Kinesiology—Movement Studies

Kinesiology—Movement Studies


Kinesiology is the concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological, and physiological perspectives. The Kinesiology — Movement Studies Specialization is recommended for students who wish to pursue a variety of career opportunities related to kinesiology. 

The Movement Studies Specialization provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. The program 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.

“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

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.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Baxter Healthcare: Plasma Center Technician 
  • BioForce HRV: Strength and Conditioning Coach 
  • Brittney VanDijk Yoga and Wellness: Yoga Instructor/Owner 
  • The Everett Clinic: PT Aide 
  • Gold’s Gym: Certified Personal Trainer 
  • Lakeland Sports and Spine Physical Therapy: Physical Therapist Aide 
  • North Coast Gymnastics Academy: Team Director and Coach 
  • NW Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation 
  • Dr. Todd Lovell: Massage 
  • Washington Athletic Club: Personal Trainer

Sample Jobs

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

*with post-baccalaureate study

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.


Department of Health and Human Development - Kinesiology