Your Future in Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement based on the study of anatomy, physiology with application to movement analysis, fitness assessment, performance enhancement and rehabilitation.

In Charleston Southern University’s kinesiology program, you will benefit from small class sizes with multiple laboratory sessions in which you will practically apply the scientific principles and concepts you learn during lecture. All students complete internships with credentialed professionals in the field in which they will be practicing after graduation.

Each of our faculty has extensive professional experience and clinical training to complement their respective academic backgrounds, such as: physical therapy, athletic training, certified strength and conditioning and clinical exercise physiology.  

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Michael Shipe

Michael Shipe

Director of Kinesiology Program


The Bachelor of Science in kinesiology prepares graduates for career options in schools, corporate wellness centers, rehabilitation and sports medicine clinics. Many students continue on to graduate school or further study in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy and cardiac rehabilitation.

As a Kinesiology major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Corporate Wellness Centers
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
  • Physical & Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs
  • Athletic Training Graduate Programs
  • Employee Fitness Directors
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists

You can choose from these emphases.

The clinical emphasis entails a more rigorous scientific course basis. This emphasis prepares students to work in clinical settings (e.g., cardiac rehabilitation) and prepares them for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant.

This emphasis is for students who are interested in working with athletes and the general population in fitness and corporate settings. Students will be prepared for the NSCA’s certified strength and conditioning specialist certification exam. 

This 3+2 dual degree program is for students who want to complete their BS in kinesiology and master of athletic training at Charleston Southern University in five years. 

Health Science building

The College of Health Sciences

Charleston Southern’s College of Health Sciences is committed to providing our students with an education based on contemporary scientific research, practical application, and the skill set to help them excel in their future professional endeavor.

A room of athletic training students evaluating each other in a classroom lab.
Explore our facilities

Athletic Training Program Lab

The building serves as a classroom for kinesiology courses and labs and also the office of the program director for physical education.

CSU has provided me with an exceptional education that has provided practical skills and preparation for my graduate studies in physical therapy.

Amber Karren / kinesiology, ’16Student, Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Medical University of South Carolina

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