Kinesiology is the study of the impact of physical activity on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited to, such areas of study as exercise science, sport administration, athletic training and sports medicine, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields. It includes instruction, research, and professional service related to the behavioral, biomechanical, pedagogical, physiological, managerial, and socio-cultural aspects of physical activity as they impact on learning movement patterns, disease and injury prevention, and participation in physical activity, exercise and sport. It involves the general population as well as special groups such as children and older adults; people with disabilities, injuries, or disease; and athletes. Facebook

Our Comprehensive Perspective

The School of Kinesiology is one of seven degree tracks within the College of Health. We offer five undergraduate programs of study:

Our minors include applied gerontology, aquatics, coaching, and scuba.

Our certificates include aquatic instruction, aquatic operations, and SCUBA leadership.

The School of Kinesiology also offers physical fitness wellness courses as part of the University's core curriculum.  

At the master's level, we offer:

A PhD in human bioenergetics is offered in the Human Performance Laboratory.

Our graduate certificate includes athletic coaching education.

Real-World Applications

Our students don’t sit in stuffy classrooms. They contribute to the scholarly advancement of academic disciplines through practicums and research and serve the community through internships and student teaching. Ball State’s laboratory and activity spaces allow students to put in-class knowledge to practice alongside renowned faculty.

We engage in exercise testing, metabolic measurements, muscle and tendon biopsies, whole body composition, and other screenings in our 20,000-square-foot Human Performance Laboratory which has received national recognition for its research with NASA, Olympic athletes, and nutritional supplementation.

Other teaching/research laboratories within the School of Kinesiology include the following: Biomechanics Lab, Integrative Exercise Physiology Lab, Athletic Training Lab, Exercise Science/First Aid Teaching Lab, and Clinical Proficiency Evaluation Room.

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A Sense of Community

Although our research interests vary, the School of Kinesiology is a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and beyond. Students are encouraged to participate in the Physical Education Student Association, which fosters professional partnerships and social outings such as rock climbing trips and bike rides along the Cardinal Greenways. Each discipline supports program-specific communities to connect student with peers, faculty advisors, and professional organizations.

We welcome our alumni, retirees, and friends to continue to build their relationship with the School of Kinesiology. Your expertise and support provides students with the confidence and connections to exceed within the program and beyond. Whether you share your professional experiences with a class, establish a scholarship or facilitate a partnership—our department is eager to connect you with students and faculty engaged in innovative research and study related to your field. Contact us today.

Kinesiology: The study of the impact of physical activity on health, society, and quality of life.