College of Education

Kinesiology (Exercise Science)


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The Exercise Science program equips students with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds to support a multitude of sport and fitness 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

  • Personal Training
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Leadership
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Coaching
  • Fitness
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
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What You'll Study

The kinesiology program ensures an understanding of and knowledge about the structure of physical education through the content courses of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and nutrition. Application of this knowledge is demonstrated in physical education to ensure discipline knowledge for teaching.

Graduation Requirements

The B.S. in Kinesiology requires completion of: (1) the UK Core requirements; (2) specified course work in Program Related Studies and Professional Education; and (3) one of the kinesiology plans. All kinesiology students are encouraged to complete Plan 1, which includes majors in kinesiology and health promotion, so that on graduating they will be qualified to pursue state teaching certification in physical education and health, grades P-12. In addition, students who choose to major in either kinesiology or health promotion only, must pick up a university-approved minor, and are only certified to teach in the single discipline selected.

Imagine Your Future

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.

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

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Similar Occupations

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  • Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Registered Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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Dr. Mark Abel

Associate Professor

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

College of Education

Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion

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(859) 257-4091

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