Division of Kinesiology

School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy

About Kinesiology

The Division of Kinesiology is dedicated to serving the university and community by providing excellence in undergraduate and graduate education of sport- and exercise science-related professionals. The division also promotes lifelong fitness and wellness through the integration of higher education and corporate partnerships. We offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

The division’s success is attributed to the teamwork of both faculty members and students. Students collaborate with our faculty members in conducting research at the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science, a multi-lab facility using cutting-edge technology. Faculty members mentor students throughout the research process. Students may have opportunities to get involved in funded studies, co-write manuscripts for publication, and co-present at state and national research conferences.

National Academy of Kinesiology
UCF’s Division of Kinesiology doctoral program ranked sixth in the nation and number one nationally for peer-reviewed publications.

Mission

The Division of Kinesiology at the University of Central Florida is dedicated to serving the university and community at large by providing excellence in undergraduate and graduate education of sport and exercise science related professionals while promoting lifelong fitness and wellness through the integration of higher education and corporate partnerships.

The Division of Kinesiology will strive to be the leader in the preparation of Sport and Exercise Science related professionals.

  • Combining scientific and theoretical knowledge acquisition with practical hands-on applications and expertise of a variety of sport and exercise science faculty, facilities, associations and organizations
  • Continually reviewing the design, delivery, assessment and enhancement of high quality and innovative instruction and program curriculum
  • Becoming a premier destination and resource for matters relating to the fitness, exercise, health and sport sciences
  • Providing high caliber practicum experiences and integrated service learning opportunities
  • Infusing cutting edge technologies and research findings into instruction, research, and service
  • Developing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with our local, regional, national, and international communities
  • Developing relationships and attracting partnerships with sport and exercise science associations, organizations, and facilities across the spectrum of the sport, fitness and health industries

Program Goals

Research
  • Serve as a national and international conduit for sport and exercise science research
  • Provide a portal for the collection and dissemination of research findings
  • Develop a state-of-the-art research institute in Central Florida
  • Identify and pursue future directions for research
  • Seek research grants, fellowships and awards
Education
  • Provide professional integrity by taking a leadership role in the development and administration of certifications and testing programs
  • Serve by sponsoring conferences and seminars which will present research as well as provide training, certifications and credentials
  • Use “cutting-edge” technology and equipment in the exercise science laboratories
  • Meet the educational and training needs of diverse populations
Collaboration
  • Be an integral part of Central Florida communities
  • Develop and collaborate with partners who share the same goals
  • Facilitate projects and partnerships with international experts in the field
  • Provide international student, coach and faculty exchanges
  • Provide a link between education, industry and community

Careers

(Note: Many of the careers listed below require additional training, certifications or advanced degrees.)

Medicine/Allied Health
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractor
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
Research/Academia
  • Biomechanist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
    • Clinical
    • Industry
    • Military
    • Space (NASA)
  • Teacher / Professor
  • Sport Psychologist
Sport/Fitness
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Aquatics Director
  • Fitness Instructor or Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Sport Coach
  • Sport Officiating
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
Sport Management
  • Athletic Administrator
  • Director of Youth Camps
  • Resorts Director
  • Sport Information Director
  • Sport Journalism
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Marketing

Club

The Division of Kinesiology Majors Club ― in cooperation with professional organizations, related fields and our community ― strives to be recognized as a national presence advancing the sport and exercise science field, as well as the well-being of all people through participation, leadership, advocacy and professional conduct in our professions.

Membership is limited to all students who have paid fees and are enrolled at UCF. No discrimination shall be made on the basis of gender, race, age, creed, religion, disability, sexual preference, national origin, marital status, parental status or veteran’s status. No hazing or discrimination will be used as a condition of membership in this organization.

Purposes
  •  Support growth in coaching, fitness, nutrition, recreation and sports
  •  With vision, action and advocacy, change the state of our professions in positive directions
  •  Promote professional, personal and social development of our members through growth experiences
  •  To represent UCF, the Division of Kinesiology Majors Club and the community with the highest professional conduct and ethics at all times

For additional information regarding the Division of Kinesiology Majors Club, please e-mail: Patricia Lanier or Dr. Anna Valdez