The Study of Movement

In the kinesiology program at OSU-Cascades, you’ll be immersed in the study of physical activity and its effect on human health, disease prevention and quality of life.

Student Spotlight

This Isn't A Solo Climb

 No one earns a college degree alone. It's a little like rock climbing. You need the right equipment. You have to find a path. You need the endurance, encouragement and valor. This video features Casey Collier ’19, an OSU-Cascades kinesiology student who worked alongside Timothy Burnett, a kinesiology instructor, to study the metabolisms of elite rock climbers. His work will go on to affect their everyday lives and answer questions that research has never been able to solve before.

About the Degree

Earn a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. The program coursework focuses on the application of the biological, physical, social and behavioral sciences in the study of physical activity and sport, and their effects on the health, fitness and quality of life of people of all ages and abilities. You can individualize your program of study based on your career goals.

The degree is designed to prepare you for employment and graduate school in areas related to kinesiology and exercise, including health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, nutrition and dietetics, physician assistant, athletic training, wellness coaching, education, as well as medicine, public health, and research.

Undergraduate Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Degree Requirements

Minor in Exercise Physiology

The kinesiology program offers a minor in exercise physiology for non-kinesiology majors. Kinesiology majors may not add the exercise physiology minor.

With an emphasis on movement and the functioning of human body due to exercise, the exercise physiology minor is an excellent addition for students interested in incorporating fitness and wellness into their major, or for those who love to exercise and be active and want to understand more about how the body responds. Find the minor requirements here.

Faculty Spotlight

Cutting-Edge Research

  As a kinesiology student, you can intern at the OSU-Cascades Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE) Laboratory. The FORCE Lab provides cutting-edge research and intervention strategies for injuries – especially knees, ankles and hips – creating a perfect match with Central Oregon’s population of elite and recreational athletes.

Honors College

Casey Collier ’19 is one of the first OSU-Cascades honors college graduates.


The study of human movement is complex, and getting "in it" can help you explore areas that interest you most.

Have Fun, Earn Credit

OSU-Cascades offers a unique Physical Activity Course program that partners with fitness facilities located in our community.

Sample Courses

 Sociocultural Dimensions of Physical Activity
Biomechanics of Human Movement
Exercise Physiology
 Physical Activity, Aging and Chronic Disease
Scientific Inquiry in Kinesiology
General Nutrition
 Motor Behavior
Psychology of Sport
Anatomical Kinesiology
Applied Muscle Physiology
Tissue Injury and Repair

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