BS Kinesiology

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Program Learning Objectives

1. Describe the relationship between physical activity participation, quality of life, acute and chronic disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

2. Evaluate the underlying scientific foundations of physical activity including human movement, physiology and metabolism.

3. Apply principles of quantitative and qualitative research to the study and practice of physical activity.

4. Explain the sociocultural dimensions of physical activity including diversity and inclusion in physical activity and health.

5. Apply principles of exercise prescription and the national physical activity guidelines to develop effective physical activity programs.

6. Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking through written and oral communication.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: Up to 4 units of credit/no credit grading may be selected for courses in Major, Support, or Concentration.

KINE 180Orientation to Kinesiology2
HLTH 250Healthy Living (E) 14
or HLTH 255 Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach
or HLTH 260 Women's Health Issues
KINE 266Sport and Exercise Psychology4
KINE 301Functional Anatomy3
KINE 303Physiology of Exercise4
KINE 304Pathophysiology and Exercise3
KINE 307Adapted Physical Activity4
KINE 312Motor Learning and Control4
KINE 319Introduction to Research Methods in Kinesiology4
KINE 349Exercise Testing and Prescription for Healthy Populations4
KINE 401Managing Exercise, Health, and Sport Programs3
KINE 403Biomechanics4
KINE 412Physical Activity and Public Health3
KINE 451Nutrition for Fitness and Sport4
KINE 459Personal and Group Fitness Instruction3
KINE 460Experiential Senior Project1
or KINE 461 Senior Project Report
or KINE 462 Research Honors Senior Project
or KINE 463 Exercise Science and Health Promotion Fieldwork
Approved Electives 2
Select from the following:8
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
Health Professions Shadowing
Biology of Cancer
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II
Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
Intercultural Communication
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Nutrition in Aging
Nutrition Education and Communications
Community Nutrition
Medical Terminology
Drugs in Society
Media and Technology in Health Promotion
Human Factors and Technology
Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid, CPR, AED
Introductory Undergraduate Research 3
Motor Development
Sport and Gender
Psychological Aspects of Injury in Sport and Physical Activity
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 3
Interdisciplinary Study in Biomechanics
College Physics II
College Physics III
General Psychology
General Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Behavior in Organizations
Psychology of Death
Psychology of Aging
Health Psychology
Introduction to Sport Management
Leadership and Diverse Groups
Facilitation and Teambuilding
Resource and Grant Development
Select one concentration 418
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3) 14
BIO 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIO 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 312Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications5
or CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry I
MATH 119Precalculus Trigonometry (B4) 14
or MATH 141 Calculus I
PHYS 121College Physics I4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (GE Electives) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives 59
Total units180


Students may select one of the following concentrations.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 52 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English 24
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Major) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units52