The minor in Kinesiology provides students with a multi-faceted view of human performance. Students earning a minor in Kinesiology will study foundational sciences such as anatomical kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, and the social psychology of physical activity.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize Kinesiology career options.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of functional anatomy and biomechanics.
  • Describe the biological foundations of motor control, explain information processing and learning theories, and identify practical concerns relating to enhancement of motor performance.
  • Explain the biomechanical principles that underlie human motor performance.
  • Specify the physiological response to exercise and describe the systemic adaptations that occur at rest and during submaximal and maximal exercise following chronic aerobic, anaerobic, and strength training.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to discuss the physiological basis of the major components of physical fitness, and develop individual fitness programs.
  • Evaluate current concepts in nutrition in relation to health and disease, and apply guidelines for designing a healthy diet.
  • Explain acute care of sport-related injury and illness, and design risk management and injury prevention strategies.
  • Evaluate popular nutrition practices utilized by competitive and recreational athletes, focusing on dietary assessment, scientific validity, and efficacy.
  • Explain the risk factor concept of disease and the role of physical activity in modifying risk factors.
  • Analyze and evaluate research data.

Career Possibilities

A minor in Kinesiology will support students interested in a career in the fitness industry.


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Minor in Kinesiology


Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of kinesiology, nutrition sciences, and athletic training. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, and practical laboratory and clinical experiences.