Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program in the study of human movement to help you prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas.
The Department of Kinesiology offers bachelor of science degrees in kinesiology (KINES) and in athletic training (ATHTR). The undergraduate program in Kinesiology offers three options of study at University Park and one option of study at Berks Campus.
The kinesiology major options are: fitness studies, movement science, physical health education teacher education, and exercise science (only offered at Penn State Berks). These four options provide concentrated programs of study designed to prepare you for careers in teaching, medical specialties, the fitness and wellness industries, and success in graduate and professional schools.
The athletic training major prepares you for a career in the profession of athletic training. This major is designed to meet the standards for certification by the Board of Certification and the State of Pennsylvania as a certified athletic trainer.
The kinesiology and the athletic training majors require a culminating practicum or research experience that is an essential, integral aspect of the degree.
- Athletic Training Major
- Fitness Studies Option
The Department of Kinesiology will be closing the Fitness Studies Option effective fall 2014. Students pursuing Fitness Studies who have met all entrance-to-major criteria for the Fitness Studies Option must enter the option before August 1, 2014.
If you have any questions please contact the Kinesiology Advising Center at 814-863-4493.
- Movement Science Option
- Physical Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Option
The Department of Kinesiology will be closing the Physical Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Option effective summer 2015. Students who are interested in PHETE must meet minimum criteria of 27.1 credits and 2.0 cumulative GPA by May 8, 2015 in order to qualify conditionally for entrance into Kinesiology/PHETE Option prior to its closing. Advisors should forward interested/qualified students’ names and ID numbers directly to Lisa Myers, Advising Center Coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology, firstname.lastname@example.org. For further clarification or questions, please contact Lisa Myers, email@example.com.
- Exercise Science Option (only offered at Penn State Berks)
Undergraduate Minor in Kinesiology
We offer a minor in kinesiology to complement many majors on Penn State's campus.
Undergraduate Program Advising
Our department provides academic advising services for kinesiology undergraduate students. Advisers help you clarify your educational and career objectives, understand the academic and administrative processes, and provide guidance throughout your time at Penn State.
There are drop-in hours available most weekdays, or appointments can be made by calling 814-863-4493.
Please visit the advising center, which includes additional information about the Undergraduate Program.
Advising for Students in the Schreyer Honors College
Penn State offers a comprehensive honors program to students of exceptional ability. Schreyer Scholars have available to them a number of opportunities for leadership, international experiences, and additional funding as well as benefits such as early registration. Read more information on advising for kinesiology majors in the Schreyer Honors College.
- Additional Resources
- Practicum Experiences
- Kinesiology Minor
- Careers in Kinesiology
- Undergraduate Student Profiles
- 'Discover Kinesiology' video
- Academic Integrity