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Kinesiology Courses

It takes 58 credits to complete a Kinesiology major. The major and Gordon’s Core Curriculum fit easily into a 4-year undergraduate program.

Support Requirements (20 credits)

  • CHE 111 Principles of Chemistry I?
  • PHY 119 General Physics I or PHY121 Introductory Physics I
  • KIN/BIO 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • KIN/BIO 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MAT 220 Biostatistics (or option approved by department)

Kinesiology Requirements (38 credits)

  • KIN 112 Introduction to Human Movement Studies
  • KIN 212 Musculoskeletal Anatomy?
  • KIN 310 Motor Control and Learning?
  • KIN 320 Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • KIN 323 Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • KIN 350 Disorders of Voluntary Movement
  • KIN 370 Advanced Readings in Kinesiology?
  • KIN 420 Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement
  • KIN 423 Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • ?KIN 450 Neurophysiologic Bases for Movement
  • KIN 491 Senior Seminar

Students completing the Kinesiology major are not required to take the core course NSM202 The Scientific Enterprise.

In addition to completing the kinesiology major, students with specific post-baccalaureate aspirations may choose a concentration or minor from a number of options including the health professions concentrations, the corporate fitness concentration and a minor in neuroscience. Close consultation with academic advisors is recommended to ensure that specific graduate program prerequisites are met. Exceptional kinesiology majors may also consider the honors program.

In exceptional cases majors may earn departmental honors in kinesiology by conducting research and writing an honors thesis during their senior year. In collaboration with a faculty advisor, candidates will enroll in KIN 492 in their junior or senior year to develop a thesis proposal and conduct pilot work on a selected topic. The proposal will be defended by the end of the fall semester of the student’s senior year. The defense will be presented before the Department of Kinesiology faculty and must include evidence of readiness to conduct a full study based on initial pilot work. Upon successful defense, candidates will enroll in an additional 4 credits of KIN492 and will conduct formal research and write a thesis. For honors the thesis must be of high quality and must be orally defended before department faculty.

The minimum GPA for honors candidates is 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall. See department faculty for details.


Students from other majors are welcome to consider completing a minor in Kinesiology. Those wishing to earn a kinesiology minor must complete the following courses (minimum of 20 credits):

  • KIN/BIO213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • KIN/BIO214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Minimum of 12 credits of Kinesiology electives at 300-level or above

This interdisciplinary minor (24 credits) draws from biology, psychology, chemistry and kinesiology. See the Psychology Department for full information on the minor.