Kinesiology and Health
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Kinesiology and health is the largest major in the College of Human Sciences. Students study the biological and behavioral aspects of human movement through biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior and control.
You can choose from five career options:
- Community/Public health — Settings include government programs and private organizations such as American Red Cross, etc.
- Exercise Science — Fitness settings such as private health clubs, employee fitness programs, cardiac rehabilitation, and sport enhancement programs.
- Physical Activity and Health Promotion — Promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in various community-based settings including worksites, schools, hospitals, and other community agencies.
- Physical Education Teacher Education — Preparation to teach at the elementary, middle school, and/or high school level.
- Pre-Health Professions — An interdisciplinary approach to the study of movement leading to careers in physical therapy, human medicine, and other allied health professions.
The kinesiology department utilizes numerous research and teaching laboratories. We have exercise labs, motor skills labs, bio labs, and more. You can check out all the different labs under the Research and Laboratories section.
High school coursework requirements
To enroll in the kinesiology and health curriculum, you must meet these high school coursework requirements:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math (including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra)
- 3 years of science (including one year each of two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics)
- 2 years of social studies
2022-2023 4-year plans
Athletic training (PDF)
Exercise science (PDF)
Physical activity and health promotion (PDF)
Physical education teacher education (PDF)
Physical education teacher education with health endorsement (PDF)
Pre-health professions – chiropractic (PDF)
Pre-health professions – dentistry (PDF)
Pre-health professions – human medicine (PDF)
Pre-health professions – occupational therapy (PDF)
Pre-health professions – optometry (PDF)
Pre-health professions – physician assistant (PDF)
Pre-health professions – physical therapy (PDF)
View class syllabi
Accelerated degree option
An accelerated degree option is available for the kinesiology and health program.
Kinesiology study abroad programs
Are you considering a study abroad opportunity to broaden your educational perspectives and personal view of the world? We hope so! The kinesiology department offers various international opportunities through the College of Human Sciences International Programs office.
Careers and internships
The marketplace for our graduates has expanded dramatically in the last ten years. In addition to preparing students for careers in teaching and coaching, health promotion and athletic training, we are an excellent track for those preparing to enter into graduate programs, professional schools for physical therapy, human medicine, physical assistant, and others.
Prepare for your next job or internship with Career Services, where staff help you with job or internship searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter reviews.
Look at a list of career possibilities inside the kinesiology and health industries.
Our advisers and internship coordinator will guide you through the coursework and experiences you’ll need to land placement in a top graduate school, dream internship, or stellar first job. For more information, visit our careers and internship pages.