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Program: B.S., Kinesiology

Exercise Science

Program Description

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.

Program Requirements

A. Lower Division Prerequisite Courses (20-26 units)

1. Lower Division Science and Math Requirements (14-20 units)

General Biology and Human Anatomy Requirement

BIOL 101 General Biology (3)
BIOL 101L General Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 211 Human Anatomy (2)
BIOL 212 Laboratory Studies in Human Anatomy (1)
BIOL 281 Human Physiology (3)
MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)

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 and BIOL 212, or BIOL 383/L is prerequisite to enrollment in KIN 300. 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)

KIN 200 Foundations of Kinesiology (3)

Kinesiology Movement Courses (3 units)

Choose one course from each of the following categories:
a. Dance

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 143B Urban Street Dance II (1)
KIN 144A Dance, Modern I (1)

b. Fitness

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)

c. Sport

KIN 122A Badminton I (1)
KIN 123A Archery (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 (3)

C. Exercise Science Option Requirements (34-35 units)

1. Lower Division Required Courses (8-9 units)

PHYS 100A/PHYS 100AL General Physics and Lab (3/1)

Select one of the following:

CHEM 101 and CHEM 101L General Chemistry and Lab (4/1)
or CHEM 103 and CHEM 103L Introductory Chemistry I and Lab (3/1)

(CHEM 101/L is recommended for students planning a career in Physical Therapy.)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (11 units)

KIN 445 Advanced Biomechanics (3)
KIN 446/L Research in Exercise Physiology and Lab (2/1)
KIN 477 Motor Development (3)
KIN 478 Application of Motor Behavior Principles (2)

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 Applied Fitness Training and Lab (2/1)
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 452/L Adapted Physical Activity for Children and Lab (2/1)
KIN 456 Exercise Program Design (3)
KIN 476 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Injury (3)
KIN 479 Motor Control (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).

D. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
15 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: PHYS 100A satisfies B1 Physical Science; 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.

If taken, KIN 139A or KIN 144A satisfies 1 unit of C1 Arts. Some Kinesiology Movement courses may satisfy 1-3 units of E Lifelong Learning. Refer to course descriptions for application in General Education.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 75-82

General Education Units: 33

Additional Units: 5-12

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


Department of Kinesiology
Chair: Rosa Angulo-Barroso
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
(818) 677-3205

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:

  1. Apply an integrated kinesiological approach to encourage the adoption of healthy and physically active lifestyles, across diverse populations.
  2. Apply evidence-based practices to enhance the study of human movement.
  3. Demonstrate competent problem-solving strategies through intentional practices.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of kinesthetic forms, processes and structures as they apply to the personal expression and culture of human movement.