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Kinesiology, BS

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About the Program

The Kinesiology major is based on the idea of studying human movement and sport from the point of view of sub-disciplines in kinesiology. The curriculum includes courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, motor development, and sport and exercise psychology. Students will choose four advanced courses, based on their interests, to further develop their knowledge. Students also have the opportunity to work with a professor to conduct research in a specific area of Kinesiology. This major offers excellent preparation for students who plan to attend graduate school in an area of kinesiology or professional school. Examples include physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), medicine, physician assistant (PA), chiropractic, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, motor development, etc. Students in this major can choose to pursue an optional Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (37 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (43-48 credits)

Free Electives (35-40 credits)

Electives for CEXP concentration (13-18 credits)

Culture & Diversity Selectives (3 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

14-15 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

13-16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Humanities selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Kinesiology selective (or HK 41100  if CEXP)- Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Kinesiology selective (or HK 46500  if CEXP) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective (or HK 48500  if CEXP)- Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Kinesiology selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Kinesiology selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology & Society selective - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 0.00-2.00


- HK 49201 - Internship for Exercise and Health   -400 Hour Intership

- Elective - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00

Note: Students may also do intership during the summer and graduate in August.

9-14 Credits


2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

“C-” or better required in all HK courses


At least 32 credits of Purdue coursework required at 30000 level or higher.

-KINE includes 27 credits (if taken at Purdue). 

-Kinesiology with Optional Concentration includes 43 credits (if taken at Purdue).

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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