The Kinesiology major is based on the idea of studying human movement and sport from the point of view of sub-disciplines in kinesiology. The curriculum includes courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, motor development, and sport and exercise psychology. Students will choose five advanced courses, based on their interests, to further develop their knowledge. Students also have the opportunity to work with a professor to conduct research in a specific area of Kinesiology. This major offers excellent preparation for students who plan to attend graduate school in an area of kinesiology or professional school. Examples include physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), medicine, physician assistant (PA), chiropractic, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, motor development, etc. Students in this major can choose to pursue an optional Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration.

Potential Job Titles

  • Sport Instructor / Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Manager / Coordinator / Specialist
  • Health Promotion Specialist

Experiential Learning

  • Hands-on lab activities in most of the foundational courses
  • Designing & implementing a program to improve balance and motor function in older adults
  • Participate in a departmental study abroad opportunity during the summer to Beijing Sport University
  • Learn the process of conducting research in a lab with a professor

Potential Career Fields with Additional Education

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Development / Learning
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport History
  • Athletic Administration
  • Product Research and Development
  • University Faculty


  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Basic Public Health Studies
  • Motor Skill Learning / Motor Development
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Clinical Anatomy
  • Research Methods

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet 

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Kinesiology, please visit the Change to an HHS Major page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Kinesiology from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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