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Kinesiology & Exercise Science

Turn your interest in health and human movement into an active career

If you’re interested in how the human body moves, works and performs, College of Saint Mary’s new degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science is for you.
Coursework will emphasize practical application to human movement and developing advanced skills to apply to future career opportunities.  You’ll use hands-on courses to study injury prevention, strength and conditioning, muscle action, and structure.

You’ll also learn how to develop and assess human movement and prescribe individual or group exercise programs. You will work with classmates and connect with professors to develop the skills needed to understand and interpret data involved in exercise science research, and you’ll complete professional field experience that meets your personal interests — all of which will set you up for a career in high-demand fields. 

Your degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science will open doors to careers in wellness, fitness, sports performance, recovery therapy, biomechanics, higher education, and related fields involving human motion.

Program Awards

Niche ranked the College of Saint Mary No. 11 among the Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy in America.

Program Details

Program Details

Start Date: August or January of each year
Program Length: 4 years

Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Fitness & Wellness Coordinators

The corporate wellness trend is experiencing a significant resurgence in the industry. Organizations are enlisting individuals with degrees who can conduct effective fitness sessions, both in group settings and one-on-one, directly at the workplace. A trend in senior fitness is occurring due to our population living longer, and exercise professionals who can create functional movement classes and assist with improving daily living activities through strength and flexibility concepts are needed. This has led to a demand for fitness experts capable of designing functional movement programs that enhance daily activities by focusing on strength and flexibility.

Strength & Conditioning Specialists

Enhancing sports performance isn’t limited to pro athletes anymore. The wider population seeks trends beyond what is offered in a regular gym. The concept of training like a professional athlete or making safe but proper athletic goals is now important besides becoming healthier or fitter. Private and professional groups offer sport-specific training, once reserved for elites. This spans teams, colleges, schools, and more, creating varied career paths. About 90% of these roles need a Kinesiology degree and a Strength & Conditioning certification from associations like the National Strength & Conditioning Association or the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association. College of Saint Mary will prepare students for this profession and offer certification exams at the end of their studies.

Higher Education (Coaching and/or teaching)

Teaching at 2- or 4-year institutions requires a graduate degree. These jobs are available nationwide, with 4-year institutions requiring a terminal degree. Coaching at this level demands a graduate degree, preferably Kinesiology. Community colleges will require the ability to coach a sport and teach fitness classes. The 4-year institutions prioritize research agendas. The College of Saint Mary program will provide a sound foundation for promoting this career.

Clinical professions

Physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, or chiropractors help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These clinical professionals are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Many of these clinicians major in Kinesiology & Exercise Science before moving on to graduate programs. Having a background in movement science has provided positive foundation for these professionals.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Students Thrive on a Small Campus

Kaylie worked towards personal goals while gaining an education.

She loved the team, the campus and the small class sizes. “It’s a great environment. The classroom setting – I can’t stress it enough – how personable it is to be talking to a professor and understanding the material,” she said. “It’s a great campus life. I haven’t lived on campus at all, but even as a commuter, I still feel the welcomeness of everyone.”

The program was the perfect fit for Kaylie’s love of sports and her fascination with the human body. In high school. Kaylie participated in athletic training, giving her some background information. “I just loved how you can involve sports, sports medicine and help improve people doing what they love.”

Kaylie liked the structure of the kinesiology program. “It’s well done. It wasn’t just about education, it was also about my own personal goals,” she said. “It was about what you were wanting to do afterward on your own, personally and professionally.”

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