Program Description


What is a Kinesiology Major?

Kinesiology  is one of the fastest growing majors in the country. This is in large part due to the high demand for professionals in allied health sciences, for which Kinesiology is the appropriate undergraduate degree.  It is expected that the demand will increase by as much as 36% over the next 8-10 years.

The Kinesiology curricula are designed to prepare students for careers in medicine (pre-med) and allied health sciences (e.g., pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy). The foci of the programs of study include an understanding of human physiological, psychological, and biomechanical function and performance, as well as the impact of age, injury and/or disease on normal human function and performance. The program is unique in that the focus of the work is specifically on humans. This makes the degree program particularly attractive to Medical Schools, Physical Therapy Schools, and the like.


Thus, the Kinesiology degree programs prepare students for the following careers:

  1. Medical School
  2. Physical Therapy School
  3. Occupational Therapy School
  4. Cardiac Rehabilitation
  5. Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  6. Sports Management
  7. Strength and Conditioning
  8. Chiropractic Medicine
  9. Nursing
  10. Personal Training
  11. Corporate Wellness/Fitness
  12. Private Fitness Centers
  13. Other Allied Health Fields
  14. Graduate School
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise Science
    • Biomechanics
    • Sports Management
    • Sports Administration
    • Sports Psychology
    • Physical Education
    • Law School

The Kinesiology Program offers five individual tracks whereby student can also receive minors in these areas with the appropriate successful completion of coursework and proper registration of degrees. (Note: Kinesiology Majors cannot receive a minor in Exercise Science if their chosen Track is Exercise Science).

About New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University sits on a 900-acre campus and enrolls more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. A Hispanic-serving institution, NMSU serves a multi-cultural population of students and community members across the state at five campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices located in each of New Mexico's 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. Plus, distance education programs give students maximum flexibility.