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  • Professors advise student that is performing physical evaluation on another student in the gym

As a kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise science at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll gain the skills necessary to pursue entry-level careers in the fitness industry, such as personal training, corporate fitness and strength and conditioning. Whether you want to study nutrition, dance or outdoor sports, you’ll graduate with fundamental knowledge in areas such as biomechanics and physiology of exercise as well as applied experiences in areas such as fitness assessment and exercise program design. This degree will also provide you with a solid foundation for entry-level fitness certifications from professional organizations in the fitness industry.


  • Choose from a variety of emphasis courses that appeal to you and your studies
  • Small class sizes allow for more personalized education and mentoring
  • Gain preparatory foundation for entry-level certifications from professional organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Career opportunities

Common career paths in the fitness industry include personal training, corporate fitness, strength and conditioning and many more. This degree also prepares you for advanced course-work and certification.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Kinesiology (AS-T) to Kinesiology: Exercise Science, B.A

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • KIN 251   Foundations of Kinesiology (3)
    • BIOL 331/331L   Human Anatomy (4) [Lower to Upper Division]
    • BIOL 332/332L   Human Physiology (4) [Lower to Upper Division]
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

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 (15-16 Units)

KIN 270Nutrition3
KIN 275Sport First Aid3
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 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

Program director

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Jim Ave, Ph.D., ATC

Professor, Program Director, Kinesiology


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Fay Nielsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

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Don Diboll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology