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With an intense focus on anatomy and physiology, Drake’s Kinesiology major prepares students for exciting and engaging careers in medicine, exercise science, physical therapy, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and more.

Our Kinesiology curriculum is taught by faculty who hold the highest degrees in their fields, with an average class size of 15 students. The program has no teaching assistants, so students interact face-to-face with faculty members at each class meeting.

As students advance through the Kinesiology curriculum, they have access to opportunities to be part of the research process from start to finish, and to solve increasingly complex questions in the lab. The Kinesiology program also has dedicated space for research in the new STEM@DRAKE complex, scheduled for completion in 2017.

Principles learned in the classroom are put into action in Drake’s foot and ankle lab, where students ask and answer real-world questions in a supported learning environment. Athletic shoes are objects with which we are all familiar, and examining issues of movement through knees, ankles, toes, and athletic shoe structure allows students to engage in the lab in their first year without the need to first learn a great deal of complex technical jargon.

Students find rewarding experiences in Des Moines volunteering at the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s premier track and field events; state and national youth track events hosted at Drake Stadium; RAGBRAI (The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa); coaching or refereeing for youth sports, or volunteering at any number of road races in central Iowa.

Upon completion of the degree, Kinesiology students will demonstrate competency in both content knowledge and application of skills through four educational objectives:

  1. Core knowledge of the human body as it pertains to exercise science and sports medicine
  2. Core knowledge of the principles of kinesiology and related disciplines, and how those principles pertain to exercise and sports medicine
  3. Practical application of their knowledge of the human body and core principles of kinesiology and related disciplines
  4. Knowledge of basic scientific principles as they pertain to exercise science and sports medicine
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