Exercise Science

The Department of Kinesiology provides students with the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree in areas emphasizing exercise science and exercise research. It has well-equipped laboratories in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Biochemistry, and Sport Biomechanics.

The Department of Kinesiology offers majors in Athletic Training and Exercise Science.

Most students participate in the services offered by the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) during their freshman and sophomore years. Students who intend to pursue a kinesiology major declare as pre-kinesiology.


During sophomore year, students must submit an application and all supporting materials by February 1.

Successful applicants to the Department of Kinesiology generally have completed sufficient credits to be eligible for consideration, have applied by the annual deadline, have competitive aptitude test scores, have accumulated sufficient experience related to their career choice, have written acceptable essays, have submitted required personal recommendations confirming their professional potential, and have earned the most competitive grade point average.


Exercise Science prepares students to analyze sport and exercise performance in a physiological context. The majority of students use this major to prepare for graduate study in exercise physiology. Other students have used this major in preparation for medical school, physician assistant programs, and physical therapy. Students complete coursework in general education, cognate areas, and kinesiology. Requirements include: BIOL 1107, 1108; CHEM 1127Q, 1128Q; CHEM 2241 or 2443; COMM 1100; MATH 1060Q or 1131Q; MCB 2000 or 3010; NUSC 1165; PHYS 1201Q, 1202Q; PNB 22642265; PSYC 1100; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; KINS 1160 (credits and topics as approved by advisor), 3099 (credits and topics as approved by advisor), 3320, 3522, 3525, 3530W, 3545, 4500, 4510W.

Related Electives

Students select a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses: CHEM 2444 (if CHEM 2443 was taken), CHEM 2445 (if CHEM 2444 was taken or taken concurrently); MCB 2210, 2410, 2610, 3011, 3201, 3219, 4211; NUSC 4250; PVS 4300; PNB 2250, 3251, 3262; PSYC 2200, 3601 (if PSYC 1101 or 1103 was taken).

All students in the Department of Kinesiology will be required to successfully complete two writing intensive courses within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. The W courses in each of the major program fields will develop writing skills specific to the content area domain as well as be consistent with the practices of professionals in the areas of athletic training and exercise physiology. Courses that will satisfy the W requirement include: KINS 3099W, 3155W, 3165W, 3530W, 3697W, and 4510W. The information literacy competency requirement for students in the Department of Kinesiology will be satisfied by the successful completion of the W courses within each major.


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