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This 42-hour major is offered to provide you with the knowledge base and practical skills to prepare you for careers in performance professions, including:

  • corporate wellness coaching
  • personal training
  • strength and conditioning
  • fitness management
  • youth and adult sport coaching
  • sport psychology
  • community-based fitness programs

The flexibility in the course work allows students to select KES elective in line with career goals.

Students are encouraged to seek appropriate professional certification during the final two years of study. 

Graduates will be able to design and implement skill and age-appropriate fitness programs, or pursue advanced study in related fields. This option provides interdisciplinary training to develop healthy living skills by advising students to take specialized electives and minor in a field outside of kinesiology. 

All ESS Human Performance majors are encouraged to complete a minor in an area related to their specialization or in an unrelated area that is complementary to the student’s professional or personal interests. Appropriate minors are, but not limited to:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • education
  • psychology
  • fitness and sport management

The only exception to this might be the 1-2 year transfer student that does not have time to minor; however, they will be encouraged to take elective courses outside of the ESS department to reflect their career choice, if possible.


The Human Performance major is ideal if you're interested in pursing an advanced degree or career in occupational therapy, chiropractic, athletic training or dietetics. Be sure to consult with your admissions counselor for advice on selecting your major based on your goals and future plans.


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