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Kinesiology Department

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Interesting careers within the field include working in the fitness industry (i.e., personal trainer or strength and conditioning specialist), working for a professional sports team as an athletic trainer, working as a coach, and conducting research in one of the subdisciplines.

The department offers four majors: Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness Development, and Sport Studies. Our programs are designed to prepare you for a wide variety of professions related to physical activity and sport. They also serve as a stepping stone to professional training in an allied health profession (i.e., medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, etc.) or graduate work in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and sport and exercise psychology .

The Kinesiology Department at SUNY Cortland has a strong national reputation for quality and a long list of successful graduates. With the growing demand for health care personnel, a degree from this program prepares graduates for an exciting future in health and human services.


Red Dragon finished sixth in Kentucky Derby

June 27, 2022
ReyLú Gutierrez ’17 was the youngest jockey to ride in America’s most prestigious horse race.​

Four students earn SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

May 3, 2022
The award is the highest student honor presented by New York’s public university system.

Students share skills in athletic training, emergency response

April 5, 2022
Graduate students in athletic training and members of Emergency Medical Services practiced a rescue scenario involving a suspected cervical injury.

Symposium focuses on DIII student-athlete well-being

Jan. 25, 2022
The new Institute for DIII Athlete Well-being and Athletic Leadership hosts a Feb. 7 online event.

Ceremony raised awareness about transgender violence

Nov. 23, 2021
The campus community held a Nov. 18 vigil outside Corey Union to mark 45 deaths nationwide.


Fit Club

Meetings: Mondays, 8 p.m.
Faculty supervisor: Phil Buckenmeyer

Athletics Trainers Club

The mission of the club is to initiate and promote an interest in the Athletic Training profession and to establish a professional code of ethics with regard to athletic training.

Meetings: Monday, 8:00 p.m. via Webex. Contact President (Hannah Beasock) for link.


Faculty supervisor: Sonya Comins

Dartfish Club

The Dartfish Club is a student run organization that promotes the learning and use of Dartfish video capture/analysis software. Students learn to become experts in the use of Dartfish and use their skills to work on projects ranging from local college athletics to working with Olympic athletes and emerging  technology companies like Vulcan Vision. No prior experience with Dartfish software is necessary to join our club.

 Meetings: Mondays, 6 p.m. room 1145 Professional Studies Building

Contact: President: Phillip Blough; Vice-President: Eilish O'Reilly

Faculty Supervisor: Jeff Bauer

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