Experience matters. We build on a 100-year-plus legacy of ensuring health and well-being for people across the lifespan — in the United States and beyond.

Our undergraduate degree program in Kinesiology has been ranked No. 1 in Oregon, second in the PAC-12 and 29 out of 458 nationally.

Physical activity plays an essential role in good health, disease prevention and increasing human performance.

As you prepare for your future career, we’ll equip you with both the classroom knowledge and hands-on experience needed to excel in a variety of fitness and professional roles.

In our program, you’ll be immersed in the interdisciplinary study of physical activity and its effect on human health, disease prevention and quality of life. You’ll acquire a scientific foundation of chemistry, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and public health, and gain an understanding of the physiological, psychological, biomechanical and motor-behavioral bases of physical activity, exercise and sport.

You’ll also be well prepared for professional certifications in fitness and conditioning — such as those from ACSM and NSCA — as well as for graduate study in the field.

 

Future Students

 

Current Students

 

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Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Students interested in entry into professional schools of physical or occupational therapy, nursing, medical school or physician's 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.

 

Head of the class

If your GPA is over 3.75 (3.5 for current Oregon State students and transfer students), you’re eligible to earn your degree through the Honors College. This prestigious option means you get more faculty support and the opportunity for undergraduate research. It also gives you a leg up with future employers and graduate programs. Curious about how this works? Visit the Honors College to learn more.

 

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

 

Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports

Oregon State University publishes Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for each of the four Oregon State campuses. These reports include current security policies plus crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years.