Do you have a passion for healthy living and physical activity?

Then why not promote public wellness and physical education by training to be a:

  • Coach
  • Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health Facility Manager
  • Recreation Director

Or you can prepare for graduate study in: 

  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Medicine

Small class sizes mean lots of hands-on, active learning with professors who take a personal interest in your well-being and success.  

The Department of Kinesiology provides classes and support for majors in:

  • Exercise Science
  • Health and Fitness
  • Sports and Fitness Management
  • Physical Education

Minors include:

  • Physical Education
  • Health and Fitness
  • Coaching

Health and fitness classes also support the general studies students in fitness, wellness, and physical education. In the basic fitness and wellness classes, you will be guided through a personal fitness program where we help you cultivate a proactive wellness lifestyle based on Seventh-day Adventist principles. Infrastructure to the University is provided by the operation of a fitness/recreation center that is available to all students and faculty.

Application to Careers


  • Students may elect courses that prepare them for careers as elementary or secondary physical education teachers.
  • A major in Physical Education will also prepare the student for a career in the public or private sector of recreation.
  • Exercise Science is an excellent pre-professional course of study for exercise physiology, physical therapy or other areas of medicine.
  • A major in Health and Fitness prepares the student to become a certified personal trainer and find a career in the hospital, corporate or private fitness industry.
  • The Sports and Fitness Management major is for students interested in running a health club or managing a sports team.

Regardless of your major, you will be prepared for graduate school.

News & Events

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B.S. Exercise Science

Do you have a dream of helping people improve their lives through physical fitness and rehabilitation? Then maybe you should consider a career choice in exercise science! A B.S. in Exercise Science focuses on building your foundation to work directly with individuals to improve their overall physical fitness and quality of life.

B.S. Health & Fitness

Do you have a dream of helping people improve their physical fitness for health and athletic performance? Then a B.S. in Health and Fitness could be the right degree for you! In this degree, you’ll study how the body functions, the importance of nutrition, kinesiology fundamentals, fitness promotion tactics, and stress management.

B.S. Sports & Fitness Management

Do you have a passion for playing sports and an active lifestyle? Then maybe the perfect career for you is in sports and fitness management! A B.S. in Sports and Fitness Management prepares you to manage health clubs and sports teams.

B.S. Physical Education, Teaching Certification (K – 12)

Do you enjoy teaching and physical education? A B.S. in Physical Education with a teaching certification gives you the opportunity to work with the next generation and teach them the benefits of an active lifestyle. 

A.S. Health & Fitness

The A.S. Health and Fitness degree is a two-year program aimed to help you get started in the health and fitness career field. With this degree, you will be prepared to help people improve their physical fitness for health or athletic performance in hospitals, health clubs, or private fitness centers.

Minor in Coaching

If you have a passion for leading sports but want to have a stronger focus on a different degree, a minor in coaching is the perfect addition to your career.

Minor in Health & Fitness

Do you have a dream to help people improve their physical fitness for health and athletic performance? Then a Minor in Health and Fitness might be the perfect addition to your career.

Minor in Physical Education

Do you want a strong foundation in physical education in your career? Then a Minor in Physical Education could be the perfect addition to your studies!

Your Future


A degree from the Kinesiology department prepares you for work in a hospital, school, fitness center, or in a 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 2018 to 2028

Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Department of Kinesiology
Assistant Professor

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Department of Kinesiology
Associate Professor & Department Chair