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

Iowa State professors offer advice on fitness screening in schools
Iowa State University experts say school BMI screenings are beneficial, but should keep the focus on health and respect students’ privacy.
Keeping Parkinson’s patients rolling
Iowa State alumnus Dr. Jay Alberts started the nonprofit Pedaling for Parkinson's in order to motivate Parkinson's patients to reassert themselves in their lives.
Doctor credits much of his success to kinesiology training at Iowa State
Shawn Spooner, an Urbandale doctor and veteran of the U.S. Navy, credits much of his success to his training in kinesiology at Iowa State University.
Forty-year Iowa State martial arts instructor receives national honor
Yong Chin Pak, whose martial arts classes at Iowa State impacted at least 35,000 students, will be inducted into the U.S. Taekwondo Grandmaster Society’s hall of fame.
Mayo Clinic doctor will discuss physical inactivity as disease in ISU lecture March 5
Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic doctor, is this year's Pease Family Scholar. He will speak about physical inactivity March 5 at Iowa State University.
College of Human Sciences dedicates $5.3 million to Forker renovations
Iowa State's Forker Building, home to the flourishing kinesiology department, is set to get a much-deserved revamp.
National report: Human Sciences majors among the most meaningful
Academic majors offered by the College of Human Sciences are considered among the most meaningful nationally, leading to jobs that make the world a better place.
Iowa State study: Ten minutes of physical activity can improve kids’ learning
A short bout of physical activity combined with academic learning can lead to improvement in children's cognitive abilities.
Iowa State study finds singing helps people with Parkinson’s disease
An Iowa State professor in kinesiology is using singing to help people with Parkinson's cope with the disease.
Change Agent: D.C. Lee
Long before he ever picked up a book to pursue a career in academic research, assistant professor of kinesiology D.C. Lee was lifting three times his body weight in hopes of winning the title of Mr. Korea.
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.