Program Overview

Kinesiology is the study of human movement as related to exercise and physical activity from an applied, primarily life science perspective. It is dedicated to promoting and integrating scientific research and education on the effects and benefits of exercise, and to the delivery of physical-activity programs that prevent disease, facilitate rehabilitation, promote health, and enhance human performance. Kinesiology is part of the field of Sports Medicine, which also includes clinical areas of study. The scientific aspects of Sports Medicine include exercise physiology, nutrition and biochemistry of exercise, and biomechanics. Testing of lactic acid metabolism, analysis of muscle fatigue, research on muscle hypertrophy and bone density, measurement of body composition, and benefits of exercise in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and weight control are a few of the many contributions made by exercise scientists to Sports Medicine.
Few academic program majors offer such diverse opportunities after graduation as Kinesiology. The academically rigorous curriculum prepares graduates with knowledge and experience for employment opportunities in a variety of settings. In the applied health area, careers in corporate and community/ hospital-based wellness programs, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and research centers investigating the benefits of exercise in chronic disease states are possibilities. Strength and conditioning specialists for sports teams are also career options.
Kinesiology is an excellent option for students interested in applying to graduate health-profession programs such as physical therapy, physician assistant, and clinical exercise physiology. Additional required course work to meet entry requirements can be chosen as electives. In this regard, students should make their career intentions known early in their program of study. Opportunities for graduate study are available in academic units of medicine, biology, physiology, and kinesiology. Although not required, completion of the program provides students with the ability to take different certification exams offered by several professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Graduating Kinesiology majors must possess a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75.

Prior to taking any KNES course numbered above KNES 229, students must have completed all major and cognate courses with a minimum grade of “C.” Students must also possess a minimum grade point average of 2.50 within the major. Subsequently, in order to progress in KNES courses, (1.) a minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each major and cognate course and (2.) a minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required within the major.
Our exercise science ties remain. The curriculum is unchanged and our accreditation through the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) remains.


Kaitlin's achievements went way beyond the classroom but across campus. As a freshman, she started and presided over the  U of S contemporary dance team. Kaitlin is a member of  both the Kinesiology Club and Phi Epsilon Kappa. She volunteer tutoring for CTLE and Kinesiology tutoring KNES and BIO courses. Kaitlin was also involved in the following: Scranton Emerging Leaders Program, attended APTACVP sessions, Lab assistant at Doylestown Hospital, and did two faculty student research projects with Dr. Emily Gerstle. 



Ryan Gibki worked with the WBS Penguins during the spring 2023 semester for his internship. His general responsibilities were to assist with movement screenings/testing, instruct proper exercise and stretching techniques, collect and filter data, and conduct investigations in reference to performance-related topics. Ryan's favorite part of the internship was being able to work with the rehabbing athletes and being a part of their return to play journey.  

Joshua Muth did his internship at  Rock Steady Boxing in Old Forge, PA. This nonprofit organization uses non-contact boxing training to combat symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
Joshua's responsibilities were to help with guiding the participants through their exercises and focus on maintaining their safety while exercising.
Joshua's favorite aspect of the internship was learning more about Parkinson’s Disease and to spend time with such motivated people. 


During my internship at Kings College, I was responsible for making sure the lifts were set up properly and proper form was being used. Along with this, I also created workouts for the student-athletes who were injured and couldn't do part of or the whole lift. My favorite part about the internship was working with the football team and getting to know the players. They provided support for each other along with the energy they brought to every lift.