Adapted Physical Education, Kinesiology (BA)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Kinesiology
Concentration: Adapted Physical Education
Program Code: 3132

About This Major . . .

Students who select this major will learn to adapt or modify the physical education curriculum and/or instruction to address specific abilities of individuals. Students will learn to develop activities that are appropriate and effective for persons with disabilities. Career opportunities include: adapted physical education teacher (K-12) which requires completing the K-12 concentration coursework; activity director at an assisted living center or rehabilitation facility; physical therapist1; occupational therapist1. Colorado Mesa students frequently continue their study towards graduate or professional degrees at other universities.


Career requires additional post-baccalaureate studies.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource. 

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Describe physiological and biomechanical concepts related to movement and be able to communicate and formulate conclusions about the results. (Critical Thinking)
  2. Apply motor development theory and principles related to skillful movement, physical activity, and fitness. (Communication Fluency, Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Identify the scope and definitions of health, fitness, and human performance with the ability to analyze the data critically. (Applied Learning, Quantitative Fluency)
  4. Develop developmentally appropriate learning experiences that address the diverse needs of all individuals. (Applied Learning)
  5. Use a variety of assessments and feedback procedures to foster student learning. (Applied Learning, Quantitative Fluency)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below. If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA13
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course 23
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of “C” or better and must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


 Suggested: PSYC 150, General Psychology (3).


One course must include a lab.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours7

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(4-7 semester hours)

BIOL 209Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 209LHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1
Student must have a current CPR card or take one of the following:0-3
Lifeguard Training
Emergency Care
Total Semester Credit Hours4-7

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(48 semester hours)

Required Core Courses
KINE 200Foundations of Kinesiology3
KINE 213Applications of Physical Fitness and Exercise Prescription3
KINE 303Physiology of Exercise3
KINE 303LPhysiology of Exercise Laboratory1
KINE 309Anatomical Kinesiology3
KINE 401Organization, Management, and Legal Liabilities for Youth Fitness Programs3
KINE 494Kinesiology Senior Seminar1
Required Concentration Courses
PSYC 340Abnormal Psychology3
KINE 211Methods of Lifetime, Individual, and Dual Activities3
or KINE 251 Water Safety Instructor Course
KINE 301Health and Fitness Assessment3
KINE 360Motor Learning3
KINE 415Physical Activity and Aging3
KINE 420Therapeutic Interventions3
KINE 480Inclusive Physical Activity3
KINE 499Internship4
Total Semester Credit Hours42
Restricted Electives
Select two of the following:6
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Community Health
Human Growth and Development-GTSS3
Child Psychology
Psychology of Adolescents and Emerging Adulthood
Psychology Of Adulthood
Total Semester Credit Hours6

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total hours to 120 hours. 27-30 hours, up to 7 hours of upper division electives may be required.

Select electives27-30
Total Semester Credit Hours27-30
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINE 200 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
BIOL 209 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 209L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1
KINE 213 Applications of Physical Fitness and Exercise Prescription 3
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
KINA Activity 1
KINE 211 Methods of Lifetime, Individual, and Dual Activities 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 1 3
General Electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
Essential Learning - History 3
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
KINA Activity 1
KINE 251 Water Safety Instructor Course 3
KINE 250
Lifeguard Training
or Emergency Care
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall Semester
KINE 309 Anatomical Kinesiology 3
KINE 360 Motor Learning 3
KINE 303 Physiology of Exercise 3
KINE 303L Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 1
KINE 420 Therapeutic Interventions 3
General Electives 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
KINE 301 Health and Fitness Assessment 3
KINE 415 Physical Activity and Aging 3
KINE 480 Inclusive Physical Activity 3
General Electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
PSYC 340 Abnormal Psychology 3
KINE 401 Organization, Management, and Legal Liabilities for Youth Fitness Programs 3
Restricted Elective - FLSL, PSYC, or KINE option 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring Semester
KINE 494 Kinesiology Senior Seminar 1
KINE 499 Internship 6
Restricted Elective - FLSL, PSYC, or KINE option 3
General Electives (if needed) 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

PSYC 150 - General Psychology recommended.

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.