Kinesiology

Undergraduate Program

Study kinesiology to help others thrive.

 Corvallis   Ecampus   Bend

The study of movement

In the kinesiology major, you’ll study physical activity and exercise science and their effect on human health, disease prevention and quality of life.

Help people gain confidence and strength as a personal trainer or physical education teacher. Bring comfort and care to others as a nurse.

Earning a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Oregon State creates opportunities to improve lives — in health care, the fitness industry and more.

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Sample kinesiology courses

  • Adapted physical activity
  • Biomechanics of human movement
  • Exercise physiology
  • Psychology of sport and physical activity
  • Resistance training program design
  • Injury management for the physically active

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As a kinesiology major at Oregon State, you’ll...

  • Study chemistry, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and public health.
  • Be prepared for certifications and advanced degrees in fitness and conditioning — including ACSM, NSCA, graduate study in kinesiology and related fields.
  

OSU's kinesiology program is ranked 3rd in the far western U.S.

Kinesiology degree options

Get on the path to become a medical professional or take your studies 100% online with top ranked OSU Ecampus.

Kinesiology internships

Kinesiology internships

Internships are integrated into your kinesiology coursework so you can be prepared for a full-time position upon graduation.

Examples of internship types:

  • Athletic training
  • Coaching 
  • Personal training
  • Physical education
  • Physical therapy
  • Program management
  • Research

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Hallie Baker


When kinesiology student Hallie Baker stepped out of her comfort zone, she figured out the direction for her future – nursing school and teaching the importance of wellness.

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From kinesiology to medical school

Earn a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology while setting yourself up for success in medical school.

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What will you do with a kinesiology degree?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fitness and coaching jobs are expected to grow at 10-13% and allied health care jobs at 15-37% from 2016-2026.

Start as a kinesiology major and become:

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

 

  • Adapted physical education teacher*
  • Athletic trainer*
  • Clinical exercise physiologist*
  • Fitness instructor
  • Exercise physiologists *
  • Fitness entrepreneur
  • Fitness program director
  • Nurse*
  • Occupational therapist*
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher*
  • Physical therapist*
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Physician*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Research and education*
  • Strength coach
  • Strength physiologist*
  • Wellness/prevention program coordinator

Kyle Miller, '19

Kyle Miller, ‘19
Currently attending the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing


"I chose to major in kinesiology because it has a very wide range of nursing prerequisites and I was also interested in exercise and movement. It was the best of both worlds."

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