Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited to, such areas of study as exercise science, sport administration, athletic training and sports medicine, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields. It includes instruction, research, and professional service related to the behavioral, biomechanical, pedagogical, physiological, managerial, and socio-cultural aspects of physical activity as they impact on learning movement patterns, disease and injury prevention, and participation in physical activity, exercise and sport. It involves the general population as well as special groups such as children and older adults; people with disabilities, injuries, or disease; and athletes.

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Exercise Science Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The undergraduate exercise science program prepares you for entry-level positions in the exercise and fitness field, or for postgraduate study in exercise science or other health-related disciplines. The program is also designed to prepare you for appropriate professional organization certifications. Learn more.

Aquatics Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The country’s most comprehensive aquatics degree programs is here at Ball State. Established in 2002, the bachelor’s degree in aquatics was the first truly aquatic-specific program in the United States. Our well-rounded curriculum will prepare you for a diverse and satisfying career in aquatics. Learn more.

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Sport Administration Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Earn a bachelor’s degree in the fast-growing field of sport administration. Our course of study includes hands-on, real-world learning opportunities that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more.

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Teaching Major in Physical Education and Health 

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The all-grade teaching major in physical education and health prepares students to teach physical education in the pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade setting, while also preparing students to teach health in the secondary setting in grades 5-12. Learn more.


Ball State’s minor in aquatics prepares you for employment opportunities in a broad range of aquatic-related career fields. Our coursework provides students with state-of-the-art information and the most recent agency certifications available. Learn more.

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The undergraduate coaching minor prepares students to coach student-athletes from pre-kindergarten through college. The program emphasizes administration, coaching sports, coaching methods, fitness training assessment, motor development, and anatomy/physiology. Learn more.

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A minor in Kinesiology provides students with an opportunity to explore the broad field of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Learn more.


Ball State’s minor in scuba works well with majors in archaeology, criminology, and biology as well as others where investigation or rescue work is required in the water. Learn more.

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Sport Administration

If you are pursuing a major in a business-related field, education, exercise science, journalism, telecommunications, etc., Ball State's sport administration minor will prepare you for practical, real-world knowledge and experiences. Learn more.

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Workplace Wellness

The minor helps students understand the importance of employee wellness and the value of human capital. The program is an excellent addition to many degrees including exercise science, nursing, health education, and nutrition. Learn more.

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Graduate Certificate in Athletic Coaching Education

Our 12-credit, all-online program is a great way to expand upon a graduate degree in sport administration, sport performance, or sport and exercise psychology. Or you can use this to prepare to coach part-time or volunteer. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Athletic Coaching Education

Master of Arts

Earn a world-class master's degree, fully online, with a faculty who've performed on national and international stages of coaching and have worked with Olympians and NCAA athletes. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Biomechanics

Master of Science

With the world moving at an ever-faster pace, it’s more important than ever to understand the mechanics of how people move. That’s what biomechanics is all about. This degree will prepare you for doctoral work or an exciting career in clinical, industrial, or academic settings. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Master of Arts or Master of Science

Our clinical exercise physiology program at Ball State prepares you to help individuals flourish through innovative approaches to exercise and rehabilitation. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Athletic Training

Master of Science

Prepare for a career preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries and illness related to physical activity with a master of science in athletic training. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology

Master of Science

Ball State’s master's degree in exercise physiology will prepare you for doctoral degree programs in exercise physiology and related disciplines. Our program, founded in 1965, has graduated approximately 200 students into the professional research world of exercise physiology. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Sport Administration

Master of Arts or Master of Science

The sport administration program is designed to prepare graduates for a career in a variety of areas within the sport industry. Our comprehensive curriculum allows students to pursue both an applied and theoretical approach to sport. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Master of Arts or Master of Science

The sport and exercise psychology (SEP) specialization will outfit you with theoretical foundations, research knowledge, and real-world experiences related to the psychology of sport performance and exercise behavior. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Sport Performance

Master of Arts or Master of Science

This program provides the student with a broad scientific background for coaching and conditioning of athletic populations and is a cross-discipline approach between exercise science and physical education. Learn more.

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PhD in Human Bioenergetics

Ball State’s PhD in bioenergetics will prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling research career in exercise physiology or related disciplines. Our program, founded in 1981, has graduated over 60 men and women into the professional research world of exercise physiology. Learn more.

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Physical Fitness and Wellness Courses

Dedicate two credits to your own self-care and personal wellness. The knowledge and habits emphasized throughout the course assist in building a strong foundation to your lifelong multi-dimensional wellness. Learn more.