A student working with a physical therapy client


Tackle chronic disease. Champion fitness. Study the science of human movement and prepare for a career that improves lives.


The Kinesiology curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree that will prepare students for careers in human movement-related fields and advanced professional or graduate study. 

Through the integration of high-quality research, instruction, and outreach programs, faculty scholars within Kinesiology are leading interdisciplinary initiatives that address pressing concerns of our society such as childhood obesity, prevention of chronic disease, and lifetime health and fitness.

What Will I do?

A bachelor of science degree in kinesiology will prepare you for a career in human movement-related fields or advanced professional or graduate study.

Our graduates are working as:

  • Athletic Director

  • Athletic Scout

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Camp Owner/Director

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapist

  • Certified Orthotist

  • Certified Prosthetist

  • Chiropractor

  • Clinical Exercise Specialist

  • Coach

  • Corporate Wellness Manager

  • Epidemiologist

  • Ergonomic Researcher/Designer

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Exercise Physiology Nurse

  • Exercise Program Director

  • Fitness Instructor

  • Fitness Specialist

  • Health Educator

  • Nutritionist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • Personal Trainer

  • Pharmaceutical Sales Consultant

  • Physical Education Teacher

  • Physical Therapist

  • Physician

  • Physician Assistant

  • Pro Sports Fundraiser

  • Professor

  • Recreation and Fitness Manager

  • Recreation Therapist

  • Rehabilitation Therapist

  • Researcher

  • Respiratory Therapist

  • Sporting Attire Manufacturer’s Consultant

  • Sports & Fitness Equipment Designer

  • Sports Administration

  • Sports Massage Therapist

  • Sport Psychologist

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Umpire/Referee

Contact an Advisor

Undergraduate Advisors

Kaila Tyner, last names A-K, ktyner@illinois.edu

Amy O’Neill, last names L-Z, aroneill@illinois.edu


Graduate Advisors

  • Julie Jenkins
  • Administrative Aide
  • jjenkns@illinois.edu
  • 906 S. Goodwin Ave
  • 112 Freer Hall
  • Urbana, IL. 61801
  • Phone: (217) 333-1083

Awards & Scholarships

As of February 1st, 2021, applications are no longer being accepted for undergraduate and graduate awards and scholarships. Information about the awards can be found here.