Kinesiology, B.Sc. | University of Wisconsin Madison | Madison, United States
48 months
39428 USD/year
39428 USD/year
10798 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Exercise and movement science (EMS) is a named option offered in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The department's mission is to research, teach, and apply knowledge related to movement, exercise, and human occupation with the ultimate goal of enhancing human health, productivity, and quality of life.


Students in the Kinesiology major offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison take coursework grounded in the basic sciences (e.g., physiology, anatomy, physics) and in kinesiology. EMS core courses examine how the body responds to physical activity, the role of physiological and psychological factors in exercise, mechanics driving movement, and how movement is controlled, learned, and developed over the lifespan.

The curriculum includes coursework, laboratory research opportunities, and hands-on learning experiences. In addition, at least 11 credits of electives in exercise and movement science are required, giving students some flexibility to tailor the program to their specific interests. Examples of elective topics include strength and conditioning, leadership, clinical exercise prescription and advanced courses in exercise physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

The EMS science major is a pre-professional program. This means that our students are well prepared for subsequent graduate or professional training in different health-related disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, or biomedical research. The major also prepares students for graduate training programs in kinesiology (e.g., exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, biomechanics, physical activity epidemiology, exercise psychology, motor learning). Exercise and movement science graduates may also pursue entry-level careers in the fitness area.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Define and explain major concepts across the breadth of kinesiology.
  • Apply their knowledge related to movement and physical activity techniques and approaches in clinical and applied settings to enhance human health and quality of life.
  • Demonstrate competence in the scientific research process, which includes the ability to consume, analyze, interpret and critically review scientific literature.
  • Develop appropriate styles of written and oral communication to use both within and outside of the scientific community.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • First Aid and Basic Life Support
  • Practicum in Kinesiology
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Research in Kinesiology
  • Motor Learning and Performance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Fall Early Action: November 1


120 SCH


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admissions application
  • Application fee
  • Course and grade information from grades 9-12
  • Two essays: tell us about your academic and personal achievements
  • One required letter of recommendation
  • English language proficiency
  • Official test scores: scores from either the ACT or the SAT 

Tuition Fee

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    39428 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 39428 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    39428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39428 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10798 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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