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Kinesiology

Kinesiology

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is an academic discipline involving the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Kinesiology includes, but is not limited to, such areas of study as exercise science, sports management, athletic training and sports medicine, socio-cultural analyses of sports, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields (American Kinesiology Association).  

Why Major in Kinesiology?

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.

Kinesiology Options

Penn State Altoona's Kinesiology program offers three options within the major. The specific program option that you choose will help you reach your ultimate career goals.

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.

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.

Exercise Science Option, 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.

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 numerous careers including the following:

  • exercise specialist
  • personal trainer
  • strength and conditioning coach
  • sports management
  • wellness consulting
  • physical therapy
  • chiropractic
  • physician assistant
  • medical doctor
  • exercise physiology
  • occupational therapy
  • cardiac rehabilitation