Department of Kinesiology, Sports Management, & Physical Education


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

The kinesiology major focuses on exercise, movement, nutrition, and disease prevention. While preparing you for clinical health-related fields. This major also provides a solid foundation for further graduate study.

Kinesiology may be the right degree for you if you

  • enjoy learning about health and body mechanics
  • like serving others
  • desire a career in health and fitness or clinical health-related fields

Why study kinesiology at Northwestern?

As Christians, we recognize that every individual is wonderfully designed (Psalm 139:14), made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and that we are called to be good stewards of our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). At Northwestern, we recognize that there is a wide range of careers that allow us to lead others in practicing that stewardship. Prospective students who have an interest in the wellness industry but not necessarily the medical field should consider health-related careers in nutrition, fitness, or sports.

Graduates with a degree in Kinesiology are prepared for jobs such as physical or occupational therapy, athletic training, research, and so much more. Beyond equipping you with the knowledge you need to be successful in these health and fitness careers, you will learn biblical principles like ethics and Christ-like leadership – things you won’t find at a secular institution.

Careers in kinesiology are very diverse and do not stop at sports or athletics jobs. With the growth of the aging population there is an increasing need for elder care. There are growing needs in the field of workplace health and safety, jobs as nutritionists and dietitians, or recreational therapists who work in hospital or clinic settings. The kinesiology degree also prepares you for potential Master’s and Doctorate-level degrees.

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You are able to choose from the following tracks

Careers in kinesiology

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in kinesiology.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Exercise specialist
  • Dietetics
  • Health and wellness coach
  • Weight loss center specialist
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Coach or referee
  • Fitness instructor
  • Recreation director
  • Corporate health programs
  • Fitness, pharmaceutical or exercise sales
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Biomechanics
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