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B.S. in Kinesiology, Option in Fitness

The Fitness option is designed for students interested in careers in the fitness industry, e.g. fitness director, manager, program specialist, coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, or group instructor in corporate, commercial, YMCA, or other public or private facilities.


  • Michelle Alencar, Ph.D., CCN, CSCS, ACSM-CEP, CPT
  • Candice Campbell, M.S., CSCS, ACSM CPT, GXI
  • Jan Schroeder, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, AFAA - GXI
  • Kellie Walters, Ph.D., ACE-Health Coach, ACSM-CPT and EIM, AFAA-GXI

Professional Organizations

Career Paths

Potential jobs for Fitness majors include:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Wellness Coach
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Fitness Coordinator/Director/Manager
  • Entrepreneur/Owner
  • Consultant
  • Fitness Specialist Educator/Presenter
  • Health/Fitness Writer
  • Fitness Product Developer
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist

Degree Requirements

Kinesiology, Fitness Option, B.S. (120 units)

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology must complete the course requirements and the physical fitness proficiency of each Option. Students may select their area of specialization from the options.

  • Admission Under Impaction
  • Fitness is an Impacted Option

Degree Progress for Pre-Kinesiology Majors

Pre-Kinesiology majors must complete the following requirements within four semesters of being admitted as a Pre-Kinesiology major or declaring a Pre-Kinesiology major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the four semesters after Declaration of a Pre-Kinesiology major, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

At the end of the second semester, pre-Kinesiology students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the following courses:

  • Written Communication in English (General Education Category A1)
  • Oral Communication in English (General Education Category A2)
  • Critical Thinking (General Education Category A3)
  • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning* (General Education Category B2)
  • KIN 201
  • PSY 100

*If the Kinesiology option requires a specific Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning course to be completed, students must have this course completed at the end of the second semester with a grade of "C" or better.

At the end of the fourth semester, pre-Kinesiology students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all required major preparation course work (see Major Specific Criteria). At the end of the fourth semester, Pre-Kinesiology students must be eligible to be fully declared into the intended option within Kinesiology.

Pre-Kinesiology students who are admitted into one Kinesiology option will not be granted permission to switch into another Kinesiology option without a formal appeal to the Kinesiology appeals committee.

Pre-Kinesiology students should note that withdrawing or repeating courses to improve their grades or GPA will result in poor academic progress and will likely make them ineligible for admission.


Core Courses:

Take all of the following courses:

  • KIN 201 - Introduction to Kinesiology (3 units)
  • KIN 300 - Biomechanics of Human Movement (3 units)
  • KIN 301 - Exercise Physiology (3 units)
  • KIN 312 - Motor Control and Learning (3 units)
  • KIN 332 - Sociocultural Dimensions of Sport and Human Movement (3 units)

Lower Division:

Take one of the following courses:

  • STAT 108 - Statistics for Everyday Life (3 units) *"C" or better
  • PSY 110 - Introductory Statistics (4 units) *"C" or better
  • STAT 118 - Introductory Business Statistics (3 units) *"C" or better
  • HDEV 190 - Elementary Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (4 units) *"C" or better
  • SOC 170 - Elementary Statistics (4 units) *"C" or better

Take all of the following courses:

  • NUTR 132 - Introductory Nutrition (3 units) *"C" or better
  • PSY 100 - General Psychology (3 units) *"C" or better
  • KIN 218 - Professional Development in the Fitness Industry (2 units)
  • KIN 263 - Techniques of Physical Fitness (2 units)
  • BIOL 207 - Human Physiology (4 units) *"C" or better
  • BIOL 208 - Human Anatomy (4 units) *"C" or better

Physical Activity Courses:

Take a minimum of 4 units selected from different classes: KIN 100-198; KIN 250-261

Upper Division:

  • KIN 339 - Psychology of Sport Behavior and Athletic Performance (3 units)
  • KIN 363 - Theory and Analysis of Group Fitness Instruction (2 units)
  • KIN 364 - Fitness for Adult Populations with Unique Health Considerations (3 units)
  • KIN 367 - Fitness and the Aging Process (3 units)
  • KIN 368 - Resistance Training for Fitness (3 units)
  • KIN 410 - Corrective Exercise Training in Fitness (3 units)
  • KIN 411 - Advanced Program Design for Fitness and Performance (3 units)
  • KIN 412 - Fitness and Wellness Coaching (3 units)
  • KIN 467 - Fundamentals of Personal Training (3 units)
  • KIN 468 - Nutrition for Exercise and Performance (3 units)
  • KIN 469 - Fitness Management (3 units)
  • KIN 489D - Fieldwork in Fitness

Take six units of elective courses from the following:

  • ATEP 207 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 units)
  • KIN 462 - Advanced Strength and Conditioning (3 units)
  • KIN 478 - Psychological Aspects of Exercise and Fitness (3 units)
  • KIN 487 - Supervised Activity Instruction Experience (1-3 units)
  • NUTR 439 - Nutrition and Aging (3 units)

Note: A fieldwork, field experience, or internship requires current certification in First Aid (American Red Cross: Community First Aid & Safety or Emergency Response or Workplace Training: Standard First Aid or equivalent) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (American Red Cross: Adult CPR or Adult, Infant & Child CPR or CPR for the Professional Rescuer; American Heart Association: Adult CPR or Adult, Infant & Child CPR or ACLS Provider or equivalent) prior to enrollment.