Department of Kinesiology and Health
The Department of Kinesiology and Health offers majors in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Physical Education; the department also offers minors in Health Education (with certification), Health Education (non-certification), Physical Education (non-certification), and Sports Medicine.
Kinesiology, or the study of physical movement, has seen a surge in popularity over the last 20 years that experts attribute to its social relevance, its relation to the obesity epidemic, and the growing societal importance of sports and athletics. The kinesiology curriculum has evolved over the years to offer courses that extend beyond physical education and health to exercise science, exercise prescription, athletic training, motor development and learning, and biomechanics.
Many students pursue traditional careers like teaching or fitness instruction, but more than half pursue other quickly-growing allied health or medical professions like athletic training, exercise science, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. As the movement to improve health across the lifespan continues, a need for older adult fitness instructors and movement specialists is also on the horizon.