If you enjoy sports, science, research, or hands-on experiences with real clients, Kinesiology is a perfect fit. Kinesiology is based on the idea of studying human movement and sport from the point of view of the subdisciplines in kinesiology. The curriculum includes courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, motor development, sport and exercise psychology, sport history, and sport sociology. This major is an ideal preparation for graduate study (exercise physiology, sport psychology, etc.) or professional school (physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, etc.).
Optional Concentration in Certified Clinical Exercise Physiology
Individuals majoring in Kinesiology have the option of adding an optional concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology that supplies students with the knowledge and practical experience to become leading professionals in the fitness field who are dedicated to promoting health and physical activity in all populations including children, adults, and seniors. Students are prepared to sit for and pass either the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Exam®. Students complete a 400-hour internship and gain hands-on experience in the Cordova Recreational Sports Center and the A.H. Ismail Center; select students also have the opportunity to complete a clinical rotation in the Sports Performance facility.
This major is an excellent option for students wishing to pursue medical or professional school (especially physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy) within the health care field while preparing for professional certifications after the completion of an undergraduate degree.
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Careers in Kinesiology
Typically, the employment rate for graduates from the Department of Health and Kinesiology is 94%.
- Sport Instructor/Coach
- Personal Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Fitness Manager/Coordinator/Specialist
- Health Promotion Specialist
Transfer to Kinesiology
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Additional Requirements: One semester of college-level biology, chemistry or physics with a grade of C or higher.
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