Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology and Communty Health offers programs that focus on promoting optimal health for all people. The Kinesiology curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree that will prepare students for careers in human movement-related fields and advanced professional or graduate study. The Community Health program prepares students for careers in the progressive world of health and rehabilitative services.

Through the integration of high-quality research, instruction, and outreach programs, faculty scholars within Kinesiology and Community Health are leading interdisciplinary initiatives that address pressing concerns of our society such as:


  • childhood obesity
  • prevention of chronic disease
  • lifetime health and fitness
  • access to quality health care.

Alumni are highly sought for positions of leadership within clinical, academic, corporate, and government settings.

Course of Study

The Kinesiology undergraduate program provides the student with a broad general education, a departmental core that studies human movement, and a correlate area of courses specific to the student's area of concentration within kinesiology. The Kinesiology curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree that will prepare students for careers in human movement-related fields and/or advanced professional or graduate study. Kinesiology undergraduate students learn about:


  • exercise stress, movement efficiency, and fitness
  • social, cultural, and psychological aspects of participation in physical activity and sport
  • coordination, control, and skill of physical activity
  • physical growth, development, and body form throughout the life span
  • the effects of therapeutic techniques of kinesiology upon recovery from physical injury
  • instructional process of teaching/coaching of physical activity and sport.

A Kinesiology undergraduate may also choose to gain real-world experience through work and research. Academic advisors guide students through the requirements.

Research and Work Experience

With faculty guidance and supervision, students also have the opportunity to do research or work with agencies such as:


  • high school athletic departments
  • health clubs, park districts and YMCAs
  • occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy departments of clinics and hospitals
  • sports information offices, injury clinics, equipment manufacturers
  • corporate fitness and wellness centers
  • nursing homes
  • Special Olympics
  • radio and television stations, newspapers
  • Campus Rehabilitation Center, Division of Campus Recreation

Teacher Certification

Undergraduate academic advisers can provide information about admission criteria, required courses and certification requirements for the teaching program in physical education. For teacher certification requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education section.