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The Department of Kinesiology offers both undergraduate and graduate curricula. The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology is offered with concentrations in exercise science, as well as sport marketing and management. Additionally, the department offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Fitness and Wellness. Programs offered by the Department of Kinesiology are interdisciplinary, providing coursework and appropriate practicum experiences that are excellent preparation for specific careers or for preprofessional and graduate school opportunities.

  • Exercise science prepares students for graduate-level education in areas such as adapted physical education, biomechanics, ergonomics, exercise physiology, and motor learning/control. In addition, programs prepare students for entry into professional/graduate programs in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, physician's assistant, dentistry, chiropractic, and other allied health fields.
  • Sport marketing and management prepares students for lower management jobs in the sport industry. Students are also prepared for movement into advanced degree programs in sport management. Sport marketing and management majors complete a comprehensive professional core of sport courses and complement this coursework with an intensive core of business courses.
  • The B.S.P.H. in Fitness and Wellness degree focuses on the applied science of movement and research-based preparation of a health and fitness professional. Students who choose to study in this program become qualified to seek certification through many NCCA-accredited organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Graduate curricula in the Dr. John M. Cooper Graduate Program in Kinesiology (Cooper Graduate Program) lead to the degrees Master of Public Health in physical activity, Master of Science in kinesiology, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in human performance. A variety of emphasis areas are available for graduate degree candidates, including applied sport and coaching science, athletic training, human performance, ergonomics, sport management, physical activity, exercise physiology, and fitness and wellness. The Ph.D. program in human performance emphasizes biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning/control, and sport management. The department operates human performance research laboratories in these areas.

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