Kinesiology Undergraduate Program


Undergraduate Program

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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 among the top 10 in the far western U.S.

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Kinesiology degree options

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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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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 can 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.

Common careers for kinesiology graduates:

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

Kyle Miller

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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Peer advisors

If you have questions regarding classes, student clubs or campus, our peer advisors would love to chat. Call or email them for advice.

 Mikaela Swaim

Mikaela Swaim

Student Outreach and Support Coordinator

For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our  COH recruitment team.