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The kinesiology major provides a breadth and depth of knowledge of human movement in the context of a strong liberal arts education.

Courses address how the human body functions physiologically, mechanically and psychologically using exercise and physical activity as the model. Each student completes a research project as a culminating experience for his or her degree. The kinesiology department offers two areas of emphasis within the major – sports and exercise science and sports medicine. Kinesiology majors graduate to become athletic trainers; researchers at universities, government agencies and private organizations (such as Nike and the Gatorade Institute); physical education teachers; strength coaches; exercise technologists in healthcare settings; leaders of corporate wellness programs; personal trainers; fitness instructors; corporate sports leaders; and sports marketing/event planners. Students also seek professional degrees to practice medicine or physical therapy or to work as a physician’s assistant.


The emphasis in sports and exercise science gives students a broad experience with kinesiology and exposure to the discipline’s many subfields, including biomechanics, motor control/learning, physiology of work and exercise, and psychology of sports and exercise.

Sample Courses:

Physiology of Exercise, Scientific Principles of Conditioning, Biomechanics, Bioenergetics


Students pursuing the sports medicine emphasis focus on the medical aspects of kinesiology. They are encouraged to meet graduate or professional program course prerequisites in a health science area such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, nursing, wellness, nutrition, athletic training, health care administration or pre-med.

Sample Courses:

Motor Development and Adapted Physical Education, Therapeutic Modalities, Injury Recognition and Evaluation, Medical Perspectives