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Female athletes walking together in Gill Center.

Health Sciences

“A healthy person has a thousand wishes, a sick person only one.” That’s an old saying, but a profound one. If it resonates with you—if you believe there’s nothing more important than helping people get healthy, stay healthy, and live a life without pain, then you’ve found your home as a Health Sciences major at McDaniel.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements

Our Health Sciences major is designed to help driven, compassionate students like you pursue meaningful careers in what we call the “allied health professions.” We offer several personalized tracks within Health Sciences that will help you prepare for a variety of these positions. We’re proud to offer the following tracks:

  • Athletic Training Track
  • Chiropractic Track
  • Nursing Track
  • Occupational Therapy Track
  • Physical Therapy Track
  • Physician’s Assistant Track
  • Pharmacy Track

Future Career Paths

Recent McDaniel graduates have attended graduate school at places like George Washington University, Salisbury University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Maryland, and Texas A&M University to become:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Cardiac and pulmonary therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Exercise physiologists

Distinctive Courses

BIO 1120 - Human Anatomy

A study of the anatomical structure of the human body. The basic concepts of anatomy: gross, microscopic, developmental, and clinical - will be studied by organ systems. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. This functional anatomy approach will explain how the shape and composition of the anatomical structures allow them to perform their functions. This course is appropriate for students interested in careers in health, fitness, wellness, recreation, physical therapy, athletic training, coaching, medicine, nursing, or other fields where knowledge of the human body may be important.

KIN 2001 - Medical Terminology

This course examines medical vocabulary including root words, prefixes and suffixes used in various health professions. Students review the nervous, skeletal, cardiovascular, muscle and other major systems of the human body, and discuss terms related to physiology, anatomy and pathological conditions. Students will develop a working knowledge of medical terms and abbreviations.

KIN 3330 - Biomechanics

This course enables the student to develop an understanding of the basic mechanical principles that explain movement.   Upon completing the course students will be able to identify and understand the laws that govern rest and motion of the human body.   This preparation is useful for the student considering a career in medicine, physical and occupational therapy, athletic and personal training, coaching, safety engineering, and risk management.

BIO 2203 - Genetics

A study of the concepts of classical and contemporary genetics. The action of genetic mechanisms at various levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, and population) and in a variety of cells and organisms is included. Course includes laboratory.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

McDaniel College senior Olivia Maenner

Student Spotlight Olivia Maenner 2019, Kinesiology and Spanish

“My best class ever was Anatomy with Kinesiology professor David Petrie because this course reminded me of how much I love learning about anatomy and gave me a great foundation which I will take into Occupational Therapy graduate school.”

Kinesiology major and research assistant Isabella Mendiola demonstrates lifting in McDaniel’s new Neuromuscular Lab.

Gill Physical Education Learning Center Kinesiology’s new labs and classrooms open in Gill Center

The newly renovated Gill Center bustles with activity. After all, this is the epicenter of McDaniel’s study of movement — the place Kinesiology students and faculty alike call home. Three classrooms, three labs, nine faculty offices and a seminar room were newly built inside Gill Center to support a program that prepares students for careers as health professionals, coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers, personal trainers and others whose work centers on the science of physical activity and movement.