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Kinesiology, B.S.

School of Natural Sciences

What is possible when you move toward health?
Anything.

Kinesiology is the study of human movement – from how we physically develop across the lifespan to how we excel athletically.

As a kinesiology major at Fresno Pacific University, you'll cover a range of topics – from anatomy and nutrition to sports first aid and analysis of aquatics.

The bachelor of science is academically rigorous and includes research components, prepare you to become a competent, highly-qualified professional – in the fitness industry, health care industry, athletic performance enhancement or a career in physical or occupational therapy.

Through the study of kinesiology, you’ll learn what it takes to move toward your career.

Program Highlights

  • Work one-on-one with faculty to develop your capstone research project
  • Engage in coursework designed to equip you to pursue master’s or doctoral degree
  • Learn unique perspectives of fitness and its benefits
  • Engage in off-campus summer and study abroad programs
  • Gain preparation for certifications from professional organizations like the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Emphases*

Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology prepares you to enter the professional workforce with curriculum that follows recommendations from professional organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Exercise Physiologists and the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Whether you’re passionate about cardiac rehabilitation or aspire to work in athletic performance enhancement careers, this degree in exercise physiology will prepare you as a highly qualified professional or to pursue graduate studies in exercise physiology or related academic disciplines.

Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

Pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy will equip you to pursue a professional career in physical or occupational therapy. You’ll learn about humans from several unique perspectives—physiological, biomechanical and motor behavioral— through the unifying lens of fitness. You’ll start working closely with graduate program advisors to gain the pre-professional preparation for graduate school.

* The Kinesiology, B.S. requires that students choose an emphasis.

Emphases Catalog*

Exercise Physiology

Program Director: Donald Diboll, Ph.D.

Overview

The exercise physiology emphasis is designed to prepare individuals to be competent, highly qualified professionals in the fitness industry (e.g., corporate fitness), certain areas within allied health care (e.g., cardiac rehabilitation) and athletic performance enhancement careers (e.g., strength and conditioning). This emphasis will also prepare those students interested in pursuing graduate studies in exercise physiology (exercise science) or related academic disciplines. The curriculum follows academic program and content recommendations from reputable professional organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Students will have a strong foundation for many of the higher-level professional certifications these organizations offer.

Overview

Department Chair: Jim Ave, Ph.D.

Kinesiology Program Overview

The word kinesiology refers to the study of human movement, and the School of Natural Sciences uses it as an umbrella term that includes several different academic programs. In the undergraduate program, the Department of Kinesiology has three Bachelor of Arts emphases and two Bachelor of Science emphases. The B.A. emphases are exercise science, fitness management and physical education teaching. The Bachelor of Science degrees are more academically rigorous and include a research component. The B.S. emphases include exercise physiology and pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy. The Department of Kinesiology also offers two minors: coaching and physical education teaching. A detailed description of each major and each minor follows.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate comprehension of content-specific knowledge from the kinesiology foundations.
  2. Students will, upon completion of this program, evaluate fitness components using appropriate techniques and instruments.
  3. Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate ability to perform, teach, and evaluate various motor skills appropriate to the intended population and purpose.
  4. Students will, upon completion of this program, use the appropriate method of research to answer questions and solve problems in the kinesiology disciplines.
  5. Students will, upon completion of this program, comprehend the importance of a Biblical worldview as it relates to personal and professional conduct.

Locations Offered

Offered on the main campus in Fresno

Lower Division Major Prerequisites

  • BIOL 231 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credits 3
  • BIOL 231L - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Credits 1
  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I Credits 3
  • CHEM 103L - General Chemistry I Lab Credits 1
  • MATH 205 - Introductory Statistics Credits 3
  • MATH 206L - Introductory Statistics Lab Credits 1
  • PSY 120 - General Psychology Credits 3

Required Courses (62-65 Units)

Core Courses (46-47 UNITS)

  • BIOL 111 - General Biology: Cells and Physiology Credits 3
  • BIOL 111L - General Biology: Cells and Physiology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 232 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credits 3
  • BIOL 232L - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 251 - Foundations of Kinesiology Credits 3
  • KIN 275 - Sport First Aid Credits 2
  • KIN 275L - Sports First Aid Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 331 - Fundamentals of Motor Behavior Credits 3
  • KIN 331L - Fundamentals of Motor Behavior Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 343 - Writing in the Natural Sciences Credits 3
  • KIN 368 - Analysis of Aquatics Credits 1
  • KIN 369 - Analysis of Fitness Activities Credits 1
  • KIN 390 - Internship in Kinesiology Credits 1 - 3
  •       Must complete a minimum of 3 units

  • KIN 401 - Biomechanics Credits 3
  • KIN 401L - Biomechanics Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 406 - Physiology of Exercise I Credits 3
  • KIN 406L - Physiology of Exercise I Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 481 - Research in Kinesiology Credits 1 - 3
  •       Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units

  • KIN 485 - Senior Seminar Credits 2
  • MATH 140 - Pre-Calculus Credits 4 or
  • MATH 210 - Calculus I Credits 4
  • PHYS 120 - General Physics I Credits 3
  • PHYS 120L - General Physics I Lab Credits 1

Emphasis Courses (16-18 Units)

  • KIN 270 - Nutrition Credits 3
  • KIN 395 - Sport and Exercise Psychology Credits 3
  • KIN 441 - Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Credits 3
  • KIN 441L - Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 451 - Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance Credits 2
  • KIN 451L - Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance Credits 1
  • Choose one to two courses of advisor-approved electives (3-5 units).
Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

Program Director: Donald Diboll, Ph.D.

Overview

The pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy emphasis contains basic pre-professional preparation for graduate work at other institutions with physical therapy or occupational therapy programs. Completion of work at these graduate programs will ultimately lead to licensure in physical therapy or occupational therapy. Each graduate program has special requirements that may vary between programs. Students should contact the school(s) of their choice during their sophomore year at FPU and work closely with their program advisor in selecting the appropriate courses within this emphasis. In some instances, it may be necessary to take a specific course at another institution to meet a certain requirement of a given graduate program. Also, some students may need to take more than the minimum number of emphasis units in order to meet the entry requirements of the selected graduate program.

An important feature of this kinesiology emphasis is that students will learn about humans from several unique perspectives (e.g., physiological, biomechanical, motor behavioral) that all have an underlying theme of fitness and its benefits. This provides an ideal foundation for students pursuing professional careers in physical or occupational therapy.

Overview

Department Chair: Jim Ave, Ph.D.

Kinesiology Program Overview

The word kinesiology refers to the study of human movement, and the School of Natural Sciences uses it as an umbrella term that includes several different academic programs. In the undergraduate program, the Department of Kinesiology has three Bachelor of Arts emphases and two Bachelor of Science emphases. The B.A. emphases are exercise science, fitness management and physical education teaching. The Bachelor of Science degrees are more academically rigorous and include a research component. The B.S. emphases include exercise physiology and pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy. The Department of Kinesiology also offers two minors: coaching and physical education teaching. A detailed description of each major and each minor follows.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate comprehension of content-specific knowledge from the kinesiology foundations.
  2. Students will, upon completion of this program, evaluate fitness components using appropriate techniques and instruments.
  3. Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate ability to perform, teach, and evaluate various motor skills appropriate to the intended population and purpose.
  4. Students will, upon completion of this program, use the appropriate method of research to answer questions and solve problems in the kinesiology disciplines.
  5. Students will, upon completion of this program, comprehend the importance of a Biblical worldview as it relates to personal and professional conduct.

Locations Offered

Offered on the main campus in Fresno

Lower Division Major Prerequisites

  • BIOL 231 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credits 3
  • BIOL 231L - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Credits 1
  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I Credits 3
  • CHEM 103L - General Chemistry I Lab Credits 1
  • MATH 205 - Introductory Statistics Credits 3
  • MATH 206L - Introductory Statistics Lab Credits 1
  • PSY 120 - General Psychology Credits 3

Required Courses (62-65 Units)

Core Courses (46-47 Units)

  • BIOL 111 - General Biology: Cells and Physiology Credits 3
  • BIOL 111L - General Biology: Cells and Physiology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 232 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credits 3
  • BIOL 232L - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 251 - Foundations of Kinesiology Credits 3
  • KIN 275 - Sport First Aid Credits 2
  • KIN 275L - Sports First Aid Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 331 - Fundamentals of Motor Behavior Credits 3
  • KIN 331L - Fundamentals of Motor Behavior Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 343 - Writing in the Natural Sciences Credits 3
  • KIN 368 - Analysis of Aquatics Credits 1
  • KIN 369 - Analysis of Fitness Activities Credits 1
  • KIN 390 - Internship in Kinesiology Credits 1 - 3
  •       Must complete a minimum of 3 units

  • KIN 401 - Biomechanics Credits 3
  • KIN 401L - Biomechanics Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 406 - Physiology of Exercise I Credits 3
  • KIN 406L - Physiology of Exercise I Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 481 - Research in Kinesiology Credits 1 - 3
  •       Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units

  • KIN 485 - Senior Seminar Credits 2
  • MATH 140 - Pre-Calculus Credits 4 or
  • MATH 210 - Calculus I Credits 4
  • PHYS 120 - General Physics I Credits 3
  • PHYS 120L - General Physics I Lab Credits 1

Emphasis Courses (16-18 Units)

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

  • BIOL 121 - General Biology: Diversity and Ecology Credits 3
  • BIOL 121L - General Biology: Diversity and Ecology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 340 - Microbiology Credits 3
  • BIOL 340L - Microbiology Lab Credits 1
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry II Credits 3
  • CHEM 104L - General Chemistry II Lab Credits 1
  • CHEM 310 - Organic Chemistry I Credits 3
  • CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry II Credits 3
  • CHEM 312L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits 1
  • KIN 270 - Nutrition Credits 3
  • KIN 395 - Sport and Exercise Psychology Credits 3
  • KIN 441 - Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Credits 3
  • KIN 441L - Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 451 - Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance Credits 2
  • KIN 451L - Exercise Programming for Fitness and Performance Credits 1
  • PHYS 121 - General Physics II Credits 3
  • PHYS 121L - General Physics II Lab Credits 1
  • PSY 350 - Child Development Credits 3
  • PSY 360 - Life-Span Development Credits 3
  • PSY 375 - Biopsychology Credits 4
  • PSY 410 - Abnormal Psychology Credits 4
* The Kinesiology, B.S. requires that students choose an emphasis.

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

Whether you're a high school student, transfer student or parent, you'll find all the resources you need including application steps, tuition & financial aid, transfer and orientation information.

First Steps to Admission

  • Submit an application for admission (online or printable mail-in)
    * Admission applications are free, no discount codes required.
  • Send official copies of your transcripts to FPU.
  • Complete the FAFSA. It can be completed starting October 1st. (FAFSA Code: 001253)
Recommended High School Courses for Admission
  • 4 years of college preparatory English
  • 3 years of college preparatory mathematics
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 1 year of laboratory science
  • 1 year of performing art
  • 3 years of the same foreign language with a C- or better
Things to Keep in Mind

Fresno Pacific University’s accepted students have average GPAs of 3.2-3.6. Please speak with an admission counselor to discuss your eligibility.

All application materials should be submitted online or mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Ave. #2005
Fresno, CA 93702
ugadmis@fresno.edu

Non-traditional Admission

Steps for Re-application

For those students who have applied to FPU’s traditional undergraduate program within the past 2 years and did not attend. Students who applied more than 2 years ago will need to resubmit a full application for admission:

  1. Fill out the re-application form
  2. Submit any missing documents or updated transcripts
Steps for Re-admission

Former FPU students who have not been enrolled in and/or have not submitted a leave of absence form for the previous semester are required to re-apply for admission to FPU:

  1. Fill out the re-admission form
  2. Submit official transcripts from other educational institutions attended during absence from FPU
Steps for Non-matriculated Admission

Students interested in taking classes, usually for personal or professional development, or to transfer to another institution, and is not interested in a degree from FPU. Non-degree students are not eligible for federal, state or institutional aid. Other requirements, class limits and pre-requisites may apply. See the academic catalog for more information:

  1. Fill out the Application for Admission indicating Non Matriculating/Non-Degree status non-matriculation application
  2. Submit proof of high school graduation or equivalent
  3. Some classes may require a pre-requisite course. If required, a college transcript will need to be provided
  4. Personal essays are not required
Auditing a class

Students wishing to audit a class at FPU may apply for audit status. Audit classes are not eligible for financial aid and students will not receive course credit.

  1. Fill out the Application for Admission indicating audit status
  2. Personal essays are not required

Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

Four-year graduation guarantee graphic

Earning a degree in four years allows you to get a head start on achieving your goals of entering the work force or starting graduate school. FPU guarantees graduation within four years in the traditional undergraduate areas of study. We commit to providing the courses, advising, instruction and preparation. If you fulfill your responsibilities and are unable to graduate in four years, you will receive the needed courses the following semester at no cost in tuition or fees.

Incoming requirements

This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements of 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major with no minor.

  • Where options between courses are available, students are not guaranteed their first choice.
  • This guarantee does not apply to “fifth-year” programs (teacher education credential requirements) or minimum units beyond graduation requirements (CPA qualifications, etc.) beyond the basic four-year bachelor’s degree.
  • The guarantee does not apply to transfer students or to FPU's degree completion programs.
  • Students not able to register for the courses needed within four years must complete the free course(s) within two terms of the end of four years (e.g. a summer and fall for those completing four years in the spring; or spring and summer for those completing four years in the fall).
  • The four-year period may be extended for students required to leave the university for up to one year (see the Leave of Absence section) for medical, military or personal reasons.
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Meet with your mentor during the fall semester of the freshman year.
  • Finalize a major and begin prerequisite or lower-division major courses by the second semester of the freshman year and keep that major until graduation.
  • Complete at least 32 units per year (average 16 per semester) with passing grades in each course.
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing behaviorally with the university.
  • Meet with the mentor each semester for advising before registration opens and take the courses approved by the adviser/mentor that complete general-education and major requirements, in the appropriate sequence and as they become available.
  • Register within the first week of registration every semester to gain a spot in the classes needed.
  • Notify mentor if unable to register for an approved course so that an alternative plan can be made.
  • Apply for financial aid and submit required documents by appropriate deadlines.
  • Keep student account up-to-date. (Accounts not up-to-date may be placed on hold, preventing registration for courses.)
  • Complete required courses successfully (see Academic Policies section for minimum acceptable grades) without dropping required or approved courses during a semester.

Two-Year Transfer Guarantee for ADT Pathways

FPU guarantees a student with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from the California Community College system, can complete their degree in just two years. If a student meets the qualification requirements, fulfills the responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete their major in a 2-year period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete their undergraduate degree at FPU.

Incoming requirements
  • 60 transferable units [grades of C- or better] from the California Community College system with a completed ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • Selected an ADT matched (similar) pathway from FPU’s undergraduate degree programs
  • Have completed the necessary pre-requisites in the discipline specific to intended major
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Enroll in an average of 15- 18 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed or withdrawn courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15-18 units per semester
    • For TUG you may have to enroll in a summer semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester time frame.
  • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
  • Any courses from a Community College with “D+” or lower are non-transferable and require additional courses and semesters to graduate.
  • This guarantee may not apply to students starting in a spring or summer semester start (TUG only).
  • This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements: 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the 2021-22 Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs. Over 98% of our student body has received financial aid.

Tuition & Fees

2022-2023
Total Cost Item Amount
12-18 units (full time) per year $33,614
Student body fee $574
Total Tuition and Fees $34,188
Room and Board $8,884
Total Tuition, Fees & Board $43,072
Per-Unit Costs Amount
Per unit / Overload $1,218
Summer Session $400
Private Music Instruction $400
2021-2022
Total Cost Item Amount
12-18 units (full time) per year $32,954
Student body fee $498
Total Tuition and Fees $33,452
Room and Board $8,710
Total Tuition, Fees & Board $42,162
Per-Unit Costs Amount
Per unit / Overload $1,177
Summer Session $300
Private Music Instruction $400

Room & Board Rates

Freshman / Sophmore Housing
Module* Fall Spring
Modules $4,313 $4,313
Jost Modules $4,619 $4,619 

* Full Access Meal Plan Included in Cost (Full Access Required)

Junior / Senior Housing
Suites & Houses Fall Spring
Room only $2,068 $2,068
Room-70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $2,719 $2,719
Room - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,276 $3,276
Room - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $4,400 $4,400
Jost Hall (4 person), Willow Gardens (4 person) & Kriegbaum Apartments (3 person) Fall Spring
Apartment - Room only $2,694 $2,694
Apartment - 70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,345 $3,345
Apartment - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,902 $3,902
Apartment - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $5,026 $5,026
Willow Gardens & Jost Hall  Apartments: 3 Person Fall Spring
Apartments - Room only $3,306 $3,306
Apartments - 70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,958 $3,958
Apartments - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $4,514 $4,514
Apartments - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $5,639 $5,639
Stand-Alone Meal Plans Fall Spring
70 Block $651 $651
140 Block $1,208 $1,208
Full Access Meal Plan $2,332 $2,332

* Residents living in the Houses or Willow Gardens Apartments may stay over Christmas break at no extra charge providing they are returning for spring semester. Otherwise, residents must check out at the regular fall check-out dates.

Notes about housing
  • For housing placement purposes only, class standing for the fall semester will carry throughout the entire year (both fall and spring semesters).
  • Residents living in the houses or Willow Gardens Apartments may stay over Christmas break at no extra charge providing they are returning for spring semester. Otherwise, residents must check out at the regular fall check-out dates.
  • Meal plan contract dates will follow the traditional semester.

If you have questions that pertain specifically to housing or what housing you qualify for, please contact Residence Life at (559) 453-5696. Or visit our website at studentlife.fresno.edu/living-campus.

Financial Aid

Freshman Scholarships

Name Amount
Paragon Full Tuition
President's $16,000
Dean's $14,000
Heritage $13,000
Faculty $11,000
Founder's $7,000

Transfer Scholarships 

Name Amount
Transfer Scholar $11,000
Transfer Achievement $8,500
Transfer Academic $6,000
Transfer Partnership $5,000

Performance-based Scholarships

Name Amount
Athletic $500 to Full Tuition
Music $400 to $10,000
Drama $1,300 to $2,000

Other FPU Grants and Scholarships

Name Amount
FPU Possibilities Scholarship Full Tuition
Church Match $500 to $1,500
International Scholarship up to $6,000
Mennonite Brethren Award $4,000
Out of State Student Scholarship $4,000
King & Hamer Leadership Program $4,000
Other Awards $100 to $10,000

Federal and State Grants

Name Amount
Cal Grant A $9,804
Cal Grant B $1,672
Pell Grants $100 to $6,345
FSEOG $100 to $1,500

Federal Loans and Workstudy

Name Amount
Federal Direct $3,500 to $7,500
PLUS Loan Up to remaining cost
Perkins Loan Up to $4,000
Workstudy Contingent on employment

Private Scholarships

Alumni, parents, friends, businesses and foundations have generously provided a special set of scholarships available to students attending Fresno Pacific.

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Alexandra Green

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The grants, the academic awards, the transfer scholarship – all of it makes it so much more affordable to attend FPU. I know that school isn’t cheap for anyone, but FPU helped me realize that I could actually come to this school because they were going to help me so much financially.

Net Price Calculator

Now that you’ve seen the financial aid opportunities available to FPU students, we can estimate what your true cost may be to attend Fresno Pacific. Please keep in mind that this is just a computer generated, general estimate and may not capture all aid available, please work with your FPU Student Financial Services advisor to discover your true net price.

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Career Opportunities

With this degree, you'll gain the foundation for a broad range of careers in health, fitness and beyond. You'll also be well-prepared for medical and graduate studies.

Career Possibilities

  • Certified professional trainer Researcher
  • Health/fitness instructor
  • Aerobics instructor
  • Health care provider

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center