Kinesiology

Kinesiology

Why Major in Kinesiology at Penn State Altoona?

The central focus of the Kinesiology program is the study of physical activity as it ranges from basic mechanisms of human movement to the complex dynamics of physical activity in the context of human health and well-being. In addition, the program explores other facets of human health, including the psychological and social aspects of wellness.

The Kinesiology major offers a comprehensive program of study designed to prepare students for professions involving physical activity, exercise, and the science of human movement and its relationship to human health and disease, and for graduate study in related areas.

Careers in Kinesiology

A degree in Kinesiology can lead to a number of careers in the health care field, allied health, or in the fitness and health industry. If you are interested in a career in the medical field or pursuing pre-medicine as an option, Kinesiology may be a good fit for you. Not only will you gain a firm foundation in all of the biophysical sciences related to the human body, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and neuroscience, but you will also develop a valuable understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social scientific and humanistic aspects of sport, exercise, health, wellness and physical activity, such as history, philosophy and psychology of sport. You also will be prepared for a career in the field of allied health, such as physical or occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation support, or chiropractic. As a Kinesiology graduate, you may find that you would like to pursue a career in exercise, fitness, and wellness. If so, your knowledge and skill set may be well suited for a career as an exercise specialist, a personal trainer, or a strength and conditioning coach, working in a variety of settings. The specific program option that you choose will help you reach your ultimate career goal.

The Exercise Science Option

Business Emphasis

The Exercise Science option with an emphasis in business includes courses in kinesiology and basic business skills such as accounting, marketing, and management. This unique combination of classes will provide the knowledge and skills for graduates to compete for employment in corporate fitness, sports management, private fitness clubs, community-based fitness organizations, and hospital and university settings. Graduates may choose to operate their own fitness training, wellness consulting company, or pursue additional education for upper-level degrees.

Science Emphasis

The Exercise Science option with an emphasis in science is designed to help you prepare for advanced study in graduate school in Kinesiology and allied health fields. Students may take upper-level courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology required for master’s and doctoral programs. One of the unique characteristics of the Science option is the senior research thesis. Graduates will be prepared to enroll in programs in physical therapy, chiropractic, physician assistant, medical doctor, exercise physiology, and an entry-level master’s athletic training program.

The Movement Science Option

The Movement Science option provides training in areas such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, neuroscience, sport history, and sport philosophy to understand the use of movement for prevention and diagnosis of chronic disease, rehabilitation, and treatment. The program is designed to help you prepare for careers in health-related fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, cardiac rehabilitation, or pre-medicine.