About Kinesiology


Whether your interest is physical therapy, nutrition counseling, or coaching, Kinesiology—one of the most popular majors on the Whittier College campus—delivers critical training for some of the most in-demand professions today.

Kinesiology (KNS) has an outstanding undergraduate program that continuously challenges students to make connections between theoretical frameworks and practical applications in the study of human movement and exercise science.

Our dynamic faculty is dedicated to teaching and engaging students in the learning process both in and out of the classroom. KNS professors know that a critical component to the ultimate success of their students is actual hands-on experience. As such, KNS students are just as likely to find themselves in the classroom or sports lab as they are teaching a P.E. class at a nearby elementary or interning at a local sports franchise.

At Whittier

Kinesiology is the study of human movement, which encompasses the scientific disciplines of Movement Anatomy, Biomechanics, Motor Learning & Control, and Exercise Physiology. For a complete curriculum, students also study the mental, motivational, and sociological aspects of sport and exercise in Psychology and Sociology of Sport courses.

Students can major or minor in Kinesiology without an emphasis or can major with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy.

Those wishing to pursue a credential to teach physical education should take courses in Kinesiology and Education before sitting for the CSET exams for a single-subject.

Students with degrees in Kinesiology often pursue further professional training in Physical Therapy or graduate studies in Exercise Science, Sports Management, and Biomechanics and Motor Learning.

Internships and fieldwork are highly encouraged for students to gain hands-on experience for future graduate or professional goals.


Department of Kinesiology
Science & Learning Center


The Department of Kinesiology at Whittier College is a proud member of the American Kinesiology Association and the North American Society for Sports Management.

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