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 to prepare the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze movement and to conduct and administer physical fitness programs. The option is particularly valuable for the student interested in employment in fitness assessment labs or fitness centers, as well as those intending to pursue graduate study. In addition, this option prepares students to pursue further study in such allied health programs as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and chiropractic.
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)
Kinesiology Movement Courses (3 units)
Choose one course from each of the following categories:
KIN 137A Dance, Ballroom I (1)
KIN 139A Ballet I (1)
KIN 139B Ballet II (1)
KIN 141A Jazz Dance I (1)
KIN 141B Jazz Dance II (1)
KIN 142A Dance, Latin America I (1)
KIN 142B Dance, Latin Dance II (1)
KIN 143 Urban Street Dance (1)
KIN 144A Dance, Modern I (1)
KIN 125A Fitness for Life (1)
KIN 126A Strength Training (1)
KIN 128 Fitness Walking (1)
KIN 129A Running Conditioning I (1)
KIN 135A Aerobic Dance I (1)
KIN 136A Aqua Aerobics (1)
KIN 147 Pilates (1)
KIN 148 Dance Conditioning and Somatic Practices (1)
KIN 149 Yoga (1)
KIN 177A Swimming for Non-swimmers (1)
KIN 178A Swimming I (1)
KIN 179A Swimming Conditioning (1)
KIN 122A Badminton I (1)
KIN 124A Basketball I (1)
KIN 130A Karate I (1)
KIN 131A Taekwondo (1)
KIN 132A Aikido (1)
KIN 133A Tai Chi Ch’uan (1)
KIN 134 Shaolin Kung Fu (1)
KIN 152A Soccer I (1)
KIN 155A Golf I (1)
KIN 164A Handball I (1)
KIN 171A Softball I (1)
KIN 172 Ultimate Frisbee (1)
KIN 185A Tennis I (1)
KIN 185B Tennis II (1)
KIN 191A Track and Field I (1)
KIN 195A Volleyball I (1)
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. Exercise Science Option Requirements (34-35 units)
1. Lower Division Required Courses* (8-9 units)
*Students may take these courses to satisfy up to 8 units of GE Natural Sciences.
Select one of the following:
(CHEM 101/L is recommended for students planning a career in Physical Therapy.)
2. Upper Division Required Courses (11 units)
3. Electives (15 units)
Select 15 units with approval of advisor:
KIN 311/L Adapted Therapeutic Exercise Principles and Applications and Lab (2/1)
KIN 313/L Adapted and Therapeutic Aquatic Exercise and Lab (2/1)
KIN 336/L (2/1) Applied Fitness Training and Lab
KIN 337/L Introduction to Athletic Training and Lab (3/1)
KIN 402/L Computer Applications in Kinesiology and Lab (2/1)
KIN 415 Medical Aspects of Sport and Related Injuries (3)
KIN 436 Applied Exercise and Sports Physiology (3)
KIN 456 Exercise Program Design (3)
KIN 476 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Injury (3)
KIN 479 Perception and Movement (3)
KIN 494A-B Academic Internship in Kinesiology (1-2)
KIN 494I Academic Internship Evaluation (1)
KIN 499A-C Independent Study (1-3)
KIN 560 Clinical EKG and Exercise Stress Testing (3)
KIN 575/L Biomechanical Analysis Techniques and Lab (2/1)
Elective: Alternative upper division KIN elective may be taken with prior approval of advisor (1-3).
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), which is required in the major to satisfy 4 units of GE Natural Sciences, and MATH 140 (4), which 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
Department of Kinesiology
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 life span. 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.