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.


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Kinesiology Club

Meetings: Mondays, 7 p.m. (Bi-weekly)


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: Mondays, 7:30 p.m. (Bi-weekly) via Zoom. Contact President (Kendra Anderson) for link.


Faculty supervisor: Sonya Comins

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