Kinesiology and health

Kinesiology and health is the largest major in the College of Human Sciences. Students study the biological and behavioral aspects of human movement through biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior and control. You can choose from five career options:

  • Community/public health. Settings include government programs and private organizations such as American Red Cross, etc.
  • Pre-health professions. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of movement leading to careers in physical therapy, human medicine, and other allied health professions.
  • Exercise science. Fitness settings such as private health clubs, employee fitness programs, cardiac rehabilitation, and sport enhancement programs.
  • Physical activity and health promotion. Promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in various community based settings including worksites, schools, hospitals and other community agencies. New option.
  • Physical education licensure. Preparation to teach at the elementary, middle school, and/or high school level.


The kinesiology department utilizes numerous research and teaching laboratories. We have exercise labs, motor skills labs, bio labs and more. You can check out all the different labs under the Research and laboratories section.

Program information

High school coursework requirements

To enroll in the kinesiology and health curriculum, you must meet these high school coursework requirements:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra)
  • 3 years of science (including one year each of two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • 2 years of social studies

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Accelerated degree option
An accelerated degree option is available for the kinesiology and health program.

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Kinesiology study abroad programs

Are you considering a study abroad opportunity to broaden your educational perspectives and personal view of the world? We hope so! The kinesiology department offers various international opportunities through the College of Human Sciences International Programs office.

Careers and internships

The marketplace for our graduates has expanded dramatically in the last ten years. In addition to preparing students for careers in teaching and coaching, health promotion and athletic training, we are an excellent track for those preparing to enter into graduate programs, professional schools for physical therapy, human medicine, physical assistant, and others.

Graduate programs in kinesiology

Career services
Prepare for your next job with Career Services, where staff and peers help you with job searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter editing.

Look at a list of career possibilities inside the kinesiology and health industries.


Our advisers and internship coordinator will guide you through the coursework and experiences you’ll need to land placement in a top graduate school, dream internship, or stellar first job. For more information, visit our careers and internship pages. To apply for internships and full-time work positions, use the ISU CyHire, on-campus career fairs, or talk to your internship coordinator: Deb Power.

See where other students have interned. Visit Career Connections.