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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.

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.

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:

  • Sport Instructor/Coach
  • Personal Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Fitness Manager/Coordinator/Specialist
  • Health Promotion Specialist

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