The curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Kinesiology focuses on the study of human performance within a biophysical context, including aspects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, biology, nutrition, and computer science. These courses provide the foundation for the Kinesiology courses that apply the basic scientific principles to the study of movement. The study of human performance is thus a cross-disciplinary subject field and is referred to as the academic discipline of Kinesiology.
Kinesiology majors are prominent in the health and fitness industry, in health care settings such as exercise rehabilitation programs (for cardiac, pulmonary, stroke, psychiatric patients, etc.), and as consultants to business, industry, and manufacturers of sport and rehabilitative equipment. The undergraduate degree is an excellent preparation for pursuit of an advanced degree that will lead to diverse career opportunities in medicine and physical therapy, exercise and fitness occupations, in the growing biotechnology industry, particularly in areas related to cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and metabolic health, or in research science and academia.
Students are strongly advised to consult their academic advisors about the content and sequence of their curriculum, especially where the choice and sequencing of electives are concerned.
Entry into the Major
Current UMass students must be in good academic standing to enroll in the kinesiology major and have grades in the Math and Science courses above a 2.5 GPA. Students transferring into UMass from another college must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to enroll in the kinesiology major.
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