Kinesiology, BS

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Most kinesiology undergraduate students aspire to attend graduate school. You will feel well-prepared and ahead of the pack when it comes to success in graduate programs because of this program's rigorous curriculum. You also have opportunities to engage in research, community outreach, attend conferences and work one-on-one with faculty.

A BS degree in kinesiology prepares students for graduate study in physical or occupational therapy, physician assistant programs, medicine and other health-related professional programs. In order to be successful in these programs, students need to have a deep understanding of how the human body works.

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

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Kinesiology, BS

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

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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 in a variety of clinical and research occupations including:

  • chiropractor
  • dentist
  • occupational therapist
  • pharmacist
  • physical therapist
  • physician
  • physician assistant

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 22.8%$46,630
Dentists, General 19.4%$151,440
Exercise Physiologists 13.1%$49,090
Occupational Therapists 23.8%$83,200
Optometrists 17.9%$110,300
Pharmacists5.6%$124,170
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians 11.4%#
Physical Therapists 28%$86,850
Physician Assistants 37.3%$104,860
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 11.4%#

* 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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