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"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it"

What is kinesiology?

Kinesiology, sometimes known as physical education, is the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. Professionals are focused on prevention and treatment of sports and movement injuries, as well as educating others on how to live a healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. This multidisciplinary field encompasses concepts from biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, sports, and fitness programming.

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education program at William Paterson University is housed in the College of Science and Health. All students are required to take 25 credits of core courses, and the structure of the rest of the program is dependent on the student's choice of one of the three concentration areas: Athletic Training (34 credits), K-12 Teacher Certification (33 credits), or Exercise Physiology (18 credits). Students not in athletic training are required to take 7-13 credits in Performance Skills. Classes within the core courses include, but are not limited to, Kinesiology, Psychology of Motor Learning, History and Philosophy of Sport & Activity, and First Aid & CPR.

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Interests and Skills

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Understanding of, and interest in, health issues
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Research skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Understanding of, and interest in, science and math
  • Leadership ability


Work Environment

People working within the field of exercise and movement science, or physical education, have a number of options in terms of work environment. Professionals may choose to work in public or private health and fitness centers, corporate fitness centers, for sports teams, in physical therapy offices, schools and universities, rehabilitation clinics, sports medicine clinics, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals. Some job titles may require further education beyond a bachelor's degree.


Possible Job Titles

Group Exercise Instructor
Athletic Trainer
Dietician/Sports Nutritionist
Employee Fitness Director
Exercise Physiologist
Medical Doctor
Rehabilitation Counselor
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Officer
Health and Fitness Specialist

Occupational Physiologist
Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Physical Education Teacher
Aquatics Director
Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager

WPU Alumni

Athletic Trainer Valley Hospital

Exercise Specialist Plus One Fitness

Fitness Supervisor Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Health Specialist Health Fitness Corporation

Physical Education Teacher (many alumni) various local NJ school districts

Wellness Coordinator Prudential

Assistant Aquatics Director YMCA

Exercise Physiologist Quantum Senior Fitness

Sales Representative Forest Pharmaceuticals

Head Athletic Trainer various local NJ school districts

Health & Fitness Specialist Johnson & Johnson

Police Officer local Police Department

Wellness Director YMCA of Greater Bergen County


Enhance Your Qualifications

Successful students tend to seek out opportunities to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. Within exercise and movement science, some suggestions may include joining or becoming a leader in physical education career-related campus organizations, such as the Exercise and Movement Science majors club; becoming certified in CPR, first aid, and/or other related certifications; reading professional journals; gaining practical experience through an internship/practicum/job shadowing; joining a professional organization in the field; looking into the possibility of graduate school; and seeking out networking opportunities.


Related Web Sites

American College of Sports Medicine

National Strength and Conditioning Organization

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

National Athletic Trainers Association

Occupational Outlook

Industry Information

Job Search and Salary information

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Other Sources of Information

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in exercise and movement science. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Kinesiology Department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.