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Kinesiology is the academic discipline that 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.

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The 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.
  • Summarize and apply theoretical and scientific knowledge from multiple kinesiology subdisciplines, such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, and sociological and psychological aspects of physical activity, health and sport.

How to Declare

To declare the Minor in Kinesiology, students must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credits
  • Have a minimum UWM GPA of 2.0
  • Complete the online declaration form

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 220: Anatomical 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 six additional Kinesiology credits at level 300 or above.

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  • Associate Researcher, Statistician
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  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Christy Greenleaf|
  • Professor, Kinesiology, ACSM Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist
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  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Sara Luelloff
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Kinesiology & Program Director, FitWell
Kristian O'Connor
  • Professor, UWM Associate Vice Provost for Research
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  • Professor, Kinesiology Graduate Program Director
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  • Professor, Kinesiology
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  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology