B.S. in Kinesiology, Option in Sport Psychology and Leadership

The Sport Psychology and Leadership option provides rigorous training and exposure to the mental aspects of movement and sport and requires 120 units of study.  This option has two concentrations – one in Sport Psychology and one in Leadership. The course work for both concentrations is the same except for the activity courses and the elective courses. The option is designed for students interested in careers in: 1) sport psychology; and 2) coaching outside the public school system (K-12), e.g., sport management/leadership; coaching professional athletes, coaching youth-sport athletes, and coaching in sport academies. Many students also consider pursuing graduate education.  Research and applied opportunities are available for interested and qualified students. 

Please note: Student transfers from other California public colleges and universities can use ASSIST to help determine which course credits earned at one institution can be applied to another.



Students interested in the Kinesiology major must review information about major Specific Requirements and Impaction Criteria. Pre-Kinesiology majors must complete a list of requirements before declaring Kinesiology as a major. 

Students in the Option of Sport Psychology and Leadership must choose a concentration: Sport Psychology or Leadership.

Please visit the CSULB catalogue or most updated information on the Core, Lower Division, Upper Division, and Concentration requirements. 

Common career paths that students in this Option take include:

  • Sport psychology consultant
  • Youth coaching
  • College coaching
  • Professional coaching
  • Recreational coordination, such as YMCA, Boys and Girls Club
  • Occupational therapy
  • Counseling
  • Academic career

Please note that some of these career paths require graduate training.

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)

American Psychological Association, Division 47 (APA, Div 47)

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE)