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Consistent with Thomas Jefferson’s ideal that “a strong body makes the mind strong,” the mission of the Kinesiology program is to advance the discovery, development, interpretation, dissemination, and application of knowledge that relates the study of human movement and physical activity to human well-being. As a member of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA), The Faculty are committed to the process of learning that includes four interdependent functions.

  • The preparation of caring and committed professional and scholars in physical activity, exercise, sport and rehabilitation who are life-long learners and leaders, able to make critical judgments, and solve difficult problems;
  • The generation of knowledge that addresses fundamental and applied research questions and guides professional practice in physical activity, exercise, sport and rehabilitation;
  • The design and delivery of physical activity, exercise, sport and rehabilitation opportunities to enhance quality of life; and
  • The provision of leadership and service to the University, community, and to professional organizations at the state, national, and international level in physical activity, exercise, sport and rehabilitation.

The faculty in Kinesiology are committed to educating and collaborating with our students to address a wide range of health, fitness, and physical activity issues facing children and adults in our society. Our programs offer a unique blend of direct instruction, field/clinical practice, and research at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. We foster innovation and diversity across many dimensions and strive to include input from multiple perspectives so that we can prepare our students to engage in projects that address the needs of our increasingly complex and diverse society.

Interested in a Kinesiology major?

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Fall 2015 Dates

September 26, 2:00pm Memorial Gym Room 211
October 10, 1:00pm Memorial Gym Room 211 

November 14, 1:00pm Memorial Gym Room 211

Student Spotlight

Caroline Ward
4th year

As I apply to physical therapy schools, it's clear that the engaging coursework and the knowledgeable and supportive professors in the Kinesiology program have prepared me well for the future.

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Program Overview

There are four distinct sub-disciplines within the Kinesiology Program: Adapted Physical Education, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology, and Health and Physical Education. Each of these sub-disciplines offer master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition, the Kinesiology Program offers an undergraduate degree as well as a mechanism to obtain a Health and Physical Education Teaching Certification.

Affiliated Research and Programs


  • American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Kinesiology Association
  • National Athletic Training Association
  • National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities


  • American Kinesiology Association (AKA)
  • National Athletic Training Association (NATA)

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