Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


A bachelor’s degree in kinesiology prepares you for professional school and courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to complete certification exams in your profession.

Program Highlights

Kinesiology Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology focuses on the function and performance of the human body, preparing you for a career in promoting healthy habits and physical fitness. With a mix of coursework that explores the theoretical knowledge and practical application of medicine, this undergraduate program is a solid foundational degree in health sciences. You’ll study a range of topics, including exercise physiology and kinesiology.

Health care degree specializations

In addition to professional coaching or teaching careers in health sciences, the bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at McNeese prepares students for success in growing health care fields such as exercise science, sport and wellness management and sports medicine. The kinesiology program offers four pre-professional concentrations that prepare you for graduate school and your health care career.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person

Program overview

Explore More for Kinesiology Majors

Here are just a few of the many benefits you’ll gain from the kinesiology bachelor’s degree program at McNeese.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

McNeese has one of the most affordable tuition rates in Louisiana. Plus, the H.C. Drew School of Kinesiology offers a variety of program scholarships to help pay for college. Learn more from the Office of Financial Aid.

State-of-the-Art Facilities:

Housed in a new facility featuring a sports training center, exercise physiology lab, athletic training lab and rehab center, this undergraduate program offers you access to advanced technology that is used in the professional world. As a major in kinesiology, you’ll practice with top of the line equipment in a variety of lab assessments.

Applied Learning:

The kinesiology bachelor’s degree program offers a practical, hands-on approach to learning through lab experiences, job shadowing, internships and student-teaching residencies. Local internships are available in a variety of areas and often lead to opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research.

Highly Trained Faculty:

Program faculty have diverse areas of expertise. They include team physicians, certified athletic trainers, certified clinical exercise physiologists, certified first aid instructors and certified teachers.

Excellence with a Personal Touch:

Highlighted by its new facility dedicated to classes, labs and student advising, professors and advisors in the kinesiology undergraduate degree program help you achieve your academic and career goals.

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Kinesiology Bachelor’s Degree Program Concentrations

Pre-Physical Therapy

Explore the physiology of the human body and gain hands-on experience creating rehabilitation plans and working with patients in a controlled environment.

Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapist often help a patient adapt to home or work while continuing exercises and activities that heal and correct bodily malfunctions.

Pre-Occupational Therapy
Pre-Chiropractic Medicine

Begin your research of the nervous system and how it relates to the human body and be fully prepared to provide corrective and healing treatment to your patients.

Pre-Chiropractic Medicine
Sport and Wellness Management

Study a range of topics, including sports management, sports nutrition, personal training, exercise physiology and kinesiology, and graduate eligible to sit for certification exams in personal training, strength and conditioning coaching and sports nutrition.

Sport and Wellness Management
Sports Medicine

Through this concentration, you will be prepared for a variety of careers that promote physical fitness and prevent and treat sports injuries.

Sports Medicine
Health Performance Studies

The Health Performance Studies degree concentration equips students with skills to improve health outcomes and promote wellness through innovative programs and initiatives.

Health Performance Studies
Pre-Orthopedic Physician Assistant Studies

Pre-Orthopedic Physician Assistant Studies
Health and Physical Education Grades K-12

Health and Physical Education Grades K-12
Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do With a Kinesiology Degree?

The Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology prepares you for a variety of careers including health care and education.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Chiropractic Medicine
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Athletic Coach or Scout
  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Trainer and Instructor
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Health Safety Specialist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant or Aide
  • Performance Coach
  • Physical Therapy Assistant or Aide
  • Safety Technician or Manager

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High Tech

Legacy Center

McNeese’s new Legacy Center is a $40 million, 145,000-square-foot, multi-purpose academic and athletic facility. The new home for volleyball and basketball will also allow McNeese to expand its academic programs, address new requirements for professional schools and careers and offer lab settings and internship opportunities for students.

Prep Work

Pre-Professional School Preparation

Health and human performance majors in the pre-professional program concentrations at McNeese boast a greater than 90% acceptance rate into professional schools. These concentrations include pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy and pre-chiropractic medicine.


Student Activities

Participate in a variety of student clubs and organizations on campus.

  • The Physical Medicine Society is the department’s largest sponsored club.
  • Power Lifting Club participates in competitions throughout Southwest Louisiana
  • U.S. Men’s Soccer Club travels across Louisiana to play other club teams.
  • Men’s, Women’s and Co-Recreational Club Volleyball teams play other club teams in Louisiana.
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Program Contact

Co-Department Heads:
Courtney Hebert & Kevin Hargrave