General Information

The Kinesiology Program provides concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological, and physiological perspectives. This program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry and can serve as a preparatory program for graduate or post-baccalaureate study in the areas of aging, auxology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health/fitness, motor control/learning, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, or similar allied health programs, and sport psychology. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, health education, and physics may be included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.

Program requirements for the five areas of concentration offered:

Kinesiology - Pre-Physical Therapy
Kinesiology - Pre-Health Care Professions
Kinesiology - Movement Studies
Kinesiology - Health and Fitness Specialist
Kinesiology - Sport Psychology

Program Overview

The Kinesiology Program consists of two years of coursework. These include required core coursework in the following areas of professional activities: exercise science foundations, psychosocial and historical foundations, and field experience. Additionally, all Kinesiology students are required to select and take coursework in one of the following five areas of specialization: Movement Studies, Health & Fitness Specialist, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Health Care Professions, or Sport Psychology. It is important to note that completion of coursework for the Pre-Physical Therapy and the Pre-Health Care Professions options may take more than two years. Generally, Kinesiology students begin taking coursework at the beginning of their junior year; however, earlier entry is possible with general university requirements (GURs) and Kinesiology requirements are taken concurrently. Careful planning is required if students are to complete their degree during a four-year period.

Admission to the program

Learn how to apply to the Kinesiology major by exploring the “Advising” and “Declaring a Major” section of the menu at the left.

Kinesiology undergraduate student club

Internship & Field Experience

KIN 471 and 472 Internship Information

 PDF icon KIN471_Intern_Manual.pdf use this for general information on internships.

KIN 491 Field Experience Information

PDF icon KIN491_Field_Experience_Manual.pdf use this for general information, and to provide information and evaluation forms to your agency supervisor.

NOTE: students doing an internship of a field experience in the summer term must be registered for the class by the first day of classes in the summer term.  Late registration will not be allowed in the summer term.

Policy Regarding CPR and First Aid Certifications and Re-Certifications

Original certifications must be obtained through classes that contain a both a cognitive and hands-on practical assessment, no entirely online certifications will be accepted. Certification must also be from a professional organization that complies with the guidelines established by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and/or the American Heart Association. All re-certifications must include an in-person hands-on practical portion as well. Completely on-line certification or re-certification will not be accepted. The original signature of the instructor on the certification card indicating the completion of a practical portion will be required as evidence that the class was not online only class. Examples of organizations that provide this type of certification include the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and Medic First Aid however this list is not all inclusive.

First aid certification must be "standard" first aid.

CPR/AED certification must be for adults, although if student is working in an environment with children then child CPR is also advised.