Program: B.S., Kinesiology
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. 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 is designed for students who have an interest in sport but do not want to become physical education teachers or clinicians in exercise science related occupations. The Sport Studies Option focuses on the critical examination of sport in the contexts of historical and contemporary society, emphasizing skills in cultural analysis and critical thinking pertaining to the administration, leadership, psychological, historical, philosophical and sociological aspects of sport. The Option in Sport Studies will prepare students for careers in sport leadership, as well as for graduate work in sport studies, sport management or other related fields.
A. Lower Division Prerequisite Courses (20 units)
1. Lower Division Science and Math Requirements (14 units)
Note: 8 of the 14 units double count in General Education and the major.
2. Lower Division Core (6 units)
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 and Control (3)
C. Sport Studies Option Requirements (30 units)
1. Upper Division Required Courses (9 units)
2. Sport Studies Electives (15 units)
Select 15 units, with approval of an advisor:
KIN 310 Visualization and Sport (3)
KIN 347 Introduction to Adapted Physical Education (3)
KIN 385 Women in Sport (3)
KIN 406 Social Change and Development Through Sport (3)
KIN 408 The Olympic Games (3)
KIN 410 Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Injury (3)
KIN 420 Coaching Competitive Sports (3)
KIN 427 Dance Production (3)
KIN 428 Aesthetics of Human Movement (3)
3. Upper Division Electives (6 units)
Select a minimum of 6 additional units, with approval of an advisor.
4. General Education (48 units)
Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog. When students select BIOL 101/L (3/1) that is required in the major to satisfy 4 units of GE: Natural Sciences and MATH 140 (4) that is required to satisfy 4 units of GE: Basic Skills-Mathematics, the GE total is reduced to 40 units. In selected options, there are additional “overlap” units for courses that count in meeting both major requirements and General Education requirements. Students should meet with a department advisor before selecting General Education courses. Failure to select overlapping courses may result in additional units in the major for selected options.
Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120
Chair: Konstantinos Vrongistinos
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
Student Learning Outcomes
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 following learning outcomes:
- 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.