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Kinesiology, B.S.

The highly regarded Kinesiology program offers hands-on learning experiences in state-of-the-art facilities to study human movement, including physical activity and daily activities, and physical education, exercise, community health, and sport. The department offers a low student-teacher ratio and small, research-oriented classes in four concentrations in an interactive setting. Students also develop their skills through fieldwork and practical experiences in their areas of study.

There are four program concentrations, each has a different emphasis. All offer community work, research projects and other real-world experience to build a strong foundation for an academic or professional career.

Why this program

Develop skills through practical experiences and fieldwork, which often include collaborating closely with the local community.

Use state-of-the-art laboratory facilities such as the human performance, biomechanics, and behavioral performance labs.

Earn a B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology in five years through a special Kinesiology Four Plus One (4+1) Program.

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Program Concentrations

There is a demand for graduates who have the ability to implement and interpret health/fitness assessments as well as develop programs to improve health, fitness, and performance. This program combines science-based classroom study with practical experience, culminating in an internship with an organization in need of your specialized skills. Graduates are also prepared for professional certification by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Exercise Science Requirements

Prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate community-based health promotion programs. This program provides knowledge in the fundamentals of programming with the skills and abilities needed to apply that knowledge to a variety of health outcomes and with diverse populations. Through hands-on experiences, students are prepared to be leaders in the field and support the health and wellbeing of their communities. Graduates are prepared for professional certification in the Certified Health Education Specialist Exam.

Health Promotion Requirements

Prepares students to teach and coach in K-12 schools. Teaching candidates complete a four-year degree program and a fifth year credential program, which includes student teaching. Humboldt’s physical education teacher education program provides opportunities to develop professional and interpersonal skills with clinical teaching and coaching experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of recreation, education, and/or athletic programs in order to gain a well-rounded background in knowledge and skill.

Physical Education Teaching Requirements

Provides the academic requirements necessary to apply to a graduate program for physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, medical school, or prosthetics and orthotics. Students also have the opportunity to gain more knowledge and experience in the health fields through a practical experience in local clinics/settings.

Pre-Health Professions

Did You Know?

Students may select a degree program in Kinesiology with a concentration in one of the following areas: Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Physical Education Teaching, or Pre-Health Professions.

Students collaborate with community members, through multiple settings including lab testing, school observations and student teaching, clinical placements, and implementing community based programs.

With access to three teaching and research labs, students are well-equipped for studying human movement: Biomechanics Lab; Human Performance Lab and the Behavioral Performance Lab.

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Students graduate with the ability to solve problems and communicate effectively—building blocks for lifelong learning—while learning to use the latest technology to enhance their skills. They’re encouraged to participate in a variety of recreation, education, and/or athletic programs to gain a well-rounded background in knowledge and skill.

  • Athletic director
  • Physical therapy aide
  • Teacher/coach
  • Physical/occupational therapist/ Physician assistant
  • Corporate wellness/fitness specialist
  • Biomechanist
  • Community Health Specialist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
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