Kinesiology and Exercise Science

When it comes to studying body movement, a kinesiology degree covers physiological, biomechanical, and psychology dynamic principles and mechanisms of movement. Becoming a kinesiologist isn’t a licensed or professional designation anywhere except in Canada, and the bachelor’s degree is often used as a stepping stone towards graduate work in biomedical research or medicine. On top of that, though, there are a number of careers and opportunities for graduates of kinesiology specifically.

Baccalaureate

Most commonly offered at the baccalaureate level, kinesiology programs are generally able to be completed in 4 years attending full time. Curriculums in this area of study run the gamut—if it involves movement, expect to take a class on it. Often programs begin with basics in biology, psychology, and sociology that lead into more focused courses on exercise science. Motor behavior, biomechanics, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, and more are likely available options in any program.

Careers for graduates with a bachelor degree in kinesiology include: Exercise Physiologist, Physical Educator, Athletic Trainer, Sports Manager, Dancer, Dance Instructor, Athletic Coach, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Dance Therapist, Choreographer, Health Club or Spa Manager.

Graduate

Reaching the Master’s in Kinesiology level generally results in choosing one of three concentrations: physical education, athletic training, or sports administration. An MA often leads to higher positions within the same industries as the baccalaureate. Alternatively, some students proceed from a bachelor’s in kinesiology to a master’s in occupational therapy or to become a physician’s assistant.

The final level in kinesiology is a PhD, which is more geared towards research, and often leads to becoming a professor at a university, usually simultaneously conducting research into improving movement training. Some students also use the bachelor’s in kinesiology to springboard into medical or chiropractic school.

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Colleges

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University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

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“…Unique. Awesome. Fruitful.” – Folasayo from Baltimore, MD

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Manchester University
North Manchester, IN

“…Fun quite college, every one is friendly. All your Professors wont's to help you. Classes are small usually about 15 to 20 students.” – Jordan from Indianapolis, IN

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“…Wake Forest is a very prestigious school. It is a very strong school academically, and makes you think outside of the box. On a scale from 1 to 10 I rate my experience here at Wake Forest as a 7.” – Eldridge from Portsmouth, VA

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“…the campus is very clean and easy to navigate. there are also a lot of resources to help your experience here. the professors are friendly and very helpful.” – Ariah from Elizabethtown, KY

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“…It is a good school. Its nontraditional and I like that. Very laid back.” – Brittany from Millbrook, AL

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“…UNCW is everything I could have possibly wanted. I love the school, the classes, and I love the teachers. I had a bit of a rough start, but with the help of Advisors and the Intervention program I've gotten my GPA doubled.” – Alaina from Mooresville, NC

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