Our program offers students hands-on learning experiences in state-of-the-art facilities, including the human performance, biomechanics, and behavioral performance laboratories. In addition to their academic coursework, students develop their skills through fieldwork and practical experiences in their areas of study. Our department offers four concentrations within the Kinesiology major.
Exercise Science Concentration
This concentration prepares students for careers in adult fitness; cardiac rehabilitation; strength and conditioning; corporate, community, and commercial health/ fitness programs; and for graduate study in exercise science/exercise physiology. The curriculum also helps to prepare students to sit for recognized professional certification examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Health Promotion Concentration
The concentration in health promotion can provide students with the skills necessary to gain employment in a variety of community health settings, including public health departments, hospital-based health programs, professional and commercial health organizations, and corporate health settings among others. The curriculum also helps to prepare students to sit for recognized professional certification examinations including the Certified Health Education Specialist Exam.
Physical Education Teaching Concentration
This concentration prepares students to teach physical education in junior high and high school. (For information on the preliminary teaching credential, see Education. See the program listing for Adapted Physical Education for credential information.) Our graduates also enter careers as intramural directors, health spa instructors, coaches, recreational directors, sports program directors, and camp directors.
Pre-Professional Health Concentration
Careers in the healthcare industry are increasing. The Pre-Professional Health Concentration provides the academic preparation necessary to enter a graduate program for physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, athletic trainer or other health professions. Upper division electives built into the curriculum allow students the flexibility to take additional classes required as preparation for their specific career goals.