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Department of Kinesiology: Academic Programs

The Department of Kinesiology is home to three popular majors: exercise science, rehabilitation medicine and health and physical education teacher education, K-12.  Our department also offers minors in athletic coaching and health and physical education teacher education, K-12.

Exercise Science

The field of exercise science is the scientific study of physical activity and the impact it has on health, fitness and athletics.  As a discipline, exercise science is heavily rooted in the physical and life sciences including chemistry, biology and physics.  Exercise science graduates can choose from careers in university research and teaching, sports medicine, hospital and cardiac rehabilitation centers, public health corporate fitness, community fitness, personal training and athletic coaching. The Exercise Science major is designed so that students can meet specific competencies set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), which are the two most recognized institutions promoting health & fitness and athletic conditioning worldwide.

Rehabilitation Medicine

The rehabilitation medicine major prepares students interested in professional graduate programs accenting field research in rehabilitation practices in order to encourage a higher caliber of patient care. Courses within the major offer a strong foundation in kinesiology with an emphasis on anatomy, physiology, exercise, strength & conditioning, therapeutic modalities and musculoskeletal examinations. Students not only learn to recognize the components of a general medical examination and patient diagnoses, but they also help to determine the proper plan of care for each case.Following completion of the program requirements, students exhibit educational competencies and clinical proficiencies required for graduate programs in fields such as, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, physician's assistant, chiropractic, and orthotics/prosthetics.

Health and Physical Education/Teacher Education

The Health and Physical Education/Teacher Education, K-12 program is designed for students seeking endorsement to teach K-12 health and physical education in Michigan. To be certified as a K-12 Health and Physical Education teacher in Michigan, a student must complete a state-approved preparation program and successfully pass the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) for Health and Physical Education. Our Health and Physical Education/Teacher Education Program preparation program is state-approved and highly regarded by public school personnel. 


Department Chair
David Berry
(989) 964-4504

Bachand Hall 212