The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) defines Kinesiology as: “the academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life.” Ultimately, kinesiology is the science of human movement. Scientists in this field perform research to improve the function, health, and wellness of people of all ages and lifestyles. As a kinesiology student at the University of Utah, you will study exercise and the body’s motion, giving you the tools you need to help prevent injury and chronic disease. The program offers three emphasis areas— Exercise Science, Fitness and Wellness Specialist, or Kinesiology Teaching—allowing students to complete the degree that best fits their goals and strengths. Regardless of emphasis area, students will receive education in kinesiology fundamentals and have the chance to practice their skills through community interaction or research projects. Because the Kinesiology BS and Excercise Science BS are non-vocational programs, students declaring the Health and Wellness Specialist track usually go on to graduate school after completion of their degree.
The Student Experience
In addition to the clinical hours and research projects you will complete as part of your program, consider further degree enrichment and complete a learning abroad program. If you want to get involved in the department and meet fellow students, join one of the many health-related clubs and organizations: the Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee, Connect2Health (a volunteer group connecting the community to healthcare resources), or the Health & Human Rights Interest Group all have chapters at the U.
Upon graduation, most students go on to complete graduate programs like occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, nursing, or medical school. Students who chose the Kinesiology Teaching track and received teacher certification may pursue careers as kinesiology educators. Students who decide to enter the professional world after graduation may find work as coaches, corporate wellness specialists, personal trainers, or respiratory therapists. Careers in sports marketing, strength and conditioning, and physical education are also possible.