A bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) prepares you for a meaningful career bettering the health and lives of others in your communities. You can also take your education to the next level by pursuing a graduate degree.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Kinesiology Overview
This program is designed for individuals interested in human movement to assume roles in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, doctors’ offices, private businesses, schools and colleges.
Our approach is effective
You will choose from one of two concentrations: leadership or health. In our small, open classrooms, you’ll receive personalized interaction with your professors, have many opportunities to work collaboratively with classmates and gain hands-on experience. Our faculty members hold advanced degrees and have diverse experience in education, research and industry fields.
Not only will your coursework explore the specifics of kinesiology, it will also include a strong foundation in the liberal arts, providing you with a well-rounded education.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Acquire specific knowledge relevant to promoting holistic health and wellness.
- Communicate effectively utilizing written expression, verbal skills, and the use of media technology.
- Apply critical thinking skills and evidence-based findings to analyze current kinesiology trends.
- Provide services through the design, utilization of resources and evaluation of programs that promote health and wellness through physical movement.
- Display leadership and advocacy that promotes inclusion of individuals in health and wellness through physical movement.
- Demonstrate professionalism and uphold ethical standards related to the promotion of kinesiology.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the overall employment of kinesiology related personnel is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations. This growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services.
Graduates emerge prepared to pursue a variety of careers in kinesiology such as:
- Exercise physiologist
- Personal health coach
- Health educator
- Athletic coach
- Fitness trainer/instructor
- Program instructor
- Health care navigator
- Life coach
- Activity/program instructor
- Team leader
- Physical education teacher
- Sports coordinator
- Community health educator
- Addiction and rehabilitation worker
- Athletic director
- Wellness advisor
- Wellness promoter for businesses, colleges or insurance companies
With additional graduate education, students may pursue careers such as:
- College professor
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist