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Kinesiology, Movement Science Option, B.S.*

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Program of Study

Kinesiology, the study of human movement, integrates the biological, physical, behavioral and social sciences in the study of physical activity and sport, and their effect on fitness and quality of life of people across the lifespan. The Kinesiology program at California State University San Marcos is a comprehensive program of study offered in support of the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity,” and Healthy People 2020.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology will:

  1. Apply the scientific process in exercise physiology.
  2. Design and instruct appropriate content and teaching progressions related to human movement concepts and skill themes.
  3. Design exercises to improve strength and flexibility.
  4. Explain application of motor control and motor learning concepts. 

Career and Educational Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology is intended to prepare students for careers in areas such as physical education, exercise physiology, rehabilitation, athletic training, corporate wellness, coaching, wellness coaching, and personal training. With an emphasis on rehabilitation and chronic disease, the major is also excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue advanced degrees in physical education, kinesiology, medicine, physical/occupational therapy, nursing, public health, and more.

Special Conditions for the Kinesiology Major

With the exception of KINE 495A  (A-C), KINE 496A  (A-C), KINE 497 , and KINE 499A  (A-F), all courses counted toward the major, including Preparation for the Major, must be completed with a C (2.0) or better.

Option Requirements in Movement Science

*The Kinesiology, Movement Science Option, B.S. is offered through Extended Learning.

General Education (48 Units)

General Education Requirements  

Major Requirements (43-45 Units)

Culminating Experience (3 Units)

Select one option from below:


Twelve to fifteen (12-15) units of lower-division General Education units in Area B (Mathematics and Science), and E (Lifelong Learning and Information Literacy) may be automatically satisfied by courses taken in the Preparation for the Major and Major Requirements. 

Major Elective (5-6 Units)

Choose 5-6 units from the following:

Any additional 300, 400, or 500-level KINE course(s) (except KINE 306 ).


Other course(s) approved by faculty advisor that support the major. Courses required as prerequisites for graduate school can be taken to fulfill this requirement with faculty advisor approval.

For students planning to apply to a professional school, the following courses may be considered (students should always consult the graduate schools to which they are applying): PHYS 101 , PHYS 205 , or PSYC 336 .

Students not planning to apply to graduate school, the following courses may be considered: KINE 310 , KINE 316 , KINE 405 , KINE 407 , and KINE 408 .

Minimum Total (120 Units)

Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120

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