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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Option in Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science

(120 units)

This option is designed primarily for students interested in careers in exercise physiology, biomechanics, or motor control/learning as well as those students contemplating graduate work in these areas or one of the allied health professions, e.g., physical therapy.

Please Note: Students interested in admission to this option must complete the prerequisites for entering the program. No supplemental application needed. Please see the AARC or your designated Exercise Science Coordinator for more details (see below under "Advising Information").

All Applicants, including Freshmen and Transfer Students, click here for more information on the application process at CSULB, including currently required courses, for options with Major Specific Admission Requirements.

Current CSULB students interested in the Major Specific Admission Requirements in Exercise Science, click here for further information.


Degree Requirements


Take all of the following courses:

  • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
  • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
  • KIN 300 Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 208 or equivalent.
  • KIN 301 Exercise Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 207 or equivalent 4-unit Human Physiology course with 3-hour lecture and 3-hour laboratory with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • KIN 312 Motor Control and Learning (3)
    Prerequisites: For KIN majors: BIOL 207, 208; PSY 100. For PSY Neuroscience majors: BIOL 208, 342; PSY 100.

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • MATH 113 (or higher) Precalculus Algebra (3)
    Prerequisites: Appropriate ELM score, ELM exemption or MAPB11.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination (credit in CHEM 191 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended.
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • KIN 263 Techniques of Physical Fitness (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    Prerequisites: MATH 109 or 113 or 117 or 119A or 120 or 122.
  • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 100A.
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: GE A1 requirement.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • KIN 405 Cardiopulmonary Aspects of Health Related Exercise Programs (4)
    Prerequisites: KIN 210 or current First Aid and CPR certificates, KIN 301.
  • KIN 441 Applied Biomechanics: Lifting and Work Capacity (3)
    Prerequisites: KIN 300 or equivalent (Trigonometry and PHYS 100A recommended).

Take one of the following courses:

  • KIN 430 Motor Control Principles and Theory (3)
    Prerequisites: KIN 312 or equivalent.
  • KIN 431 Scientific Foundations of Locomotion (3)
    Prerequisites: KIN 300, 312.

Take one of the following courses:

  • KIN 483 Statistics in Human Movement Science (3)
    Prerequisites: KIN 300, 301, 312.
  • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211 or BIOL 207 or MICR 200; MICR 200; MATH 111 or 113 or 119A or 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.

Take three of the following courses: KIN 339I, 462, 465, 466, 432.

Take 18 units (minimum 6 units from KIN) of elective courses from the following: BIOL 200, 211, 212, 213 (BIOL 111 and 111L, 212 and 212L, 213 and 213L if courses taken prior to this catalog year), 301, 340, 341, 342 and 342L, 345, 441, 443, 445; CHEM 327, 448; NUTR 132, 331A, 331B, 439; H SC 150; KIN 315, 320, 339I*, 364, 367, 430*, 431*, 432*, 462*, 465*, 466*, 471, 494, 495, 497; MICR 200, 211; PSY 327I, 370.

*If not taken as one of the major required upper-division courses.

A fieldwork, field experience or internship course 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.

To view a projected schedule of Exercise Science courses, click here.

Additional Information

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 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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To get answers to FAQs regarding the Exercise Science Option, click here.

Advising Information

Students seeking advising information should contact the appropriate advisor. (Click on name to email)

Students whose last name begins with:




A - H

Dr. Jill Crussemeyer


I -L

Dr. Josh Cotter



Dr. Evan Schick



Dr. Will Wu

(Exercise Science Coord.)


Contact Information

For answers to questions regarding the Option in Exercise Science, contact Dr. Will Wu.

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