Kinesiology

What is Kinesiology? 

The Kinesiology Program provides concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological, and physiological perspectives. This program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry and can serve as a preparatory program for graduate or post-baccalaureate study in the areas of aging, auxology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health/fitness, motor control/learning, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, or similar allied health programs, and sport psychology. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, psychology, health education, and physics may be included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.

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Kinesiology Degrees

Kinesiology—Exercise Science, BS

A BS degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Science is recommended for students who wish to pursue a variety of career opportunities related to kinesiology. The major provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological and pathological perspectives.

Contact

Jen Leita, General Information and Advising
Jen.Leita@wwu.edu | 360-650-4377

Kinesiology—Pre-Healthcare Professions, BS

The Kinesiology — Pre-Healthcare Professions program is a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. The Pre-Healthcare Professions option is ideal for students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate study in a healthcare profession or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas.

Contact

Jen Leita, General Information and Advising
Jen.Leita@wwu.edu | 360-650-4377

Kinesiology—Sport Psychology, BS

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.

Contact

Jen Leita, General Information and Advising
Jen.Leita@wwu.edu | 360-650-4377

Kinesiology at Western

The Kinesiology — Pre-Healthcare Professions program is a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. The Pre-Healthcare Professions option is ideal for students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate study in a healthcare profession such as occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, naturopathy, or chiropractic, 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 an in-depth analysis of the principles associated with human structure and function.

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. 

Western’s Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Explore courses

KIN 311 – Biomechanics

KIN 320 – Psychology of Sport

PSY 230 – Lifespan Developmental Psychology

KIN 414 – Physical Activity and Nutrition

KIN 416 – Strength and Conditioning Program Design

Hands-on-Experience and Internships

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.

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.
Emeritus Faculty and Founder of the Center for Performance Excellence

What can you do with Kinesiology?

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Fremont County Ambulance: Medic 
  • Full Life Care: Heads Up Traumatic Brain injury Activity Coordinator 
  • Infinity Rehab: Rehab Aide 
  • My Spine Chiropractic and Massage: Trainer 
  • Olympia Physical Therapy: Exercise Specialist 
  • Pioneer Human Services: Detox Treatment Specialist 
  • Summit Place Assisted Living: CAN 
  • Sunset Yoga Works: Certified Yoga Instructor

Kinesiology careers

  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Health Club Manager
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Product Sales
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales
  • Biomedical Research &/or Sales
  • Athletic Trainer*
  • Nutrition Specialist*
  • Graduate School in Kinesiology*

Pre-Health Care Specialization Careers: 

  • Nursing* 
  • Occupational Therapy* 
  • Physician Assistant* 
  • Naturopathic Medicine* 
  • Chiropractic Medicine* 

 

*with post-baccalaureate study