Choosing a Major/Option
Deciding on a major
The Kinesiology program offers the following majors and options:
Kinesiology and health: Community and public health option
Kinesiology and health: Pre-health professions option
Kinesiology and health: Exercise science option
Kinesiology and health: Physical education teacher education option
I’m interested in . . .
“Sports Medicine” is a broad term that encompasses many careers involving the medical treatment and/or prevention of sport-related injuries. It includes professional titles such as:
At Iowa State, the Kinesiology programprepares:
Our pre-health professions option prepares students to attend physical therapy schools with the end goal being a career in physical therapy. Physical therapy schools accept students based on coursework (chemistry, physics, zoology, biology, psychology, math, statistics) and on professional experience.
You need to consider two questions:
You must have a career “Plan B” if physical therapy school does not work out for you!
To answer these questions, take a look at the courses required in each major:
In Kinesiology and Health, career alternatives are numerous and focus on work in:
We suggest you also examine the career alternatives in biology and other majors by talking with a representative in those departments.
The community public/health track prepares a student to become an educator regarding health issues in both public and private sector jobs, but not in the public school setting. Graduates in the community public/health track are not licensed to teach health in the public school sector.
Community public/health graduates are health specialists who find work in careers such as:
They find careers in areas such as:
At Iowa State, you can take coursework to become licensed to teach health in public schools. This is an add-on program called a “health endorsement” that is added on to the requirements of a student’s major. Contact for firstname.lastname@example.org more information
Consider the coaching minor offered through our department if you want to be hired for a coaching position with youth sport.
It is important to build a sound resume and develop professional contacts, because networking is extremely important to get where you want to go in the coaching business!
If you want to coach in public school athletic programs, you might consider becoming a licensed teacher in a subject area suited to your interests (math, English, science, social studies, etc.) and then add on the coaching endorsement offered through the State of Iowa.
Graduates of the exercise science program find careers in the following health/fitness-related positions:
Kinesiology and Health majors find careers as:
During your freshman year, you most likely will take the following:
To decide the option that’s right for you:
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