About Us

Dr. Philip Martin

Philip E. Martin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair

Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University! Through our teaching, research, service, and outreach efforts, we strive to promote health and well being by creating and disseminating knowledge about physical activity and healthy living to improve the lives of citizens of Iowa, the United States, and the world. The expertise and interests of our nationally recognized faculty are diverse and reflect biomechanical, pedagogical, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives of physical activity, exercise, and health.


The department is housed in the Forker Building, which has numerous research and teaching laboratories, a student computer lab, three gymnasia, an adult exercise clinic, two dance studios, a pool, faculty, staff offices, and classrooms (all with electronic equipment) in support of the department’s broad mission.

Undergraduate program

Our undergraduate program, which leads to the B.S. degree in Kinesiology and Health, is designed to accommodate the diverse interests of students.

  • Five undergraduate options are available: athletic training, community/public health, exercise science, pre-health professions, and physical education teacher education.
  • Three professional undergraduate advisers work with students to plan their educational programs.
  • Exciting internship opportunities are available in Iowa, the U.S., and internationally.
  • Research experience opportunities are available for undergraduate students in the department research laboratories.
  • Opportunities for professional activities outside the classroom are offered through student clubs and organizations such as the Kinesiology and Health Club, Fellowship of Athletic Training, and Pre-Physical Therapy Club.
  • Dance is also part of our department. We offer both educational and performing dance classes that link to a dance minor, an interdisciplinary major in Performing Arts offered through the ISU Department of Music, and several dance performance groups.

Graduate programs and research facilities

  • Our M.S. and Ph.D. programs are intentionally small and are based on a strong mentoring model to promote close working relationships between faculty and students.
  • Graduate students may choose from several specializations including biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor control, physical activity and health, physical education pedagogy, and sociology of physical activity.
  • The Exercise Science laboratories are well equipped with specialized spaces and equipment to support faculty and student research across areas of specialization.


Kinesiology faculty, staff, and students maintain many outreach programs and other cooperative ventures related to physical activity, dance, and health with the campus, local communities, and beyond:

  • We run the Exercise Clinic that serves faculty, staff, and the local community.
  • We have a contract with the Iowa Department of Public Safety for medical and fitness assessment.
  • We offer an elective physical activity program for students; over 100 sections are offered each year with more than 2,000 students enrolled.
  • We offer a summer youth sport program, physical education for Ames home-schooled and special needs children, and other physical activity programs for children throughout the year.
  • We work closely with local hospitals, schools, health/fitness clubs, and sport teams.

The Department of Kinesiology is ready to assist you with your interests in physical activity and health. Contact us if you have questions, and join us in promoting healthy lifestyles.

Philip E. Martin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair