Undergraduate Majors

We offer Exercise Science and Athletic Training!

Welcoming New Faculty

Assistant Professor Brittany S. Overstreet, Ph.D.

Graduate Education

Our newest program, Clinical Exercise Physiology



Department Chair

Dear Alumni and Friends,
This is an exciting time for the academic and professional fields related to kinesiology and applied physiology. With increasing understanding of the myriad benefits of a healthy lifestyle – coupled with nationwide attention focused on widespread health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis – there is an abundance of opportunity and challenge for newly educated professionals in our fields.

Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

We provide our students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them for careers in the health professions or health sciences, and we conduct research that addresses important issues related to human health. We offer undergraduate majors in athletic training and exercise science, with both majors designed as platforms for subsequent graduate and clinical education. Most of the graduates of these majors gain entrance to programs in physical or occupational therapy, medical or dental school, physician assistant programs, or graduate school. Our students have many opportunities for undergraduate enrichment experiences, including an honors degree track for all majors, course credit for assisting faculty with ongoing research, professionally supervised practicum and internship experiences, organized trips for students to professional conferences, and Study Abroad programs in a variety of countries. Our graduate programs include:

  • M.S. in exercise science, with concentrations in biomechanics, clinical exercise physiology, exercise physiology, motor control, and sports medicine
  • Ph.D. in applied physiology, which provides advanced training to prepare students for research-based careers
  • M.S. and Ph.D. degrees through UD’s highly ranked Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) Program

Our students have access to our state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab, as well as other labs and facilities in affiliated programs at the University of Delaware. They gain valuable research experience through involvement in more than $11 million in federally funded research projects and interaction with a variety of interdisciplinary research groups.

Athletic training student in Brazil

As Olympic athletes begin to arrive for August’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, University of Delaware student Nikki Patel, too, will begin her own gold medal worthy journey. Patel, a junior athletic training major and first generation student, is UD’s newest Gilman...

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Salt bomb

RADIO HEALTH JOURNAL—Americans consume far too much salt even if they add none to their foods. Experts, including our Bill Farquhar, discuss why salt is such a health problem. Listen to the...

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