Kinesiology Department

Welcome to the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. In our programs, your Iowa State adventure features:

  • World-class faculty
  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • Ground-breaking research
  • An accredited athletic training program
  • Real-world experience

The ISU Kinesiology doctoral program is ranked among the top 20 in the nation by the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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Kinesiology News from the College of Human Sciences

Research internship gives undergraduates hands-on experience working with prestigious faculty
The Rosenfeld research internship gives undergraduates the opportunity to work with prestigious faculty and prepare for graduate school.
Getting athletes back to the game
Iowa State athletic training students expertly assist student athletes through medical situations from emergencies through rehabilitation, getting them back into playing shape and back to the game again.
New program uses music, dance to help people with Parkinson’s
Students and faculty in kinesiology offer a music and movement class for people with Parkinson's disease, using music and dance to improve their movements.
Iowa State University offers new health coach certificate
Iowa State University will offer a new, interdisciplinary health coach certificate for students wanting to add to their credentials and stand out among their peers in health care fields.
Students look to meaningful careers in the College of Human Sciences
Iowa State students hoping to spend their professional lives helping others continue to be drawn to the people-oriented majors offered by the College of Human Sciences.
New kinesiology international program sends students to Ireland
Professor Warren Franke has partnered with the University College Dublin to offer the first study abroad program for kinesiology majors in the College of Human Sciences.
Human Sciences Week celebrates college’s commitment to expand human potential, improve people’s lives
The ISU College of Human Sciences will come together Oct. 12 to 16 to celebrate the first annual Human Sciences Week.
Supplements, exercise could improve muscle mass and strength for older adults
Iowa State kinesiology professor Rick Sharp is working to slow or reverse the progression of sarcopenia, the loss of muscle strength and function that comes with aging.
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Activity trackers not as accurate for some activities, ISU study finds
A study by professor Greg Welk and graduate student Yang Bai in kinesiology finds activity trackers are less accurate when measuring certain activities, such as strength training.
Kinesiology is the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life (American Kinesiology Association).
We are a charter member of the American Kinesiology Association.
Exercyse is Medicine The Department of Kinesiology supports the international Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine. The goal of EIM is to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm. Visit the website to learn more about our local programming.