College of Education

Kinesiology- Exercise Science

300

hours real-world experience

built into an internship course in your chosen profession

10

hands-on

experiential learning courses in the program

4th

largest major

at the University of Kentucky

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The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science equips students with a variety of skills to support a multitude of fitness and clinical careers. To accommodate these careers, we offer courses that are both academically and physically engaging. Students also have the opportunity to complete 300 hours of practicum/internship experience to develop practical skills in a chosen profession.

 

The degree involves the systematic study of the mechanisms underlying human movement, exercise, and physical activity. This unique degree offers science-based courses in the field of health and wellness as well as performance-based activity courses. Sub-disciplines include human physiology, anatomy, neuroscience, psychology, motor control, and biomechanics.

 

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory has facilities equipped for the study of physiology and performance testing. Body composition, cardiorespiratory testing, electromyography (EMG), and performance measurements are performed in our teaching facilities and research laboratories.

 

Careers

Grow Your Future

This degree is appropriate for students interested in personal training, sports administration/management, sport leadership, exercise physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, athletic coaching, and fitness specialties. Upon completion, a number of students apply and are accepted into the following professional schools: physician assistant, dental, medical, pharmacy, and physical therapy.

Career Opportunities in Exercise Science:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Personal Training
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Sport Leadership
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Sports administration/management
  • Coaching
  • Fitness
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Dentist
  • Physician
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical Sales

 

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“There are endless opportunities with a Kinesiology major. I have become a well-rounded student and strong leader. The faculty, staff, and students push me to be the best student that I can be. The variety of classes that are offered prepare students for life after graduation. Because of the available organizations I have become a confident leader and feel that I am prepared for graduate school.”

Kaylee Sowers

Kinesiology Graduate, Physical Therapy at Marshall University

What You'll Study

The Department offers a course in “Strength and Conditioning in Sport” that is nationally recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) where students have an opportunity to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS). The “Exercise Testing and Prescription” course prepares students to obtain their personal training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. Other courses offered include, but are not limited to, Track & Field, Nutrition and Fitness, First Aid & CPR, Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and Psychology of Physical Activity.

Course highlights: 

KHP 350: Strength and Conditioning for Sports - This course is nationally recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association where students are prepared to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists and train athletes. 

KHP 415: Biomechanics of Human Movement - This course examines the application of mechanical principles in the study of the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by those forces. 

KHP 420G: Exercise Physiology - An in-depth study of the immediate and long-term effects of exercise on the human organism. 

KHP 450: Introduction to Exercise Testing and Prescription - This course prepares students to obtain Health Fitness Certifications and the Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The course addresses principles of exercise testing and prescription of apparently healthy individuals and individuals with controlled disease. 


Graduation Requirements

Completion of the program requires a 2.0 GPA and 120 total hours including: 

  • UK Core - 31 hours 
  • Professional Kinesiology requirements - 35 hours 
  • Exercise Science courses - 23-24 hours plus electives 
  • Program courses - 23 hours 

Apply for College of Education Scholarships

In addition to automatic and competitive scholarships from the University of Kentucky, our students are also eligible for a variety of scholarship awards from the College of Education.

For incoming freshmen the scholarship application deadline is February 15. 

For transfer and current students the scholarship application deadline is April 21.

Student Organizations

Students can find many opportunities to join organizations. Many of our kinesiology (exercise science) students are involved in:

 

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Club

​If you are interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle, or interested in exercise science, physical therapy, physicians assistant, occupational therapy, athletic training, sports psychology, sports medicine, or physical and health education this is the student organization for you!

 

Learn more about student organizations in our college.


Imagine Your Future

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain.

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Median Salary

$91,010

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

258,200

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

47,000

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, patients’ homes, and nursing homes. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.

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Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists treat patients who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

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Median Salary

$86,280

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

143,300

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

22,700

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

About half of occupational therapists work in offices of occupational therapy or in hospitals. Others work in schools, nursing homes, and home health services. Therapists may spend a lot of time on their feet while working with patients.

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Physician Assistants

Physician assistants practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$115,390

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

125,500

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

39,300

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Physician assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare settings. Most work full time.

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Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$49,860

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

32,100

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

5,200

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Many athletic trainers work in educational settings, such as colleges, universities, elementary schools, and secondary schools. Others work in hospitals, fitness centers, or physicians’ offices, or for professional sports teams.

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