Kinesiology students n. [Greek kinēsis]:  the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.

Da Vinci's "Vetruvian Man"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.


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.


  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.

Contact the Kinesiology Program

Dr. Amanda Ransom
Chair, Kinesiology
(910) 482-5415