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As a kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise physiology at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be prepared to enter the professional workforce with a solid foundation in the study of fitness. Whether you’re passionate about cardiac rehabilitation or aspire to work in athletic performance enhancement careers, this degree in exercise physiology will shape you into a highly qualified professional fit for a variety of careers. This degree will also prepare you in your pursuit of graduate studies in exercise physiology or related academic disciplines.


  • Curriculum 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 & Conditioning Association
  • Degree produces a solid foundation for many higher-level professional certifications
  • Small class sizes allow for more personalized instruction and mentoring

Career opportunities

Potential career paths include registered clinical exercise physiologist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, certified personal trainer, health/fitness instructor, exercise specialist, aerobics instructor, as well as positions in a research lab.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Emphasis Courses (16-18 Units)

KIN 270Nutrition3
KIN 395Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN 441Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription4
KIN 441LFitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Lab0
KIN 451Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance3
KIN 451LExercise Programming for Fitness and Performance0

Choose one to two courses of advisor-approved electives (3-5 units).

Program director

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Don Diboll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology


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Fay Nielsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology