Kinesiology, BS

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The ability to move effectively is critical to quality of life. Are you interested in topics such as health, wellness, psychology, injury, adaptations, performance and disease prevention? Approach each of these, and more, through the lens of human movement --- and learn how to improve the health and well-being of those around you.

A BS in kinesiology provides students with a deep understanding of how the human body works. The program prepares students for graduate study in physical or occupational therapy, physician assistant programs, medicine and other health-related professional programs.

In kinesiology, all aspects of human function are studied from the perspective of human movement. The rigorous curriculum provides a scientifically inclusive approach to human movement; students study mechanical, anatomical, neural, developmental, physiological and psychological mechanisms. This gives students a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of human function as it pertains to movement and exercise.

Students have opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty.

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Kinesiology, BS

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Earn your BS in Kinesiology and MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology quicker through our new 4+1 ACCELERATED DEGREE PROGRAM.

Now you have a streamlined path to your master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology immediately from the undergraduate Kinesiology program, reducing the time to get your master's degree from two years to one year. During your senior year in the College of Health Solutions, you will complete credit hours toward your master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Once you complete your bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, you have just one year left of courses to earn your master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate graduate admissions application.

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Career outlook

An undergraduate degree in kinesiology prepares students for graduate study that can lead to a variety of clinical and research occupations including:

  • allopathic, osteopathic or naturopathic physician
  • athletic trainer
  • biomechanist
  • chiropractor
  • clinical exercise physiologist
  • occupational therapist
  • orthopedic surgeon
  • physical therapist
  • physician assistant
  • prosthetist or orthotist

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Athletic Trainers 16.2%$49,860
Chiropractors 4.5%$70,720
Exercise Physiologists 11.3%$50,280
General Internal Medicine Physicians-0.6%#
Naturopathic Physicians
Occupational Therapists 15.9%$86,280
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians
Physical Therapists 18.2%$91,010
Physician Assistants 31.3%$115,390
Sports Medicine Physicians

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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