About the EMS Program



           Potential career paths include:

Adapted Fitness Athletic Training Biomechanics
Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapy Clinical Exercise Corporate Wellness
Dentistry Exercise Physiology Exercise Psychology
Medicine (MD) Occupational Therapy Optometry
Personal Training Physical Education Physical Therapy
Physician’s Assistant Public Health Recreation
Respiratory Therapy Sports Management Strength & Conditioning

Program Overview

The EMS core curriculum includes coursework, laboratory research opportunities, and hands-on learning experiences in courses including exercise psychology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor development, and research methods. In addition, at least 11 credits of electives are required, giving students some flexibility to tailor the program to their specific interests or to fulfill prerequisites for graduate school applications or professional areas of interest. Students will complete the comm B requirement within the program. 

During senior year, all students are required to complete a practicum field experience that allows the application of skills learned in the classroom to a real-world environment. Review the practicum information here


Prior to program admission, most students will have completed a solid cross-section of basic science classes – physics and chemistry; mathematics – calculus and statistics; and life sciences – biology and psychology.  Additional core science coursework in anatomy and physiology is also required. 

EMS core courses examine how the body responds to physical activity, the role of physiological and psychological factors in exercise, mechanics driving movement, and how movement is controlled, learned and developed over the lifespan. See the list of core courses and electives available within Kinesiology below, the page also includes sample four-year plans. 

Many post-baccalaureate programs require or strongly recommend other courses that may not be required for the UW-Madison Kinesiology degree. You may enroll in these courses as an undergraduate and these courses will count toward your 120-credit graduation requirement. 




Mission Statement

To establish a tradition of excellence in developing independent and critical thinkers through effective instruction and active learning experiences in the theoretical and applied aspects of research in Kinesiology. The ultimate goal is to prepare future leaders who meet the needs of society in health, physical activity, exercise and movement.