Prepare to be a highly qualified professional in the fitness industry (i.e. corporate fitness), certain areas within allied health care (i.e. cardiac rehabilitation) and athletic performance enhancement (i.e. strength and conditioning). This emphasis will also prepare you to pursue graduate studies in exercise physiology or related academic disciplines.


  • The 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 & the National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • You will have a solid foundation for many of the higher-level professional certifications these organizations offer.

Career opportunities

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

Program director

Don Diboll
Don Diboll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

BIOL-100 & 100L
or BIOL-111 & 111L
Principles of Biology
General Biology: Cells and Physiology
CHEM-103 & 103LGeneral Chemistry I4
or MATH-210
Calculus I

Required Courses (61-63 Units)

Core Courses (45 Units)
BIOL-331& 331L Human Anatomy4
BIOL-332& 332L Human Physiology4
COM-343Writing in the Natural Sciences3
KIN-251Foundations in Kinesiology3
KIN-275Sport First Aid3
KIN-331& 331L Fundamentals of Motor Behavior4
KIN-368Analysis of Aquatics1
KIN-369Analysis of Fitness Activities1
KIN-390Internship in Kinesiology3
KIN-401& 401L Biomechanics4
KIN-406& 406L Physiology of Exercise I4
KIN-481Research in Kinesiology2
KIN-485Senior Seminar2
MATH-311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3
PHYS-120 & 120LGeneral Physics I4
Emphasis Courses (16-18 Units)
KIN-395Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN-441 & 441LFitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription3
KIN-451 & 451LExercise Programming for Fitness and Performance3

Choose one to two courses of advisor-approved electives (4-6 units).