May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


Katie Heinrich, Interim Head
Thomas Barstow, Graduate Program Coordinator

1A Natatorium
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Kinesiology is the study of physical activity across a range of tasks including exercise, daily living, play, sport, and work. Coursework integrates biological and behavioral approaches using biomechanical, physiological, psychological, and sociological perspectives to study physical activity from cell to society. This life science discipline emphasizes the breadth and depth of content, scientific methodology, and intellectualism for lifelong learning, thinking, and action. Kinesiology promotes an understanding of the necessity of movement activities for an individual’s physical and psychological health.

Research facilities

Research facilities in the Department of Kinesiology are housed in four different buildings around campus. The Cardio-Oncology and Autonomic Physiology Lab (Drs. Brad Behnke and Steven Copp) are located in Justin Hall, while the Cardiorespiratory Exercise Lab (Drs. David Poole and Tim Musch) is housed in Coles Hall. Human physiological research is predominantly conducted in the Clinical Integrated Physiology Lab (Dr. Carl Ade) in the Lafene Health Center, and in the Human Exercise Physiology Lab (Drs. Tom Barstow and Craig Harms), and the Functional Intensity Training Lab (Dr. Katie Heinrich) in the Natatorium. Also in the Natatorium are the Physical Activity Intervention Research Lab (Dr. Emily Mailey) and the Physical Activity Research in Community Settings Lab (Dr. Gina Besenyi).  Graduate students are provided many opportunities to work in both research and physical activity service settings.

Program Strengths

The Kinesiology Faculty has emerged as a national leader in the science of health-related physical activity with internationally-recognized faculty. Graduate education, research, and service activities are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, NASA, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association as well as private corporations and health foundations. Strong collaboration efforts with other academic units on campus such as the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology and Human Nutrition provide valuable research and applied professional preparation opportunities for students.

Financial support

The Kinesiology Department provides a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships each year for qualified candidates. Teaching Assistant duties consist of teaching and related activities associated with undergraduate laboratories. The total time commitment is approximately 20 hours per week and includes a tuition waiver and stipend.  GTA positions are allocated to each research faculty member to support one or more graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research in his/her laboratory.  Thus, generally, GTA positions are only offered to students conducting thesis or dissertation research in a department laboratory.




Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science



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