BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science)

Units required for Major: 60
Units required for Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning Specialist Option: 60
Units required for Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation Specialist Option: 60

Program Description

Kinesiology is an academic area of study concerned with the art and science of human movement. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree with two concentrations of study in Physical Education and Exercise Science, a stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, a Master of Science with two concentrations of study (Exercise Science and Movement Studies), and a Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Certificate. Two Minor programs (Coaching and Supplementary Authorization in Physical Education) are also available.

Note: Students graduating with a BS in Kinesiology—Exercise Science Concentration will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.

Pre-Major Requirements

Freshman or transfer students interested in the BS Exercise Science Concentration Kinesiology Major are admitted as Pre-Exercise Science Concentration Kinesiology Major students.

To change to a BS Exercise Science Concentration Kinesiology major, Pre-major students are required to complete the following grade and course requirements and submit a Declaration of Major/Concentration to the Kinesiology Department Office along with transcript copies.

  1. An overall GPA of 2.0.
  2. Completion of the Pre-Major required courses with a “C-“ or better. Only first and second attempts will be considered.

Minimum Grade Requirement

All courses counted for the Exercise Science Concentration must be completed with a "C-" or better.

Program Requirements

Pre-Major Required Courses (17 Units)
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts3
BIO 22Introductory Human Anatomy4
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
or CHEM 6A Introduction to General Chemistry
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
or CHEM 6B Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
Required Upper Division (30 Units)
BIO 131Systemic Physiology4
KINS 151Kinesiology3
KINS 151ABiomechanics3
KINS 152Physiology Of Exercise3
KINS 152AFundamentals of Exercise Programs3
KINS 152SEnergy Production & Sports Performance3
KINS 144Analysis of Weight Training & Muscular Fitness2
KINS 153Cardiovascular Testing and Exercise Prescription3
KINS 156Care Of Athletic Injuries3
KINS 158Motor Learning3
Specialist Options (13 Units)
Select one of the following specialist options:13
Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning Specialist Option
Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation Specialist Option
Total Units60

Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning Specialist Option

In prior consultation with an exercise science advisor, a minimal of 13 units from the recommended list of courses below are required in addition to the core courses above:

Select a minimum of 13 units from the following:13
Nutrition And Wellness
Nutrition And Metabolism
Strength and Conditioning
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Planning, Designing and Managing a Fitness Center
Sport And Aging
Biomechanics II
Exercise Physiology of Women
Prolonged Exercise
Blood Lactate and Exercise
Sport and Exercise Psychology
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound
Introduction to Statistics
Total Units13

Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation Specialist Option

In prior consultation with an exercise science advisor, a minimal of 13 units from the recommended list of courses below are required in addition to the core courses above:

Select a minimum of 13 units from the following:13
Microbiology for Allied Health Students
Genetics: From Mendel to Molecules
Advanced Human Anatomy
Neuroanatomy
Histology
Neurophysiology
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Physiology
Organic Chemistry Lecture--Brief Course
General Biochemistry
Nutrition And Wellness
Nutrition And Metabolism
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Biomechanics II
Cardiac Rehabilitation & Exercise Electrocardiography
Principles and Techniques in a Clinical Setting
Pharmacology
Pathophysiology
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Statistics
Total Units13