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Kinesiology, Health 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. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles of Kinesiology, including anatomy and physiology, teaching movement-related skills, physiological response to exercise, and the mechanics and control of movement.
  2. Apply Kinesiology-related skills to empirical research, internships, field experience, and/or service learning.
  3. Evaluate movement science questions through 1) the performance of health, fitness, and movement assessment, 2) the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of original data, and 3) the procurement, appraisal, and application of information from current research literature.
  4. Utilize oral and written communication that meets appropriate professional and scientific standards in Kinesiology.
  5. Model professional and personal growth including, 1) advocacy for a healthy, active lifestyle, 2) promotion of professional ethics and service to others, 3) shared responsibility and successful collaboration with peers, and 4) pursuit of learning beyond CSUSM.

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.

Option Requirements in Health Science

General Education (48 Units)

General Education Requirements *


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

Major Requirements (43-44 Units)

Advanced Study (3-4) Units

Students may select any Kinesiology course that is 400 level or above that they have not already taken to fulfill another requirement.  Recommended courses include:

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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