The Kinesiology Major and Concentrations

Kinesiology major includes the three concentrations of (1) Pre-Health, (2) Exercise and Sports Science, and (3) Sport Studies.

KINE Major Core Courses

21 to 23 units

KINE 204 Human Anatomy 4 units
KINE 221 Movement Anatomy 3 units
KINE 304 Human Physiology 4 units
KINE 323 Exercise Physiology 4 units
KINE 328 Program Design 3 units
KINE 421 Biomechanics 3 units
KINE 450C Exercise Science Internship 1-3 units

The Kinesiology Major with a Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy

This concentration prepares the student for graduate schools in physical therapy. Students are encouraged to check on specific requirements of the schools to which they will apply. Schools vary in their prerequisites; some, for example, require more chemistry courses than others. Other careers such as athletic training, exercise physiology, and a combination of physical therapy/athletic training are viable within this option. All of these careers take place in both public and private facilities and institutions.

Lower Division

39 units

CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 5 units
KINE 204 Human Anatomy 4 units
KINE 214 Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries 3 units
KINE 221 Movement Anatomy 3 units
MATH 265C Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 units
PSCI 223 Mechanics and Heat 4 units
PSCI 225 Electricity, Magnetism, and Lights 4 units

Choose eight units of the following courses:

BIOL 121 General Botany 4 units
BIOL 131 General Zoology 4 units
BIOL 202 Histology 4 units
BIOL 240 Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology 4 units

Upper Division

21 to 29 units

KINE 304 Human Physiology 4 units
KINE 314 Athletic Injury Assessment 3 units
KINE 323 Exercise Physiology 4 units
KINE 328 Program Design in Conditioning 3 units
KINE 380 Rehabilitation Techniques 3 units
KINE 392 Pharmacology and General Medicine 2 units
KINE 421 Biomechanics 3 units
KINE 450C Exercise Science Internship 1-3 units
PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology 3 units
PSYC 332 Abnormal Psychology 3 units

Recommended Courses:

BIOL 311 Genetics 4 units
BIOL 409 Microbiology 4 units
BIOL 470 Neurobiology 4 units
KINE 385 Therapeutic Modalities 2 units
KINE 422 Ethics in Health Care 3 units
MATH 180 Calculus I 4 units
MATH 181 Calculus II 4 units

The Kinesiology Major with a Concentration in Sports Science

Careers related to this concentration include strength coach, personal trainer, and fitness consultant at public or private facilities. Students will be able to pursue graduate school in Exercise Physiology, Motor Learning, Biomechanics, and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Lower Division

18 units

KINE 183 Foundations of Exercise Science 3 units
KINE 185 First Aid 2 units
or KINE 215 Responding to Emergencies
KINE 204 Human Anatomy 4 units
KINE 214 Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries 3 units
KINE 221 Movement Anatomy 3 units
KINE 258 Sociology of Sport and Human Movement 3 units

Upper Division

36 units

KINE 304 Human Physiology 4 units
KINE 323 Exercise Physiology 4 units
KINE 324 Fitness Assessment 3 units
KINE 328 Program Design in Conditioning 3 units
KINE 342 Leadership Dynamics in Exercise Science 3 units
KINE 395 ECG and Exercise Testing 3 units
KINE 412 Nutrition and Athletic Performance 3 units
KINE 421 Biomechanics 3 units
KINE 422 Ethics in Health Care 3 units
KINE 440 Research & Statistics in Exercise Science 3 units
KINE 443 Current Issues in Health Care 1 unit
KINE 450C Exercise Science Internship 3 units

The Kinesiology Major with a Concentration in Teaching/Coaching

This concentration’s career options include teaching physical education at the junior high or high school level, coaching at all levels (except college where a Master’s degree is usually preferred), or pursuing a Master’s degree in Physical Education. It is strongly advised that if a student wishes to pursue a teaching career that he or she pursue a supplemental authorization in another academic area, i.e., Spanish, math, science, English, or political science. This additional major will increase the student’s job options when applying for teaching jobs. The teaching option will also require a fifth year to complete the teacher credential program.

Lower Division

23 units

KINE 110 Fundamentals of Dance 1 unit
KINE 118 Skill Development in Gymnastics/Aquatics 1 unit
KINE 127 Skill Development in Basketball/Volleyball 1 unit
KINE 128 Skill Development in Soccer/Softball 1 unit
KINE 129 Skill Development in Tennis/Badminton 1 unit
KINE 132 Beginning Taekwondo 1 unit
KINE 183 Foundations of Exercise Science 3 units
KINE 185 First Aid 2 units
KINE 204 Human Anatomy 4 units
KINE 221 Movement Anatomy 3 units
KINE 231 Global Games and Recreation Activities 2 units
KINE 258 Sociology of Sport and Human Movement 3 units

Upper Division

48 units

EDUC 315 Teaching in a Multicultural Setting 3 units
KINE 304 Human Physiology 4 units
KINE 322 Measurements in Physical Education 3 units
KINE 323 Exercise Physiology 4 units
KINE 325 Motor Learning 3 units
KINE 328 Program Design in Conditioning 3 units
KINE 335 Growth and Motor Development 3 units
KINE 342 Leadership Dynamics in Exercise Science 3 units
KINE 352 Analysis of Team Sports 2 units
KINE 354 Analysis of Individual/Dual Sports 2 units
KINE 421 Biomechanics 3 units
KINE 433 Physical Education for Secondary Schools 3 units
KINE 434 Movement Education for Children 3 units
KINE 441 Sport Psychology 3 units
KINE 442C Integrating Concepts in Physical Education 3 units
KINE 451 Adapted Physical Activity, Recreation, and Sport 3 units