Degree Programs

The kinesiology department uses the study and practice of human movement to transform the mind, body and spirit for lives of leadership, character and service.

We live out this mission in our three academic programs:


Athletic trainers are a crucial piece in the health and well-being of athletes at all levels. Athletic training majors will find themselves in careers where they will work to prevent injuries through preparing and training athletes before, during and after injuries. They are often responsible for or play a significant role in the intial assesssment and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and acute care of athletic injuries.

Check out the athletic training program


Exercise science majors will find themselves well prepared for a variety of health-related career paths. In addition to our general exercise science course sequence, we offer several other sequences that will have student prepared for post-graduate studies including pre-medical, pre-physicans assistant, pre-physical therapist and pre-occupational therapist.  

Check out the exercise science program


In partnership with the Hope College education department, we offer a secondary track in physical education (K–12) certified by the State of Michigan. We also offer a minor in Health Education which can be valuable not only in an education setting, but also in a public or private health or wellness setting.

Check out the physical and health education programs