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Biokinetics is about more than exercise. It’s about using science to promote healthy lives.

The Biokinetics major prepares applied scientists who can address a wide range of health needs related to lifestyle, aging, physical performance, and inactivity. You’ll examine human biological systems and their reaction to stressors on the body in order to develop strategies for preventing disease and injury, improving physical performance, and increasing quality of life.

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A Top Program, Defined by Faith

What is biokinetics?

“Bio” = study of life and living organisms
“kinetics” = (1) physics: study of bodies and system in motion and at rest and (2) chemistry: rate of chemical reactions

The name represents the deep cross-discipline nature of the major. The core curriculum includes courses from multiple natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology) and upper-level applied courses within the program to focus on the human system.

Bethel’s fast-growing Biokinetics program prepares students to serve and lead as they promote health and wellness in all aspects of life. It’s about cutting-edge, award-winning research, collaboration with distinguished professors, integrated academics to prepare you for a wide range of careers, and hands-on experience in our Exercise Medicine and Prevention Center (EMPC)—all within a Christian learning environment. It’s about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.

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Program Highlights

Award-winning student research

Collaborate with professors on original research projects that will prepare you for your career or graduate school.

Hands-on clinical experience

You’ll gain experience outside the typical classroom setting through teaching experiences, simulations, internships, and research in our student-run Exercise Medicine and Prevention Center.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our department is equipped with the latest hardware and software to study applied human physiology and anatomy.

Integrated academics

Your academic experience will include courses in a variety of disciplines, preparing you for a wide range of careers.

Student community

Students are encouraged to join the Bethel University Biokinetics Club. This group builds a sense of unity among students and faculty, providing a strong, supportive community of mentors and peers.

Faculty mentors

Build one-on-one relationships with professors who partner with and encourage you to pursue your professional goals and calling.

Job and grad school placement

Many alumni immediately enter careers in medicine, research, or health-related fields. Others go on to earn graduate degrees at universities and medical schools across the country.

What can I do with a biokinetics major?

Biokinetics majors prepare to promote health and wellness in a variety of settings, and are well equipped for graduate study in health-related fields.


Careers of biokinetics graduates:

  • Preventive medicine
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Health specialists
  • Human performance specialists
  • Research technician
  • Physical therapy aid
  • Wellness professional
  • Personal care attendant
  • Exercise therapist

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • Mayo School of Health Sciences
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • Regis University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Pacific University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Florida
  • St. Catherine University
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Bethel University Graduate School

Graduate Fields

Graduate fields our alumni go into:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Chiropractic
  • Medical
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Biomedical

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