Why earn a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at UND?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Exercise and physical activity positively affect human life physiologically, psychologically and socially. In this industry-relevant degree you will develop a holistic understanding of these impacts.

Align your bachelor's degree with your career aspirations. This online or on-campus degree offers secondary study streams in:

  • Teacher education (to teach physical education in grades K–12)
  • Kinesiology applications (to work in health and fitness or to pursue advanced degrees)
  • Allied health (to pursue an advanced degree in physical therapy, occupational therapy or chiropractic)

As a Kinesiology student you can:

  • Complete a 10-credit internship and gain direct practical experience to study human movement from cell to society
  • Challenge yourself by earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology with just one extra year of study
  • With the health, fitness and wellness industries continuing to grow, employment prospects are promising


Kinesiology Degree at UND

  • Kinesiology is an excellent choice for students interested in health, fitness and physical activity. Our on-campus facilities, such as our specialized exercise physiology and biomechanics laboratories, are a great way to develop practical skills and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry.

  • You will learn from world-class researchers (all of our faculty have PhDs), including some of the nation's leading scientists and high performance coaches. Our faculty offers a practical approach to learning, which means you will work on real-world projects and gain direct practical experience.

  • We are nationally connected. We have industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement and open opportunities for future employment.

  • Our students have had placements and internships with organizations including U.S. Department of Agriculture, YMCA and Choice Health and Fitness, Ralph Englestad Arena and UND Sport teams.

  • UND's Kinesiology program is a Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited teacher education program.

  • Undergrad students play a key role in research projects from the classroom directly into the lab through UND's Biomechanics and Pedagogical Lab. 

Careers in Kinesiology


Job growth outlook for exercise physiologists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Exercise Physiologists


Projected job growth for fitness trainers and instructors through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Fitness Trainers and Instructors

You may find work in the sport, fitness and rehabilitation, health, education or recreation industries.

  • Exercise scientist: Uses biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis to assess and improve an individual's fitness, sporting performance and general health.
  • Strength and conditioning coach: Prepares athletes for high performance, affording them the greatest advantage in competition.
  • Personal trainer: Advises clients on exercise, health, and wellness; develops and delivers individual training programs.
  • Sports coach: Provides expert training advice to athletes and analyzes their performance.
  • Community and allied health worker: Supports the work of allied health professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors (used as a pre-major for these professions).
  • Physical educator: Develops health and exercise lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitates classroom learning.
  • Sport development officer: Coordinates club and athlete participation in sports programs and improves the performance of individuals and teams.
  • Health promotion officer: Plans and coordinates health promotion programs for community groups.
  • Outdoor education and recreation instructor: Plans and coordinates outdoor group activities.

UND Kinesiology Major Alumni

Kinesiology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Acceleration
  • Altru Health System
  • Coco Enterprises, LLC
  • Rejuv Medical

Kinesiology Courses You Could Take

Leaders that Do

Kinesiology Students Study Motion

This system gathers infrared light which is reflected off of the unique suits students wear. Specialized cameras collect the reflected infrared data that is converted into a three dimensional representation of the observed activities.