Kinesiology—Sport Psychology

A BS degree in Kinesiology — Sport Psychology specialization provides students with the behavioral knowledge and educational techniques to enhance performance in recreational, exercise, and athletic settings. The major provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. Sport Psychology is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry or any other field such as coaching or rehabilitation, where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health and fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth, and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education, and physics are included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function. 

The Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance.”

–Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Faculty

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program participate in field or internship experiences, but also have the opportunity to make connections with peers and professionals through the Kin Club. The Kinesiology Club is devoted to helping students prepare for future careers by creating friendships, developing leadership skills, participating in events, interacting with health-care and fitness professionals, and learning how to become competitive candidates for careers and graduate schooling.

Sample Careers

  • Athletic Coaching 
  • Wellness Coordinator 
  • Health Club Manager 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 
  • Biomedical Research &/or Sales 
  • Fitness Product Sales 
  • Athletic Trainer* 

*with post-baccalaureate study

Department of Health and Human Development

Kinesiology—Sport Psychology, BS

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