Department of Kinesiology
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
- General Kinesiology
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Physical Education
- Exercise Science
- Sports Medicine
- Sports Ministry
Dr. Chris Washam, Chair
As a Kinesiology major, you’ll take foundational courses in topics such as:
- First aid and CPR
- History of sports
- Principles of nutrition
- Athletic training
- Strength and conditioning
- Psychology of sports
- Physiology of exercise
The curriculum focuses on the art and science of human movement, incorporating a social and psychological perspective with a biomechanical and physiological understanding. As a student, you’ll learn through both classroom study and lab experience. You’ll learn about how to create and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle — and assist others with doing the same.
Choose Your Focus
A comprehensive introduction to the field, offering preparation for a wide range of careers.
Fulfills prerequisites for professional training in physical and occupational therapy.
K-12 Fulfills requirements for teacher licensure in physical education.
Provides theoretical knowledge and clinical experience, preparing students for careers in preventative and rehabilitative healthcare. This track also provides an ideal foundation for graduate programs in Exercise Science.
Interdisciplinary curriculum in liberal arts, kinesiology and business, offering a strong foundation for a career in the sports industry.
Prepares students for service in Christian athletic organization and church-based sports programs.
The MC Experience
The Department of Kinesiology focuses on providing students with high-quality learning, both in the classroom and the lab. We also provide health and fitness courses as part of the University Core Curriculum, promoting healthy lifestyles in the MC community.
How You’ll Learn
Internships give students the edge for successful careers. Kinesiology majors are required to fulfill a 300-hour internship. Students have interned with the Mississippi Braves, Baptist Healthplex, Clinton High School, Sumner Hill Junior High School, Millsaps College, Hinds Community College, the YMCA, Velocity Sports, Mississippi Sports Medicine, the office of Jon Lewis (Boxing Commissioner of MS), UMC Cardiac Rehabilitation, CMMC Cardiac Rehabilitation, and various physical therapy locations.
What You’ll Do
Have fun and stay in shape with intramural sports including basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, kickball, ping pong, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Or try out for our Mississippi College Choctaws, which field successful teams in men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track, and women’s teams in basketball, cross country, equestrian, softball, soccer, tennis, track and volleyball.
Enjoy great games at MC’s outstanding athletic facilities. Like A. E. Wood Coliseum, a gold-anodized aluminum dome known around the community for its distinctive appearance. The 48,000-square-foot “Golden Dome” seats 3,500 for basketball games and also includes a fully equipped training room for athletes. Frierson Field hosts great baseball games, with a grandstand that seats up to 1,200 and one of the largest scoreboards in the American Southwest Conference. Robinson-Hale Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in NCAA Division III, seating as many 8,500 people — a roomy spot for Choctaw home football games, which are consistently well-attended. The Williams Strength Center offers more than 5,000 square feet of strength training facilities, with top-notch equipment such as Hammer Strength Equipment, power clean platforms, rubberized dumbbells, squat racks and more, for use by Mississippi College student athletes.
Where You’ll Go
Kinesiology grads are pursuing rewarding careers in fitness clubs, physical education, sports management, community service and more. You’ll find them making a difference at organizations like Anytime Fitness, Baptist Healthplex, Belhaven College, Clinton Parks & Recreation, Indiana Springs Country Club, International Mission Board, Mississippi Gym of Dreams, Mobile Wizards, St. Dominic’s Hospital and The Courthouse Racquetclubs. They’re also working at schools such as Brandon Middle School and Brookhaven High School, and institutions of higher education like the University of Mississippi, the University of Southern Mississippi and right here at Mississippi College.