Students who major in kinesiology will acquire knowledge and explore skills related to the study of the human body. The kinesiology major enables students to integrate scientific research with educational and practical applications and focus on subdisciplines, including human physiology and exercise; biomechanics of human movement; neuromotor control of human movement; and nutrition and human performance. Students are exposed to hands-on experiences in the laboratory, develop research studies and have the freedom to use a diverse set of equipment, an experience seldom seen at undergraduate institutions.
DePauw students can expect to spend time in class working alongside fellow students and faculty members to expand their understanding of methods of inquiry that lead to scientific knowledge in kinesiology. Many of these experiences are intentionally accompanied by laboratory classes that give students the time to organize, analyze and interpret data collected by all members of the class. Some examples include measures of maximal aerobic capacity, body composition, power output, balance, blood lactate, hydration, dietary recall and walk/ run mechanics via motion capture systems.
Following graduation, students with a degree in kinesiology from DePauw go on to pursue graduate degrees in kinesiology and related fields (prosthetics, public health) and pre-professional graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and athletic training. Additionally, graduates have pursued professional opportunities in health administration, medical sales, clinical research, corporate fitness, coaching (strength and team-focused) and sports marketing.