Kinesiology Major (BS)

Do you aspire to help people overcome injuries, assist those with physical pain, or help them navigate health-related crises in their lives? Or perhaps you simply want to help others live healthfully, knowing there’s a correlation between physical activity and quality of life.

George Fox’s kinesiology major prepares you to be that very person, offering a scientific foundation for careers in a wide range of healthcare disciplines.

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Preparation for a Wide Range of Careers

Perhaps “versatility” isn’t the word that comes to mind when you think of kinesiology, but this major equips you to be successful in careers beyond athletic training or physical therapy. Our graduates go on to work as physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and as trainers/therapists in a variety of sports science-related fields.

This program is also the ideal launch point for furthering your education in the field, setting you up to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy or occupational therapy, a masters in kinesiology, exercise physiology or athletic training, or to enroll in other degree programs related to human performance and corrective exercise.

FAQ about exercise science and kinesiology

Why Study Kinesiology at George Fox?

Our Introduction to Exercise Science course, taken in your first year, provides you with an overview of the many different career opportunities you can pursue. So, if you’re not quite sure what path you want to take, don’t sweat it!

Here are some other reasons you should join us:

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What will I Study?

  • Exercise science is the scientific study of human movement and the changes to the body caused by physical activity. Our core curriculum includes courses in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and performance enhancement.
  • In addition to core courses in exercise science, you will take classes in supporting academic areas such as chemistry, biology, health science, and physiology.
  • You will expand upon theoretical knowledge through practical experiences in exercise testing and prescription, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, therapeutic exercise, independent study in applied research, and clinical internships.
  • Our curriculum will help you understand how exercise can be used to maintain or improve health and fitness.
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Hannah Busch

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at George Fox in the exercise science department because I learned more in-depth about how God uniquely designed the human body. I always felt encouraged by the professors to think critically and I appreciated how they were always there to help us fully grasp the material, in addition to how they genuinely wanted to see all of their students succeed.

What’s after George Fox

With the growth in preventative medicine, careers in exercise science are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come from aging baby boomers in addition to those with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.

Occupational therapists are projected to see a 16-percent growth in employment opportunities during the same time period. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, autism or the loss of a limb.
  • Physical Therapist, Salem Hospital
  • Physical Therapist and Clinic Owner, Reger Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Aide, Willamette Spine Care and Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Aide, Star Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Aide, Tigard Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic
  • Pharmacy Technician, Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • George Fox University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Loma Linda University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Oregon State University, Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Seattle University, Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Pacific University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Creighton University, Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
  • Ball State University, Clinical Exercise Physiology Program
  • Lamar University, Masters of Nutrition
  • Utah State University, Athletic Training
  • Arizona State University, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
  • Rocky Mountain University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Providence Physical Therapy
  • Marquis Post Acute Rehab
  • Chehalem Physical Therapy
  • Therapeutic Associates
  • ProAction Physical Therapy
  • Providence St. Vincent Rehabilitation Acute Care
  • Special Olympics Oregon
  • Progressive Fitness
  • Active Edge Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine