Bulletin--Kinesiology Program

(formerly Physical Education)

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Gail Whitaker (Interim)

Department of Kinesiology
GYM 111
Chair: Susan Higgins

Undergraduate Adviser: Associate Chair
Graduate Coordinator: Steve Evans

Professors—Abraham, Bennett, Birkie, Evans, Higgins, Schmid, Summerford, Verducci, Whitaker

Assistant Professor—Cruz

Lecturers—Caughlan, Fein, Hyde, Jensen, Kalliam, Kuo, Manzano, Norrise, Rundell, Simpson, Thomas, Yamaguchi

B.A. in Physical Education

B.S. in Physical Education: Concentration in Exercise Science and Fitness

B.S. in Physical Education: Concentration in Human Movement Studies

Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum

Minor in Athletic Coaching

Certificate in Athletic Coaching

M.A. in Physical Education

Program Scope

All major programs are carefully designed so that students appreciate the multidisciplinary foundations of human movement. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge related to the biological, socio-cultural, philosophical, and psychological factors underlying movement. Movement and exercise are studied in the context of skill in activities of daily living and/or sport with application to conditioning, learning, and rehabilitation; and sport is studied as a personal endeavor and social institution. Concentrations or thematic emphases allow students to select patterns of courses tailored to meet individual interests or career goals.

For the general student and the major student, the department also offers a wide array of activity classes providing instruction in motor skills from the beginning to the advanced level, and an array of general education courses examining aspects of physical activity and performance from the psychological, biological, and sociological perspectives.

Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education is designed for students who wish to study the broad range of sub-disciplines which develop knowledge in physical education, sport, and human movement. Students are exposed to the scientific, historical, socio-cultural, and psychological bases of movement, exercise, and sport. Working closely with an adviser, students tailor a thematic emphasis designed to provide greater depth in such areas as: gender and movement, sport psychology, socio-cultural dimensions of sport, fitness, etc. Upon completion of the program, and with careful planning, students may be prepared for entry-level careers in an area related to the thematic emphasis, or for advanced study.

Students opting for the B.A. in Physical Education are likely to be interested in the study of movement, exercise, and sport in relation to a personal theme, or an ultimate career goal that extends beyond traditional departmental boundary lines (i.e., sport studies, journalism, wellness, mind-body relationships, etc.). In addition, it is expected that students interested in obtaining a teaching credential in physical education will opt for the B.A. degree.

Bachelor of Science
All of our undergraduate program concentrations in the 124 unit B.S. degree have as their basis, a foundation in science, mathematics, and psychology, and a core sequence of courses designed to progressively and integratively develop the students' knowledge of movement, exercise, and skill. This focus will serve as a basis for application to one of two selected concentrations: Exercise Science and Fitness or Human Movement Studies.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science, students will be prepared for immediate careers in exercise leadership and/or for advanced study in a number of movement and exercise related fields. This degree, with either concentration, serves as a recommended option for students interested in careers in physical or occupational therapy and related rehabilitative fields. All students complete a prescribed series of foundation requirements, core requirements, and opt for one of the two previously mentioned concentrations.

The Exercise Science and Fitness Concentration prepares students who wish to become exercise physiologists or fitness specialists in clinical, research, educational, or business settings, or who wish to pursue graduate studies in exercise sciences. Those who desire expertise in personal training (i.e., one-to-one exercise advisers), cardiac rehabilitation, and exercise program direction should also select this concentration.

The concentration examines the effect of acute and chronic exercise on physiological systems. Students study the consequences of exercise on various components of physical fitness and wellness, on reduction of risk for a number of diseases, on prevention of various medical problems, and on rehabilitation from injuries. In addition, they acquire physical fitness and wellness assessment and exercise prescription skills for factors such as body composition, aerobic power, flexibility, muscular power, strength and endurance. The program includes examination of various types of health and fitness centers, their approaches to physical fitness and wellness, and their administrative and managerial practices.

The Human Movement Studies Concentration prepares students for advanced study in a number of movement related fields. This concentration should be elected by students who wish to pursue graduate study in areas such as physical or occupational therapy, biomechanics, motor learning and development, and ergonomics, or by any individual whose primary interest is in the study of human movement as a process and phenomenon.

The programmatic approach is multidisciplinary and invites study in the sciences, psychology, philosophy, and communication. The program examines those factors that influence the form, function, and effectiveness of movement. The framework for study is the understanding of variables which influence development, acquisition, and control of movement and skill, including factors that affect performance, refinement, or relearning of motor skill.

Students become adept in observation and analysis of movement and in use of videography and computer technology to study movement related questions. Throughout their studies, students apply the knowledge and skills they gain to analyses of movement problem(s) which are of personal interest and significance.

Pre-Physical Therapy
The Bachelor of Science supports preparation for advanced study in physical or occupational therapy and other therapeutic or rehabilitative fields. With the addition of specific courses required for admission to various graduate programs, the student will graduate with a strong foundation in the movement sciences as well as with the prerequisites necessary for entry to programs of their choice. Admission to graduate programs in physical therapy is extremely competitive. The Kinesiology Department faculty have a strong commitment to providing excellent advising and assistance to students who wish to become therapists.

Physical Education Teaching
Students who wish to become credentialed as public school teachers in physical education or as adapted physical education specialists should select the Bachelor of Arts program. However, to be eligible for admission to the credential program, they must complete courses beyond those required for the Bachelor of Arts, and successfully complete an assessment of physical education competencies. Students must work closely with an adviser to make best use of the degree program to support completion of the necessary Single Subjects Waiver Program. Students should also contact the Student Services Office in BH 130, 415-338-7038, regarding teaching credential information.

Students in all our programs must work closely with an adviser to select the proper degree program, concentration, and configuration of courses to support career and scholarly interest related to the study of human movement. Students seeking an adviser should consult the department advising coordinator in GYM 111.

Many of the courses listed in the major patterns which follow have prerequisites or corequisites. Thus, they must be taken in a particular sequence. (Consult the specific course descriptions in this Bulletin.) Further, up to twelve units may overlap between the major and General Education (where a specific course is also approved for a segment of General Education). Prior approval of the student's major adviser is required for all individually tailored groups of courses and for course substitutions.

All courses used to satisfy completion of major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. No CR/NC grades may be used on the major petition for graduation.

Master of Arts
The Master of Arts in Physical Education is designed for students wishing to expand their knowlege and understanding in exercise and movement science. This program of study is applicable to professionals in teaching, coaching, physical or occupational therapy, and other related fitness, sport, physical activity, exercise, and rehabilitative fields.

This program is intended to provide physical and occupational therapists, teachers, coaches, specialists in exercise and fitness, and other movement-related professionals, an opportunity to study movement and exercise processes within a multidimensional framework emphasizing both theory and research, and their clinical or practical implications. The program is designed to provide students with the basic knowlege as well as the critical and evaluative skills necessary to find bridges between theory and practice as it relates to their unique professional interests.

The program is designed to allow students an area of emphasis in either Exercise Science or Movement Science. The Exercise Science emphasis will support further knowledge in physiological applications to exercise and skill. The Movement Science emphasis will support further knowledge on the development, (re)acquisition, and performance of motor skills. Study of the techniques in the analysis of human movement is common in each emphasis. Course work which supports the study of movement disability, socio-cultural influences on exercise and skill, and psychological bases of optimum performance is also offered.

Career Outlook
Graduates from our programs can gain immediate entry into a number of exercise and movement related jobs or can seek advanced study leading to careers in: teaching, adapted physical education, coaching, athletic training, physical therapy, exercise leadership, fitness program management, cardiac rehabilitation, biomechanical analysis of movement, work-hardening, ergonomics, sports-related endeavors, research in movement and skill development and learning, and research in exercise physiology.


Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Kinesiology discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).

Core						Units
BIOL 100/101	Human Biology and Labora-
		tory (3-1) or
	BIOL 230	Introductory Biol-
			ogy I (5)		  4-5
BIOL 328	Human Anatomy			    4
KIN 350		Movement and Skill		    3
KIN 355		Science, Sport, and Fitness or
	KIN 482		Exercise Physiology	    3
KIN 480		Anatomical Kinesiology		    3
KIN 457		Culture, Gender, and Movement	    3
Select one of the following:			    3
	KIN 489		History and Philosophy 
			of Sport
	KIN 591		Origins and Meanings of 
			Human Movement
Select one of the following:			    3
	KIN 486		Motor Learning
	KIN 487		Motor Development
Physical Activity Requirement			  0-4
	With prior approval of an adviser, 
	select one physical activity course 
	from each of four different areas to 
	gain experience in a variety of move-
	ment forms [i.e., team sport, indi-
	vidual sport or activity (including 
	dance or yoga), martial arts, and a 
	fitness related activity]. With permis-
	sion of an adviser, students may utilize 
	prior or current movement experiences, 
	considered equivalent to a course, 
	which do not yield university credit to 
	fulfill all or part of this requirement.
Thematic Emphasis				   12
	Upper division electives to support a 
	particular theme, with prior approval 
	of a departmental adviser. At least six 
	units must be courses with a Kinesiol-
	ogy prefix. Examples of themes: child-
	ren and movement, sport journalism, 
	sport psychology or sociology, activity 
	and aging, women in sport, cross-
	cultural perspectives, exercise and 
	fitness, movement and/or exercise 
	science, movement and disability, phil-
	osophy of mind-body-action, wellness.
		Total units for degree		39-43
NOTE: Students who wish to be credentialed to teach physical education, and who are using the Bachelor of Arts program to support completion of the Single Subject Waiver Program in Physical Education, should utilize the thematic emphasis to take the appropriate configuration of courses toward this goal. Additional information regarding the Single Subject Waiver Program is available in GYM 104 and in BH 130.


The department offers a 124-unit Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Concentrations in: Exercise Science and Fitness and Human Movement Studies. The concentrations course of study includes: (1) a set of foundation requirements, some of which may be utilized to fulfill general education requirements; (2) a set of core courses within the department which establishes the framework for the study of movement, exercise, and skill from a variety of perspectives; and (3) two sets of concentration-specific courses which serve the purpose of preparing the student for specific careers and/or graduate study within the field. Students must select one of these two concentrations.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Kinesiology discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).

Foundation Requirements				Units
BIOL 100/101	Human Biology and Labora-
		tory (3-1) or
	BIOL 230	Introductory Biol-
			ogy (5)			  4-5
BIOL 328	Human Anatomy			    4
BIOL 610/611	Human Physiology and 
		Laboratory (3-1)		    3
MATH 124	Elementary Statistics		    3
KIN 325		Computer Applications in Health 
		Education, Kinesiology, and 
		Recreation			    3
PSY 200		General Psychology		    3
PHYS 101/102	Conceptual Physics and 
		Laboratory (3-1) or
	PHYS 111/112	General Physics I and 
			Laboratory (3-1)	    4
CHEM 101/102	Survey of Chemistry and Labora-
		tory (3-1) or
	CHEM 111	General Chemistry I (5)	  4-5
		Total for foundation		29-31
Core Requirements
KIN 350		Movement and Skill		    3
KIN 480		Anatomical Kinesiology		    3
KIN 482		Exercise Physiology		    3
KIN 485		Biomechanics			    3
KIN 486		Motor Learning			    3
		Total for core			   15
Select either the Exercise Science and Fitness 
Concentration or the Human Movement Studies 
(see below)					23-24
		Total for degree		67-70
All major students are encouraged to participate in physical activities that complement their current movement/fitness repertoire. Ongoing participation in activity is viewed as a personal laboratory extension of many of the ideas and issues discussed throughout the course of study.

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education: Exercise Science and Fitness Concentration

Foundation requirements (see above)		29-31
Core requirements (see above)			   15
DIET 253	Nutrition in Health and Disease	    3
KIN 102		Aerobic Conditioning		    1
KIN 420		Field Experience in Fitness/
		Wellness			    1
KIN 450		Ergogenic Substances in Sport	    2
KIN 488		Assessment			    3
KIN 490		Fitness Program Management	    2
KIN 555		Exercise Prescription		    3
KIN 683		Applied Exercise Physiology	    3
KIN 690		Internship in Fitness/Wellness	    2
		On advisement, students inter-
		ested in pursuing careers in 
		physical or occupational therapy 
		may substitute KIN 640, Intern-
		ship in Pre-Physical Therapy.
KIN 697		Integrative Research Seminar	    2
KIN 699		Independent Study		    1
		Total for major			67-70

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education: Concentration in Human Movement Studies

Foundation requirements (see above)		29-31
Core requirements (see above)			   15
KIN 457		Culture, Gender, and Movement	    3
KIN 610		Neuromotor Control Processes	    3
KIN 560		Qualitative Analysis of 
		Movement			    2
KIN 680		Quantitative Analysis of 
		Movement			    3
KIN 697		Integrative Research Seminar	    2
KIN 699		Independent Study		    1
One activity class with a KIN or DANC prefix, 
selected with adviser's approval		    1
Units selected from the following 		    9
	On advisement, students interested in 
	careers in physical or occupational therapy 
	may utilize either PT 300, Introduction to 
	Physical Therapy, and/or KIN 640, Intern-
	ship in Pre-Physical Therapy, toward 
	meeting a portion of this requirement.
	KIN 487		Motor Development
	KIN 591		Origins and Meanings of 
	PSY 463		Human Factors
	PSY 493		Motivation
	PSY 581		Physiological Psychology
		Total for major			67-70


Students who wish to enter graduate or certificate programs in physical or occupational therapy may elect the Bachelor of Science program with a concentration in either Exercise Science and Fitness or Human Movement Studies. These programs include a number of courses typically required for admission to physical or occupational therapy programs. By choosing either concentration, the student will have more than one career/graduate study option upon completion of the major.

Physical and occupational therapy programs vary in their admissions requirements. The courses listed below, when added to those appearing in the major, provide a strong profile for application to many programs. However, students are strongly advised to check the specific requirements of each program to which they plan to apply. Some of the courses listed below may be substituted for parallel courses in the major, upon approval of the student's adviser in the Department of Kinesiology. Others may be taken as free electives or, in some cases, to fulfill General Education requirements. To stay informed and to optimize planning, students must work closely with a departmental adviser, and should become involved in the Physical Therapy Student Association.

BIOL 230	Introductory Biology I		  5
BIOL 240	Introductory Biology II		  5
BIOL 614	Vertebrate Histology or
	BIOL 210	General Microbiology and 
			Public Health or
	A course in cell biology		3-4
CHEM 111	General Chemistry I		  5
CHEM 113/114	General Chemistry II and 
		Laboratory (3-2)		  5
CHEM 130	General Organic Chemistry or
	CHEM 333/334	Organic Chemistry I 
			(3-2)			3 or 5
PHYS 111/112	General Physics I and Labora-
		tory (3-1)			  4
PHYS 121/122	General Physics II and Labora-
		tory (3-1)			  4
PSY 542		Abnormal Psychology		  3
Additional courses which may enhance the student's application to physical or occupational therapy programs include:

BIOL 640/641	Neuroscience I and Labora-
		tory (3,1)			  4
BIOL 642	Neuroscience II			  3
PHIL 383	Ethics in Medicine		  3
PSY 431		Developmental Psychology	  3
PSY 330		Child Development		  3
SOC 476		Medical Sociology		  4
Related courses in the following areas are recommended: adapted physical education, recreation therapy, health education, exercise science and fitness, human movement studies, multicultural aspects of society, research.


Core						Units
KIN 295	First Aid and CPR			    1
KIN 321	Introduction to Sports Injury Care	    2
KIN 355	Science, Sport, and Fitness or
	KIN 480	  Anatomical Kinesiology and
	KIN 482	  Exercise Physiology		  3-6
KIN 486	Motor Learning				    3
KIN 504	Psychology of Coaching			    3
		Total for core			12-15
Select two courses from the following: 
(Previous competitive experience in the sport 
or consent of instructor is required.)		    4
	KIN 305	Practicum in Gymnastics and 
		Floor Exercise
	KIN 310	Coaching Softball
	KIN 311	Coaching Baseball
	KIN 312	Coaching Basketball
	KIN 313	Coaching Volleyball
	KIN 314	Coaching Soccer
	KIN 315	Coaching Track and Field
	KIN 316	Coaching Swimming and Diving
	KIN 317	Coaching Football
	KIN 620/621 Advanced Practicum in Physical 
		Education Activities*
One elective from the following:		    3
	KIN 331	Peak Performance
	KIN 536	Movement Activities for Special 
	KIN 480	Anatomical Kinesiology
	KIN 482	Exercise Physiology
	KIN 487	Motor Development
	KIN 501	Women and Sports
	KIN 502	Sport and Social Issues
KIN 570	Directed Coaching Experience		    1
	A one season coaching experience in youth 
	athletics, recreation leagues, inter-
	scholastic, or intercollegiate athletics 
	in a sport in which a coaching course is 
		Total for minor/certificate	20-23
*Limited to Wrestling under the supervision of the head coach of that sport.


Admission to Program
The applicant normally must have a 2.75 minimum GPA in all acceptable course work from the undergraduate major in the field. For students without the undergraduate major, a 24 unit equivalency in major course work related to exercise and movement sciences is required. This equivalency may be accomplished at the same time one is completing graduate course work not requiring equivalency prerequisites. Admission is based on evaluation of transcripts. The student is conditionally admitted pending completion of the first two items below and the last two as appropriate.

Upon admission, the department sends a letter to the candidate containing the name of the assigned adviser and classification conditions.

Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: the first level is satisfied by the completion of a written essay to be taken in KIN 710. Level Two: second level is demonstrated through completion of the culminating experience.

Advancement to Candidacy
The student must meet university and departmental requirements specified upon admission to include a program of study approved by the graduate faculty.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Kinesiology discipline in the Announcement of Courses section). Upper division major courses are, except with special permission, typically not acceptable for the program. Special permission may be granted by the adviser and graduate faculty.

Core Requirements				Units
KIN 710	Research Methods in Kinesiology		  3
KIN 712	Motor Learning and Control		  3
KIN 714	Exercise Physiology			  3
Other Requirements
Area of emphasis				  9
Electives in support of area of emphasis	3-9
Culminating Experience Options
One of the following options must be selected	3-9
	KIN 711	Research and Statistics in 
	KIN 897	Independent Research in 
	KIN 898	Master's Thesis and 
		Oral Defense of Thesis
	Master's Project
	KIN 895	Master's Project in 
	Comprehensive Written Examination
	KIN 896	Directed Readings in 
		Minimum total			 30
Area of Emphasis
Students are to select an emphasis relating to exercise science or movement and, in consultation with their adviser select electives and a culminating experience that best meets their professional/personal needs. Final approval of the student's program will rest with the graduate faculty.

Comprehensive Written Examination
The examination is required of all students who do not elect the research project or thesis option. The graduate faculty will, upon request, construct an examination representative of the course work of the student. The examination will be graded on a "pass," "marginal pass," or "fail" basis. In the event of an unsuccessful attempt, the student may be required to retake all or part of the examination. A third attempt may only be allowed for a particular part of the examination and may require attempting further course work in order to resolve a deficiency.

Continuous Enrollment
Students actively working on their master's research project or thesis are expected to maintain continuous enrollment until the project/thesis is completed, unless the remaining work is not deemed substantial by the graduate coordinator.

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