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Welcome from the Director



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Greetings from the Division of Kinesiology and Health, and welcome to the University of Wyoming! I want to extend a warm welcome to you as you embark on the next phase of your academic career!


Dr. Derek Smith, Director of the Division of Kinesiology and Health.

Earning a college education is an adventure! Whether your goal is a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree, I applaud you for your ambition and commitment to challenge yourself! This is an exciting time for you, and I encourage you to take advantage of all that UW has to offer.   I hope that your time here will be both academically productive and personally rewarding.


The Division of Kinesiology and Health prides itself on creating an atmosphere of excellence and professional advancement, providing the environment and resources you will need to develop skills and knowledge in your chosen field.  Surrounded by our caring and devoted faculty and staff, you will be challenged to think critically, explore new areas of study, and go beyond the boundaries of your current knowledge to make new discoveries.


Once again, welcome to UW. I wish you every success in your studies and hope to meet you personally in the near future.


Best wishes,


Derek Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Kinesiology and Health

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Students in the Kinesiology and Health Promotion program (K&HP) can pursue the areas of health promotion, clinical exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, basic science, behavior science, and business management. The K&HP program is an excellent preprofessional program for students seeking to enter the field of medicine, specifically to become a physician, physician assistant, occupational therapist, physical therapist, dentist, optometrist, ophthalmologist, chiropractor, or other related occupation in medicine.


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K&HP 4-Year Plan (USP 2015) 

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K&HP Program of Study (USP 2003)

K&HP Worksheet (USP 2003)

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Students in the Physical Education Teaching program are certified to teach physical education K-12 in the public schools of Wyoming. The Physical Education program is a nationally accredited program through NASPE/CAEP for meeting the National Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Standards. The program has also been nationally recognized for the integration of theory and practice, and specifically for the multiple K-12 practicum teaching opportunities provided to students as they progress through the program. The program also offers individuals the opportunity to combine state certifications/endorsements in health education K12, adapted physical education K12, and coaching. Professional placement rates for graduates of the physical education program are exceptional. Over the past decade (2008-2018), 130 students have graduated the physical education program at UW. Of those 130 graduates, 83 percent are currently in full-time employment in teaching-related fields (teacher, principal) and more than half of the graduates are teaching health and physical education in the state of Wyoming. The program has a close connection to the State Physical Education Organization (WAHPERD) and if you want to teach K-12 physical education and coach this is the program for you!

USP2015 (University Studies Program 2015, which went into effect beginning in fall 2015)

PHET 4-Year Plan (USP 2015)

PHET Program of Study (USP 2015)

PHET Worksheet (USP 2015)


USP2003 (University Studies Program 2003)

PHET Program of Study (USP 2003)

PHET Worksheet (USP 2003)


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Contact Us

Division of Kinesiology and Health
Corbett Building 119
Dept. 3196
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-5284
Fax: (307) 766-4098

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