College of Education and Human Development

School of Kinesiology

Kinesiology BS

The bachelor of science (BS) program in kinesiology is for students who are interested in the physical, biological, and social sciences related to the study of physical activity and human movement. Students will gain knowledge and experience related to physical activity and human movement within contexts such as exercise, health and lifestyle, and sport.

The kinesiology major has dedicated faculty who are experts in various areas relative to kinesiology, such as:

  • Biomechanics
  • Neuromotor control
  • Exercise physiology 
  • Perceptual-motor control and learning
  • Physical activity and health promotion
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Sport sociology

A Kinesiology BS prepares students for careers and advanced study in the physical, biological, and social sciences related to the study of physical activity and human movement. This program is a comprehensive, science-based academic degree.


High school students

Contact the University Admissions Office

Transfer students

CEHD Transfer Admissions

University of Minnesota students

Application to transfer from within the U of M system

CEHD students

Call or email CEHD Student Services to schedule an appointment with your student services advisor.
Phone: 612-625-3339

Kinesiology BS majors

Major advisor: Colin Rogness

Why study kinesiology at the University of Minnesota?

The kinesiology program at the University of Minnesota is:

  • Housed in a top research 1 university, ranked within the top 50 schools by the 2020 Best Global Universities rankings.
  • Is ranked within the top 15 Kinesiology programs by the National Academy of Kinesiology.
  • Is home to 14 labs and centers, all conducting unique research, with access to advanced laboratory equipment.
  • Taught by world-renowned faculty and scholars with diverse research interests who are engaged and committed to students' success.
  • Is located in a heath and wellness hub, home to companies like Medtronic and Mayo Clinic, the number one (Minneapolis) and three (Saint Paul) best park systems in the nation, and the second most bike trails of all 50 states.
  • Offers major-specific advisors and career counselors who will support students throughout their program.
  • Has major coursework designed to provide a robust foundation that will prepare students to be successful in future careers and further academic study.
  • Offers supporting coursework that enhances students’ individual programs and taps into individual interests and passions.

About this program

Hands-on experiences are essential to students’ ability to formulate long-term career and life goals. Kinesiology students have the opportunity to earn academic credit while working outside of the classroom, either through observation and participation, or involvement with a research project supervised by a member of the faculty.

Students can earn credit outside of the classroom through:

  • KIN 3696 Supervised Practical Experience
  • KIN 3993 Directed Study

Core courses

The purpose of the core courses is to provide students with a broad and diverse understanding of the study of kinesiology. Students will have the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of physical activity and human movement within contexts such as exercise, health care, and sport.

See the University Catalog for information on the current core courses and their descriptions.

Physical education activity requirements

Students of kinesiology are required to participate in the courses that promote movement, physical activity, and sport. Students are required to earn a total of five (5) credits.

See the University Catalog for information on the current approved physical activity courses and their descriptions.

Become a kinesiology major

In order to apply to enter into the kinesiology major, students must complete specific prerequisites and have a total of 45 college level credits completed (see the University Catalog for specific information). Current CEHD students should contact their Student Services Advisor. Students who are either U of M students in a different college or transferring from outside the U of M should review the transfer credit information below.


The purpose of elective credits is to enhance the core courses in the major and provide a greater understanding of topics of interest that tie in with students’ professional and educational goals. Students are required to take twelve (12) credits, six (6) credits at the 3XXX level and six (6) credits at the 4XXX or 5XXX level.

See the University catalog for information on the current approved focused electives.

What our students have to say

Quote from Sam and Michael Helgesen

Sam and Michael Helgesen

We liked the idea of attending a BIG 10 school, and when we toured the campus it just felt like the right place.

Sam and Michael Helgesen Kinesiology BS

Internships and career exploration

What graduates do

A degree in kinesiology is applicable in a wide variety of careers and further education. Below are a few highlighted opportunities, but the opportunities stretch far and wide. 

  • Athletic training 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Chiropractic medicine 
  • Dentistry 
  • Ergonomics 
  • Exercise physiology 
  • Exercise rehabilitation 
  • Movement science 
  • Motor performance 
  • Nursing 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Physical education licensure 
  • Preventative and rehabilitation medicine 
  • Psychology of sport and exercise 
  • Sport sociology 


Career services

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a career counselor in CEHD Career Services to work on developing their marketing materials (resume and cover letter) and their preparedness to find jobs and experiences: