UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS

Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Work In These Settings

Professional Sports

Collegiate Sports

Interscholastic & Youth Sports

Sports Medicine

Industry

Recreation Venues

Performing Arts

Athletic Training Major Overview

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers – health care professionals who practice under the direction of physicians by providing medical services to athletes and the physically active population. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at the University of Delaware is a nationally accredited program and recognized by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Listed as one of the “Top 10” fastest growing occupations by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic training is a pathway to an exciting career as a skilled healthcare professional. Graduates can use their entry-level skills to work as certified athletic trainers in high schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, industrial settings, and professional sports teams. Opportunities for graduate studies in athletic training or other allied health careers (including physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and medical school) are also possible.

Work In These Settings

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Exercise Physiologist

Health/Fitness Instructor

Personal Trainer

Clinical Research

Exercise Test Technician

Medical Sales

Exercise Science Major Overview

Exercise science is a major that provides students with a strong biological and physical science-based foundation complemented by individual specialty courses in biomechanics, physiology, motor control & development, and athletic training. The major in exercise science is primarily a pre-professional program, preparing students for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, medical and dental school, or advanced graduate training in exercise science. The exercise science program of study is designed to cover all courses needed to apply to graduate physical therapy programs, as well as many courses needed for other health-related graduate programs.  Students not seeking postgraduate training can select career opportunities in health related clinical or research environments. As part of the laboratory component of major courses in the department, students use state-of-the-art equipment in instructional labs for hands-on learning of course concepts. Students seeking post-graduate training in clinical fields may consider volunteering in the University’s Physical Therapy Clinic located on campus and other clinics in the surrounding community. Students have access to research laboratories and facilities with advanced technology for specialized study in biomechanics, motor control, cardiovascular, skeletal, muscular and neural physiology.