Find Your Major

The American Kinesiology Association defines kinesiology as “the academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life.” At Eureka College, students have a choice between two different tracks: Athletic Training and Exercise Science.


The Athletic Training track is designed to prepare students for careers in health care fields, specifically athletic training. The program is directed to help students learn to recognize, assess, prevent and treat injuries and illnesses associated with activity. The curriculum covers evidence-based practice, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and related fields. This sequence of courses and practicums will prepare persons for graduate study in Athletic Training as well as other health care professions such as Physical Therapy.


The Exercise Science track is designed to provide students with a solid understanding and knowledge of the benefits of physical fitness and the knowledge and skills necessary to educate persons from various populations toward this end. The program also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in Exercise Science. Specifically, students are prepared to assume fitness management positions in a variety of settings and may pursue exercise specialist certifications through organizations such as ACSM, NSCA, and NDEITA, as well as graduate degrees in specialty areas of Kinesiology.



Choose the Athletic Training or the Exercise Track:

  • AT: Injury Assessment
  • AT: Injury Treatment
  • AT: Injury Prevention
  • ES: Physical Fitness
  • ES: Physical Fitness Education
Career Opportunities
Graduate Study in Athletic Training
Health Care
Physical Therapy
Fitness Management
Graduate Study in Kinesiology
What are characteristics of students who enjoy Kinesiology?
Like Helping People
Sense of Humor

Staff Contacts

Mr. Randy Henkels

Associate Professor of Physical Education

rhenkels@eureka.eud (309) 467-6378

Sanders Hall Room 103
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

Mrs. Natalie Upson

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology (309) 467-6378

Sanders Hall Room 102
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

“I chose the Kinesiology Athletic Training Program at Eureka College because I wanted to pursue a degree that allowed me the flexibility to pursue different careers in health and wellness. Eureka College was the right choice for me because I wanted the opportunity to work closely with my professors and the small classroom sizes promote that type of close relationship with professors.”"

Rachel Leszczynski, Class of 2015

“The Kinesiology Exercise Science program here at Eureka College has given me the opportunity to receive a personalized and practical learning experience that has given me the necessary tools to continue my education as a graduate student and become a successful professional in the field.”"

Christopher Friend, Class of 2017


Eureka graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.