Kinesiology (BS)

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The Kinesiology Program prepares students for careers in personal training, exercise physiology, strength coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, and other disciplines. Many students continue their education with post-graduate study in allied health professions or within the kinesiology field.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at Indiana State?

The bachelor’s degree in kinesiology delivers foundational preparation for a successful career in exercise science and physiology, and for intensive graduate study leading to advanced degrees in allied health professions, including the Master of Occupational Therapy program and the Doctor of Athletic Training program.  

Study Physical Health

As a kinesiology major, you will learn the basic science of the human body’s capacity for movement,  and physical stresses while studying the principles of exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning.

Our program features in-class learning and extensive laboratory work featuring practical, hands-on experience in physiology, biomechanics, and exercise testing and prescription. Our Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program concludes with an internship for additional training in your area of focus.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Indiana State's expert faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport open doors to your professional success. With small class sizes, active collaboration on projects and research, and one-on-one mentorships,  faculty help you prepare for graduate study and impactful careers in health care. They facilitate your activities, including hands-on internships in kinesiology. They also encourage you to volunteer as coaches, instructors, and mentors at local hospitals, clinics, fitness facilities, and school corporations.  

What You'll Learn in the Kinesiology Program

The BS degree in kinesiology combines classroom lectures with laboratory work for exercise physiology, and biomechanics. You can complete our kinesiology bachelor’s degree program in four years of full-time study.


You will also complete an internship in an approved health setting with a professional supervisor. During this experience you will learn more about your focus area of study, work directly with clients, and gain practical professional experience.   


Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Kinesiology Majors

The bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Indiana State prepares you for a career in a variety of movement and fitness-based activity settings. There is an industry need for kinesiologists and exercise physiologists. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment in exercise physiology to grow nine percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than average.

Our students are also prepared to pursue graduate studies in allied health professions, particularly biomechanics, chiropractic, exercise physiology, medicine, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, and sports psychology.  

Maximize Your Experience at Indiana State

Explore our Honors College to learn how you can maximize your college experience with faculty mentors, undergraduate research, internships, and Honors housing. Students in the Honors College also enjoy opportunities to travel across the nation and abroad for conferences, service-learning trips, and immersive academic and cultural studies.

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Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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In addition, the Kinesiology program is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.