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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Option in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (Master of Science)

This option is designed to prepare students for careers in exercise physiology and nutrition and those wishing to increase their level of knowledge in the two areas. The career opportunities for students with academic preparation in this option are typically in clinical settings and research settings.  

Please click "Frequently Asked Questions" (below) to access a list of required prerequisite courses for this option. Students should have completed most of the prerequisite courses prior to starting graduate study in this option.

1.  Required Coursework (12 units):

    KIN 551 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)

    KIN 552 Physiology of Exercise Testing and Training (3) 

    KIN 566 Biochemical and Hormonal Adaptations to Physical Activity (3)

    KIN 696 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (3) or FCS 696 Research Methods (3)

2.   Elective courses (9 units)

Select three courses from the following list of courses: KIN 553, 562, 565, 568, or 594.

3.  Elective courses (9 units)

    Select three courses from the following list of courses:  

    KIN 568, FCS 530A, 530B, 531, 536, 538, or 539.  

4.  Select either option A, B, or C  (6 units):

    A.  Thesis and Project Candidates: KIN 698 Thesis (6)

    B.  Capstone Course:  Complete KIN 694 (3) plus additional 3 elective units approved by option advisor.

    C. Comprehensive Exam Candidates: Complete a minimum of 6 additional elective units approved by option advisor.


Prerequisite Course Work

In order to meet the prerequisite for graduate coursework in this option, students must have completed the following with a "C" grade or better.

  • Approved Statistics course
  • KIN 300 Biomechanics of Human Movement (3 units)
  • KIN 301 Exercise Physiology (3 units)
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5 units)
  • CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry (3 units)
  • CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3 units)
  • NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition (3 units)
  • NUTR 331 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3 units) 
  • NUTR 436 Advanced Nutrition (3 units) 

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) regarding admission to the Option, career opportunities, etc., please click here.

Contact Information

For more information regarding the program in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, please contact Dr. Joshua A. Cotter.