Where health and education converge

The Department of Kinesiology offers you a world spanning from physical education to the science of exercise. Preparing you for a future working with weekend warriors to elite athletes. Taking science and practice into classrooms and clinics, into labs and onto the field.  

Lay the foundation for a future in health professions like physical therapy and occupational therapy. Prepare to be a teacher from the oldest physical education teaching program in the state. Find opportunity with minors in coaching, sport administration and strength and conditioning or advanced studies in teaching or sport performance. 

Above all, learn from a committed core of faculty who will become your greatest champions. 

UNI helped me achieve my goals through their exceptional faculty and staff. The faculty and staff, specifically in the Department of Kinesiology, get to know you as a person and truly want you to be successful. They are all brilliant, humorous and kind people.

Kylie Wilson (MA, '20)

Undergraduate Programs

Leading the way in pre-health 

Whether your interest lies in corporate fitness, coaching or a health profession like physical therapy, our movement and exercise major is a great foundation.

Part of a leading pre-health program, learn from and partner with faculty who both teach and shape knowledge through research. Benefit from direct access to laboratories that broaden your understanding. Become part of a program known for its consistently high acceptance rates into health professions graduate programs. 

From the classroom to the lab and out in the field, we’ll prepare you for a journey to last a lifetime. 

Kaydee Guyer biomechanics lab

The perfect match

Join generations of UNI teachers who found the perfect match of health, fitness and education in K-12 physical education teaching.

  • Learn the foundations of teaching while gaining experience in numerous settings from your first year forward.
  • Be part of the oldest physical education teaching program in the state, often with 100 percent placement upon graduation.

All under the guidance of a tight knit group of faculty who have one goal: your success. 

Bri Netty physical education
Kinesiology facilities at WRC
Spaces and Places

Facilities Matter 

Facilities do make a difference. And we deliver: 

  • Classrooms, gyms and fitness centers within the Wellness and Recreation Center
  • Strength and conditioning room in the Human Performance Center 
  • State-of-the-art laboratories 
    • Biomechanics lab
    • Exercise physiology lab
    • Psychomotor behavior lab 

And, you can’t beat Schindler Education Center's state-of-the-art classroom and technology spaces.