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
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

This concentration has two options: 1) Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning and 2) Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation. The Health Fitness/Strength Conditioning 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 Clinical Exercise & 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.

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 Concepts 13
BIO 22Introductory Human Anatomy4
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I 15
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
FACS 10
1
FACS 113
1
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 1
Introduction to Statistics 1
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
FACS 10
1
FACS 113
1
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Biomechanics II
Cardiac Rehabilitation & Exercise Electrocardiography
Principles and Techniques in a Clinical Setting
Pharmacology
Pathophysiology
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound 1
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Statistics 1
Total Units13

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (0-6 Units)
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms 20
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5) 20
B4 - Math Concepts 30 - 3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 40 - 3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (0-3 Units)
Area E Course 50 - 3
Total Units33-42

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (6 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 20