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The Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, HLKN is currently home to over 3,000 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 90 funded graduate assistants.

Divisions of Health & Kinesiology

The department is comprised of four divisions: Health EducationKinesiologySport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. Each division offers various degrees and outreach programs promoting continuing education for students and the community.

Division of Health Education

Prepares students to help people improve their health, and thereby the quality of life, through effective health education, powerful networking, strong leadership, meaningful research and selfless service to others.

Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

Division of Physical Education Activity Program

PEAP offers health and fitness activity classes to every Texas A&M student.

Former Student Highlight


During her time as a Group Fitness Instructor at Texas A&M Rec Sports, she was presented with the opportunity to instruct WELLNESS WORKS! fitness sessions to faculty and staff at Texas A&M. She went on to complete her graduate internship with WELLNESS WORKS! before being named Employee Wellness Coordinator in 2017.

Watch Her Story


Chandler Stout ’15 discusses her experience as a Sports Management Major at the College of Education and Human Development. Chandler has been heavily involved in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Freshman Leaders in Progress, Conference on Student Government Association Committee, Big Event, Relay for Life-Aggieland and Fish Camp.

Watch her story

Gilchrist 2020

A New Home for HLKN

The Department of Health and Kinesiology Is Moving West


In 2020, the 67,000 square foot Gilchrist Building will be the new home of the Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN). The building will house classrooms and offices for Health Education, most of Kinesiology, and Sport Management.

Gilchrist is in close proximity to HLKN’s other’s buildings:

  • The Human Clinical Research Facility (exercise and aging research)
  • Physical Education Activity Program Building (activity courses)
  • Player Development Center-West Campus (first responder and athletic research)

First floor of the three story building will have public spaces, including a 21st century lecture hall with over 130 seats for students. There will also be two-25 seat classrooms, teaching labs, meeting space, and offices for administration and advising.

The second floor will be home to the divisions of Health Education and Sport Management, with a 50 seat classroom, graduate student work area, and office space.

The third floor will be outfitted for our Kinesiology based research. Included are new biosafety research laboratories with support spaces, research dry labs, as well as office and meeting spaces.

Parking for faculty and staff is located behind the building in Lot 113. Plenty of student parking is available in the Fan Field Parking Lots, between Gilchrist and the Bush School.

The Gilchrist Building is located at 2929 Research Pkwy, College Station, TX 77845.

Pictures of the renovation are available on our Facebook page.

About Gibb Gilchrist

The building is named after Gibb Gilchrist (December 23, 1887-May 12, 1972), who served as president of Texas A&M University (1944-1948) and the first chancellor of The Texas A&M University System (1948-1953).

The building was named in his honor by the previous occupants from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

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