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Kinesiology (BS)

An occupation on the move.

From summer camps and sports teams to medical facilities and universities, opportunities abound for kinesiology majors. As exercise, preventative health and wellness become more of a priority for individuals and organizations, demand for careers in this field will continue to grow.

A kinesiology degree from ACU prepares you for careers in commercial or hospital-based fitness, wellness or cardiac rehabilitation or for entry into graduate school. Further specialize your study by choosing one of six tracks: generalist, athletic training, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, health promotions, or sports and recreation management.

Program Overview

Credit hours 72
Concentrations 6
Department Kinesiology and Nutrition
School/College College of Education and Human Services


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Structural Kinesiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Medical Terminology
  • Biomechanics
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  • Health Promotion
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Kinesiology Generalist
  • Athletic Training

What can you do after graduation?

  • Recreational Therapist
  • Sports Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Marketing
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Massage Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
Dr. Sheila Jones

Dr Sheila Jones teaches in ACU's Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Clubs and Activities

Kinesiology majors have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including:

  • Internships
  • Job shadowing
  • Center for Human Performance
  • Recreation and Wellness Center

About the Kinesiology and Nutrition Department

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The Kinesiology and Nutrition Department trains students to live healthful and physically active lives. Students pursuing ACU degrees in kinesiology or nutrition are equipped to enter careers or graduate school in the areas such as human performance, wellness, health promotion, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics and nutrition.

The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center serves as a laboratory, and the Human Performance Laboratory allows our students to help campus community members assess personal health.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.