BS in Kinesiology (Physical Education)

Units required for Major: 59-60
Total units required for BS: 120 

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology provides students with a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of human movement, a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences, and the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for careers in fields such as physical education, athletic coaching, athletic administration, corporate or commercial wellness, older adult fitness, athletic training, and other physical activity related professions. 

The BS in Kinesiology offers five concentrations designed to meet students’ specific academic needs and career interests in the areas of Physical Education Teacher Education, Athletic Coaching Education, Athletic Administration, Physical Activity and Wellness, and Athletic Care.

The Physical Education Teacher Education concentration is designed to prepare students for a teaching career in physical education. This is a subject matter approved program through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Students who complete the program in physical education will have the breadth and depth of knowledge regarding developmentally appropriate physical education and will take 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. 

Note: Additional units may be required to meet the Sacramento State foreign language requirement.

Minimum Grade Requirement

All courses listed must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Program Requirements 

Required Lower Division (8 Units)
BIO 25Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 26Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Required Upper Division (23 Units)
KINS 101Kinesiology: Research and Practice2
KINS 134History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport3
KINS 137Sociology Of Sport3
KINS 138Sport Pedagogy3
KINS 150Exercise and Sport Physiology3
KINS 151DApplied Kinesiology and Biomechanics3
KINS 158Motor Learning and Control3
KINS 160Sport and Exercise Psychology3
Concentration Requirements (28-29 Units)
Select one of the following five areas of concentration:28 - 29
Athletic Care
Athletic Coaching Education
Physical Activity and Wellness
Physical Education Teacher Education
Athletic Administration
Total Units59-60

Concentration in Physical Education Teacher Education (29 Units)

Required Concentration Courses (29 Units)
KINS 130Elementary Physical Education Curriculum and Content3
KINS 131Secondary Physical Education Curriculum2
KINS 135Assessment Strategies in Physical Education3
KINS 141PRO ACT I - Dual Sports3
KINS 142Professional Activities II - Creative Movement and Dance3
KINS 145Pro Act III - Team Sports3
KINS 146PRO ACT IV Individual Sports3
KINS 148ProAct V - Nontraditional Games and Sports3
KINS 149Professional Activities of Health and Skill Related Fitness3
KINS 177Introduction to Adapted Physical Education3
Total Units29

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication 23
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (9 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5) 20
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
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 (9 Units)
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 (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units45

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 26