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If you enjoy physical activity, learning about how we move, and hands-on learning experiences, Kinesiology is the major for you.

Kinesiology studies the mechanics of human movement and how they impact our health and wellbeing. The curriculum includes courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, motor development, and sport and exercise psychology. Students will choose five advanced courses based on their interests to develop their knowledge further. Students also have the opportunity to work with a professor to conduct research in a specific area of Kinesiology.

Students in this major can pursue optional concentrations in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine.

  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • This concentration supplies students with the knowledge and practical experience to become leading health and fitness professionals dedicated to promoting health and physical activity in all populations, including children, adults, and seniors. The goals of the program are to prepare students as entry-level exercise specialists and to prepare students 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®.
  • Sports Medicine
    • This concentration supplies students with athletic training fieldwork opportunities in collegiate, secondary school, and clinic/industry settings. The program aims to prepare students with the coursework and experience necessary to apply for the Purdue University Master of Science in Athletic Training (coming Fall 2022). Completing the Sports Medicine concentration does not guarantee admission to the Purdue MSAT program.
Kinesiology offers excellent preparation for students who plan to attend graduate school in an area of kinesiology or professional school. Examples include athletic training, physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), medicine, physician assistant (PA), chiropractic, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, motor development, sport and exercise psychology, etc.

Plan of Study

Kinesiology Webpage

Transfer to Kinesiology

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

HHS Undergraduate Student Services
(765) 494-8533

College of Health and Human Sciences

Careers in Kinesiology

Typically, the employment rate for graduates from the Department of Health and Kinesiology is 94%.

Careers include:

  • Health and Fitness Professional
  • Personal Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Wellness Manager/Coordinator
  • Preparation for Health-related professional school

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