B.S. in Kinesiology: Concentration in Exercise Science and Fitness
B.S. in Kinesiology: Concentration in Human Movement Studies
B.S. in Kinesiology: Concentration in Physical Education
Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum
Minor in Athletic Coaching
Certificate in Athletic Coaching
M.A. in Kinesiology
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 Kinesiology is designed for students who wish to study the broad range of sub-disciplines which develop knowledge in kinesiology, 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, ethical issues in sport, 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 Kinesiology 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.).
Bachelor of Science. All of the undergraduate program concentrations in the 124-unit B.S. degree have as their basis a foundation in science, mathematics, psychology, and a 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 three selected concentrations: Exercise Science and Fitness Human Movement Studies, or Physical Education.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science, students will be prepared for immediate careers in exercise leadership, for advanced study in a number of movement and exercise related fields, or for entry into a teacher credential program. The concentrations in Exercise Science and Fitness or Human Movement Studies are recommended options for students interested in careers in physical or occupational therapy and related rehabilitative fields.
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 practice.
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.
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 analysis of movement problem(s) which are of personal interest and significance.
The Physical Education Concentration prepares students for entry to a teacher credentialing program. The course of study satisfies state requirements for the Subject Matter Program in Physical Education and for departmental standards of competence in Physical Education.
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 Science with Concentration in Physical Education program. However, to be eligible for admission to the credential program at San Francisco State University, students must attain a GPA of 2.75 in the Subject Matter Program curriculum. Students must work closely with an adviser to fulfill the requirements of the Subject Matter Program. They should also contact the College of Education Student Services Office at 338-7038 regarding teaching credential information.
Pre-Physical Therapy. The Bachelor of Science with Concentration in Exercise Science and Fitness or Human Movement Studies 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.
Advising. Students in all the 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 107.
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 Announcement of Courses section 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 by 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 Kinesiology 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 basic knowlege as well as critical and evaluative skills necessary to find bridges between theory and practice as they relate 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 physiological, behavioral, and biomechanical 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.
Units BIOL 100 Human Biology 3 BIOL 328 Human Anatomy 4 KIN 350 Movement and Skill 3 KIN 457 Culture, Gender, and Movement 3 KIN 475 Anatomical and Mechanical Bases of Human Movement 3 KIN 476 Physiological Bases of Human Movement 3 KIN 486 Motor Learning or KIN 487 Motor Development 3 KIN 489 History and Philosophy of Sport 3 Total for core 25
Activity Requirement 6
With prior approval of an adviser, select six activity classes (KIN/DAN prefix) repre- senting a variety of movement forms to complement and enhance the student's personal movement profile.
Elective Theme 12
Upper division electives to support a particular theme, with prior approval of a depart- mental adviser. At least six units must be courses with a Kinesiology prefix. Examples of themes: sport and society, women and sport, sport and the media, sport administration, ethical issues in sport, activity and child development, activity and aging, activity and wellness, philosophy of mind-body-action, cross- cultural perspectives, movement as ritual. Student and adviser must work together in developing an appropriate focus. Total units for degree 43NOTE: Students who wish to teach in public schools must complete the Subject Matter Program requirements, and are advised to enroll in the B.S. in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Physical Education.
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).
Units BIOL 100 Human Biology 3 BIOL 328 Human Anatomy 4 MATH 124 Elementary Statistics 3 PSY 200 eneral Psychology 3 KIN 325 Computer Applications in Health Education, Kinesiology, and Recreation 3 KIN 350 Movement and Skill 3 KIN 486 Motor Learning 3 Total for core 22
Select either Exercise Science and Fitness, Human Movement Studies, or Physical
Education (see below) 47-56
Total for degree 69-78
Units Core requirements (see above) 22
BIOL 610/611 Human Physiology andLaboratory (3/1) 4 CHEM 101/102 Survey of Chemistry and Laboratory (3/1) or CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (5) 4-5 DFM 253 Nutrition in Health and Disease 3 PHYS 101/102 Conceptual Physics and Laboratory (3/1) or PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4 KIN 420 Field Experience in Fitness/Wellness 1 KIN 450 Ergogenic Substances in Sport 2 KIN 480 Anatomical Kinesiology 3 KIN 482 Exercise Physiology 3 KIN 485 Biomechanics 3 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 3 KIN 697 Integrative Research Seminar 2 KIN 698 Senior Research Project 1 Activity Requirement 3
With prior approval of adviser, select threeactivity courses (KIN prefix, 1 unit each) representing a variety of fitness-related activities and/or movement forms that complement and enhance the student's personal fitness and movement profile. Total for concentration 47-48 Total for major 69-70
Units Core requirements (see above) 22
BIOL 610/611 Human Physiology andLaboratory (3/1) 4 CHEM 101/102 Survey of Chemistry and Laboratory (3/1) or CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (5) 4-5 PHYS 101/102 Conceptual Physics and Laboratory (3/1) or PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1) 4 KIN 457 Culture, Gender, and Movement 3 KIN 480 Anatomical Kinesiology 3 KIN 482 Exercise Physiology 3 KIN 485 Biomechanics 3 KIN 560 Qualitative Analysis of Movement 2 KIN 610 Neuromotor Control Processes 3 KIN 680 Quantitative Analysis of Movement 3 KIN 697 Integrative Research Seminar 2 KIN 698 Senior Research Project 1 Activity Requirement 3
With prior approval of adviser, select three activity courses (KIN/DANC prefix, 1 unit each) representing a variety of movement forms to employ and enhance the student's personal movement profile.
Units selected from the following 9-11 KIN 536 Movement for Individuals with Disability (4) KIN 487 Motor Development PHIL 620 Philosophy of Mind PSY 581 Physiological Psychology PSY 463 Human Factors SPCH 512 Nonverbal Communication (4) Total for concentration 47-50 Total for major 69-72
Units Core requirements (see above) 22
KIN 300 Health-Related Fitness and Wellness 3 KIN 340 Orientation to Teaching in Physical Education 3 KIN 401 Elementary School Physical Education, K-5 3 KIN 402 Practicum in Physical Education, N-5 1 KIN 457 Culture, Gender, and Movement 3 KIN 475 Anatomical and Mechanical Bases of Human Movement 3 KIN 476 Physiological Basis of Movement 3 KIN 487 Motor Development 3 KIN 488 Assessment 3 KIN 489 History and Philosophy of Sport 3 KIN 536 Movement for Individuals with Disability 4 KIN 580 Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School Physical Education, Grades 6-12 3 KIN 581 Practicum in Middle and High School Physical Education 1 Movement Experiences 8
With prior approval of adviser following consultation, select eight basic activity courses (1 unit each) to satisfy the distribution shown below. Selections should broaden the student's personal movement and skill vocabulary. Aquatics Dance (2 experiences, one of which must be folk dance) Martial Arts Individual Sports/Activities Team Sports Fitness
KIN 305 Instructional Analysis: Track, Field, Gymnastics, Floor Activities 2 KIN 306 Instructional Analysis: Racquet Sports 2 KIN 307 Instructional Analysis: Basketball and Volleyball 2 KIN 308 Instructional Analysis: Fitness Activities 2 KIN 309 Instructional Analysis: Soccer and Softball 2 KIN 320 Principles of Officiating 2 Total for concentration 56 Total for major 78
Physical and occupational therapy programs vary in their admissions requirements. The courses listed below, when added to 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.
Units 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 Laboratory (3/1) 4 PHYS 121/122 General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1) 4 PSY 542 Abnormal Psychology 3Additional courses which may enhance the student's application to physical or occupational therapy programs include:
PT 300 Introduction to Physical Therapy 3 KIN 640 Internship in Pre-Physical Therapy 3 BIOL 640/641 Neuroscience I and Laboratory (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 4Related 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.
Units KIN 295 First Aid and CPR 1 KIN 321 Introduction to Sports Injury Care (2) or KIN 584 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 2-3 KIN 355 Science, Sport, and Fitness or KIN 475 Anatomical and Mechanical Bases of Movement or KIN 480 Anatomical Kinesiology and KIN 476 Physiological Basis of Movement or KIN 482 Exercise Physiology 3-6 KIN 486 Motor Learning 3 KIN 504 Psychology of Sport 3 Total for core 12-16
Select two courses from the following: 4 (Previous competitive experience in the sport or consent of instructor is required.) KIN 305 Instructional Analysis: Track, Field, and Gymnastics Floor Activities 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 KIN 317 Coaching Football KIN 620/621 Advanced Practicum in Physical Education Activities41 One elective from the following: 3 KIN 331 Peak Performance KIN 350 Movement and Skill KIN 457 Culture, Gender, and Movement KIN 480 Anatomical Kinesiology42 KIN 482 Exercise Physiology42 KIN 485 Biomechanics KIN 487 Motor Development KIN 502 Sport and Social Issues KIN 536 Movement for Individuals with Disability (4) KIN 570 Directed Coaching Experience 1 A one-season coaching experience in youth athletics, recreation leagues, interschol- astic, or intercollegiate athletics in a sport in which a coaching course is selected. Total for minor/certificate 20-24
A statement of purpose must be included in the Application for Admission or sent directly to the Department of Kinesiology.
The student may be conditionally admitted pending:
Upon admission, the department sends a letter to the candidate containing the name of the assigned adviser and classification conditions.
Level One: The Department of Kinesiology requires each graduate student to take the Graduate Essay Test (GET) the first time it is given after they are admitted. The test should be taken prior to the first semester of enrollment. Students should contact the Testing Center for exact dates and fees. Students who do not receive a Pass must register for and successfully complete ENG 414, Elements of Writing, with a minimum grade of B during the second semester in residence. Students will not be permitted to register for graduate classes in Kinesiology beyond the second semester unless they have passed the GET or successfully completed ENG 414. Level Two: the second level assessment of literacy proficiency occurs by virtue of the written thesis or master's project.
Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).
Units KIN 710 Research Methods in Kinesiology 3 KIN 715 Research Designs and Analysis43 3 KIN 720 Movement, Fitness and Skill 3 KIN 730 Analysis of Human Movement 3 KIN 740 Physiological Analysis 3 Emphasis Select one of the following areas of emphasis 9 Movement Science KIN 733 Motor Learning KIN 736 Neuromotor Control Process Elective in area of emphasis on advisement (3 units) Exercise Science KIN 743 Applied Exercise Physiology KIN 746 Theories of Sports Medicine Elective in area of emphasis on advisement (3 units) Electives Electives chosen on advisement 3-6
One of the following options must be selected 3-6
KIN 897 Independent Research in Kinesiology KIN 898 Master's Thesis
KIN 895 Master's Project in Kinesiology Minimum total 33Continuous Enrollment: Students actively working on their master's research project or thesis are expected to maintain continuous enrollment and/or pay a laboratory fee until the project/thesis is completed, unless the remaining work is not deemed substantial by the graduate program director.
Assistantships: Opportunities may be available to work in the Kinesiology Department as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. Qualified students may apply, when available, to work in the activity program, as laboratory assistants, or as supervisors in the Intramural and Recreation Program. Students may also apply for financial aid through the university.
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