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Dept. of Physical Ed., Health & Kinesiology


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Dept. of Physical Ed., Health & Kinesiology


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Prepare for a career in the health and wellness industry with an understanding of physical healing and fitness. The kinesiology major focuses on exercise, movement, nutrition, and disease prevention while preparing you for clinical health-related fields. This major also provides a solid foundation for further graduate study.


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4 tracks

available for this degree


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Why study kinesiology at Northwestern?

In the kinesiology program, you are able to choose from the following four tracks:

Health & Fitness
This track provides many avenues to help people improve their personal health. Health and fitness instructors assess a client's level of physical fitness and help them achieve health goals within typical work environments which includes fitness and sport training centers and health clubs. A health educator informs the public about important issues, such as disease prevention and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Health educators may work in a variety of settings, including universities, hospitals, non profit organizations, private businesses, or public health institutions.

Health Management
This kinesiology track is where health meets business. Equipped with a business minor,you will be able to work in broad healthcare industry roles, in the public and/or private sector.

Students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training can enroll in a kinesiology pre-therapy program to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help restore movement to patients suffering from serious physical injuries, disease, or to enhance the abilities of those with physical challenges. This track includes coursework that focuses on injury prevention and evaluation, movement efficiency, rehabilitation, habilitation, and prerequisite coursework for advanced graduate schools.

Sport Management
This track prepares you for career opportunities as a professional manager in areas such as sports marketing, facility management, sports information, amateur and professional athletics, and sports and entertainment event planning. Coursework focuses on key kinesiology and business skills with specific application to the sports industry.

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business and kinesiology industries.

If you enjoy learning about health, body mechanics, and how you can serve others, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, and be prepared for the field of health and fitness.

Some classes include:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Foundations of Physical Education and Health
  • Human Nutrition
  • Health and Fitness Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Adapted Fitness and Activity
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I was amazed at the intricacies with which God designed the human body and found it fascinating to learn about. Seeing how important faith was in each of my classes was one of the things I loved most about Northwestern.

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Department of Physical Education, Health & Kinesiology

Ericksen Center, E2080
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

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