Kinesiology (formerly Exercise and Sport Science)


Kinesiology Undergraduate Program

Physical activity is essential to good health, disease prevention and increasing human performance, and our popular and nationally recognized programs will help you be a leader in improving quality of life through safe exercise and organized sport.

Whether you want to be a physical education teacher, personal trainer or administrator for a professional sports team, we provide the theory and practical application for you to excel in a number of fitness careers.

Overview of Kinesiology Major

The Kinesiology major prepares students for careers in physical activity and fitness/wellness such as organizing, directing or managing physical fitness programs; personal trainer; fitness instructor; exercise physiologist; strength and fitness coach; and fitness entrepreneur.

The degree can also serve as preparation for applications to a master's level physical education teacher education program, medical school, a professional program in the allied health professions (e.g. physical or occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant) or other graduate education.

Future Students

Current Students

Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Students interested in entry into professional schools of physical or occupational therapy, nursing, medical school, or physicians’ assistant should take the Pre-Therapy and Allied Health (PTAH) option of the Kinesiology major, which has entry standards that must be met after completion of 90 credits.

Career Options

*May require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify or certify for employment.

  • Clinical exercise physiologist*
  • Club or corporate fitness instructor
  • Fitness entrepreneur
  • Fitness program director
  • Nurse*
  • Occupational therapist*
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher*
  • Physical therapist*
  • Physical therapy aide
  • Physician*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Research and education*
  • Special educator*
  • Specialized careers in exercise, fitness, health and athletic fields
  • Strength coach
  • Strength physiologist*
  • Wellness/prevention program coordinator

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