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Program Description

When you graduate with a degree in Kinesiology, you’ll be ready to work in a number of sport or health-related fields. AUM’s Kinesiology degree has three options. Exercise Science will prepare you to be a strength and conditioning coach, exercise physiologist or health fitness instructor and for physical therapy school. With the Physical Education Teacher Certification, you’ll be able to teach elementary and secondary physical education or coach high school sports. The Sport Management option equips you for the business side of sports, leading to a job as a sports event planner, team marketer, ticket sales specialist, and more.  

Students in this program can choose from three concentrations:

Points of Pride

  • Students earn internships that allow them to work on events such as the Camellia Bowl and with organizations such as the Atlanta Hawks, Montgomery Biscuits, Rehab Associates, and Harvard University Athletics.
  • Students have opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research and learn exciting laboratory techniques through hands-on experiences in the department’s Human Performance Lab and in the Warhawk Fit program.
  • Students have made presentations to organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Meeting; and the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.
  • Students have published articles as co-authors in such journals as the Journal of Exercise Physiology and Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sports Educators.
  • Faculty members serve as advisors and leaders for national magazines, such as Shape, and government health panels, such as the Obesity Task Force of Alabama.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree in kinesiology will open up a variety of well-paying jobs. The employment outlook is very good: from 2014 to 2024, fields related to the kinesiology degree are expected to grow 19 percent, much faster than average, and add more jobs to the economy than other occupational group. The most recent median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $61,710, much higher than the $35,540 median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Sales Manager

$113,860 per year

5% (19,000 more jobs)

Physical Education Teacher


6% (55,900 more jobs)

Exercise Physiologist

$46,270 per year

11% (1,500 more jobs)

Meeting/Convention/Event Manager

$46,840 per year

19% (9,900 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Kinesiology

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Soaring Warhawks

  • Zach Sollie was awarded a spot in the Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Exercise Internship Program. He spent five weeks at the Cardiac
  • Anthony Terling is vice president of the Alabama Sports Festival Foundation.
  • James Barber is a swim coach at the University of Alabama.
  • Todd Jenkins is an exercise pathologist at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
  • Steve Keller is the Retail Manager for the Montgomery Biscuits.
  • Carlie Ainsworth is a physical therapist in Montgomery.
  • Abby Beesley is a Physical Education & Health teacher and head girls’ softball coach at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School.
  • Shawn O’Malia is the
  • Harold Jay Brooks coaches and teaches physical education in the Sylacauga school district.

Program Overview

For course listings representing what this academic program requires, visit the program pages for Exercise Science, Physical Education  (P–12) and Sport Management. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.