School: Natural Sciences and Health
Degree Type: Bachelors Degree
Format: In-Person
Student Type: Traditional Undergraduate

Move Toward Your Future With a Degree in Kinesiology

A degree in Kinesiology is for students who love action and activity! At Warner Pacific University, our program develops skills and understanding to help support people who want to feel better, perform better, or heal better. Kinesiology majors study the science of human movement. Through your studies, you learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition.

Kinesiology is a good first step for students pursuing a career in Physical Therapy, a field that is expected to grow by 34% over the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Kinesiology Majors Pursue Careers in:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Allied Health
  • Education
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Health Administration
  • Physical Education (when followed with the MAT 4.5)

Kinesiology is Warner Pacific University’s pre-physical therapy major.

Students majoring in Kinesiology secure valuable internships that provide relevant experience.
Graduates have gone on to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, or other health-related careers. Many are owners, directors, or managers of companies that focus on sports and exercise.

Program Requirements


(In addition to Warner Pacific Core Studies Requirements)

49 credits: 15 credits in residence, 18 credits upper division.

BIO 211 OR BIO 212 | General Biology I OR II | 4 credits
BIO 221 + 222 | Human Anatomy and Physiology I + II | 4 + 4 credits
BUS 195 | Internship Preparation | 2 credits
CHEM 111 | Intro to Chemistry | 4 credits
OR CHEM 211 +212 | General Chemistry I + II
HE 240 | Nutrition | 3 credits
MA 242 | Introduction to Statistics | 3 credits
PHY 221 | General Physics I | 4 credits
SM 393 | Research Methods in Sports Medicine | 3 credits
KIN 230 | Introduction to Kinesiology | 3 credits
KIN 310 | Motor Learning | 3 credits
KIN 325 | Biomechanics | 3 credits
KIN 475 | Exercise Physiology | 4 credits
KIN 490 | Senior Seminar | 1 credits
KIN 494 | Internship | 2 credits

Select at least one of the following: 2-3 credits
KIN 320 | Exercise Prescription (2 credits)
KIN 350 | Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3 credits)
KIN 420 | Fitness and Chronic Disease (3 credits)

For students seeking admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, these additional courses are recommended. Consult with your advisor.
BIO 250 | Genetics (4 credits)
BIO 330 | Cell Biology (4 credits)
BIO 370 | Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 401 | Scientific Writing (2 credits)
BIO 420 | Mammalian Physiology (4 credits)
CHEM 301 | Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHEM 412 | Biochemistry (4 credits)
HD 330 | Lifespan Human Development (3 credits)
HE 200 | Medical Terminology (3 credits)
PHY 222 | General Physics II (4 credits)
PSY 140 or 141 | General Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 314 | Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)


With the successful completion of the major in Exercise Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the basic concepts, theories, models, language, major issues, current trends and historical developments related to human health and exercise science.
  • Effectively communicate their approach to planning and problem solving both in written and oral form as it relates to exercise science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines within health and the sciences in order to critically approach and evaluate theories, create plans for and assess progress of clients, and solve problems.
  • Critically evaluate and apply current research and data in the field of exercise science.
  • Identify and explore the moral and ethical challenges related to exercise science.
  • Demonstrate skills necessary for professional service in exercise science.
  • Develop an awareness of the value of membership and participation in professional organizations (certification).


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Amy Engilis M.S., A.T.C.

Associate Professor of Sports Medicine

Division of: Natural Sciences & Health
Phone: 503-517-1053

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