Kinesiology programs

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. And a healthy lifestyle is a strong foundation for building healthy relationships with others—both professionally and personally.

Exercise Science Major

The exercise science major consists of a science-based curriculum with specific emphasis on applications to exercise and health. This major is intended primarily for those students interested in non-teaching careers in exercise science, health, wellness, fitness, and for those who wish to  pursue graduate studies in an exercise science related field.

KIN 180 - Introduction to Kinesiology
KIN 233 - Anatomical Kinesiology
KIN 234 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
KIN 241 - Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology I
KIN 325WI - Physiology of Exercise
KIN 330 - Exercise Testing and Prescription
KIN 333 - Mechanical Analysis of Human Movement
KIN 403 - Motor Learning
KIN 417 - Internship
Choose one course
KIN 341 - Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology II
KIN 381 - Practicum in Strength and Conditioning II
Choose one course
KIN 370 - Nutrition for Health Care Professions
KIN 371 - Sports Nutrition
Competency requirements:
Pass physical fitness competency examination
Choose one
Pass first aid competency with current CPR and first aid certification
KIN 104 - First Aid
Cognate requirements:
CHE 101 - College Chemistry
CHE 102 - College Chemistry
Choose one option:
Option 1: 8
BIO 121 - Introduction to Human Anatomy
BIO 122 - Introduction to Human Physiology
Option 2: 12
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
Choose one course:
BIO 102SN - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Total credits required: 47-53

Note: Internships range from 2-12 credits. The maximum credits applied to the major is noted under the 417 course designation.