The exercise science emphasis explores the mechanics of sports and exercise in relation to the human body, offering you an introduction to the field.


  • Courses specific to this emphasis discuss motor learning, tests and measurements and offer practical experience in the field.
  • You will analyze various sports and exercise activities based on personal interests and career goals.

Career opportunities

The exercise science emphasis is designed for you to pursue entry-level careers in the fitness industry, such as personal training and corporate fitness, as well as in strength and conditioning. You will have a solid preparatory foundation for certifications from professional fitness organizations.

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

BIOL-100 & 100L
or BIOL-111 & 111L
Principles of Biology
General Biology: Cells and Physiology

Required Courses (49-50 Units)

Core courses (33 units)

BIOL-331 & 331LHuman Anatomy4
BIOL-332 & 332LHuman Physiology4
COM-343Writing in the Natural Sciences3
KIN-251Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN-331 & 331LFundamentals of Motor Behavior4
KIN-390Internship in Kinesiology2
KIN-395Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN-401 & 401LBiomechanics4
KIN-406 & 406LPhysiology of Exercise I4
KIN-485Senior Seminar2

Emphasis courses (16-17 units)

KIN-275Sport First Aid3
KIN-368Analysis of Aquatics1
KIN-369Analysis of Fitness Activities1
KIN-441 & 441LFitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription3
KIN-451 & 451LExercise Programming for Fitness and Performance3

Choose a minimum of 2 units from the following

KIN-316Coaching Methods3
KIN-345Analysis of Individual and Dual Sports2
KIN-351Analysis of Team Sports2
KIN-357Analysis of Outdoor Activities1
KIN-359Analysis of Fundamental Movements1
KIN-370Analysis of Non-Traditional Sports1
KIN-375Analysis of Dance2