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The American Kinesiology Association defines kinesiology as “the academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life.” At Eureka College, students have a choice between three different tracks: Athletic Training, Exercise Science and Sports Health Care Professional.


The Athletic Training Program is a 3+2 program conducted in cooperation with Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). This program prepares students for careers in Athletic Training. Students spend 3 years studying at Eureka College and, if accepted by CUW, will continue studies there. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, the student will be awarded a B.S. with a major in Kinesiology-Athletic Training from Eureka College. Upon completion of the fifth year of study, the student will be awarded a MSAT in Athletic Training from CUW. A Eureka College student must successfully complete all graduation requirements along with those for a major in Athletic Training at Eureka College and must accumulate 90 semester hours of credit. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for the Bachelor’s Degree from Eureka College during the fall semester of the student’s first year at CUW.


The Exercise Science track is designed to provide students with a solid understanding and knowledge of the benefits of physical fitness and the knowledge and skills necessary to educate persons from various populations toward this end. The program also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in Exercise Science. Specifically, students are prepared to assume fitness management positions in a variety of settings and may pursue exercise specialist certifications through organizations such as ACSM, NSCA, and NDEITA, as well as graduate degrees in specialty areas of Kinesiology.


The Sports Health Care Professional track is designed to prepare students who want to combine strong interests in science, athletics, and health care. The program is directed to help students learn to recognize, assess, prevent, and treat injuries and illnesses associated with activity. The curriculum covers evidence-based practice, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and related fields. This sequence of courses and practicum experiences will prepare students for careers in fields such as Health Promotion and Education, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Health Club Manager, Community Health Program Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Personal Trainer. This major is also for students who wish to continue their education at a graduate-level allied health program such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Physician Assistant, or Chiropractic.



Choose the Athletic Training or the Exercise Track:

  • AT: Injury Assessment
  • AT: Injury Treatment
  • AT: Injury Prevention
  • ES: Physical Fitness
  • ES: Physical Fitness Education
Career Opportunities
Graduate Study in Athletic Training
Health Care
Physical Therapy
Fitness Management
Graduate Study in Kinesiology
What are characteristics of students who enjoy Kinesiology?
Like Helping People
Sense of Humor

Staff Contacts

Natalie Upson

Assistant Professor - Kinesiology (309) 467-6374

Sanders 301

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“I chose the Kinesiology Athletic Training Program at Eureka College because I wanted to pursue a degree that allowed me the flexibility to pursue different careers in health and wellness. Eureka College was the right choice for me because I wanted the opportunity to work closely with my professors and the small classroom sizes promote that type of close relationship with professors.”"

Rachel Leszczynski, Class of 2015

“The Kinesiology Exercise Science program here at Eureka College has given me the opportunity to receive a personalized and practical learning experience that has given me the necessary tools to continue my education as a graduate student and become a successful professional in the field.”"

Christopher Friend, Class of 2017


Eureka graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.