• Student Athletes preforming physical tests in kinesiology lab

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 two bachelor of science emphases are academically rigorous and include research components. Both of these emphases will prepare you to become a competent, highly-qualified professional in the fitness industry, certain areas within allied health care, athletic performance enhancement careers and careers in physical or occupational therapy.


  • You will have a solid foundation for many of the higher-level professional certifications required by numerous organizations.
  • Coursework specifically addresses your career goals for master’s or doctoral degree.
  • You will learn about humans from several unique perspectives with underlying themes of fitness and its benefits.

Career opportunities

Potential career paths for the bachelor of science in Kinesiology include certified professional trainer, health/fitness instructor, aerobics instructor, health care services, nursing care services, and professions in both medical and surgical hospitals.

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.

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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
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
CHEM 103LGeneral Chemistry I Lab0
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3
MATH 206LIntroductory Statistics Lab1
PSY 120General Psychology3

Required Courses (62-65 Units)

Core Courses (46-47 UNITS)

BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
BIOL 111LGeneral Biology: Cells and Physiology Lab0
BIOL 232Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 232LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab0
KIN 251Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 275Sport First Aid3
KIN 331Fundamentals of Motor Behavior4
KIN 331LFundamentals of Motor Behavior Lab0
KIN 343Writing in the Natural Sciences3
KIN 368Analysis of Aquatics1
KIN 369Analysis of Fitness Activities1
KIN 390Internship in Kinesiology
Must complete a minimum of 3 units
1 - 3
KIN 401Biomechanics4
KIN 401LBiomechanics Lab0
KIN 406Physiology of Exercise I4
KIN 406LPhysiology of Exercise I Lab0
KIN 481Research in Kinesiology
Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units
1 - 3
KIN 485Senior Seminar2
MATH 140
MATH 210
or Calculus I
or 4
PHYS 120General Physics I4
PHYS 120LGeneral Physics I Lab0


This program requires an emphasis

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