What seem to be simple actions—standing, walking, running—are actually powered by a series of complicated physical and mental processes.

As a kinesiology major, you will study human movement and physical performance in all its anatomical, physiological and psychological complexity. Kinesiology encompasses the study of human development, anatomy, physiology, mechanics, and motor learning. You’ll have the opportunity to perform hands-on experiments using a variety of physiological, biomechanical and motor control equipment in our three instructional labs. In each lab—anatomy, human performance, and motor control and learning—you will study positive and negative stressors that govern human performance. You also will learn about numerous clinical conditions and the exercise, nutritional, and medical techniques used to prevent and control these problems.

In addition to course lab work, you’ll be encouraged to take advantage of our lab resources to carry out your own independent research. Working closely with faculty mentors, you will have the opportunity to participate in Oxy’s Summer Research Program, where you’ll present your research to peers and faculty. Past topics include the biomechanics of artificial legs, the effects of exercise on ALS patients, or why women soccer players are more susceptible to ACL injuries than men.

Majoring in kinesiology prepares you for graduate studies and professional careers in medicine and sports medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, kinesiology, teaching, and other life science-related programs.