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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.

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 100 and BIOL 100LPrinciples of Biology and Principles of Biology Lab4
BIOL 111 and BIOL 111LGeneral Biology: Cells and Physiology Credits and General Biology: Cells and Physiology Lab4

Required Courses (50-51 Units)

Core Courses (33 Units)
BIOL 331Human Anatomy4
BIOL 331LHuman Anatomy Lab0
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 332LHuman Physiology Lab0
COM 343Writing in the Natural Sciences3
KIN 251Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 331Fundamentals of Motor Behavior4
KIN 331LFundamentals of Motor Behavior Lab0
KIN 390Internship in Kinesiology Credits*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

*Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

Jim Ave
Jim Ave, Ph.D., ATC

Associate Professor, Program Director, Kinesiology


Don Diboll
Don Diboll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Devin Beasley, Ed.D.
Devin Beasley, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Amy Brogan
Amy Brogan, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

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Fay Nielsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology