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Kinesiology

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College of Health and Human Development

Overview

Programs
Undergraduate:
B.S., Kinesiology with Options in:
Option I Physical Education
Option II Exercise Science
Option III Dance
Option IV General Studies
Option V Applied Fitness and Active Lifestyle Development
B.S., Athletic Training
Minor in Dance
Graduate:
M.S., Kinesiology
The Major
The word kinesiology comes from the Greek word kinesis, which means
“to move.” Kinesiology is the study of the art and science of human
movement. At CSUN, the discipline of kinesiology is dedicated to the
study of human movement and physical activity as it relates to sport,
dance and exercise.
Careers
Kinesiology has many practical applications and leads to a variety
of rewarding careers such as teaching physical education or dance,
coaching, serving as a consultant in the commercial health and fitness
industry, working in a clinical health setting, athletic training or
working independently as a personal trainer. Many Kinesiology majors
become involved in scientific research or go on to advanced study in
medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, nursing, exercise physiology,
biomechanics, motor learning and behavior, motor programs for special
populations, sport psychology or pedagogy. Some graduates become
coaches for professional teams or work in business environments dealing
with sport management and marketing. Others pursue careers in
dance therapy or professional dance, or physical activities for individualso
with disabilities.
The current societal interest in wellness and fitness has led both individuals
and corporations to stress preventive and interventive care. Because
Kinesiology students understand the critical role of movement in fostering
an individual’s well-being, they are important leaders and innovators
in regards to improving societal health and wellness levels. Graduates of
the Kinesiology Programs work with people in all stages of life—with
children and with seniors, with the able bodied and those with disabilities,
with elite performers and those of ordinary capability.
Academic Advisement
Students are required to obtain advisement each semester to be cleared to
register for the following semester. Additional advisement is available by
appointment throughout the semester. Individual advisors are assigned
to all majors; it is recommended that during the first semester as a major,
each student request assignment to an advisor. This request should be initiated
in the Department Office. Contact Konstantinos Vrongistinos for
undergraduate advisement. Contact Victoria Jaque for graduate advisement.
Contact Belinda Stillwell for questions about Credential Programs.

International Experience
The Department of Kinesiology supports the concept of international
education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for
overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program
Study Centers in foreign countries are equivalent to courses in the
Department of Kinesiology and may be used to fulfill some of the
requirements for Degree Options offered by the Department and/or
certain General Education requirements. Students should consult the
International Programs Bulletin available in the Office of International
and Exchange Programs, a Departmental advisor or the campus
International Programs Advisor for more information.

Steven Paredes, Marina Sanchez, Iris Toledo, Sue Young