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KINESIOLOGYGreek runners

College of Health and Human Services

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. Completion of the Physical Education Blended Credential Option qualifies students for entry into the Single Subject Credential Student Teaching Phase. An Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential, a Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Certificate program, and two Minor programs (Coaching and Supplementary Authorization in Physical Education) are also available.

Concentrations

  • Physical Education: The undergraduate physical education concentration contains two options, a general physical education option and a blended credential option. The general physical education option is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in physical education other than teaching or who wish to earn their teaching credential at other institutions. The blended credential option is an accredited, blended program that meets the standards from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for subject matter preparation and teacher credentialing in physical education (K-12). Upon completion of this program, students take additional units of student teaching and student teaching seminars to be certified to teach physical education in California (K-12).
  • Exercise Science: This concentration has two options: 1) Exercise Science and 2) Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation. The Exercise Science option prepares students for graduate work in the areas of exercise and sport science, as well as for careers in personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, fitness consulting in business/industry and health clubs, and other paramedical and health related fields. The Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation option provides students with in-depth science-based coursework which meets the prerequisite requirements for most Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other health related professional preparation programs. Admission to professional preparation programs is competitive and it is critical that students work closely with an assigned advisor to plan coursework.

Athletic Training: This bachelors degree program is presently accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE). Completion of the Athletic Training Education Program prepares students for careers in athletic training, sports medicine, and other paramedical areas. Upon completion of the degree, students are qualified to take the national certification exam to become a National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer. Students are also encouraged to pursue a teaching credential.

Special Features

  • The Kinesiology facilities include state of the art high tech laboratories for motor learning, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport performance, physical therapy/therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation, and athletic training.
  • Several activity spaces are available, including dance, weight training, and gymnastics rooms. Outside facilities include a lap pool, racquetball and tennis courts, jogging trails, sports fields, putting green, driving range, and aquatic center.
  • Kinesiology majors at Sacramento State have opportunities for unique experiences at the undergraduate level. In the Physical Education Concentration, students observe and teach children in both on and off campus field sites. Students concentrating in the Athletic Training area serve internships under BOC certified athletic trainers in the community colleges and on the campus with Division I athletes.
  • Sacramento State is an accredited CAATE undergraduate Athletic Training.
  • Exercise Science students gain useful experience through their internships at various on and off campus locations.
  • Students interested in Physical Therapy build a valuable background of experience in community hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
  • At the graduate level, students engage in a variety of research projects, both on and off campus in the areas of Exercise Science and Movement Studies.

Note: Students interested in majoring or minoring in Kinesiology are encouraged to go to the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science Office for an assignment to a faculty advisor.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Requirements - Bachelor of Science Degree - Physical Education Concentration

Units required for Major: 57 units all of which must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Minimum total units for the BS: 120
Note: Additional units may be required to meet the Sacramento State foreign language requirement.

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

The physical education concentration is designed with two options: the first option, Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), prepares students for a teaching career in physical education. The student who completes the program in physical education will have the breadth and depth of knowledge regarding developmentally appropriate physical education. The PETE option provides students with the coursework for both subject matter content and pedagogy for teaching physical education at the K-12 level. Students who choose this option will then have the opportunity to attain their Single Subject Physical Education California Teaching Credential, an additional two semester program through the Department of Teacher Education at Sacramento State.

The second option, Physical Activity Conditioning and Coaching (PACC) prepares students for a career in a variety of movement settings, other than the traditional physical education teaching career. These movement settings include club and high school athletics, intercollegiate athletics, and professional athletics, in the fields of coaching, conditioning, and administration. The PACC option does not meet the standards for subject matter preparation and the PACC student would need to complete additional coursework to qualify for admission to pursue the Physical Education Teaching Credential at Sacramento State and other institutions.

The student who completes the PETE or PACC option will understand the aesthetics of movement and human performance and the meaningfulness of physical activity in lifelong learning. Additionally, the student will gain knowledge of the historical and philisophical factors that relate tp performance, fitness and wellness.

A. Required Core (13 units)

(4)

BIO 25

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

(3)

KINS 150

Exercise and Sport Physiology

(3)

KINS 151D

Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics (BIO 25)

(3)

KINS 176

Perceptual Motor Development

B. Required Upper Division Courses (18 units)

(3)

KINS 133

Integration of Concepts (GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X)

(3)

KINS 134

Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Physical Education

(3)

KINS 135

Assessment Strategies in Physical Education

(3)

KINS 137

Sociology of Sport

(3)

KINS 138

Teaching Strategies in Physical Education

(3)

KINS 160

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Option (26 units)

(3)

KINS 130

Elementary Physical Education Curriculum and Content (KINS 138)

(2)

KINS 131

Secondary Physical Education Curriculum (KINS 138; Kinesiology major - Physical Education concentration students only)

(3)

KINS 141

PRO ACT 1 - Dual Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 142

Professional Activities II - Creative Movement and Dance (KINS 138; Corequisite:KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 145

Pro Act III - Team Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 146

Pro Act IV - Individual Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 148

ProAct V-Non Traditional Games And Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 149

Professional Activities of Health and Skill Related Fitness (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 177

Introduction to Adapted Physical Education

Physical Activity, Conditioning and Coaching (PACC) Option (26 units)

(2)

KINS 99

Exercise for Healthy Living

(3)

KINS 120

Scientific Bases of Physical Conditioning

(3)

KINS 121

Peak Performance Through Psychological Skills

(3)

KINS 132

Planning, Designing, and Managing a Fitness Center

(3)

KINS 156

Care of Athletic Injuries

(3)

KINS 161

Theory of Sport and Fitness Management

(3)

KINS 165

Theory of Coaching

(3)

KINS 166

Ethics, Inclusion and Equity in Coaching

(3)

KINS 194D

Assigned Field Experience in Coaching

Requirements for a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education K-12

Blended Credential Option students must formally apply to the Teacher Preparation Program for acceptance into the credential option. A separate application and requirements are required for admission to the student teaching phase. Consult a Physical Education Concentration Advisor for details.

(5)

EDTE 471A

Elementary Physical Education Student Teaching (Acceptance into the Sacramento State Single Subject Teaching Credential Program)

(4)

EDTE 471B

Secondary Physical Education Student Teaching (EDTE 471A)

(3)

KINS 198A

Seminar in Physical Education - Elementary (KINS 380, KINS 381; Corequisite EDTE 471A)

(3)

KINS 198B

Seminar in Physical Education - Secondary (KINS 380, KINS 381; Corequisite EDTE 471B)


Note: The following must be attained before student teaching can begin:
  • Standard First Aid Certification;
  • Current CPR Certification; and
  • Receive passing scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

Exercise Science Concentration - Pre-Major Requirements

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

To change to an 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 form 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 or second attempts will be considered.

Requirements - Bachelor of Science Degree - Exercise Science Concentration

Units required for Major: 73-75
Units required for Exercise Science Option: 74-75
Units required for Therapeutic Rehabilitation and Exercise Science Option: 73
Minimum total units for the BS: 120
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.

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

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

A. Pre-Major Required Courses (25 Units)

(3)

BIO 10

Basic Biological Concepts

(4)

BIO 22

Introductory Human Anatomy (BIO 1, BIO 2 or BIO 10)

(4)

BIO 131

Systemic Physiology (CHEM 1B or CHEM 6B and BIO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 10 or BIO 22)

(5)

CHEM 1A

General Chemistry I (High school chemistry and college algebra; sufficient performance on the college algebra diagnostic test, or equivalent, or minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 4) OR

 

CHEM 6A

Introduction to General Chemistry (One year high school algebra; high school chemistry recommended)

(5)

CHEM 1B

General Chemistry II (CHEM 1A with a passing grade of "C" or better) OR

 

CHEM 6B

Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (CHEM 1A or CHEM 6A or a high school chemistry course and passing a qualifying exam given in the first laboratory period)

(4)

PHYS 5A

General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound (Recently completed three years of high school algebra and geometry; and a college course in algebra and trigonometry [MATH 9 recommended] for those having an inadequate mathematics background)

B. Required Core (15 Units)

(3)

KINS 151

Kinesiology (BIO 22 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 151A

Biomechanics (KINS 151)

(3)

KINS 152

Physiology of Exercise (BIO 131 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 158

Motor Learning (BIO 22 or equivalent)

(3)

STAT 1

Introduction to Statistics (MATH 9 or three years of high school mathematics which includes two years of algebra and one year of geometry; completion of ELM requirement and the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test)

Select one of the two options listed below:

Exercise Science Option

The following courses are required in addition to the core courses above (see Section A and B):

C. Required Upper Division Courses (29 units)

(3)

FACS 113

Nutrition and Metabolism (BIO 10 or BIO 20 and CHEM 1A or CHEM 6A

(3)

KINS 132

Planning, Designing, and Managing a Fitness Center

(3)

KINS 137

Sociology of Sport OR

 

KINS 160

Sport and Exercise Psychology

(3)

KINS 139

Leadership and Communication

(2)

KINS 144

Analysis of Weight Training

(3)

KINS 153

Cardiovascular Testing and Exercise Prescription (KINS 152 or instructor permission)

(3)

KINS 154A

Principles and Techniques in a Clinical Setting

(3)

KINS 156

Care of Athletic Injuries

(1-3)

KINS 194B

Assigned Internship in Exercise Science (KINS 151 and/or KINS 152; or instructor permission) OR

 

KINS 195B

Directed Internship in Exercise Science (KINS 151 and/or KINS 152; or instructor permission)

(3) Select one of the following

(3)

HLSC 150

Aging and Health

(3)

KINS 136

Sport and Aging (CPR training; may be taken concurrently)

(3)

NURS 163

Holistic Approach to Aging ((GWAR certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+, or C or higher grade in ENGL 109M/W, or C- grade in ENGL 109M/W or WPJ score 70/71 and ENGL 109X corequisite)

(3)

PSYC 150

Psychological Aspects of Aging (PSYC 2)

D. Electives (5-6 units)

Select 5-6 units from the following:

(3)

KINS 152A

Fundamentals of Exercise Programs (KINS 152)

(2)

KINS 152B

Exercise Physiology of Women

(2)

KINS 152C

Prolonged Exercise (An introductory college course in Biology or Zoology)

(2)

KINS 152D

Blood Lactate and Exercise (KINS 152)

(2)

KINS 153C

Exercise Mini Series: Electrocardiography

(2-3)

KINS 196

Experimental Offerings in Kinesiology

Note: Other elective courses can be used with the permission of an instructor.

Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Option

The following courses are required in addition to the core courses above (see Section A and B):

C. Required Upper Division Courses (11 units)

(3)

KINS 153

Cardiovascular Testing and Exercise Prescription (KINS 152 or instructor permission)

(3)

KINS 154A

Principles and Techniques in a Clinical Setting

(2)

KINS 155A

Clinical Evaluation of the Upper Extremity (BIO 22, KINS 154A, KINS 156) OR

 

KINS 155B

Clinical Evaluation of the Lower Extremity (BIO 22, KINS 154A, KINS 156)

(1-3)

KINS 194F

Assigned Field Experience in Allied Health

D. Required Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Electives (6 units)

Select 6 units of the following:

(3)

KINS 139

Leadership and Communication

(3)

KINS 156

Care of Athletic Injuries

(3)

KINS 157

Therapeutic Exercise (KINS 151, KINS 155A, or KINS 155B, BIO 22; or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 176

Perceptual Motor Development

E. Additional Electives (16 units)

Select 16 units from the following:

(4)

BIO 122

Advanced Human Anatomy (BIO 22)

(3)

BIO 123

Neuroanatomy (BIO 22)

(3)

BIO 132

Neurophysiology (BIO 131, or both BIO 25 and BIO 26)

(4)

BIO 139

General Microbiology (BIO 10 or both BIO 1 and BIO 2; CHEM 20 or CHEM 24)

(3)

KINS 152A

Fundamentals of Exercise Programs (KINS 152)

(1-3)

KINS 194F

Assigned Field Experience in Allied Health

(4)

MATH 30

Calculus I (MATH 29 or four years of high school mathematics which includes two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and one year of mathematical analysis; completion of ELM requirement and Pre-Calculus Diagnostic Test)

(2)

NURS 14

Pharmacology (BIO 131 or equivalent)

(2)

PT 130

Pathophysiology (BIO 22 or equivalent, BIO 131 or equivalent)

(4)

PHYS 5B

General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics (PHYS 5A or instructor permission)

(3)

PSYC 168

Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2)

Note: Other elective courses can be used with the permission of an advisor.

Requirements - Bachelor of Science - Athletic Training

Units required for Major: 80-83
Minimum total units for the BS: 120
Note: Students graduating with a BS in Athletic Training 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. 

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

A. Required Core (20 units)

(4)

BIO 131*

Systemic Physiology (CHEM 1B or CHEM 6B and BIO 1 or BIO 2 or BIO 10 or BIO 22)

(3)

KINS 151*

Kinesiology (BIO 22 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 151A*

Biomechanics (KINS 151)

(3)

KINS 152*

Physiology of Exercise (BIO 131 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 158

Motor Learning (BIO 22 or equivalent)

B. Required Lower Division Courses (18 units)

(3)

BIO 10

Basic Biological Concepts OR

 

BIO 20

Biology: A Human Perspective

(5)

CHEM 1A

General Chemistry I (High school chemistry and college algebra; sufficient performance on the college algebra diagnostic test, or equivalent, or minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 4) OR

 

CHEM 6A

Introduction to General Chemistry (One year high school algebra; high school chemistry recommended)

(5)

CHEM 1B

General Chemistry II (CHEM 1A with a passing grade of C or better) OR

 

CHEM 6B

Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (CHEM 1A or CHEM 6A or a high school chemistry course and passing a qualifying exam given in the first laboratory period)

(3)

FACS 10*

Nutrition and Wellness

(2)

NURS 14*

Pharmacology (BIO 131 or equivalent)

C. Required Upper Division Courses (42-45 units)

(2)

KINS 144*

Analysis of Weight Training

(3)

KINS 154A*

Principles and Techniques in a Clinical Setting

(3)

KINS 154B*

Management and Health Care Administration in Athletic Training

(1)

KINS 154C*

Therapeutic Modalities Laboratory (BIO 22, KINS 154A, KINS 156; prior instructor permission)

(2)

KINS 155A *

Clinical Evaluation of the Upper Extremity (BIO 22, KINS 154A, KINS 156)

(2)

KINS 155B*

Clinical Evaluation of the Lower Extremity (BIO 22, KINS 154A, KINS 156)

(3)

KINS 156*

Care of Athletic Injuries

(2)

KINS 156A*

Emergency Response

(3)

KINS 157*

Therapeutic Exercise (BIO 22, KINS 151, KINS 155A, or KINS 155B or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 160*

Sport and Exercise Psychology

(1-3)

KINS 194H*

Assigned Field Experience in Athletic Training (BIO 22, KINS 156, KINS 195C or equivalent)

(1-2)

KINS 195C*

Directed Observation in Athletic Training (Phase I)

(4)

KINS 195D*+

Practicum in Athletic Training (Phase II)

(4)

KINS 195D*+

Practicum in Athletic Training (Phase III)

(4)

KINS 195D*+

Practicum in Athletic Training (Phase IV)

(4)

KINS 195D*+

Practicum in Athletic Training (Phase V)

*Required to meet CAATE accreditation. (See Program Director for all requirements.)
 
+Prerequisite: BIO 22, KINS 156, prior approval of the Program Director.

Admissions Requirements: Students must formally apply for admission into the clinical program. Criteria for admission includes a 2.8 GPA, student information sheet, typed statement on goals, current first aid, AED and CPR certification, two letters of recommendation, a physical exam, Hepatitis B immunization and technical standards form, proof of liability insurance. For an admissions packet and current information, please see the Program Director and check the Web site at http://www.csus.edu/HHS/KHS/KINS/ATP/index.html. Transfer Students may qualify for special advance placement during the Admission process, please see the Athletic Training Education Program Web site above for more information.

Requirements - Minor - Coaching

Units required for Minor: 19-20

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

(3)

KINS 150

Exercise and Sport Physiology

(3)

KINS 156

Care of Athletic Injuries

(3) Select one of the following:

 

KINS 110

Women and Sport

 

KINS 137

Sociology of Sport

 

KINS 160

Sport and Exercise Psychology

(4)

ATIC

Coaching Series Courses

(2-3)

KINS

Analysis Series Courses

(4) Select 4 units from the following:

 

KINS 156A

Emergency Response

 

KINS 194D

Assigned Field Experience in Coaching

Note: Substitutions can be made with permission of Department Chair.

Requirements - Minor - Supplementary Authorization In Physical Education

Units required for Minor: 18

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

This minor will fulfill the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for a supplementary authorization to teach Introductory Physical Education, K-9. A grade of "C" or better is required in every course used to meet this requirement.

(3)

KINS 138

Teaching Strategies in Physical Education

(3)

KINS 142

Professional Activities II - Creative Movement and Dance (KINS 138; Corequisite:KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 172

Movement Education

(3) Select one of the following:

KINS 145

Pro Act III - Team Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

 

KINS 150

Exercise and Sport Physiology

 

KINS 176

Perceptual Motor Development

 

KINS 177

Introduction to Adapted Physical Education

(2-4) Select two of the following:

(3)

KINS 141

PRO ACT 1 - Dual Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(2)

KINS 144

Analysis of Weight Training

(3)

KINS 146

Pro Act IV - Individual Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 148

ProAct V-Non Traditional Games And Sports (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 149

Professional Activities of Health and Skill Related Fitness (KINS 138; Corequisite: KINS 138)

(2-3) Select one of the following:

(2)

KINS 131

Secondary Physical Education Curriculum (KINS 138)

(3)

KINS 134

Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Physical Education

(3)

KINS 135

Assessment Strategies in Physical Education

(3)

KINS 137

Sociology of Sport

(3)

KINS 160

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Requirements - Subject Matter Program - Athletic Training (Pre-Credential Preparation)

Athletic Training students interested in teaching must meet the Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards prior to entrance into a credential program. Courses to meet standards can be taken concurrently with the Athletic Training courses.

Note: The program is currently under review by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and students are strongly encouraged to consult the Program Director for appropriate coursework.

Requirements - Credential - Adapted Physical Education Specialist

Units required for Credential: 21

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Note: It is intended that the courses in this specialty be taken in addition to or concurrent with the courses required for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education.

A. Required Courses (21 units)

(2)

EDS 230A

Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Mild, Moderate, Severe Behavioral Challenges (Admittance into Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential program or permission of respective special education coordinator; Corequisite: EDS 230B)

(1)

EDS 230B

Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Mild, Moderate, Severe Behavioral Challenges Lab (Admittance into Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Credential program or permission of respective special education coordinator; Corequisite: EDS 230A)

(3)

KINS 171

Adapted Physical Education: Basic Skill/Fitness Activities and Assessment (KINS 177)

(3)

KINS 176

Perceptual Motor Development

(3)

KINS 177

Introduction to Adapted Physical Education (GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+, or C or higher grade in ENGL 109M/W, or C- grade in ENGL 109M/W or WPJ score 70/71 and ENGL 109X co-requisite)

(3)

KINS 179

Adapted Physical Education: Program Planning (KINS 171, KINS 177)

(3)

KINS 194E

Assigned Internship in Adapted Physical Education (Any two of the following: KINS 171, KINS 176, KINS 177, or KINS 179; permission of Adapted Credential Advisor)

(3)

RPTA 118

Recreation Therapy Facilitation Techniques (RPTA 106; RPTA 106 may be taken concurrently)

B. Prerequisite courses for students who are not Physical Education Teaching Concentration Majors:

(4)

BIO 22

Introductory Human Anatomy (BIO 1, BIO 2 or BIO 10)

(2)

HLSC 136

School Health Education (CPR training; may be taken concurrently)

(3)

KINS 130

Elementary Physical Education Curriculum and Content (KINS 138) OR

  KINS 172

Movement Education

(3)

KINS 151

Kinesiology (BIO 22 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 151D

Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics (BIO 25)

(3)

KINS 158

Motor Learning (BIO 22 or equivalent)

Requirements - Personal Trainer/Strength And Conditioning Certificate

Units required for Certificate: 28
The program includes a minimum of 28 units of specified coursework. All courses listed must be completed with a "C" or better.

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

(3)

FACS 113

Nutrition and Metabolism (BIO 10 or BIO 20; CHEM 1A or CHEM 6A)

(3)

KINS 120

Scientific Bases of Physical Conditioning

(3)

KINS 132

Planning, Design, and Managing a Fitness Center

(3)

KINS 137

Sociology Of Sport OR

 

KINS 160

Sport and Exercise Psychology

(2)

KINS 144

Analysis of Weight Training

(3)

KINS 151

Kinesiology (BIO 22 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 152

Physiology of Exercise (BIO 131 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 153

Cardiovascular Testing and Exercise Prescription (KINS 152 or instructor permission)

(3)

KINS 156

Care of Athletic Injuries

(2)

KINS 194A

Assigned Field Experience in Kinesiology OR

 

KINS 195A

Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology

GRADUATE PROGRAM

The graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is designed to expand the students' knowledge and to augment their qualifications for leadership in their chosen profession.

The objectives of the program are to increase the students' breadth and depth of knowledge relative to the discipline of Kinesiology; to provide the opportunity for students to engage in scholarly activity that includes creative and analytical thinking, interpreting, evaluating and reporting published research, designing and conducting research; and to provide a focus of study that will enhance career commitment and allow for experiences that will lead to continued self development and growth.

Admission Requirements

For students with an undergraduate major in Kinesiology, admission to the MS program as a classified graduate student requires:

  • an overall GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 in the last 60 semester units; and
  • upper division statistic course (e.g., EDS 140 or equivalent).

Students who have deficiencies in admission requirements which can be removed by specific additional preparation may be admitted to unclassified or conditionally classified graduate status for the purpose of removing deficiencies. Coursework taken to qualify for classified graduate status is in addition to and not counted toward the master's program. While completing admission deficiencies, students may, if they possess the necessary prerequisites, enroll also in degree coursework, but no more than 6 units as an unclassified student or 12 units as a conditionally classified student can be applied toward the MS degree. Students must remove all admission deficiencies before being considered for classified status.

Students with deficiencies in admission requirements are requested to submit additional documentation in support of their application. These materials may include:

  • GRE or GMAT scores;
  • a letter stating reasons for pursuing graduate study in Kinesiology;
  • a copy of recent research paper and/or a creative project; and
  • letters of recommendation that speak specifically to academic ability.

Students applying for admission to the Kinesiology graduate program who do not have a degree in Kinesiology, are required to take a minimum of 20 specified units in Kinesiology. These students should see the graduate coordinator or a graduate advisor for details.

Admission Procedures

Applications are accepted as long as room for new students exists. All prospective graduate students, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies, River Front Center, Room 206 (916) 278-6470:

  • an online application for admission;
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State; and
  • two letters of recommendation.

For more admissions information and application deadlines please visit http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/.

Approximately six weeks after receipt of all items listed above, a decision regarding admission will be mailed to the applicant. Upon admission, the student will select a graduate advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy

Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy indicating a proposed program of graduate study. The procedure may begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
  • completed at least 12 units of 200-level courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA; and
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.

This application must be filed no later than the semester prior to enrolling in KINS 211. Advancement to Candidacy forms are available in the Office of Graduate Studies. See the Department's graduate coordinator for more information about this process.

Requirements - Masters of Science Degree

Units required for the MS: 30, including 19 units for concentrations (see below).

Note: An 11-unit core of courses is required of all students; seven units of required courses and four units that are earned through the completion of a thesis or project. The thesis or project is required of all candidates for the Master of Science in Kinesiology. The courses in the core are designed to focus on an advanced study of the knowledge which is of common interest and concern to all graduate students pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. Within the remaining 19 units, the student is focused in an area of special interest by selecting a concentration: Exercise Science or Movement Studies. Each concentration includes a set of required courses and a specified number of elective units.

Six semester units of graduate work taken at other accredited institutions may be approved by the Graduate Coordinator or the student's graduate advisor. Prerequisite units, units taken for undergraduate majors/minors, and units taken to qualify for fully classified graduate status, will not be counted for graduate credit. Only rarely are undergraduate Kinesiology courses approved for graduate credit. A maximum of six elective units may be taken in upper division undergraduate courses with advisor approval. A maximum of four units of graduate Practicum or Directed Individual Study may be taken for degree credit with advisor approval.

A. Required Courses (7 units)

(3)

KINS 209

Graduate Studies in Kinesiology

(3)

KINS 210

Research Methods in Kinesiology

(1)

KINS 211

Research Seminar

B. Culminating Requirement (4 units)

(4)

KINS 500

Culminating Experience (Advanced to candidacy and KINS 211 or concurrent enrollment)

Note: The first time the student registers for KINS 500, he/she must also register for KINS 211. During this semester, the student develops his/her proposal with assistance from others in the seminar, the seminar professor and the student's committee. When the proposal is completed, formal written and oral presentations are made to the seminar with the student's committee in attendance. If the student does not complete the proposal and have it approved, he/she must enroll and attend KINS 211 another semester.

Additional Requirements for Concentrations (19 units)

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Select one of the following two concentrations:

Exercise Science Concentration

(3)

KINS 250

Advanced Exercise Physiology Lab (KINS 152 or instructor permission)

(3)

KINS 252

Advanced Exercise Physiology (1 year of General Chemistry, BIO 131 or equivalent, KINS 152 or equivalent, and KINS 153 or equivalent)

(3)

KINS 254

Advanced Biomechanics (KINS 151, KINS 210, or instructor permission)

(3)

KINS 259

Research in Exercise Physiology (KINS 152, KINS 210; or instructor permission)

(7)

Electives selected in consultation with an advisor.

Movement Studies Concentration

(9) Select three of the following:

 

KINS 203

Specificity of Conditioning

 

KINS 236

Sport and Society

 

KINS 258

Research in Motor Learning (KINS 158, KINS 210 or instructor permission)

 

KINS 262

Psychological Aspects of Peak Performance

 

KINS 270

Instructional Strategies for Physical Activity and Sport

(10)

Electives selected in consultation with an advisor.

Movement Studies/Strength Condition Option

(3)

KINS 203

Specificity of Conditioning

(4)

KINS 295

Practicum (Approval of graduate faculty advisor and graduate coordinator)

(6) Select two of the following:

 

KINS 236

Sport and Society

 

KINS 258

Research in Motor Learning (KINS 158, KINS 210 or instructor permission)

 

KINS 262

Psychological Aspects of Peak Performance

 

KINS 270

Instructional Strategies for Physical Activity and Sport

(6)

Elective units selected in consultation with advisor.

Movement Studies/Sports Psychology Option

(3)

KINS 260

Psychology of Sport

(3)

KINS 261

Exercise Psychology

(3)

KINS 262

Psychological Aspects of Peak Performance

(1)

KINS 295

Practicum (Approval of graduate faculty advisor and graduate coordinator)

(6) Select two of the following:

 

KINS 203

Specificity of Conditioning

 

KINS 236

Sport and Society

 

KINS 258

Research in Motor Learning (KINS 158, KINS 210 or instructor permission)

 

KINS 270

Instructional Strategies for Physical Activity and Sport

(3)

Elective units selected in consultation with advisor.

Movement Studies/Sport Pedagogy Option

(3)

KINS 270

Instructional Strategies for Physical Activity and Sport

(3)

KINS 276

Teaching and Coaching Effectiveness

(1)

KINS 295

Practicum (Approval of graduate faculty advisor and graduate coordinator)

(6) Select two of the following:

 

KINS 203

Specificity of Conditioning

 

KINS 236

Sport and Society

 

KINS 258

Research in Motor Learning (KINS 158, KINS 210 or instructor permission)

 

KINS 262

Psychological Aspects of Peak Performance

(6) Elective units selected in consultation with advisor.

Note: Student teaching, extension courses, undergraduate fieldwork, and 300-numbered methods or workshop courses may not be applied to the MS program requirements.

Note: Please see the Department Web site for the most current program requirements.

Career Possibilities

Athletic Trainer · Biomechanist · Cardiac Catherization Technician · Cardiac Electophysiologist · Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist · Cardiac Technician · Cardiovascular Sonography Technician · Clinical Exercise Physiologist · Coach · Community Center Leader · Corporate Wellness/Fitness · Corrective Therapist · Doctor of Osteopathy School · Echocardiagram Technician · Endurance Sport Coach · Exercise Physiologist · Exercise Scientist · Health Fitness Specialist · Intramural Recreational Sports Specialist · Medical School · Nursing School · Occupational Therapist School · Personnel Fitness Trainer · Pharmacy Sale Representative · Physician Assistant · Physical Therapy Aide · Physical Therapy School · Physical Education Teacher · Recreation Sports Coordinator · Sportscaster · Strength Conditioning Specialist · University Student Fitness/Wellness Coordinator

 

Faculty

William Edwards, Doris Flores, Rodney Imamura, Julie Kuehl-Kitchen, David Mandeville, Joan Neide, Daryl Parker, Roberto Quintana, Maureen Smith, Craig Tacla, Harry Theodorides, Lindy Valdez, Michael Wright

Contact Information

Joan Neide, Department Chair
Stacie Tillman, Administrative Support Coordinator
Solano Hall 3002
(916) 278-6441
www.hhs.csus.edu/HPE



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