If you have a passion for healthy living and physical activity, why not promote public wellness and physical education by training to be a coach, teacher, personal trainer, health facility manager, or recreation director.  Or you can prepare for graduate study in physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or sports medicine.  Small class sizes mean lots of hands-on, active learning with professors who take a personal interest in their students’ well being and success.  


Exercise Science is an excellent pre-professional course of study for exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy or other areas of sports medicine. 

Job Outlook
Employment of physical therapists is expected to increase 39 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come, in large part, from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life than previous generations did.

The median annual wage of physical therapists was $76,310 in May 2010.

Educational Qualifications
Physical therapists are required to have a postgraduate professional degree. Physical therapy programs usually award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. Doctoral programs typically last three years; MPT programs require two to three years of study. Most programs, either DPT or MPT, require a bachelor’s degree for admission, and many require specific prerequisites, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry.

Physical therapy programs often include courses in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Physical therapy students also complete clinical rotations, enabling them to gain supervised work experience in areas such as acute care and orthopedic care.

Physical therapists may apply to and complete residency programs after graduation. Residencies last nine months to three years and provide additional training and experience in advanced or specialty areas of care. All states require physical therapists to be licensed. 

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.


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Department of Kinesiology


A degree from the Kinesiology department prepares you for work in a hospital, school, fitness center, or gymnasium.  It also serves as preparation for graduate education in physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or sports medicine.  Additional certifications offered in connection with degrees in the Kinesiology department increase employment opportunities.


  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Recreational Director
  • Athletic Administrator
  • Fitness Specialist

Expected employment growth of physical therapists 2010 to 2020

Kinesiology Core Curriculum  
Item #TitleCredits
KINT 110Fundamentals of Kinesiology3
KINT 201Introductino to Kinesiology Research1
KINT 241 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
KINT 310 Motor Learning3
KINT 321Exercise Physiology3
KINT 331Biomechanics3
KINT 490Senior Seminar (capstone/Portfolio)1
 Sub-Total Credits17


Required Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
KINA 115Resistance Tarining1
KINA 215Advanced Resistance Training1
KINT 216 Nutrition3
KINT 252ACSM Certified Personal Trainer3
KINT 260First Aid, CPR, and First Responder Training2
KINT 354NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist3
KINT 452ACSM Certified Health & Fitness Specialist3
KINT 460 Applied Social Research Methods3
KINT 480Internship3-6
 Sub-Total Credits42


Required Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 101Anatomy & Physiology 14
BIOL 102 Anatomy & Physiology 24
CHEM 111General Chemistry 14
CHEM 112General Chemistry 24
MATH 121Precalculus3
MATH 141Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
PHYS 121General Physics 14
PSYC 212General Psychology3
PSYC 220Human Growth and Development3
 Sub-Total Credits32


Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, MS

Associate Professor

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Assistant Professor

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor and Department Chair