Undergraduate Program

As an Oregon State kinesiology major, you’ll be immersed in the study of exercise science and physical activity and its effect on human health.
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The study of movement

Be the reason someone gets back to the daily movement they love. Or encourage them try something new.

With an Oregon State bachelor of science degree in kinesiology, you have the chance to help others thrive — every day.

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

  • Acquire a scientific foundation of chemistry, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and public health.
  • Be immersed in the study of exercise science and physical activity and its effect on human health, disease prevention and quality of life.
  • Dive deep into the physiological, psychological, biomechanical and motor-behavioral bases of physical activity, exercise and sport.

Sample schedule

Picture life as a kinesiology student

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Required classes for kinesiology majors.

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Student success

Advising and resources you can access as a student.


OSU's kinesiology program is ranked 3rd in the far western U.S. and 24 out of 456 in the nation.
-College Factual

Pre-therapy and allied health option

If you’re interested in professional schools of physical or occupational therapy, nursing, medical school or becoming a physician's assistant, the Pre-Therapy and Allied Health (PTAH) option will get you there.  

What will you do with a kinesiology degree?

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

A kinesiology degree opens the door to a multitude of opportunities to improve lives — in allied health, the fitness industry and more.

It will prepare you for certifications and advanced degrees in fitness and conditioning — including ACSM, NSCA, graduate study in kinesiology and related fields.

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.


  • Athletic trainer*
  • Clinical exercise physiologist*
  • Club or corporate fitness instructor
  • Exercise physiologists *
  • 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

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 prerequisites and I was also interested in exercise and movement. It was the best of both worlds."