Minor in Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
For current Nutrition majors, the minor in Kinesiology meets the growing need for health professionals that are well versed in the two critical facets of health and wellness – physical activity and nutrition.
Students earning a minor in Kinesiology will have the opportunity to learn:
- The importance of physical activity and exercise for general health and performance
- Foundational concepts of anatomy and physiology
- The biomechanics of human movement
- The physiology of exercise
- How to conduct basic fitness assessments
- Exercise programming principles for health and performance
- Information that may serve as a portal to a career in sports dietetics after one becomes a Registered Dietitian
Students will also be shown how to read, review, and apply the scientific literature related to human movement, physical activity, and exercise.
A Registered Dietitian with a minor in Kinesiology can serve as a portal to a career in sports dietetics. Sports dietitians are increasingly being sought for positions with universities, sports organizations, food corporations, fitness clubs, corporate wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, and with physicians in bariatric surgery or family practice. It is also a step towards certification as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics or CSSD.