In the kinesiology major, you will study human movement and sport through various subdisciplines. The curriculum offers courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, motor development, and sport and exercise psychology. You will choose five advanced courses based on your interests to further develop your knowledge. Additionally, you have the opportunity to work with faculty to conduct research in a specific area of kinesiology.

Graduates who majored in kinesiology work in private, public and corporate fitness centers, hospital wellness centers, high school and university strength and conditioning facilities, and pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies. The kinesiology major also offers excellent preparation for graduate school or professional school. In this major, you can also choose to pursue an optional clinical exercise physiology or sports medicine concentration, which allows you to gain practical experience to become a leading professional in health and fitness or athletic training.

Career Opportunities

  • Health and Fitness professional
  • Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology specialist
  • Sport instructor/coach

Potential Areas of Advanced Study

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medicine
  • Physician assistant
  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Product research and development
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Motor development/learning
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Sport history
  • Athletic administration
  • University faculty

Learning Experiences

  • Engage in hands-on lab activities in foundational courses.
  • Design and implement a program to improve balance and motor function in older adults.
  • Design and implement health and fitness programs for young and older adults.
  • Participate in a research laboratory with our expert faculty.
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Concentrations

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration

Gain the knowledge and practical experience to become a leading health and fitness professional dedicated to promoting health and physical activity for all ages in this optional concentration. Through more than 100 hours of hands-on clinical experience in clinical exercise physiology courses and a required 400-hour internship, you’ll graduate with the skills needed to become a certified personal trainer. This concentration will also prepare you for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist® (EP-C) exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) exam.

Note: If you would like to major in kinesiology with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology, apply to kinesiology using the Common Application. Your academic advisor will add the concentration during Student Transition Advising and Registration (STAR).

Career Opportunities

  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
  • Wellness manager/coordinator
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach
  • Fitness manager/coordinator/specialist

Potential Areas of Advanced Study

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Medicine
  • Exercise physiology
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • University recreational sports

Learning Experiences

  • Gain more than 100 hours of hands-on clinical experience in the clinical exercise physiology courses.
  • Learn the knowledge and skills needed to become a certified personal trainer.
  • Complete a required 400-hour internship.
  • Spend a summer studying abroad in the optional program at Beijing Sport University.
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Sports Medicine Concentration

In this optional concentration, you’ll participate in 75 hours of hands-on clinical experience in athletic training courses, and you’ll have training fieldwork opportunities in collegiate, high school and clinical/industry settings. You’ll gain the base knowledge to pursue graduate coursework in a variety of areas, including athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine or chiropractic medicine. Students in this program may choose to apply to Purdue University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Note: If you would like to major in kinesiology with a concentration in sports medicine, apply to kinesiology using the Common Application. Your academic advisor will add the concentration during Student Transition Advising and Registration (STAR).

Potential Areas of Advanced Study

  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Medicine
  • Chiropractic

Learning Experiences

  • Gain 75 hours of hands-on clinical experience in the athletic training courses.
  • Spend a summer studying abroad in the optional program at Beijing Sport University.
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