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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 collaboration and research; job shadowing and mentoring with area professionals; K-12 field experiences and teacher assisting. Many students become involved in coaching and human performance apprenticeships; regional professional meetings and workshops; clinical experiences and workshops for certifications and licensures; and community fitness programs.

Great facilities

The McPhee/Olson Physical Education Center is an outstanding facility with six gymnasia 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



Areas of emphasis

– Human Performance
– Movement Studies
– Physical Education
– Sport Pedagogy


– 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
– Intro to College Writing

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


Special admission requirements

Refer to the UW-Eau Claire catalogue, 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
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Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and for the education emphasis-Department of Public Instruction

Our graduates

Typical positions held by kinesiology graduates include teaching physical education and/or coaching; cardiac rehab, wellness/exercise practitioner; or continuing your education in grad school.
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

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

Department contact information

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