Kinesiology is the study of the impact of physical activity 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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Athletic Training

Our bachelor’s degree in athletic training offers a broad grounding in athletic training, a welcoming and involved community, and excellent preparation for your future career or graduate studies. Learn more.

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Exercise 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.

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Aquatics

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

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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Health and Physical Education

The all-grade health and physical education teaching major 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.

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Aquatics

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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Coaching

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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Gerontology

The minor in the Gerontology studies various theories of aging. The program includes a hands-on internship experience within an agency, institution, or program providing gerontological services. Learn more.

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Scuba

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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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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Aquatic Instruction

Enhance your major with a certificate in aquatic instruction and make yourself a more appealing candidate for employment. This 12-credit hour certificate provides students with state-of-the-art information and training to help you excel in an aquatic-related profession. Learn more.

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Aquatic Operations

Boost your future earnings and make yourself a more attractive candidate to employers with a certificate in aquatic operations from Ball State. This certificate will complement your aquatics-related major and prepare you for roles as an aquatics manager or facility operator. Learn more.

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Scuba Leadership

Enhance your aquatics-related career with a certificate in scuba leadership. Whether your future goals include becoming a commercial diver, or you simply want to complement your skills in another profession, this 12-credit hour certificate is a great choice. Learn more.

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Athletic Coaching Graduate Certificate

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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Biomechanics Program

MS in Exercise 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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Exercise Physiology Program

MS in Exercise Science

Ball State’s MS 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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Clinical Exercise Physiology Program

MS in Exercise 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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Sports Performance

MA/MS in Exercise 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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Sport and Exercise Psychology

Ma/mS in Physical Education and Sport

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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Sport Administration

MA/MS in Physical Education and Sport

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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Athletic Coaching Education

MA/MS in Physical Education and Sport

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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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.