Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
- Exercise Science
The exercise science concentration allows students to customize their program to prepare for health-related graduate studies in areas such as physical therapy, sports medicine, physiology, biomechanics and others. This concentration can prepare students for careers in allied health, or for other jobs within the health and fitness industry, including exercise rehabilitation programs (such as cardiac rehab, cancer rehab, gait laboratories, and sports medicine facilities).
- Health and Human Performance
The concentration in health and human performance is ideal for students who wish to work in clinical exercise physiology, occupational therapy, strength and conditioning, health and fitness, and wellness promotion, and serves as preparation for graduate study in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, athletic training and similar fields. This concentration also prepares students for professional certifications in fitness and conditioning through professional organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
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What will I study as a kinesiology major?
As a kinesiology major, you will gain a strong foundational understanding of God's design for the human body, movement and performance. Focus throughout the program will be on the value of physical activity and of promoting healthy lifestyles. Career-relevant course topics and highlights include:
- Basic structure and function of the human body
- Human systems analysis lab
- Human movement and mechanical principles
- Physiological concepts of muscular exercise
- Field and hands-on learning experiences in exercise prescription and training, and fitness assessment
- Exercise psychology and rehabilitation strategies
- Scientific treatment of applied nutritional principles
- Achieving organizational leadership effectiveness
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology?
The kinesiology degree can serve as a specialized pre-medicine degree for certain medical careers and also provides exceptional preparation for students who may desire to teach physical education, practice physical therapy or occupational therapy, or make contributions in fields such as exercise science and allied health care. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world in professions such as:
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Exercise physiologist
- Sports psychologist
- Fitness instructor
- Strength and conditioning coach
- Professor or teacher
- Personal trainer
- Athletic trainer
- Health educator
- Medical doctor
Some careers in kinesiology may require complementing certifications in order to further prepare students of our bachelor’s degree program. For example — clinical exercise physiologist certifications or personal training certifications from organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, and strength and conditioning certifications from organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
In addition, a number of Biola kinesiology bachelor’s degree program majors pursue graduate studies. Alumni have gone on to prestigious schools such as: University of Saint Augustine; University of Southern California; Chapman University; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Long Beach; and California State University, Northridge.
Explore Biola's Health Science Careers website for specific information about various health professions.
17% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for physical therapists is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
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Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
- M.S., California State University Fullerton
- B.S., Biola University
Professor of Kinesiology
- Ph.D., University of New Mexico
- M.S., San Diego State University
- B.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Co-Program Chair of Kinesiology and Public Health
- MPH, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
- Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
- M.S., California State University, Fullerton
- B.A., Concordia University, Irvine, CA
Biola Health Careers Club
Biola’s Health Careers Club educates, supports and builds community among all the pre-health career students on campus through guest speakers and other events.
Students are able to gain practical experiences in internships and fieldwork (paid or unpaid) for academic credit, or independently, in various clinical (outpatient/inpatient) and non-clinical settings. Multiple opportunities are available locally at facilities with which connections exist, or where students have served previously, or, which are newly identified by students. These include: clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, wellness centers, athletic training rooms, gyms, strength and conditioning centers, private exercise studios, community and non-profit centers. Students can also gain experience on-campus, working with the athletes and teams in the athletic training room, athletic performance center, or with faculty and staff in the KPH exercise lab.
Students have various opportunities to get involved with ongoing faculty research or to design projects of their own that will help strengthen resumes and graduate school applications. Students will gain experience in working with an Institutional Review Board, conducting, presenting, and/or publishing research findings. Opportunities to write research grants are also a possibility.
Research Data Software
Students have opportunities to work with KPH faculty members in ongoing research projects and learn to use statistical softwares used for qualitative data analysis. Students taking select courses will also learn to use SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) and analyze research data.
Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC)
(EIM-OC) calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by making movement a part of the daily campus culture.