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Whether your interests are in personal fitness, athletic training, coaching, teaching, health and wellness, or one of our pre-professional programs (cardiac rehabilitation or physical therapy to name a few), kinesiology has something for everyone interested in the study of human movement. A degree in kinesiology at UW-Eau Claire will address the biological, psychological, social and environmental factors that influence an individual’s capacity to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Outstanding pre-professional experiences

Students can participate in a wide variety of pre-professional experiences such as student-faculty collaborative research; job shadowing and mentoring with area professionals; K-12 field experiences; coaching and human performance apprenticeships; regional professional meetings and workshops; clinical experiences and workshops for certifications and licensures; and community fitness programs; including one for kids and adults with disabilities.

Great facilities

The McPhee/Olson Physical Education Center is an outstanding facility with six gymnasiums, including an indoor 200-meter track, a competition-size swimming pool, eight racquetball courts, spacious weight training and fitness center, sports medicine/athletic training room, dance studio, human performance laboratory and computer laboratory. Outdoor facilities include a 400-meter track, tennis courts, and jogging and fitness trails.

Capstone opportunities

Majors provide capstone experiences, including internships or student teaching experiences.

Research experience

The Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research is published by the Kinesiology department. The peer-reviewed journal was founded for the purpose of publishing undergraduate student research and to provide undergraduate students with valuable experience in the peer-review and publication process.

Unique advantage

You will benefit from the low student-to-faculty ratio and the department’s family-type atmosphere. In addition, few other schools can match the strong and varied clinical education component of this major. The outreach and research opportunities give our graduates a strong advantage.

kinesiology student Alicia

Kinesiology teaching swimming


• Kinesiology
• Athletic Training (see
  separate Fact Sheet)

Areas of emphasis

• Movement Studies
  (standard liberal arts
  major; requires a minor
  outside of department)
• Teaching Early Childhood
  through Adolescence
  Physical Education
• Sport Pedagogy
• Human Performance:
  areas of specialization
  include Sport
  Performance, Fitness
  Management, Health
  Promotion and
  (see separate Fact Sheet)


• Adaptive Physical

• Kinesiology
• Science of Coaching

Suggested freshman curriculum

Courses taken freshman year will depend on which emphasis you’ve chosen.

Those taken by all the emphases include:
• Concepts in Kinesiology
• University writing
  requirement — depending
  on placement exam.
  For test-out options, see

Others include:
• Physical Science
• Human Nutrition
• General Chemistry


Special admission requirements

Refer to the UW-Eau Claire Catalog, check out the kinesiology Web site or contact the Kinesiology department for detailed admission requirements.
Admission is competitive, and resources available limit the number of students admitted to the programs.

• Finite Mathematics
  with Applications
• General electives
More advising information


Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and (for the education emphasis), Department of Public Instruction

Our graduates

Kinesiology grads hold positions as teachers, coaches and exercise/wellness practitioners. Careers are available in the fitness industry, employee wellness programs, community health education and hospital settings. Many go on to graduate school in such disciplines as cardiac rehab, chiropractic, adaptive PE, and physical and occupational therapy.
More career information

Places you’ll find recent graduates:

• Personal Trainer/Group
  Fitness Instructor,
  The Marsh,
  Minnetonka, MN
• Cardiovascular Assistant,
  St. Cloud Hospital,
  St. Cloud, MN
• After-school Site Supervisor,
  Oconomowoc Town &
  Country YMCA,
  Oconomowoc, WI
• Exercise Physiologist,
  Fitcorp Healthcare,
  Boston, MA

Department contact information

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