Students majoring in kinesiology must complete one of two kinesiology emphases offered by the school:
Emphasis in Fitness Specialist
Students majoring in the Fitness Specialist emphasis often find employment in the private and public sectors concerned with the fitness and health of employees. This specialization prepares students to meet the academic requirements necessary to :
- Evaluate and program exercises for apparently healthy persons in diverse fitness and health settings
- Pursue certifications that reflect knowledge of the scientific principles that govern leadership in exercise and health enhancement programs.
Kinesiology graduates work as fitness experts and managers in adult and corporate fitness programs of business, industry, public agencies, and schools. There are also career opportunities for employment in the business sector to include fitness clubs, cardiac rehabilitation, and human efficiency research.
Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy
This emphasis prepares students to meet academic requirements necessary for entry to postgraduate education for physical therapy, chiropractic, and podiatry schools. Students find employment in a broad range of medical, commercial, and educational environments.
Students wishing to meet all requirements for postgraduate education for a professional degree should meet with the Undergraduate Advisor as well as contact potential postgraduate education sites to obtain specific entry requirements. There are many other career options besides physical therapy that are opened through completion of this emphasis. Students in this emphasis should also consider participating in the student major club, Future Physical Therapy Society. The national organization most directly aligned with this field is the American Physical Therapy Association.