If you’re interested in the science and practice of physical wellness and health, consider a degree in Kinesiology.
Our Kinesiology program is one of Bethel’s most popular programs which draws in students from Indiana, Chicago, Fort Wayne, southwest Michigan, and from other areas around the country. Our students train to work as physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, dieticians, or go on to medical school. Through this hands-on learning program, you might administer a functional movement screen to identify areas of weakness or take a nutrition class and plan meals for optimal performance.
You’ll see why our students appreciate the classes and programs at Bethel. They are learning skills that are immediately applicable in their lives right now and for their future careers. In addition, our experienced faculty members give their undivided attention to advise and direct students in one-on-one meetings. Some unique aspects of the program include:
- Nutrition classes planning and preparing meals for a team on campus.
- An Exercise Training Techniques class, where students get hands-on experience with two “clients” during the semester -- one over age 30 and one under age 30.
- Students learn how to use the Vo2 max machine in Physiology of Exercise class.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026 – this is faster than the average for all occupations.* A kinesiology degree is one path toward this type of work.
Bethel graduates have gone on to pursue master's programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, physician’s assistant, and exercise physiology. Some careers our alumni have include:
- Physical therapist
- College professor
- High school/elementary school teaching
- Athletic director
- Physician's assistant
- Gym owner
- College and high school coaches
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Exercise Physiologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/exercise-physiologists.htm (visited October 28, 2018).
Ann Beachy '13
Exercise Science Major; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
Career: physical therapy provider at Hendricks Regional Health, Indianapolis, Ind.
“The science courses and labs definitely helped prepare me to attend graduate school in physical therapy. I had access to a cadaver lab as an undergraduate student, which was a great experience.”
This program emphasizes age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences that promote practices for a healthy lifestyle with activities and sports that can be enjoyed at any age. Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach both health and physical education in grades preschool - 12 in Indiana.
Career opportunities: adaptive physical education, community health instructor, health teacher, health and physical education teacher, outdoor education leader, physical education teacher, and coaching
Exercise science majors have access to modern laboratories with scientific and technological equipment. Hands-on training includes measuring body composition, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. Students can also work with athletic trainers for Bethel’s nationally recognized sports programs.
Career opportunities: biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiologist, dietitian/ sport dietitian, health promotion/ wellness coach, occupational therapist, personal trainer, physical therapist, physician assistant, and strength and conditioning coach/director
The sports studies major prepares you to be a “generalist,” who has the skills to manage sports and recreation programs.
Career opportunities: camp counselor/director, coaching, equipment/apparel team sales, facility director, health promotion/wellness coach, parks and recreation, senior fitness director, sports information director, sports ministry, strength and conditioning coach/director- CERT
The sport management major is designed for students who have an interest in the day-to-day operations of the sport industry.
Possible careers: athletic administration, facility director, health club management, health promotion director, intramural director (college and university), recreation director, sports management, sports marketing, sports ministry, and YMCA & YWCA director