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Kinesiology

Degree Type:
Bachelor’s Degree
Mode of Study:
On Campus

The Kinesiology major is for students interested in studying the art and science of human movement.  With a solid foundation in the sciences, the program in Kinesiology is composed of coursework that provides students a thorough understanding of the human body, how it functions, and how it responds and adapts to physical activity.  Additionally, upper level courses emphasize the role of physical activity in the promotion of health and prevention of disease.  A degree in Kinesiology provides a solid preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate work and acceptance in professional programs such as physical and occupational therapy.

The Department of Kinesiology is housed within the School of Health Sciences and is located in the Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building.  This 30,000 square foot facility features state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms that may be utilized by students majoring in Kinesiology.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with Kinesiology bachelor degrees include kinesiologist, personal trainer, chiropractor, exercise physiologist, athletic trainer, and so much more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with Kinesiology degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Chiropractor: $81,240
  • Athletic trainer: $54,650
  • Exercise physiologist: $54,030

Average Tuition Cost

Tuition varies, depending on the type of graduate program in which a student is enrolled. On average, MU students receive more than $31,000 in aid to pay for tuition.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Methodist University offers more than $24 million annually to students in scholarships. 97% of students receive some form of financial aid. If a student or a family member is in the military or a veteran, they may qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Methodist University’s Kinesiology program?

If you have questions, see the FAQ below or reach out to Dr. Amanda Ransom using the contact info at the bottom of the page. If you’re ready to apply today, click the button below!

Mission

The mission of the department of Kinesiology is to develop the student’s prerequisite knowledge in preparation for graduate work in various health-related professional programs by engaging the student in a curriculum with a solid foundation in the basic sciences.

Goals

  1. Graduates will have the necessary preparation and prerequisite coursework to be strong applicants for professional programs in either physical therapy or occupational therapy.
  2. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to obtain employment as exercise professionals in a variety of settings.
  3. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter graduate programs in kinesiology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Kinesiology is a STEM discipline. It focuses on the study and intersection of sport, movement, exercise, and well-being.

Many Kinesiology industry members consider the field to be a great career. Not only is Kinesiology a growing career path, but graduates often find jobs with competitive salaries and rewarding experiences.

While Kinesiology may not be as difficult as some STEM career paths, it does require graduates to grasp a lot of information while having the ability to have great people skills.

Contact

Amanda Ransom, Ph.D.

Chair, Kinesiology; Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
Amanda Ransom