Kinesiology is the study of physical activity across a range of tasks including exercise, daily living, play, sport, and work. Coursework integrates biological and behavioral approaches using biomechanical, physiological, and sociological perspectives to study physical activity from cell to society. This life science discipline emphasizes breadth and depth of content, scientific methodology, and intellectualism for lifelong learning, thinking and action.
Kinesiology promotes an understanding of the necessity of movement activities for an individual's physical and psychological health.
Student may earn a B.A. or B.S. degree in Kinesiology or B.S. dual degree with majors in nutrition and exercise science. Within these degrees, students emphasize exercise physiology or exercise behavioral science. Students may also complete a health fitness instructor sub-curriculum that prepares graduates to seek careers in corporate and community settings in fitness and wellness, and in hospital settings in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.
Many students enter graduate and professional schools for preparation for careers in exercise physiology, exercise behavioral science, physical therapy, pharmacy, medicine, dietetics, biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology, and other related fields.
Other advanced options for exceptional undergraduates include the Concurrent B.S./M.S. in Kinesiology or Concurrent B.S. in Kinesiology/Masters in Public Health.