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University Catalog 2020-2021 
University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology prepares students to be physical activity specialists who pursue careers in fitness, health, and medical settings (e.g. health clubs, rehabilitative exercise centers); educational settings (e.g. elementary and secondary schools); and community service agencies (e.g. YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, neighborhood recreation centers).

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology is 120 units, of which 69 -77 units are in the major. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology has four options:

  • Option I - Exercise and Human Performance:  This option prepares students for careers in fitness and related fields. Students acquire skills and knowledge necessary for employment in health and fitness centers, hospitals, orthopedic centers, sport medicine clinics, and similar health care environments.
  • Option II - Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise: This option prepares students to design, develop and implement fitness programs that meet the specific needs of two segments of the general population: 1) people with acute or chronic physical impairments; and 2) healthy older adults. Students also gain valuable hands-on experience in preparation for employment in fitness centers, senior centers, rehabilitation clinics, and hospitals.
  • Option III - Subject Matter Preparation for Single Subject Teaching Credential: This option is designed for individuals interested in teaching physical activity that emphasizes inclusion of all students. Students seeking a teaching credential should see advisers in the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science, and in the Charter College of Education. Refer to the Charter College of Education sections for regulations governing all teaching credential programs.
  • Option IV - Community Leadership of Physical Activity: This option is designed for students interested in delivering physical activity programming within community-based organizations.  This approach features sports/games as a mechanism to enhance resiliency, attributes of responsible behavior, and community strength. 

Requirements for the Major (69-77 units)

A total of 120 units are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology that includes General Education courses, Kinesiology major core courses, courses for the option, and free electives. The latter two categories constitute the requirements for the major and consist of a total of 69-77 units. Students must earn minimum C grades in all required major courses.

Core Courses for the Major (50-54 units)

Option Required Courses (19-23 units)

Select one of the following options and complete the required courses as listed below.

Option II: Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise (19-20 units)