Kinesiology

Are you interested in a career helping others improve their physical fitness and overall health and wellbeing? The Bachelor of Science degree with a Kinesiology major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to make a positive impact on individuals in your community and across the nation. The balanced curriculum is designed to support your future professional marketability in an emerging fitness/health/wellness industry, as well as preparation for graduate and professional health-care programs. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on applied science with courses such as anatomical and mechanical kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, care and prevention of sport and exercise injuries, and fitness assessment and prescription. Majors then integrate this knowledge with motor development and learning, program planning, measurement and evaluation, administration and sport psychology to design and implement programs for diverse populations across the lifespan. Your Kinesiology degree will prepare you for graduate and professional programs, or to serve the public through a career in commercial, corporate, community, clinical, or school-based settings.

As a Kinesiology major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with diverse academic specialties, such as sport performance, biomechanics, facility administration, and exercise physiology; and professional experience at the local, state, national, and international level within the discipline. Our instructors have cultivated an intensive applied learning environment and provide individual attention, mentoring, and connections with leading professionals in the health and fitness community.
  • Hands-On Learning including class projects on the management and implementation of fitness programs, health/fitness assessments, and community fitness programs. The degree culminates with a professional practice internship that allows students the opportunity to improve learned skills in their designated career setting with placements not only in Arkansas but across the United States. Research opportunities with peers and faculty often lead to presentation and participation in local, regional, and national conferences – like the annual UCA KPED Student Research Symposium – that allow students to contribute their findings to the professional community and interact with other students, faculty, and experts in the field.
  • Professional Development through internship placements in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, exercise programming and assessment, corporate wellness, and sports performance. These programs provide students with extensive field experience, professional contacts, a proven work record, and can even lead to permanent paid positions. Starting yearly salaries for Kinesiology graduates range from $27,000 to $47,000.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Kinesiology major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/kped/.