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Kinesiology Academic Offerings

Kinesiology Majors and Minors

Explore the field of kinesiology through experiential learning, unique research opportunities and community service projects that relate to your future profession. At UWEC, you’ll gain a well-rounded education of human movement through biomechanical, physiological, psychological, sociological, and health care perspectives. Our wide variety of academic programs let you explore your specific interests. From pre-athletic training and exercise science to rehabilitation science and the science of coaching, our academic offerings put you on track to find a career you love in kinesiology.

The kinesiology department offers the following programs:

  1. Prepare to enter the world of health promotion, strength and conditioning, personal training and fitness management with a bachelor's degree in exercise science.

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  2. Gain a well-rounded foundation of knowledge in human movement. Learn by doing through internships, community partnerships and research opportunities.

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  3. Prepare to become an athletic trainer with a master's degree in athletic training. Through clinical experiences, impactful research and interprofessional practice, our rigorous program will give you the skills you need to succeed.

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  4. Interested in becoming an athletic trainer? Explore our pre-athletic training curriculum and take the next step toward your career.

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  5. Interested in becoming a chiropractor? Explore our pre-chiropractic curriculum and take the next step toward your career.

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  6. Interested in becoming an occupational therapist? Explore our pre-occupational therapy curriculum and take the next step toward your career.

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  7. Interested in being a physical therapist? Explore our pre-physical therapy curriculum and take the next step toward your career.

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  8. The rehabilitation science degree — the first of its kind in the UW System — is for those interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic care.

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  9. Learn how to motivate and lead athletes of all ages and abilities through a minor in science of coaching. This minor is designed to prepare you for work in a variety of athletic and recreational settings.

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  10. Gain the skills, tools and certification necessary to teach instrumental and choral music to grades K-12. Our instrumental emphasis provides specialized courses and learning opportunities for those specifically interested in teaching band and/or orchestra.

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  11. Prepare to become a certified physical educator for students in early childhood through adolescence (pre-K-12) with a teaching - kinesiology, physical education bachelor's degree.

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  12. Learn how to motivate student-athletes of all ages and abilities with a minor in teaching - science of coaching. Completion of the minor qualifies you for a pre-K-12 license in coaching, and prepares you for a career leading athletes in a variety of sports.

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I never thought I could do all that I have done, experience all that I have experienced and gain all that I have gained during my undergraduate career. I would tell any current or future Blugold to take advantage of the opportunities this university offers. Go out there, work hard, have some fun and make your dreams a reality because anything is possible with an education from UW-Eau Claire.

Chantal Bougie Kinesiology

What are pre-professional programs?

Our pre-professional studies curriculum offers a comprehensive education that equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in graduate school.  Taught by faculty who have many years of professional experience, courses provide you with real-world experience and opportunities to network, intern and explore career paths.

The department has strong connections with outstanding graduate universities and colleges and offers an advisor who will help you select the best school for you. 

As a volunteer youth football coach, Terrell Kopping has helped Mason Bruesewitz (right) gain skills and fall in love with the sport.

Making plays and a difference

Unable to afford off-season football practice when he was young, Terrell Kopping has made it his mission to create his own strength and conditioning camps — for free. With a passion for football and coaching Eau Claire area youth, Terrell is using his kinesiology-rehabilitation science major to change the lives of young players.  

“I want kids to play, to have fun and build strong, healthy relationships,” Terrell said. “I don’t focus on winning when I coach. I interact with the kids and want them to feel valued, like they can take risks. This is really a passion of mine. I want coaches to take their roles seriously because they can make a big difference in someone’s life for a long time — not just when they’re on a team.” 

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