A Northwestern kinesiology professor instructs students on how to play racquetball during class.

You love movement. You enjoy physical activity, sports and competition. Studying movement—or kinesiology—at Northwestern starts with acknowledging that human beings are made in God’s image and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple.The diverse curriculum of Northwestern’s kinesiology department not only teaches you principles for healthy living, it also gives you opportunities to apply what you’re learning to help others improve their health and lifestyle. Explore our programs:


The education and experience of Northwestern’s kinesiology faculty includes conducting exercise science research, collecting patient outcomes, teaching K-12 physical education, sport management, and studying sport cultures in other countries. Explore faculty

Kinesiology facilities

The sounds and smells of exertion mean you’re surrounded by others who prize fitness as much as you do. Strengthen your mind and your body in our classrooms and state-of-the-art clinical labs. Explore facilities

Sara Edwardson

In the news

Sara Edwardson graduated from Northwestern College in 2015 with a major in exercise science. Now she’s an exercise physiologist and lifestyle counselor at Duke University’s Health and Fitness Center—and featured in a CNN story about the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease.

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Active learner

Sonya added a career concentration in strength and conditioning to her major in exercise science, and she hopes to pursue an advanced degree in physical therapy after graduation.

Sonya's story

Train tracks

A football player for Northwestern, Vito Maffei decided to pursue his passion for sports by majoring in athletic training. Now, he's using his knowledge and skills to treat injured athletes and get them back on the field.

Vito's story