The kinesiology major at St. Olaf is designed for students interested in the advanced and specialized study of the biophysical aspects of human movement. The major supports academic linkages across disciplines and provides excellent preparation in a wide variety of fields.

Kinesiology is the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The field is richly interdisciplinary, involving such disciplines as anatomy, chemistry, biology, physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription, psychology, nutrition, and injury management. The rigorous and systematic study of these disciplines enables students to understand how and why people move and the factors which limit and enhance our capacity to move.

St. Olaf Kinesiology professor Jenny Holbein shares exercise expertise on MPR

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We want to recognize our graduating class of 2023 — each member of our program contributed to making it a huge success in these unprecedented times.

We are excited to see where our Oles go next.

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The Intersection of Science & Movement

Kinesiology Instructor Jennifer Holbein (far left) and her students — (from left) Abby Carpenter ’18, Emil Hiiri ’19, Eric Bakken ’18, Jessica Folson ’21, Andrew Thao ’18, Kyle Leemon ’18, Kelsey Sims ’18, and (front, from left) Katie Marshall ’21 and Nina Lautz ’18 — are researching ways to relax muscle tension, reduce pain, and prevent injury in performing artists.

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