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Tackle chronic disease. Champion fitness. Study the science of human movement and prepare for a career that improves lives.


The Kinesiology curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree that will prepare students for careers in human movement-related fields and advanced professional or graduate study. 

Through the integration of high-quality research, instruction, and outreach programs, faculty scholars within Kinesiology are leading interdisciplinary initiatives that address pressing concerns of our society such as childhood obesity, prevention of chronic disease, and lifetime health and fitness.

What Will I do?

A bachelor of science degree in kinesiology will prepare you for a career in human movement-related fields or advanced professional or graduate study.

Kinesiology Course Highlights - Fall 2022

You can see descriptions of some of the classes we offer, below. For a complete listing, go to the academic catalog here.

Medical Terminology

KIN 199. Credit: 3 hours    

This is an interactive online course teaching the vocabulary related to anatomical structures, physiological processes, illnesses and diseases of the human body. 

Stress Management


KIN 108, Credit: 2 hours

Stress, a feeling of physical, mental, or emotional tension, is common amongst college students. This course explores the concepts of stress from a holistic approach, emphasizing identification of sources of stress, understanding physical and emotional consequences, and developing techniques for dealing with stress. This course will help students begin to identify and recognize common stressors in their own personal environments, and formulate a personalized strategic plan to relieve and manage stress.

Term B 10/17/22-12/07/22

Online asynchronous, CRN 76760

Instructor: Dr. Julene Ensign

Contemporary Issues In Sport

KIN 142. Credit: 3 hours    

This course examines current issues in sport relative to competition, economics, race, sex, youth, educational institutions, deviant behavior, religion, psychology, and the media.

Introduction to Kinesiology

KIN160. Credit: 3 hours

Students will study introductory concepts associated with each area of Kinesiology, explore those concepts within research and applied contexts, and complete activities in which they experience various dimensions of those concepts.

Intro to Sport Psychology


KIN 247. Credit: 3 hours    

This course examines competitive sport and how personality and situational variables affect motivation, anxiety, and aggression in sport. Attention is given to the psychological skills needed by coaches and athletes for successful and enjoyable sports participation.

Sport & Modern Society

KIN 249. GenED(SS) Credit: 3 hours    

Students will examine the sociological analysis of sport in modern societies with regard to social class, politics, community, education, and collective behavior.

Our graduates are working as:

  • Athletic Director

  • Athletic Scout

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Camp Owner/Director

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapist

  • Certified Orthotist

  • Certified Prosthetist

  • Chiropractor

  • Clinical Exercise Specialist

  • Coach

  • Corporate Wellness Manager

  • Epidemiologist

  • Ergonomic Researcher/Designer

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Exercise Physiology Nurse

  • Exercise Program Director

  • Fitness Instructor

  • Fitness Specialist

  • Health Educator

  • Nutritionist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • Personal Trainer

  • Pharmaceutical Sales Consultant

  • Physical Education Teacher

  • Physical Therapist

  • Physician

  • Physician Assistant

  • Pro Sports Fundraiser

  • Professor

  • Recreation and Fitness Manager

  • Recreation Therapist

  • Rehabilitation Therapist

  • Researcher

  • Respiratory Therapist

  • Sporting Attire Manufacturer’s Consultant

  • Sports & Fitness Equipment Designer

  • Sports Administration

  • Sports Massage Therapist

  • Sport Psychologist

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Umpire/Referee

Contact an Advisor

Undergraduate Advisors

Kaila Tyner, last names A-K, ktyner@illinois.edu

Amy O’Neill, last names L-Z, aroneill@illinois.edu


Graduate Advisors

  • Julie Jenkins
  • Administrative Aide
  • jjenkns@illinois.edu
  • 906 S. Goodwin Ave
  • 112 Freer Hall
  • Urbana, IL. 61801
  • Phone: (217) 333-1083

Awards & Scholarships

As of February 1st, 2021, applications are no longer being accepted for undergraduate and graduate awards and scholarships. Information about the awards can be found here.