Program: B.S., Kinesiology
Physical Education Option
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.
This option provides the subject matter preparation required to earn a credential for teaching Physical Education in California public schools. Students seeking a teaching credential are advised to apply to the credential program as first-semester seniors. This is done through the Credential Office on campus. Completion of the Kinesiology major with Physical Education option, plus 31 units of professional education (including student teaching), are required for the Preliminary Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential program, see the Credentials and Department of Secondary Education sections in this Catalog.
The Department of Kinesiology is a learning-centered community that educates and inspires its students to understand and appreciate human movement for personal expression and wellness throughout the lifespan. In doing so, students and faculty work together to improve quality of life for themselves and their community. The department values and respects the spectrum of human diversity. An integrated approach to the teaching, learning and application of human movement provides opportunities and experiences to achieve the program learning outcomes.
A. Lower Division Prerequisite Courses (20-26 units)
1. Lower Division Science and Math Requirements (14-20 units)
General Biology and Human Anatomy Requirement
Alternatively, students may take the following courses to fulfill the General Biology and Human Anatomy requirement for the major. This pathway is recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in allied health-related programs, such as physical therapy or medicine.
BIOL 106 Biological Principles I (3)
BIOL 106L Biological Principles I Lab (1)
BIOL 107 Biological Principles II (3)
BIOL 107L Biological Principles II Lab (1)
BIOL 382/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (3/1)
BIOL 383/L Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (3/1)
Note: Completion of BIOL 211/212 or BIOL 213/212 or BIOL 383/L is prerequisite to enrollment in KIN 300 and KIN 337/L. Completion of BIOL 281 or BIOL 383/L is prerequisite to enrollment in KIN 346/L. BIOL 382/L requires grades of “C” or better in BIOL 106/L and BIOL 107/L prerequisites.
2. Lower Division Core (6 units)
Kinesiology Movement Courses (3 units)
Choose one course from the following courses:
KIN 130A-133A, 151A Martial Arts Course (1)
Take the following courses:
B. Upper Division Core (21 units)
KIN 300 Foundations and Analysis of Human Movement (3)
KIN 305 Historical and Philosophical Bases of Kinesiology (4)
KIN 306 Socio-Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (3)
KIN 345/L Biomechanics and Lab (3/1)
KIN 346/L Physiology of Exercise and Lab (3/1)
KIN 377 Motor Learning (3)
C. Physical Education Option Requirements (32 units)
1. Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)
2. Upper Division Required Courses (23 units)
KIN 315/L Analysis and Application of Multi-Cultural Dance Forms for Children and Adolescents and Lab (2/1)
KIN 335/L Health-Related Fitness in K-12 Physical Education and Lab (2/1)
KIN 347 Introduction to Adapted Physical Education (3)
KIN 371/L Physical Education Content Development for Children and Lab (2/1)
KIN 462/L Physical Education Content Development for Adolescents and Lab (2/1)
KIN 472/L Learner Assessment and Technology in K-12 Physical Education and Lab (2/1)
KIN 477 Motor Development (3)
KIN 478 Application of Motor Behavior Principles (2)
D. General Education (48 units)
12 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: BIOL 101 or BIOL 106 satisfies B2 Life Science; BIOL 101L or BIOL 106L satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 140 satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; KIN 345/L satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; and KIN 306 satisfies 3 units of upper division D1 Social Sciences.
Total Units in the Major/Option: 73-79
General Education Units: 36
Additional Units: 5-11
Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120
Department of Kinesiology
Chair: Douglas McLaughlin
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
Program Learning Outcomes
Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology will be able to:
- Apply an integrated kinesiological approach to encourage the adoption of healthy and physically active lifestyles, across diverse populations.
- Apply evidence-based practices to enhance the study of human movement.
- Demonstrate competent problem-solving strategies through intentional practices.
- Demonstrate knowledge of kinesthetic forms, processes and structures as they apply to the personal expression and culture of human movement.