College of Applied Health Sciences


What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. In this major, you’ll learn about exercise stress, movement efficiency, and fitness; coordination, control, and skill in physical activities; and physical growth, development, and body form throughout a lifetime. You’ll also study the instructional process of teaching or coaching and the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of participating in physical activities and sports. Finally, you’ll learn the effects of therapeutic techniques on those recovering from physical injuries. Gaining real-world experience through work and research, you’ll be prepared for careers in human movement-related fields or advanced professional or graduate study.

Career Options

  • Athletic training
  • Coaching
  • Exercise physiology
  • Medical doctor
  • Occupational therapy
  • Personal training
  • Physical education
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports psychology

Post-Graduation Success1

81% employed or continuing education

35% employed after graduation

46% attending graduate school

$37,578 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: ATI Physical Therapy, Gold’s Gym, Stryker View All

Sample grad school destinations: Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rosalind Franklin University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strength and interest in science coursework 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the major and career options
  • Commitment to activities, employment, or community involvement and/or leadership experiences

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

76% four-year graduation rate

89% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,112
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $36,262


  • Tuition: $32,232
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,722


  • Tuition: $33,180
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $56,670