Kinesiology is the study of human movement that tends to emphasize exercise and physical activity and its relation to disease-prevention and overall health. There are many schools throughout the United States that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in kinesiology. The best programs have a competitive admission process and offer a wide range of coursework taught by highly qualified faculty.
Penn State University
Penn State University offers an undergraduate major and minor in kinesiology. Students who major in kinesiology have four concentrations to choose from: athletic training, fitness studies, movement science and physical and health education. All options require a practicum, allowing students to gain hands-on training and work experience prior to graduation. There is also a graduate program that benefits from the department's long history of scientific and academic achievement. The doctoral program was ranked first in its class in a 2005 survey by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Students may choose to focus on athletic training and sports medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, history and philosophy of sport, motor control or the psychology of movement and sport.
Penn State University 275 Recreation Building University Park, PA 814-865-4700 psu.edu
University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a bachelor of science, master of science and a doctorate in kinesiology. Students may concentrate their studies in movement science, exercise and fitness, applied exercise physiology, exercise biology or motor control and learning. A wide range of research opportunities and clinical internships is available, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience before graduating.
University of Illinois at Chicago 1919 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60612-7249 ahs.uic.edu
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in kinesiology. According to its official website, the Department of Kinesiology has the "fourth-largest undergraduate enrollment" of any department in the university. It also has an "applicant selectivity" rate of 44%, which is the second-highest on campus. Its faculty members have won numerous awards and grants for their research and teaching. Undergraduate students choose from four majors: athletic training, movement science, physical education and sport management.
University of Michigan 1402 Washington Heights Anna Arbor, MI 48109-2013 734-764-1817 umich.edu
University of Florida
The University of Florida offers a bachelor of science in applied physiology and kinesiology. Students have the choice of two specializations: exercise physiology and fitness and wellness. Students have the opportunity to complete an internship in the profession they prefer, such as exercise technician, biomedical research, wellness instructor or exercise specialist. A part-time practicum in a major research area, such as neuromechanics, sports medicine, biomechanics, molecular physiology, or performance psychology, is required. Highly selective master's and doctoral programs are also available in the areas of exercise physiology, biobehavioral science, athletic training, human performance, or clinical exercise physiology.
University of Florida 100 Fletcher Drive Gainsville, FL 32611 352-393-3261 ufl.edu