Applied Movement Science

Applied Movement Science prepares you to work in a health or fitness-related field as a  personal trainer, a strength and conditioning coach, a sport performance coach, a sports coach, a physical education teacher, or a physical activity public health specialist. Many of these fields require you to take an exam in order to be certified to practice in the profession of your choice. Our program prepares you to take these exams while giving you the knowledge to excel in sport and health-related professions.

Preparing for this Major

If you are still in high school, take as many math and science courses as you can. We also recommend shadowing a professional in your field of interest. 

If you are currently attending another college or university, contact an academic advisor to make sure the classes you are taking will transfer. 

What You Need to Do

When you start the program, talk to your academic advisor. They will review your degree requirements and help you choose a certificate, track, minor, or specialization. Your advisor will help you identify and choose the option that best aligns with your career goals. 

All of our Kinesiology and Health Education specializations would work for this major:

  • Coaching
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Medical Fitness & Rehabilitation
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching

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Courses in This Major

As an Applied Movement Science major, you will take more than 30 hours of Kinesiology and Health Education classes, including core courses that give you the foundation you will need to do well in the cognate classes specific to this major. Some of the course options include: 

  • HED 311 Intro to Health Promotion & Behavioral Science
  • KIN 310 Physiological Basis of Conditioning
  • KIN 311K Sport Psychology
  • KIN 312M Management of Physical Activity & Sport Programs 
  • KIN 320 Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • KIN 321 Theory of Human Performance
  • KIN 347 Historical & Ethical Issues in Physical Culture & Sports
  • KIN 424K Applied Human Anatomy
  • KIN 352K Sport Pedagogy

You also will be able to take elective courses that supplement your major. Be sure to talk to your academic advisor about the best options. 

Study Abroad Opportunites

Experience the world and change it. Studying abroad goes beyond the classroom. You also can intern, conduct research, and gain hands-on experience internationally – all of which look great on your resume.

Exercise and Sports for Health, Fitness, and Performance - Tokyo

Join Professor Hirofumi Tanaka on this Maymester program where you will deepen your knowledge of sports science, exercise physiology, sport nutrition, and more. This program will focus specifically on athletes and the Olympic Games as Tokyo will be hosting the games that summer.

Exchange Program with Oxford Brookes University - Oxford

Earn course credit while studying in a dynamic and modern university in a historically significant location. You will take up to four rigorous and science-based classes from local faculty.

These are just two recommended programs. The university provides opportunities worldwide that will fit into your degree plan and are more affordable than you may think. Reach out to the Study Abroad Office and your academic advisor to learn more. 

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Research Opportunities

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education is home to more than 20 well-funded research labs working to promote and understand physical activity, health, movement, behavior, and physical culture and sport. Many of these labs welcome undergraduate students, so take a few minutes to learn more about the ground-breaking research happening in our department and find out if you would be interested in working with our top-notch faculty and graduate students.

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Possible Career Paths

Education and Fitness Careers

Through your preparation in the Applied Movement Science courses, you may also choose to sit for various certification exams that lead to positions in the fields of physical fitness. Some of these certificates include: 

Health Professions

If you are interested in pursuing one of the many health professions such as medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant after graduation, you must complete the prerequisites for the health profession of your choice in addition to completing your degree requirements. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to ensure that you stay on track.

For more information on health professions, please visit the Health Professions Office.