B.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology

The exercise physiology emphasis is designed to prepare individuals to be competent, highly qualified professionals in the fitness industry (e.g., corporate fitness), certain areas within allied health care (e.g., cardiac rehabilitation) and athletic performance enhancement careers (e.g., strength and conditioning). This emphasis will also prepare those students interested in pursuing graduate studies in exercise physiology (science), or related academic disciplines.

Unique Features

The curriculum for this emphasis follows academic program and content recommendations from reputable professional organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Exercise Physiologists and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Students will have a solid foundation for many of the higher-level professional certifications these organizations offer, should they choose to pursue them.

Our Graduates

Potential career paths:

  • Certified personal trainer
  • Health/fitness instructor
  • Exercise specialist
  • Registered clinical exercise physiologist
  • Aerobic instructor
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialist
  • Research laboratory


General Education Prerequisites (12 Units)

  • BIOL-101L Principles of Biology (4)
  • or BIOL-110L General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
  • CHEM-101L General Chemistry I (4)
  • MATH-140 Pre-Calculus (4)
  • or MATH-210 Calculus (4)

Required Courses (62-63 Units)

Core Courses (40 units)

  • BIOL-331L Human Anatomy (4) 
  • BIOL-332L Human Physiology (4) 
  • KIN-251 Foundations in Kinesiology (3) 
  • KIN-275 Sport First Aid (3) 
  • KIN-330L Fundamentals of Motor Behavior (4) 
  • KIN-368 Analysis of Aquatics (1) 
  • KIN-369 Analysis of Fitness Activities (1) 
  • KIN-390 Internship in Kinesiology (3) 
  • KIN-401L Biomechanics (4) 
  • KIN-406L Physiology of Exercise I (4) 
  • KIN-485 Senior Seminar (2) 
  • MATH-311 Statistics for the Natural Sciences (3) 
  • PHYS-120L General Physics I (4) 

Emphasis Courses (22-23 units)

  • KIN-270 Nutrition (3) 
  • KIN-395 Sport and Exercise Psychology (3) 
  • KIN-441L Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (3) 
  • KIN-450L Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance (3) 
  • KIN-470L Physiology of Exercise II (3)

Choose 7 - 8 units of advisor-approved electives.

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