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Tackle chronic disease. Champion fitness. Study the science of human movement and prepare for a career that improves lives.


The Kinesiology curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree that will prepare students for careers in human movement-related fields and advanced professional or graduate study. 

Through the integration of high-quality research, instruction, and outreach programs, faculty scholars within Kinesiology are leading interdisciplinary initiatives that address pressing concerns of our society such as childhood obesity, prevention of chronic disease, and lifetime health and fitness.

What Will I do?

A bachelor of science degree in kinesiology will prepare you for a career in human movement-related fields or advanced professional or graduate study.

Kinesiology Course Highlights - Fall 2021

You can see descriptions of some of the classes we offer, below. For a complete listing, go to the academic catalog here.

Medical Terminology

medical anatomy books

KIN 199, Credit: 3 hours

Medical Terminology: This is an interactive online course teaching the vocabulary related to anatomical structures, physiological processes, illnesses and diseases of the human body. This course provides students with the necessary word part and compound term memorization, repetition and reinforcement to enable mastery of professional medical terminology.


Online, 2nd eight week, Term B, CRN 73451
Instructor: Dr. Jamie O'Connor


Stress Management

student covering face with hands

KIN 199, Credit: 3 hours

This course is designed to help students begin identify and recognize common stressors in their own personal environments and formulate a personalized strategic plan to relieve and manage stress. This course will provide an opportunity for students to create an individualized plan to increase holistic wellness

Online, 2nd eight week, Term B, CRN 32000
Instructor: Dr. Julene Ensign

Exercise Prescription

exercise class doing stretches

Kin 199, Credit: 3 hours

The application of exercise prescription is complex and requires understanding of anatomy and physiology, exercise prescription and exercise psychology. The major emphasis behind this course will be on connecting theory and practice. Students that complete this course will be prepared to work as personal trainers and to write national certification exams, eg. ACE, NASM, ACSM, if they choose to do so.

In-person, CRN 73049
Instructor:  Dr. Alana Harris


Our graduates are working as:

  • Athletic Director

  • Athletic Scout

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Camp Owner/Director

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapist

  • Certified Orthotist

  • Certified Prosthetist

  • Chiropractor

  • Clinical Exercise Specialist

  • Coach

  • Corporate Wellness Manager

  • Epidemiologist

  • Ergonomic Researcher/Designer

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Exercise Physiology Nurse

  • Exercise Program Director

  • Fitness Instructor

  • Fitness Specialist

  • Health Educator

  • Nutritionist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • Personal Trainer

  • Pharmaceutical Sales Consultant

  • Physical Education Teacher

  • Physical Therapist

  • Physician

  • Physician Assistant

  • Pro Sports Fundraiser

  • Professor

  • Recreation and Fitness Manager

  • Recreation Therapist

  • Rehabilitation Therapist

  • Researcher

  • Respiratory Therapist

  • Sporting Attire Manufacturer’s Consultant

  • Sports & Fitness Equipment Designer

  • Sports Administration

  • Sports Massage Therapist

  • Sport Psychologist

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Umpire/Referee

Contact an Advisor

Undergraduate Advisors

TBA, last names A-L

Amy O’Neill, last names M-Z, aroneill@illinois.edu

Graduate Advisors

  • Julie Jenkins
  • Administrative Aide
  • jjenkns@illinois.edu
  • 906 S. Goodwin Ave
  • 112 Freer Hall
  • Urbana, IL. 61801
  • Phone: (217) 333-1083

Awards & Scholarships

As of February 1st, 2021, applications are no longer being accepted for undergraduate and graduate awards and scholarships. Information about the awards can be found here.

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health: Statement of our Commitment to Equity and Fairness