This emphasis contains basic pre-professional preparation for graduate work at institutions with the master’s and doctoral physical therapy or occupational therapy programs required for a career in this field. Completion of a graduate programs leads to licensure in physical therapy or occupational therapy.


  • You will learn about humans from several unique perspectives (i.e. physiological, biomechanical, motor behavioral) with an underlying theme of fitness and its benefits.
  • You will gain a foundation for pursuing professional careers in physical or occupational therapy.
  • Courses specifically address your career goals for a master's or doctoral degree.

Career opportunities

Potential career paths include home health care services, nursing care facilities, offices of physicians or related medical fields, and medical or surgical hospitals.

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 & 331LHuman Anatomy4
BIOL-332 & 332LHuman Physiology4
COM-343Writing in the Natural Sciences3
KIN-251Foundations in Kinesiology3
KIN-275Sport First Aid3
KIN-331 & 331LFundamentals of Motor Behavior4
KIN-368Analysis of Aquatics1
KIN-369Analysis of Fitness Activities1
KIN-390Internship in Kinesiology3
KIN-401 & 401LBiomechanics4
KIN-406 & 406LPhysiology 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)

Select courses with advisor approval from the following list (other courses not listed are possibilities with approval):

BIOL-121 & 121LGeneral Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL-340 & 340LMicrobiology4
CHEM-104 & 104LGeneral Chemistry II4
CHEM-310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM-311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
KIN-395Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN-441 & 441LFitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription3
KIN-451 & 451LExercise Programming for Fitness and Performance3
PHYS-121 & 121LGeneral Physics II4