• students practicing physical therapy tests

The word kinesiology refers to the study of human movement and at Fresno Pacific University, it’s used as an umbrella term that includes several different programs. The three bachelor of arts emphases are designed specifically for students interested in pursuing entry-level or management careers in the fitness industry as well as those wanting to teach physical education in the K-12 setting.


  • Analyzation of various sports and exercise activities based on personal interests and career goals.
  • You will gain insights into the fitness industry and explore your areas of interest.
  • Teaching emphasis coursework explores dance movement and motor learning and analyzes many sports found in K-12.

Career opportunities

Fitness industry careers: personal training, corporate fitness, management, business ownership. Teaching: health fitness, kinesiology, sports science and coaching in K-12 setting.

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Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary  in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

BIOL 231Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 231LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab0
PSY 120General Psychology3

Required Courses (46-47 Units)

Core Courses (31 UNITS)

BIOL 232Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 232LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab0
COM 343Writing in the Natural Sciences3
KIN 251Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 331Fundamentals of Motor Behavior4
KIN 331LFundamentals of Motor Behavior Lab0
KIN 368Analysis of Aquatics1
KIN 369Analysis of Fitness Activities1
KIN 390Internship in Kinesiology
Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units
1 - 3
KIN 395Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN 401Biomechanics4
KIN 401LBiomechanics Lab0
KIN 406Physiology of Exercise I4
KIN 406LPhysiology of Exercise I Lab0
KIN 485Senior Seminar2


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

Jim Ave
Jim Ave, Ph.D., ATC

Professor, Program Director, Kinesiology


Don Diboll
Don Diboll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Fay Nielsen staff photo
Fay Nielsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology