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Department of Kinesiology

About the Department

Kinesiology is an academic discipline that focuses on the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Over the past five years, the Department of Kinesiology has experienced tremendous growth in all of its academic programs resulting in a total enrollment of more than 800 majors.

Our faculty's vast teaching experience and research expertise provide rich learning experiences for students across all of the department's academic programs. We currently offer seven undergraduate degree plans organized within three academic program areas, Athletic Training, Exercise Science and Physical Education Teacher Education.

Each of our undergraduate program areas share a common core of kinesiology courses that provide students with a strong foundation in the sciences of human anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology; they also provide an introduction to research methods. The degree plan has a comprehensive discipline-specific program of study designed to prepare students for a specific career path. Regardless of their discipline, students are prepared to be active professionals who are capable of impacting the overall health and well-being of their students, clients, and patients.

Our newly restructured Master’s of Science in Exercise Science program provides graduate students the opportunity to work closely with their faculty mentor to design a course of study in a related field within exercise science (exercise physiology, biomechanics and postural/motor control, athletic training/sports medicine, and sports pedagogy). Students are also required to actively engage in research under the mentorship of their faculty adviser.