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Kinesiology Majors and Minors

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.

Contact Info:
Dr. Jeffrey Janot, Kinesiology
McPhee Physical Education Center
509 University Drive

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Where you'll find our grads

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

I got the opportunity of a lifetime to study abroad in Japan and stay with a host family. Experiencing their values and traditions was extraordinary as well as participating in sessions held at the University of Tsukuba and seeing Tokyo

Paul Kroska | Physical Education Teaching Major, alum

Prepared for Success

You will benefit from the low student-to-faculty ratio and the department’s family-type atomosphere. 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 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.

Why UW-Eau Claire


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


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

Research Opportunities

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.

Innovative 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.

Suggested Freshman Curriculum

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

Those taken by all the emphases include:

  • Concepts in Kinesiology
  • University writing requirement—depending on placement exam

Others include:

  • Physical Science
  • Human Nutrition
  • General Chemistry
  • Finite Mathematics with Applications
  • General electives

Course Work / Pre-Professional Courses

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.

Special Admission Guidelines

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.

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