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Department of Kinesiology

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Kinesiology.  We are one of the largest departments within the College of Health and Human Services and offer programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees.  Our faculty, lecturers, and staff take pride in ensuring students have quality experiences both in and out of the classroom. 

The Department of Kinesiology provides a variety of outstanding research, internship, and applied experiences for interested students and we take great pride in what we do.  You will find that each degree option is unique and I encourage you to investigate the various learning and enrichment opportunities of each.

Our mission is to facilitate wellness in our students, and by doing so, shape the future leaders for tomorrow.  Students graduate from our programs with ideas, inspiration, and drive to make a difference. We are an exemplary program that values diversity and personal growth and I hope that you will take the time to browse our website to learn more about our outstanding programs and faculty.

Thank you for considering our program for your academic needs. Please feel free to contact us with questions or to obtain needed information. We look forward to welcoming you into our department.


Tiffanye Vargas, Ph.D., Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)
Associate Professor and Department Chair


The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the official hub for scholarship information at CSULB. We collect, organize, and distribute information on hundreds of external scholarships as well as administer university scholarships for the campus.

Please be aware scholarship recipients must be enrolled at CSULB in the semester they are receiving their funds.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identification, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Kinesiology Direct Exchange Programs

Cardiff Metropolitan University – Cardiff- Wales (Spring Semesters)

Initiated in 1984, the Kinesiology Department's International Exchange Program with Cardiff Metropolitan University is the oldest and one of the most active exchange programs at CSULB. The program provides the opportunity for Kinesiology majors to study abroad for one semester (SPRING) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Great Britain. While overseas, Kinesiology students from CSULB take comparable Kinesiology courses at Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) which are transferable on their return to CSULB.

For information on the School of Sport and Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University

University of Limerick

The exchange with the University of Limerick started in spring 2019.  This is a Fall and Spring semester exchange program.  This program provides Kinesiology majors with the opportunity to take KIN courses at the University of Limerick, which are transferable on their return to CSULB.  The University of Limerick is recognized as the premier Physical Education and Exercise Science program in Ireland.     Here’s some information on both the Physical Education and Exercise Science Options at the University of Limerick.

Application Information

Application Deadlines for Semester Programs

  • Spring Semester –October 1st
  • Fall Semester – March 1st

Exchange Program Contact Information

For more answers to questions regarding the International Exchange Program with Cardiff Metropolitan University, please contact Emyr Williams, Ph.D.