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 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.
Graduation events will celebrate student achievement
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will celebrate the achievements of hundreds of graduating students in a series of events this weekend.
Partnership promotes good health with online lessons on fitness and nutrition
Iowa State is connecting with United Community School students to share lessons on proper hand washing, fire prevention and physical fitness.
Kinesiology shifts to focus on lifelong health
The Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University has evolved over time to focus on bettering lifelong health.
Anonymous donors establish endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Human Sciences
Pamela White is the inaugural holder of the new dean's chair, which allows her unrestricted use of earnings to advance the college’s priorities.
Valentine studies how to combat obesity with exercise
Rudy Valentine, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, studies how inflammation could be causing behavior changes in obese individuals.
After-school program introduces kids to physical fitness
The Swim & Gym provides an opportunity for Ames youth to participate in physical fitness activities with students in kinesiology.
Ellingson researches mental health benefits of physical activity
Laura Ellingson, a new assistant professor in kinesiology, has found people who are physically active have more adaptive brain activity.
  New 2014-2015 Faculty

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.