Kinesiology Major

Discover what you can learn and where a kinesiology major can take you.

The Department of Kinesiology prepares students to positively contribute to the health and well-being of others as advocates for a physically active lifestyle and preventative health. We strive to promote life-long learning and service to diverse populations. This is accomplished through a series of foundational courses, assignments and experiences specific to one of three fields of study: Exercise science, health promotion, or preparation for a teaching credential in physical education.

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  • Working with peers
  • Working with the community
  • Motivating others
  • Being physically active
  • Guiding others in life-long physical activity and healthy lifestyles

icon Learn

  • Gather information about the community
  • Design and implement health related programs and activities
  • Design standards-based physical education lesson plans
  • Rehabilitate individuals who have had injuries or illnesses


  • Physical education teachers
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Chiropractor
  • Athletic training or fitness instructor
  • Public or community health educator
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Healthcare administration
  • Nutritionist
  • Physician’s assistant

icon Career Opportunities

  • Local school districts such as Turlock School District or Modesto City Schools
  • Public health departments such as Merced County Public Health of the California Department of Health
  • Local physical therapy offices such as Andersen Physical Therapy or Golden Bear Physical Therapy
  • Local health clinics such as Stanislaus Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic or the Romeo Medical Clinic
  • Non-profit organizations such as Healthy Aging Association
  • Local hospitals such as Memorial Medical Center or Doctors Medical Center

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology Concentrations:
    - Exercise Science
    - Health Promotion
  • Single Subject Matter Preparation in Physical Education
  • Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Physical Education
  • Minor in Kinesiology
  • Concentration in Physical Education for Liberal Studies majors
  • Supplemental Authorizations in:
    - Introductory Health Science
    - Introductory Physical Education

Kinesiology Student

"I chose to major in Kinesiology because I believe in the importance of physical activity and education in schools. Encouraging others to develop healthy lifestyles while having fun is my passion!"

Omar Musleh
Kinesiology Student