Aug 09, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Craig Harms, Head

Professors: Barstow, Harms, Heinrich, Musch, McElroy, and Poole
Associate Professors: Ade, Copp, and Mailey
Assistant Professors: Besenyi
Instructors: Larson, McDaniel, and Pettay 
Emeritus Professor: Dzewaltowski and Noble

8 Natatorium
Fax: 785-532-6486

Kinesiology is the study of physical activity across a range of tasks including exercise, daily living, play, sport, and work. Physical activity is vital to preventing chronic diseases and premature death, and it enhances one’s quality of life.

Kinesiology promotes an understanding of the necessity and application of physical activities to optimal health. Coursework integrates biological science and social and behavioral science approaches using biomechanical, physiological, psychological and sociological perspectives.

Kansas State University’s international reputation in exercise physiology and exercise behavioral science provides students the opportunity to pursue exercise-related careers after graduation or seek admission to advanced education through health professional and graduate school.

More than 50 percent of K-State Kinesiology graduates each year are admitted to physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, medicine, chiropractic and other health-related advanced graduate degree programs. In addition, several outstanding students are admitted during their junior year at K-State for a combined Bachelor of Science-Master of Science degree or a combined Bachelor of Science-Master of Public Health degree.

Graduates with a degree in kinesiology have been very successful in gaining admission to health professional and graduate school or pursuing physical activity related careers after graduation.

Students may earn a BS degree in Kinesiology or BS dual degree with majors in nutrition and kinesiology. 

Kinesiology majors must take a minimum of 39 kinesiology hours that include 18 hours from the lower-level core, and 21 hours from the upper level core with a requirement of one of the physiology course options, one of the exercise behavioral science course options, and 15 credit hours of 300 level or above Kinesiology courses, with at least 3 of the 15 elective hours being a 600 or higher level course.

A minimum grade of C and GPA of 2.2 are required for all kinesiology courses meeting degree requirements.



Bachelor of Science


Dual Degree