Kinesiology—Exercise Science

Kinesiology—Exercise Science


 A BS degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Science is recommended for students who wish to pursue a variety of career opportunities related to kinesiology (see sample career list). The major 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 (i.e., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health/ 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.

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: 

  • 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

Sample Jobs

  • 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*


*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.