The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to equip students to become leaders capable of impacting the world for Christ through fields related to human movement and health.

Kinesiology is the study of movement. The breadth of the field of kinesiology means that it can be applied in a variety of ways across a variety industries, including physical and occupational therapy, athletic training, coaching, chiropractic practice, medicine, education, and other health and fitness related industries.

The programs offered in the Department of Kinesiology prepare competent professionals through personalized education in the classroom, research and field-based experiences. The goal of the department is to develop independent, critical thinkers who possess an interdisciplinary education with an in-depth understanding of kinesiology.

Students are often attracted to the study of kinesiology through their personal experiences with physical health, sport, and nutrition. You may be an athlete or a sports enthusiast or just love activities that involve movement and physical performance and want to apply those interests to a career. A coach, teacher or physical therapist may have had an influence on your life and inspired you to see the value of physical activity and nutrition. 

At Vanguard University, you will be actively engaged to develop your knowledge and skills to help influence others towards health. You will be intellectually filled, spiritually invigorated, and be equipped to work within the community to provide the best of yourself to your own spheres of influence.

While earning a BS in Kinesiology, you will customize your experience by choosing one of the following two concentrations:

A minor in Kinesiology is also offered. 


A Sampling of Kinesiology Courses

Biophysical Foundations of Kinesiology

Movement Anatomy

Research Methods in Kinesiology

Program Highlights

Faculty-Student Research

Conduct collaborative research with faculty utilizing the Kinesiology facilities and equipment and present your findings at our student symposium.

Hands-on Learning

Course are designed to integrate applied, hands-on learning that is integrated throughout the four year degree plan. 

Quality Instruction

Courses are taught by faculty that are passionate about their fields and are currently active, practicing professionals in allied health fields. 

Find Your Strengths

Kinesiology graduates achieve advanced degrees and licensing and pursue successful careers in a variety of fields. 

Recent alumni work for:

  • ProSport Physical Therapy and Performance
  • Cedar Sinai Medical Center
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department
  • Redline Athletics
  • Children's Hospital of Orange County
  • Valor Christian High School
  • LA Harbor College
  • Redlands Chiropractic
  • Southern California Vascular Associates

Recent alumni work as:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Athletic Training
  • Nursing
  • Athletic Performance and Personal Trainer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician Assistant
  • K-12 Teaching

Recent alumni study at:

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Cal Baptist University 
  • Chapman University
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Tech
  • Duke University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Southern California

We invite you to take the next step