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Students with professor in Kinesiology lab.


The expression “move it or lose it” was probably first uttered by a Kinesiology student—someone who actually could tell you about the way human movement works and how it benefits the body… and what you stand to lose when things don’t move quite right.

Degree Types
Major , Minor
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Research Facilities
Gill Athletic Center

As a Kinesiology student taking classes and doing lab work in the newly remodeled, state-of-the-art Gill Physical Education Learning Center, you’ll become an expert in human movement—in the many skeletal, muscular, and neural systems that combine to help us move through space. By the time you graduate, you’ll know how to help athletes train to be faster, stronger, and more agile. You’ll know how to help people recover from injury. And you’ll be equipped to help people of all walks of life live more fully and to the extent of their potential—whether you want to head to medical school, become a physical therapist, a strength and conditioning guru, or a million other possibilities.

Redefining “Hands-on”

As part of their coursework, over 90% of our graduating seniors completed at least one internship, independent study, or practicum experience last year, and nearly half of our graduates completed research with faculty.

Future Career Paths

Immediate career options (not requiring graduate school) for students of the program include:

  • Personal trainer
  • Physical therapy technician
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Coach
  • Teacher

Recent Kinesiology 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, etc. to become:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Cardiac and pulmonary therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Exercise physiologists
Haley Jacobs ’17, physician assistant at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

Haley Jacobs ’17 is putting her McDaniel education to work as a Physician Assistant at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Learn more about Haley.

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.

KIN 2240 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise

This course identifies, examines, and applies specific psychological theories and constructs within exercise and sport settings. Areas addressed include motivation, exercise adherence, psychological and physiological benefits of exercise, cognitive and behavioral change, and fitness counseling.

KIN 3226 - Principles of Strength Development

This course will introduce the scientific principles governing strength development as well as demonstrate a practical approach to training for muscular strength, endurance, and power. The basic principles of program design, technique instruction, and safety will be covered. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills pertinent to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) exam.

KIN 3227 - Conditioning, Speed and Agility

This course will examine the scientific principles governing physiological adaptation to conditioning and speed training as well as instruction on the practical application of these principles as they are applied to maximize performance. A wide variety of aerobic, anaerobic, speed, and agility training approaches will be examined with emphasis placed on proper program prescription based on the needs of different sports.

Gill Physical Education Learning Center

See the brand new Gill Physical Education Learning Center in action.

Senior Capstone

Kinesiology (Exercise Chemistry) major Jon McKinney talks about his senior capstone — his study on metastatic melanomas and how they produce lactic acid in order to fuel their own growth and proliferation as the culmination of his Chemistry training at McDaniel.

Special Opportunities

Students in Kinesiology lab.

Cutting-Edge Equipment

Our kinesiology labs feature the Anatomage Table, the most technologically advanced 3D anatomy visualization system on the market. Used by top medical schools, cutting-edge equipment like the Anatomage Table will enhance your scholarship and prepare you for the next step.

Football player holding child's hand at Tournament of Champions

Connections and Community

For over 25 years, our department has helped facilitate the Tournament of Champions (a day of games and activities for K-12 students in adapted physical education courses). We also sponsor the Kinesiology Club which brings in many career-oriented guest speakers, including athletic trainers, chiropractors, exercise physiologists, strength coaches, physical therapists, and sport psychology consultants.

Student-faculty researchers senior Phuc Truong, senior Jake Holechek, Chemistry professor Dana Ferraris and senior Bobby Lease.

Kinesiology—Chemistry (Exercise Chemistry) Dual Major

For an even more comprehensive course of study of the body’s many ways of working.

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.

2019 graduate Olivia Maenner

Meet Our Students Class of 2019: Olivia Maenner Green Terrors for Life

Kinesiology and Spanish major Olivia Maenner's best class ever was Anatomy with Kinesiology professor David Petrie because the course reminded her of how much she loves learning about anatomy and gave her a great foundation which she took with her to Occupational Therapy graduate school.

McDaniel College alumna Emma Ardolino ‘10

Impressive Outcomes Former scholar athlete finds perfect career fit as physical therapist Career Ready

There’s not much McDaniel College alumna Emma Ardolino ‘10 enjoys more than watching patients in her physical therapy practice achieve their goals and get back to their pre-injury function.  

Gill Center classroom.

Continuing Your Education M.S. in Kinesiology Level Up

McDaniel's M.S. in Kinesiology Program has an impressive legacy spanning back to the college's first physical training course. Since then, this 33-credit program has evolved to provide the knowledge and the skills necessary for careers in allied health, research and education.

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