Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Pearson Hall 237
1800 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology prepares students to enter a variety of jobs in the fields of physical activity, health promotion and fitness/wellness. Students learn about the field of Kinesiology through an interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches best practices for promoting physical activity among diverse client populations, including people of various ages. Hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology, such as techniques for measuring physical activity, helps prepare students to be at the cutting edge of their chosen career field. Students take a set of Kinesiology core classes, get to choose content electives from Kinesiology and other departments, and have enough free electives to meet their employment goals and pursue a minor if desired.
Sedentary lifestyles and lack of physical activity are major public health issues for populations across the world. Graduates of this program will be equipped to address these challenges by helping people experience the benefits of physical activity and live healthy and fulfilling lives. The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology provides multiple career options. Demand for professionals in fields that integrate physical activity, health, and well-being is high now and for the foreseeable future, particularly because physical activity is one of the most important strategies in public health to prevent and manage chronic diseases.
Examples of potential career fields and professional roles graduates with this degree might pursue include: physical activity director, chronic disease prevention, health/wellness programming, corporate wellness coordinator, health promotion, fitness trainer/instructor, health club/spa manager, fitness/wellness manager, community recreation center manager, school districts' wellness programs, complementary alternative medicine, occupational therapist, chiropractor, addiction support through physical activity, and trauma-informed practices.