Kinesiology is the academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Many disciplines would benefit from having a foundational knowledge in Kinesiology. Nurses, urban planners, chiropractors, physicians and dieticians/nutritionists are just a few examples of those professions where a working knowledge of how physical activity affects humans would be very beneficial.

The Minor in Kinesiology provides you with the foundational knowledge of the multidisciplinary science of human movement. You will develop a broad understanding of how human movement contributes to health and well-being as well as the underlying factors influencing human movement and physical activity behaviors.

The Minor in Kinesiology offers flexibility so that you can take Kinesiology coursework that complements your major coursework to best suit your educational goals.

Upon completion of the Minor in Kinesiology you will be able to:

  • Describe, from a multidisciplinary approach, the value and benefits of all forms of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle; and
  • Summarize and apply theoretical and scientific knowledge from multiple Kinesiology sub disciplines such as: biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, and sociological and psychological aspects of physical activity, health, and sport.

Required Courses

Admission to the minor is a prerequisite for each of these courses. Complete 12 credits from the following:

KIN 200: Introduction to KinesiologyF/S3
KIN 230: Health Aspects of Exercise and NutritionF/S/SU3
KIN 320: BiomechanicsF/S3
KIN 330: Exercise PhysiologyF/S4
KIN 350: Psychological Aspects of Sport & ExerciseF/S3
KIN 351: Sociological Aspects of Health & Human MovementF/S3
KIN 360: Motor Development Across the LifespanF3
KIN 361: Principles of Motor LearningS3

Elective Courses

Complete 6 additional Kinesiology credits level 300 or above.


To be awarded the Minor in Kinesiology, you will need to earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the 18 credits in the Kinesiology minor. You must earn a minimum of C- in Kinesiology minor coursework and must satisfy published prerequisites for any course.