Kinesiology and Health Major

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 teacher education. Preparation to teach at the elementary, middle school, and/or high school level.

 

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

Curriculum Requirements

Kinesiology and Health curriculum requirements 2017-18

4-year Plans

2017-2018 catalog

Community/Public Health (PDF)

Exercise Science (PDF)

Physical Activity and Health Promotion (PDF) (New option beginning Fall 2017)

Physical Education Teacher Education (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Education with Health Endorsement (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Chiropractic (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Dentistry (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Human Medicine (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Occupational Therapy (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Optometry (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Physician Assistant (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Physical Therapy (PDF)

 

2016-2017 catalog

Community/Public Health (PDF)

Exercise Science (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Chiropractic (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Dentistry (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Medicine (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Occupational Therapy (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Optometry (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Physical Therapy (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Physician Assistant (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure with Health Endorsement (PDF)

 

2015-16 catalog

Exercise Science  (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Chiropractic  (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Dentistry (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Medicine (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Occupational Therapy (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Optometry (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Physical Therapy (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Physician Assistant (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure with Health Endorsement (PDF)

Community/Public Health (PDF) 

2014-15 catalog

Exercise Science  (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Chiropractic  (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Medicine (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Physician Assistant (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Occupational Therapy (PDF)

Pre-Health Professions - Pre-Physical Therapy (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure with Health Endorsement (PDF)

Community/Public Health (PDF)

2013-14 catalog

Exercise Science 4-year plan (PDF)

Pre- Health Professions - Chiropractic 4-year plan (PDF)

Pre- Health Professions - Pre-Medicine 4-year plan (PDF)

Pre- Health Professions - Pre-Physician Assistant 4-year plan (PDF)

Pre- Health Professions - Pre-Occupational Therapy 4-year plan (PDF)

Pre- Health Professions - Pre-Physical Therapy 4-year plan (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure 4-year plan (PDF)

Physical Education Teacher Licensure with Health Endorsement 4-year plan (PDF)

Community/Public Health 4-year plan (PDF)

2011-12 and 2012-13 catalogs

Exercise Science

Pre- Health Professions - Chiropractic

Pre- Health Professions - Pre-Medicine

Pre- Health Professions - Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre- Health Professions - Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Education Teacher Licensure

Community/Public Health

 

Accelerated Degree Option

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

Get Involved

Learning Communities

Learning communities connect students with social and learning activities that extend well beyond the classroom. Students in many communities take a few courses together, get to know upperclassmen peer mentors, study together as a group, do service projects, and gather just for fun.

Visit Kinesiology’s learning community page

Clubs and Organizations

Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.

Visit Kinesiology’s related clubs and organizations page

Careers and Internships

Careers

A kinesiology and health degree can lead to these types of careers:

  • Health promotion specialist
  • Health teacher (grades 5-12)
  • Public health consultant
  • Personal trainer or health coach
  • Cardiac rehabilitation exercise specialist
  • Physical therapist
  • Doctor
  • Chiropractor
  • Occupational therapist

Careers Services

Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:

  • Job search materials such as resumes and cover letters
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Interviewing skills

Internships

All Kinesiology and Health undergraduate students are required to complete an internship, sometimes referred to as a field experience. These experiences may vary in length (typically 10 to 16 weeks) and may also vary in the number of semesters of involvement.

Internship page

Internship resources

View past student internship experiences

Facilities and Laboratories

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 Research.