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College of Health and Human Services

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Department Chair: Sharon R. Guthrie

Department Office: Health and Human Services (HHS) 2, Rm. 105
Telephone: (562) 985-4051

Faculty: Ketra L. Armstrong, D. Margaret Costa, Jill A. Crussemeyer, James A. Davis, Shawn Dolan, Janet M. Fisher, Keith W. Freesemann, John J. Garhammer (Emeritus), Christine Galvan, Dixie A. Grimmett (Emeritus), Sharon R. Guthrie, Grant M. Hill, Daniel W. Jones, Kerrie Kauer, Jeff L. Kress, Barry W. Lavay, Clayre K. Petray, Ralph Rozenek, Jan M. Schroeder, Emyr W. Williams, Alison M. Wrynn, Douglas E. Young

Department Coordinator: Stacia Ticer

Career Possibilities

Allied Health Professions Programs: Certified Athletic Trainer • Educator/Professor • Researcher • Certified Kinesiotherapist

Exercise Science and Fitness: Strength and Conditioning Coach • Educator/Professor • Researcher • Exercise Technician • Fitness Specialist • Exercise Physiologist • Exercise Specialist

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE): Physical Educator • Adapted Physical Education Specialist • Sport Coach • High School Athletic Administrator • Educator/Professor • Researcher

Sport Studies: Sport Coach • Educator/Professor • Researcher • Mental Training Consultant/Sport Psychologist • Sport Manager • College Athletic Administrator

(For more information, see Various entry-level trainee positions are available for graduates, regardless of academic discipline.


The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to facilitate wellness among individuals through the study and application of human movement principles across the lifespan and through the management of and participation in physical activity, exercise, and sport. This is accomplished by providing excellence in instruction, scholarship, and service through a multidisciplinary approach including: 1) programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels designed to prepare professionals in human movement, sport, and exercise-related careers; 2) courses that promote general education and interdisciplinary concepts; 3) activity courses and programs designed to induce physical, cognitive, and affective adaptations; and 4) specialized service programs for the community.

The Department's programs offer a course of study for students wishing to prepare for professional careers or related disciplines in physical education teaching (Adapted, Elementary, and Secondary), athletic training, fitness-wellness, exercise science, kinesiotherapy, sport psychology and coaching. The programs have been developed from physiological, psychological, biomechancal, and sociological principles. The Department also serves the needs of students completing majors in other fields who find that certain aspects of kinesiology are important to their professional objectives and personal interests. In meeting the educational needs of these students, the Degrees, Certificates, and Minor available in the Department of Kinesiology include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology in two options
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in five options
  • Master of Arts in Kinesiology in four options
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology in four options
  • California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential Programs in Physical Education (K-12)
  • Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential (K-12)
  • Minor in Physical Education: Single Subject Credential Add-on
  • Wilderness Studies Certificate
  • Kinesiotherapy Certificate

The Department of Kinesiology, in addition to its Degrees, Certificates, and Minor, assumes the responsibility for the psychological, physiological, and sociological needs and interest of the college student through general education, interdisciplinary, and physical activity course offerings. Students enrolling in physical education activity courses assume responsibility for satisfactory health status appropriate to the class activity.

In addition to the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, the Major must meet the following Department policies and requirements for University graduation:

  1. Each major course and prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A course in which a grade lower than a “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any other course for which it is a prerequisite;
  2. Upper-division courses may not be waived by substitution or examination without Department petition and approval;
  3. Department approval.