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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Kinesiology, BS



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Satisfactory completion of the requirements of the four-year major program in Kinesiology, offered by the Department of Kinesiology , leads to a BS degree. The program is based upon the discipline of kinesiology and stresses both theoretical and practical objectives. Five areas of specialization.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 41
Major Preparation 18
Core Courses 23
Area Specialization 38
Total 120

University Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements  section of the Policies and Procedures .

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions  area in the General Education (GE)  section to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

Students in this major must complete all courses Requirements for the Major (All courses in Preparation, Core, Concentration/Specialization) with a “C- or better” to graduate. The following courses in Preparation of major must be passed with a “C or better”: KIN 100W .

Kinesiology International Experience Requirement

To satisfy the Department of Kinesiology international requirement, students must study abroad for at least nine days in an approved program (exemption from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts based on compelling individual life experiences or physical limitations. A relevant cross-cultural experience in the U.S. will be substituted). Specific details can be found on the college website at www.sjsu.edu/chahs/international-experience.

General Education/American Institution Requirements

Courses that meet General Education/American Institution requirements are noted with area designation for required area. For legend please see General Education Attributes .

University Requirements (41 units)


Core Lower Division General Education (24 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all lower division GE requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.

Upper Division General Education (9 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.

American Institutions (6 units)


The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B , HUM 2A /HUM 2B ) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Complete One Sequence From:

Physical Education (2 units)


Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.

Major Preparation (18 units)


BIOL 65  and BIOL 66  are not GE but meet Area B2 for Kinesiology majors

Major Requirements (61 units)


Complete One Course From:


Some specializations require both KIN 165  and KIN 166 , so the student will take one to satisfy the core requirement and the other to satisfy the specialization requirement.

Physical Activity Courses:


Area of Specialization (38 units)


Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Specialization coursework, along with the Kinesiology Core Courses, is typically undertaken during the junior and senior years following completion of General Education Requirements . Specialization coursework can be taken simultaneously with the Core Courses.

Choose one area of study:

Transfer Curriculum Studies is designed for students with an AA-T in Kinesiology. View the roadmap for Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways) for more information. 

Exercise and Fitness Specialist


This area of specialization is designed for students who are interested in future careers in the areas of exercise and fitness. Coursework is designed to develop knowledge and skills to work in cardiac rehabilitation or a variety of fitness and exercise related professions.

To fulfill GE areas B4 and D1, STAT 95  and PSYC 1  are recommended.

Complete one course not taken in core (3 units):

Complete one course (3 units):

Guided Electives (12 units)

Complete 12 units of guided electives in consultation with Department advisor.

Inclusive Physical Activity in Communities (IPAC)


The Inclusive Physical Activity in Communities (IPAC) area of specialization would prepare students to work and teach in the community, with an emphasis on working with special populations, particularly individuals with disabilities and older adults. This emphasis area can also serve as undergraduate-level preparation for a Masters in Occupational Therapy (please see note after the listed required coursework). This curriculum provides students with the specialized skills and knowledge to provide effective service delivery to individuals with disabilities, older adults, and other diverse populations in a physical activity setting. Students in this area of specialization will develop competencies in planning, assessing, coordinating, implementing, evaluating and advocating appropriate inclusive physical activity across the lifespan. This area would prepare students for careers in a variety of fields including: infant/toddler programs, physical activity for older adults in recreation or residential facilities, spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers, aquatic facilities, residential/seasonal camps, health/fitness clubs, disability sport programs, after school/community transition sites, etc.

Complete one course (3 units):

Complete one course not taken in core (3 units):

Guided Electives (10 units)

Complete 10 units of guided electives in consultation with Department advisor.

Rehabilitation Science


This area of specialization is designed for students who are interested in allied health professions, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and physician’s assistant. Coursework is designed to develop knowledge and skills in order to pursue a future in physical therapy, chiropractic, medical school, or other health or rehabilitation careers.

To fulfill GE areas B4 and D1, STAT 95  and PSYC 1  are recommended.

For students applying to PT school or PTA school, BIOL 129  and KIN 187  are recommended. BIOL 129  serves as an upper division biology course and both BIOL 129  and KIN 187  often lead to “bonus points” for PT/PTA applicants.

Complete one course not taken in core (3 units):

Complete one course (3 units):

Guided Electives (6 units)

Complete 6 units of guided electives in consultation with Department advisor.

Sport Management and Culture


The purpose of the Sport Management and Culture (SMC) specialization is to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of sport management with a particular focus on social and cultural issues. Social justice and diversity issues will be highlighted from a critical cultural studies perspective. Additionally, students interested in sports studies will also gain a background in sport management, strengthening their professional preparation.

To fulfill GE areas B4 and D1, STAT 95  and PSYC 1  are recommended.

Sub-Core Courses (22-24 units)

Guided Electives (14-16 units)

Complete 14-16 units of guided electives in consultation with Department advisor. A maximum of 6 units may be taken at the lower division level ORBusiness Minor , Sociology Minor , Psychology Minor , Journalism Minor , or other minor selected in consultation with Departmental Advisor.

Individualized Studies


This area of specialization is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an individualized program of study. This pathway to the baccalaureate degree may be of particular interest to students needing considerable flexibility in designing a program of study to facilitate pursuit of an advanced degree or a specific career (e.g. sport broadcasting). All coursework beyond the core must be selected in consultation with the student’s academic adviser and is expected to form a coherent program of study that meets the student’s personal and professional goals.

Criteria for Individualized Studies Specialization

  1. The curriculum should evidence breadth and depth of understanding in a specific area of interest within the field of Kinesiology. 
  2. The program should exhibit a specific area of interest within Kinesiology as a focal point.
  3. The program should include 18 upper division Kinesiology coursework units (in addition to the core requirements), which includes 1-3 units of internship/fieldwork. The program should include 17-19 upper or lower division electives in kinesiology or a related field selected in consultation with departmental advisor.
  4. The program should conform to the career objectives submitted as a part of the formal Individualized Studies Proposal (page 22 of the Kinesiology Undergraduate Handbook ).
  5. All courses should be adequately justified as a logical inclusion in this program.
  6. The program must be submitted at least 30 units prior to the student’s anticipated graduation date.
Sub-Core Courses (38 units)

  • 1-6 units (complete 1-3 units)
  • Upper Division Kinesiology Coursework selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor 18 unit(s)
  • Upper or Lower Division Electives in Kinesiology or a related field selected in consultation with Departmental Advisor 17-19 unit(s)

Total Units Required (120 units)


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