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A breadth and depth of knowledge of human movement.

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.

Courses & Institutions

Career Options

Clinical exercise physiologist, Coach, Dentist, Fitness/strength and conditioning instructor, Nurse, Nutritionist/dietician, Occupational therapist, Physical therapist, Physician, Professor of kinesiology, Public health practitioner, Researcher, Sport/exercise scientist, Sports medicine/Athletic training, Teacher, Wellness coach


Baylor University, Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, Emory University, Indiana University/IU School of Medicine, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, University of Arkansas, University of Central Florida, University of Dayton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, University of Missouri, University of Southern California, University of Tampa, Washington University, St. Louis, Xavier University


Pat Babington, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: running mechanics, running efficiency.

Tom Ball, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Research interests: functional capacity of neuro-muscular system; body composition changes during growth and maturation; exercise, health and well-being.

Matthew Beekley, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: Hoffmann reflex, sport nutrition, carbonic anhydrase.

Brian V. Wright, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: quantifying adherence to competitive training in athletes; competitive swim start performance and safety; growth, maturation and human performance.

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