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

Our Kinesiology courses have an average class size of 13 students. Kinesiology course work starts the very first semester and emphasizes the application of kinesiology to real world contexts. 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 has dedicated equipment and space for laboratory courses and research in the new Science Connector Building.

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

  1. Acquiring core knowledge of the human body as it pertains to exercise science, sports medicine, and other related fields
  2. Using basic scientific principles and kinesiology knowledge to generate original and purposeful scientific experiments, and effectively communicating those results in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences
  3. Ability to assess aspects of an individual’s health and movement patterns, and then to provide recommendations to improve health, wellness, or performance based off those findings
  4. Critiquing scientific/professional or public media materials related to the field, being able to evaluate the strengths, weakness, limitations, and applications of a source


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