Kinesiology

What Is It?:

The Kinesiology program provides students with a broad general education, a departmental core that studies human movement, and a correlative area of courses specific to each student's area of concentration within Kinesiology. The curriculum prepares students for careers in human movement–related fields and advanced professional or graduate study. Kinesiology undergraduate students learn about:

  • Exercise stress, movement efficiency, and fitness
  • Social, cultural, and psychological aspects of participation in physical activity and sport
  • Coordination, control, and skill of physical activity
  • Physical growth, development, and body form throughout the life span
  • The effects of therapeutic techniques of kinesiology upon recovery from physical injury
  • Instructional process of teaching/coaching of physical activity and sport.

Students who desire certification as a physical education teacher can satisfy the necessary subject matter requirements by appropriate selection of courses within the several categories of the curriculum. Students seeking such certification should ask the undergraduate academic advisor about admission criteria for the teacher certification program in physical education. For teacher certification requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education.

A 5 year BS MPH joint degree program is available for students majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology. Students apply for the program in the latter part of their third year (junior year) of study. Students accepted into the BS MPH joint degree program take 12 credit hours of coursework in their senior year that apply to both BS and MPH degrees. In the 5th year of study, students complete the remaining requirements for the MPH degree, and graduate simultaneously with both BS and MPH degrees. A summary of the requirements for the MPH degree is provided hereThe requirements are explained in more detail on the MPH program website.

For more information about this major, please visit the Department of Kinesiology.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • KIN 140—Social Science of Human Movement
  • KIN 150—Bioscience of Human Movement
  • KIN 259 - Motor Development and Control

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Professional Athlete
  • Sports Coach
  • Recreation Leader
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Camp Counselor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Columnist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Weight Reduction Counselor
  • Sporting Goods Sales Representative
  • Child Care Worker
  • Commercial/Industrial Recreation Specialist
  • Sports Club Manager
  • Sports Broadcaster
  • Occupational Therapist

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Athletic trainer
  • College coach
  • Corporate wellness manager
  • Fitness choreographer
  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Public School Coach
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Applied Health Sciences Student Council: Educates students of the various academic, social, and professional opportunities available. Promotes enhanced interaction between students, alumni, staff, in addition to organizations within the college of Applied Health Sciences.
    • Alpha Sigma Nu: Kinesiology Honor Society.
    • Kinesiology Student Association: Provides a mechanism for those interested in kinesiology to express their educational, professional, and social interests and concerns.

Related Skills:

  • Leadership skills
  • Instructional Skills
  • Demonstrate techniques and rules of sports and games
  • Control and discipline
  • Safety skills

Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to careers in Kinesiology.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Kinesiology.  These organizations include National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and Kinesiologists United.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Kinesiology, visit Undergraduate Programs.