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 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 exercise programs that meet the specific needs of: 1) people with acute or chronic physical impairments; and 2) healthy older adults; 3) athletes and performers. Students gain valuable hands-on experience in preparation for employment in rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, senior centers, sports and performance medicine programs.
- 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.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology is 120 units, which includes General Education courses, Kinesiology major core courses (69 -75 units), courses for the option (19 - 21 units), and free electives* in Kinesiology or related fields.
Students must earn minimum C grades in all required major courses.
Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.
* Note: Free Electives: Check the degree planner for the number of free electives needed to reach the 120 units required for graduation. A list of recommended free electives can be found on the School of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Food Science webpage.