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

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.
ISU gerontology program carries out goal of the Older Americans Act
In the 50th year of the Older Americans Act, Iowa State’s gerontology program helps older adults age actively by preparing communities for lifespan issues.
Iowa State analysis of national FITNESSGRAM data reveals needs for improvement in youth fitness
Iowa State researchers analyzing national data found that fitness levels of school children sharply declined as students got older.
College of Human Sciences supports students during unpaid internships
The college recently awarded scholarships of up to $2,000 each to 21 students who are gaining work experience as unpaid interns.
Iowa State students help people with disabilities get up on two wheels
Four Iowa State students are bringing to Ames the national iCan Bike camp, which teaches people with disabilities to ride a bicycle.
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.