Kinesiology is the academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. Nurses, urban planners, chiropractors, physicians and dieticians/nutritionists are just a few of the professions that would benefit from having a foundational knowledge in Kinesiology.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Minor in Kinesiology offers flexibility so that you can take Kinesiology coursework that complements your major coursework to best suit your educational goals. 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.

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.

To be awarded the Minor in Kinesiology, you will need to earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the 18 credits in the coursework below and must satisfy published prerequisites for all courses.

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

F, S, SU (fall, spring, summer) refers to semesters in which courses are taught.

Elective Courses

Complete 6 additional Kinesiology credits at level 300 or above.