinesiology Major

The major programs are varied and include undergraduate and graduate student preparation for careers as professional physical educators, exercise science specialists, and health fitness instructors in agencies, schools, industries, hospitals and health care facilities. There are two major programs in the Kinesiology and Physical Education program:
B.S. Kinesiology
B.A.E. Physical Education and Health P-12


Step 1:
Any WWU student with 75 credits completed and a GPA of at least 2.50, may declare a Kinesiology pre-major and be placed on the waitlist to declare a Kinesiology major. If the student has no WWU GPA for at least one quarter, GPA of the most recent institution attended will be used. Initial academic advisement will be provided by PEHR staff.
STEP FOR STUDENT TO TAKE: When your WWU transcript shows that you have completed 75 credits, and your GPA is 2.5 or greater (total credits completed and GPA shown at the transcript bottom, in progress courses are not counted), see Sherena Gariety in Carver 102.

STEP 2:
By the end of the second week of spring term and by the end of the second week of fall term: Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be notified of being converted to major status if their position on the wait list is within the group of students eligible to register for the fall and winter sections of KIN 301, respectfully.
STEP FOR STUDENT TO TAKE: Watch your WWU email in the first 2 weeks of the terms to see if you have been advanced to major status.

STEP 3:
Once converted to major status, Sherena will assign an individual faculty advisor, and students with the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to register for KIN 301, BIOL 348, and other required/elective Kinesiology major classes.
STEP FOR STUDENT TO TAKE: Once converted to major status see your assigned advisor to develop a plan of study before registering for classes for the next term. The advisor will give you a major declaration form that must be taken back to Sherena Gariety (CV 102) to finalize your major status. If you do not return the form after meeting with your advisor you will not be advanced to major status and will not be able to register for Kinesiology classes.
Note: Students may request to be advised by another Kinesiology faculty member than the one he/she is initially assigned to. To request a new advisor, contact the faculty member you would like to be your advisor, and ask that person to be your advisor.

What classes do I take while waiting to become a Kinesiology major?

Kinesiology major with a pre-physical therapy specialization:
Students should work on completing their GURs. The classes for a pre-PT student to also take prior to entering the major are listed under the "Freshman/Sophomore Years" section in the pre-PT advising handout. Students are advised to start their sequence of math courses, and sequence of chemistry courses as soon as possible.
Additionally, if you are thinking of doing a minor, then work on completing minor classes.
Once you become a pre-major, you can take the four PE activity classes required of majors (you do not need to be a major). The courses you can pick your four PE classes from are listed below.


Kinesiology major with a pre-health care professions specialization:
Students should work on completing their GURs.

  • Students planning on entering Occupational Therapy graduate school should also take the classes listed under the "Freshman/Sophomore Years" section in the pre-OT advising handout.
  • Students planning on entering Physician Assistant graduate school should also take the classes listed under the "Freshman/Sophomore Years" section in the pre-PA advising handout.
  • Students planning on entering Chiropractic graduate school should also take the classes listed under the "Freshman/Sophomore Years" section in the pre-Chiropractic advising handout.
  • Students planning on entering a Nursing program should also take the classes listed under the "Freshman/Sophomore Years" section in the pre-nursing advising handout.
  • Students planning on entering Nutrition graduate school should also take the classes listed under the "Freshman/Sophomore Years" section in the pre-nutrition advising handout.
  • Students planning on entering an Athletic Training program should also take the classes listed under the "Freshman/Sophomore Years" section in the pre-Athletic Training advising handout.


Students are advised to start their sequence of math courses, and sequence of chemistry courses as soon as possible.
Additionally, if you are thinking of doing a minor, then work on completing minor classes.
Once you become a pre-major, you can take the four PE activity classes required of majors (you do not need to be a major). The courses you can pick your four PE classes from are listed below.


Kinesiology major with a movement studies specialization: (handout)
Students should work on completing their GURs including BIOL 101 or BIOL 204 & BIOL 205.
Students can complete up to 35 credits from the following list, and the courses will count towards their Kinesiology major requirements:
NOTE: Some of the classes in the list below have pre-requisites that must also be completed first, in some cases these pre-requisite classes may also serve as a GUR class. For example, Chem 121 counts as a course in the major (listed below) as well as a Lab Science GUR, and Chem 121 has a pre-req of Math 112, and the Math 112 also counts as a QSR GUR. PSY 101 counts as a SSC GUR, and also serves as the pre-requisite for the majors classes of PSY 220, 230, 250 (listed below).

  • HLED 345 (4) Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (Class available in phase 3 of registration)
  • MATH 240 (4) Intro to Statistics
  • CHEM 121 (5) General Chem I
  • CHEM 122 (5) General Chem II
  • CHEM 123 (4) General Chem III
  • CHEM 251 (5) Elem Organic Chem
  • CHEM 375 (4) Elements of Biochem
  • PHYS 114 (5) Prin Physics I
  • PHYS 115 (5) Prin Physics II
  • PHYS 116 (5) Prin Physics III
  • CSCI 101 (4) Computers & Applications
  • CSCI 140 (4) Programming Fundamentals
  • COMM 244 (4) Advocacy Through Media
  • COMM 318 (5) Professional Communication
  • COMM 325 (5) Intro Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 327 (5) Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 416 (3-5) Topics in Communication
  • ENG 302 (5) Technical Writing
  • PSY 220 (5) Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 230 (5) Developmental Psych
  • PSY 250 (5) Personality & Abnormal Psych


Additionally, if you are thinking of doing a minor, then work on completing minor classes.
Once you become a pre-major, you can take the four PE activity classes required of majors (you do not need to be a major). The courses you can pick your four PE classes from are listed below.


Kinesiology major with a health and fitness specialist specialization: (handout)
Students should work on completing their GURs including BIOL 101 or BIOL 204 & BIOL 205.
Students can complete up to 21 credits from the following list, and the courses will count towards their Kinesiology major requirements:
NOTE: Some of the classes in the list below have pre-requisites that must also be completed first, in some cases these pre-requisite classes may also serve as a GUR class. For example, Chem 121 counts as a course in the major (listed below) as well as a Lab Science GUR, and Chem 121 has a pre-req of Math 112, and the Math 112 also counts as a QSR GUR. PSY 101 counts as a SSC GUR, and also serves as the pre-requisite for the majors classes of PSY 220, 230, 250 (listed below).

  • HLED 345 (4) Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (Class available in phase 3 of registration)
  • MATH 240 (4) Intro to Statistics
  • CHEM 121 (5) General Chem I
  • CHEM 122 (5) General Chem II
  • CHEM 123 (4) General Chem III
  • CHEM 251 (5) Elem Organic Chem
  • CHEM 375 (4) Elements of Biochem
  • PHYS 114 (5) Prin Physics I
  • PHYS 115 (5) Prin Physics II
  • PHYS 116 (5) Prin Physics III
  • CSCI 101 (4) Computers & Applications
  • CSCI 140 (4) Programming Fundamentals
  • COMM 244 (4) Advocacy Through Media
  • COMM 318 (5) Professional Communication
  • COMM 325 (5) Intro Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 327 (5) Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 416 (3-5) Topics in Communication
  • ENG 302 (5) Technical Writing
  • PSY 220 (5) Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 230 (5) Developmental Psych
  • PSY 250 (5) Personality & Abnormal Psych


Additionally, if you are thinking of doing a minor, then work on completing minor classes.
Once you become a pre-major, you can take the four PE activity classes required of majors (you do not need to be a major). The courses you can pick your four PE classes from are listed below.


Kinesiology major with a sport psychology specialization: (handout)
Students should work on completing their GURs, including BIOL 101.
Take all of the following:

  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 210 - Cognition
  • PSY 230 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 240 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 250 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

Take one of the following two classes:

  • PSY 119 - Psychology of Gender
  • PSY 220 - Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Further, the SP major alone will still leave a need of 5-7 credits of upper division credits. Students can take one or two, 300-400 level elective classes in any area to satisfy this criteria (consider sociology, anthropology, women’s study, liberal studies, or human services).
If you are thinking of doing a minor, then work on completing minor classes.
Once you become a pre-major, you can take the four PE activity classes required of majors (you do not need to be a major). The courses you can pick your four PE classes from are listed below.


Take four of the following PE activity classes after becoming pre-major. Ensure you take the PE activity classes that are marked in classfinder for majors ("MJ"), and do not take the classes that have a note in classfinder that they have a $250 extra course fee.

  • PE 101 - Beginning Conditioning
  • PE 102 - Beginning Group Fitness
  • PE 104 - Beginning Yoga
  • PE 108 - Beginning Weight Training
  • PE 134 - Beginning Pickleball
  • PE 144 - Beginning Soccer
  • PE 145 - Beginning Volleyball
  • PE 149 - Beginning Ultimate Disc
  • PE 168 - Beginning Martial Arts

Applying to Western

For information about applying to Western, contact the Office of Admissions, Old Main 200, (360) 650-3440. An Undergraduate Application for Admission is required of all freshmen, transfer and post baccalaureate applicants.
For advice about General University Requirements (GURs), contact the Academic Advising Center.

Transfer Student Advising Information

Are you thinking of transferring to the WWU kinesiology program and wondering what classes you should take at your present school that will set you up well for entering the kinesiology program? Click HERE to get a list of recommended classes.

For general information about tranferring to Western, consult the Office of Admissions/Transfer student website.

If you are wondering what courses will apply toward the major in Kinesiology and Physical Education, contact the KPE program Transcript Evaluator Michelle Mielke. The following table will also allow you to determine, for some of your courses, if they will transfer to Western.
Transfer of courses from WA state community colleges or WA state public universities
Transfer GUR worksheet


Applying for Graduation

When to apply for graduation

Plan to apply for graduation two quarters prior to your final quarter. For example, if you are graduating at the end of Spring Quarter, you will need to apply for graduation during Fall Quarter. Plan to do your major evaluation as early as possible during the quarter, well in advance of registration. Information about the process may be found on the Registrar's Office degree application web site.

How to apply for graduation

Make an appointment with your advisor to do your major evaluation at least two quarters prior to graduation. Please plan to do this well in advance of registration. The final step will be to turn in your major evaluation, along with a Degree Application, to the Registrar's Office. Degree Application packets are available at the Registrar's Office, Old Main 230.

Considering Graduate School?

Many undergraduate kinesiology and physical education majors pursue graduate training. A master's degree or doctorate will be essential for higher education teaching and advanced research or applied careers. Others choose graduate work in professional fields such as physical therapy, physicians assisantship, or other allied health professions.

Choosing a Graduate School

Here are some excellent resources to help you search for, and learn about, graduate programs.

Preparing for Graduate School. During your junior year, or early in your senior year, you should begin talking with WWU faculty about how to prepare for graduate school. You should also begin contacting the schools you wish to consider. To apply to graduate school you will need to begin planning at least a year before the fall in which you intend to enter. Most schools only accept students in the fall and expect to have all of your materials in hand by the end of the previous December. Most departments require you to fill out an application form, including a personal statement on why you want to pursue graduate work. You will probably be asked to supply a transcript and at least three letters of reference. It is therefore to your advantage to get to know faculty by taking small classes, writing papers, serving as a teaching assistant, or getting involved in faculty research projects. Many departments also require applicants to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

See also: How do I become a good candidate for Graduate school.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For information see Graduate Record Exam. Be sure to look through the "GRE Free Publications section". This site contains a description of test content, sample test questions.

Western's Graduate Program in Human Movement and Performance.

Information on the WWU graduate program in Exercise Science or Sport Psychology.
Graduate School information about the MS degree in Human Movement and Performance.

 

Career Options

What can I do with the degree?

The Kinesiology and Physical Education program provides a general education about the body and movement. The P-12 Physical Education and Health degree prepares students for teacher certification. The Kinesiology degree is a broad preparation: basic sciences, applied sciences, socio-cultural aspects, practical experience, and physical activity. Graduates in Kinesiology have a variety of career options depending upon specialization within the major. Graduates of the Movement Studies and the Health and Fitness Specialist options may become employed in health clubs, hospital, and workplace settings, or work in sales of fitness and health products (such as equipment, braces, pharmaceuticals, among others), or with further training may workin careers such as physicians assistants, allopathic medicine practioners, nutritionists, chiropractors, or biomedical imaging. Graduates of the Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Health Care Professions options generally pursue post-baccalaureate study in a physicaltherapy program, or other allied health programs (e.g., nursing, occupational therapists, physicians assistants, allopathic medicine practioners, nutritionists, or chiropractors). Our Sport Psychology graduates pursue practical application of psychology to sport and exercise settings. Graduates representing all areas of specialization may go on to pursue graduate study in their area of interest.

Which line of work is for you?

Probably the best way to figure out the "right fit" in a job is to clarify what interests you the most. Do your research. Think about the kinds of work you are interested in, and learn everything you can about your top two or three areas of interest. What inspires you most? Also think about your own natural strengths and abilities, as well as your values. How do you see yourself, and where do you see yourself working? How do you really want to spend your time? What specific goals do you wish to achieve? What type of company or organization would you like to work with? What kinds of people do you wish to work with?
Look through the resources listed in this web site,and use all the resources available to you at Western's Career Services Center.The Center is the best resource for assistance with career planning, assessments, internships, job market information, job search services, and alumni services. The Career Center offers individual counseling as well as a wide variety of workshops.

Job search strategies

Use the resources available to you through Western's Career Services Center, Old Main 280. Several career fairs and other events are offered throughout the year to help students and alumni research employers and job opportunities. Check the special events schedule to see what events are scheduled for this quarter. Take full advantage of job search services, including on-campus interviews and the candidate referral program. Also participate in on-campus recruiting. Business, industry and government organizations recruit during fall, winter, and spring quarters. School districts recruit primarily during winter and spring quarters.

Here are several other Job Search Strategies:

  • Contact agencies, companies or organizations you would like to work for and see if they're hiring
  • Check with the state employment opportunity office
  • Talk with parents and others about job possibilities in their companies
  • Check local newspaper classified ads--especially on Sunday
  • Consider volunteer or internship positions (these sometimes lead to paid positions)
  • Call employment/temporary placement agencies
  • Check the internet for job posting web sites

Viking CareerLink

The Career Services Center offers Viking CareerLink, an online job and internship posting database available to students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff.

Page Updated 09.11.2014