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Academic Programs

Majors Offered

The Department of Kinesiology offers the following majors:

ALL GRADES HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Our teacher education program emphasizes age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences that promote practices for a healthy lifestyle with activities and sports that can be enjoyed throughout life. Upon completion of this program you will be certified to teach both health and physical education in grades K-12.

GRADES 7-12 HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Our teacher education program emphasizes age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences that promote practices for a healthy lifestyle with activities and sports that can be enjoyed throughout life. Upon completion of this program you will be certified to teach both health and physical education in grades 7-12.

EXERCISE SCIENCE

Exercise science majors have access to modern laboratories with scientific and technological equipment that rival those found in the most advanced university laboratories. Students receive hands-on training in how to conduct fitness, including measuring body composition, muscular strength and endurance flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. You may also choose to receive valuable practical experience working with athletic trainers for Bethel’s nationally recognized sports programs.

Many exercise science graduates choose to attend graduate school in such fields as exercise physiology or nutrition management. Others attend professional school in medicine, physical or occupational therapy and ultimately find careers at physical therapy and sports medicine clinics, physician’s offices, rehabilitation centers, colleges and universities, and professional sports organizations.

You may also use your exercise science degree to prepare you to become a certified personal trainer.

SPORT MANAGEMENT

The sports management major is designed for students who have an interest in the day-to-day operations of the sport industry. This interdisciplinary major includes coursework in accounting, advertising, communications, human resources, marketing and management. Through practicums and internships, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in their course work to real life situations.

SPORT STUDIES

The sport studies major prepares you to be a “generalist,” who has the skills to manage sports and recreation programs offered by public departments, non-profit organizations, health clubs, churches, community youth programs and recreational businesses, among others.