Kinesiology B.S.

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    Kinesiology B.S.

    Enhance the health and well-being of people and communities in Alaska and beyond through leadership in wellness, physical activity and recreation.

Explore the kinesiology bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s Bachelor of Science in kinesiology degree program builds a strong foundation in a breadth of physical education principles, from scientific research and psychology to cultural trends and leadership development.

Kinesiology scholarships and financial aid
UAA’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) awards about $4,000 in scholarships to kinesiology majors each year. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Training for high-demand kinesiology degree jobs
Innovative coursework includes clinical and field experiences that increase your ability to compete for jobs in popular and growing fields such as exercise science, biomechanics, athletic training, worksite wellness and recreational therapy. Additionally, the bachelor’s in kinesiology degree will prepare you for further education in graduate programs in teaching, physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic medicine.

Community-engaged learning
Designated “community-engaged” learning courses provide unique opportunities for you to get involved in the community and industry. Learn from and work with professionals in different disciplines, practices and agencies. Small class sizes also provide opportunities to participate in activities and develop connections with kinesiology faculty and staff, as well as other UAA students.

Kinesiology advising
Faculty advisors and classroom instructors are available to help you stay on track to earn your degree and achieve your career goals. Faculty also utilize their extensive networking resources to connect you with health, fitness and recreation industry professionals and leaders, which often leads to valuable educational and career opportunities.

Honors in kinesiology
Graduate with departmental honors by fulfilling GPA requirements and completing an advisor-approved project.

Student clubs and activities for kinesiology majors
Among UAA’s 100 student clubs and activities on campus, you may be particularly interested in joining the UAA Outdoor Recreation Club.

Kinesiology B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Minors in athletic training, outdoor leadership

Did you know..

UAA is recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine as a gold-level Exercise is Medicine campus due to the efforts and activities of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, which houses the Kinesiology B.S. degree.

What can you do with a kinesiology degree from UAA?

Graduates of the kinesiology B.S. degree program work in health and wellness, physical education, and recreation, including in clinical or hospital settings, or continue their education in graduate school. 

Kinesiology graduate programs
Kinesiology majors have been accepted by prestigious schools across the country, including Rutgers University, University of Southern California, University of New Mexico and The Ohio State University, to enroll in medical and professional degree programs such as these:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic medicine

Kinesiology careers
Kinesiology alumni work for a variety of employers, such as the Chris Kyle Center, AK Alpine Adventures, UAA Athletics, Southcentral Foundation Health Education, IRG Physical Therapy and the Anchorage School District. With a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, you could work in diverse roles, including:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Personal trainer
  • Administrator for a health and fitness club, camp or park
  • Clinical health program developer
  • Outdoor educator or outdoor adventure guide
  • Recreation planner
  • Recreation or activity therapist
  • Employee wellness coordinator

Kinesiology bachelor’s degree program highlights

With an emphasis on clinical and field experience, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Bachelor of Science in kinesiology degree program focuses on developing physical and technical skills to prepare you for leadership roles in health and wellness, fitness, and recreation.

  • Learn from faculty whose experiences are as diverse as their expertise. Program faculty hold certifications including avalanche instructor, wilderness first responder, personal trainer, advanced cardiovascular life support, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning specialist.
  • Build on your classroom learning and gain confidence with an internship. From Colorado to Costa Rica, you choose where you want to go. For example, you could gain hands-on experience working with Providence Hospital, Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute, the Equidome, Alchemy Orthotics and Prosthetic, Special Olympics, Alaska Alpine Adventures, the Student Conservation Association, Rebound Physical Therapy, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Challenge Alaska, Hope Community Resources, the Southcentral Foundation, the UAA Human Performance Lab, the UAA Employee Wellness Program, local schools and more.
  • Get scientific with undergraduate research in the Human Performance Lab and HPER Resource Library. The lab allows you to practice gathering and analyzing data from health, fitness and performance tests, such as body composition, lactate threshold, metabolic profile testing and V02 Max. Conducting exercise tests for students, teams, employees and the community, the Human Performance Lab was the first in Alaska to have the BOD POD®. The HPER Resource Library, with computer stations and reference materials, allows you to access Dartfish™, a movement and motion analysis software program.
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A hub of activity on campus, including HPER classes, the Seawolf Sports Complex houses a gymnasium, swimming pool, ice rink, Olympic weight room, jogging track, exercise studios and more. HPER classes also take place at a variety of off-campus sites throughout Alaska.

Seawolf Sports Complex
Students standing in front of PLAAY Day banners

Join other kinesiology students in leading the annual PLAAY Day, a 30-minute exercise routine that's livestreamed to schools across Alaska and the Lower 48.

Student leadership in Alaska PLAAY Day
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Connect with UAA faculty and staff while providing hands-on facilitation of wellness breaks through a variety of courses in the UAA Employee Wellness Program.

UAA Employee Wellness Program

Kinesiology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Coursework builds advanced skills in leadership, communication, math, writing and technology, while covering in-depth scientific topics such as human anatomy, physiology and movement.

Top classes for kinesiology majors

  • Movement Theory and Motor Development
  • Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Activity
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Health Promotion