The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree program provides a well-rounded, scholarly understanding of human movement and physical activity. The program addresses historical, cultural, developmental and biophysical bases for participation in movement activities for people of all ages. Students gain an understanding of how human movement works, the factors that directly influence movement and the benefits of an active, movement-oriented lifestyle. Students can pursue specializations in preparation for a specific career goal through the program’s hierarchical approach to the study of human movement, which allows them to select upper-level courses that provide the particular knowledge necessary to pursue whatever goals they have set.

Graduates of the program are qualified for a variety of professional opportunities in fitness, medicine and sports, including:

  • Personal training
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Sport psychology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Equipment sales

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The Kinesiology major is offered by the Department of Kinesiology. The program is designed to provide a well-rounded, scholarly understanding of the body of knowledge that is centered on human movement and physical activity. Instruction within the Department of Kinesiology addresses the historical, cultural, developmental and biophysical bases for quality participation in movement activities, with application to sport, physical activities, and wellness for people of all ages. Students are expected to develop an understanding of how human movement occurs, the factors that directly or indirectly influence movement, and the benefits of a movement-oriented lifestyle.

Effective Fall 2013, a total of 120 credits are needed to meet graduation requirements. These credits include 27 credits that comprise the University's CORE requirements or new General Education, 15 credits that support the Kinesiology program, 45 credits within the major (23 credits of KNES Core courses, 5 credits part of KNES activity requirement, 12 credits of KNES Upper Level Option requirement, 6 credits including foundations of public health in kinesiology and KNES senior seminar) and about 32 general elective credits.

Mission statement

The undergraduate educational mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to enable students to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge of kinesiology, value physical activity and its integration within the discipline, and understand how kinesiologists work to improve the health and well-being of individuals and society.


B.S. in Kinesiology Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the B.S. degree in Kinesiology, students should demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Students will interpret, synthesize, and critically analyze research underlying the kinesiological dimensions of physical activity and health.
  2. Students will develop principled reasoning skills necessary to apply and extend kinesiology knowledge to address problems that are relevant to physical activity and the health of diverse populations.
  3. Students will integrate, interrogate, and communicate the connection between the scholarship of kinesiology and the goals of public health. 
  4. Students will engage in a diversity of physical activities both within and outside their formal curriculum.
  5. Students will integrate their physical activity experiences with kinesiology sub-disciplinary knowledge.


Support courses (15 credits)

Support courses include course requirements of the program which serve as background (prerequisites) for major core classes. Support courses include:

BSCI170/171 - Principles of Biology I (4 credits)
BSCI201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
BSCI202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
Statistics – (3 credits)

KNES Core Courses (23 credits)

Courses include the core knowledge in Kinesiology recognized as being necessary for all students in the curriculum, regardless of career objectives:

KNES 287 Sport and American Society (3 credits)
KNES 293 History of Sport in America (3 credits)
KNES 350 Psychology of Sport (3 credits)
KNES 370 Motor Development (3 credits)
KNES 385 Motor Control and Learning (3 credits)
KNES 300 Biomechanics of Human Motion (4 credits)
KNES 360 Physiology of Exercise (4 credits)

KNES Physical Activity (5-7 credits)

In addition to personal skill development, physical activities provide the opportunity to directly experience and apply many of the theories and knowledge addressed in Kinesiology courses. To provide both breadth and depth of experiences in physical activities, a student is required to complete:

KNES201 or KNES200 Kinesiological Principles of Physical Activity (1 or 3 credits)
4 different KNES Physical Activity courses (minimum of 4 credits)

KNES Upper Level Option (12 credits)

The KNES Upper Level “Option” requirement is designed to build on one or more of the KNES core classes and give students an opportunity for more “specialization” in their program and to specifically choose courses relevant to a particular career goal. Students must complete:

4 KNES Upper Level Option courses (12 credits)

Foundations of Public Health in Kinesiology (3 Credits)

All Kinesiology majors will have a foundational knowledge in Public Health as it relates to Kinesiology. Students will investigate the role of physical activity and inactivity in relation to health and well-being through a public health perspective. Past and current perspectives on health promotion, health education, and social policies and approaches will be examined for various populations.

KNES400 Foundations of Public Health in Kinesiology (3 Credits)


The culminating experience is KNES 497 the Kinesiology independent studies seminar.

Students will select a topic* based on background courses and personal interest. The research literature related to the topic is explored and synthesized, an oral presentation of findings is made, and the students become “expert” on the topic. All students are required to complete:

KNES497 – KNES “Independent Studies Seminar” (3 credits)

Examples of student theses include:

  • The Effect of Physical Activity on Memory: Brains and Brawn
  • Unraveling the Runner's High
  • Physical Activity and Academic Achievement in Children
  • Amputation, Prosthesis, Rehabilitation and the Brain
  • Ice Hockey on the Brain: A Critical Look at Concussion Prevalence and Prevention
  • Neuromechanics of Human Locomotion
  • Emotional Performance in Athletics
  • Training adaptations in youth with asthma.
  • The use of physical activity to prevent type 2 diabetes in youth.
  • The relationship between sports participation and adolescent self-esteem.
  • Evaluation of workplace physical activity interventions.
  • Social determinants of physical activity in adults.
  • Are technology-based intervention effective in promoting physical activity?