Program overview

Majors: Kinesiology (Exercise Science Concentration), Physical Education Teaching

Exercise science

The exercise science major is designed to provide students with a solid academic foundation in the psychological and physiological principles of human physical performance. This is a flexible, science-based curriculum that helps prepare students for careers in the health and fitness industry, or for graduate studies in health fields including medicine and physical therapy. Our students are also prepared for graduate study in exercise science, sport and exercise psychology, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and chiropractic medicine. Our new exercise science laboratory provides an excellent venue for faculty-student research, offering students valuable practical experience.

Physical Education Teaching

Those majoring in physical education teaching may apply for teaching licensure at the elementary and/or secondary level. Physical education teacher preparation majors complete courses in methodology, motor learning, anatomical kinesiology, adapted physical education, and field experiences prior to student teaching. 


Many students are interested in qualifying to be a head coach or an assistant coach in any sport offered in the Iowa public schools. Course work is available leading to owa Department of Education coaching endorsements and authorizations.

Internships and research

The Department of Kinesiology offers opportunities for internships and research in a broad range of fields and experiences including corporate fitness/wellness, physical therapy, athletic administration, and more. Cornell's One Course At A Time schedule makes it possible for students to fully engage in these experiences without scheduling conflicts.