B.S. in Kinesiology

The kinesiology major equips students to help others thrive through exercise, movement, and sport.

Mission

Shaping difference makers who care for the whole person.

Our mission in the kinesiology major is to shape difference makers who care for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. We believe that exercise, movement, and sport help people thrive by improving health, fitness, and quality of life across the lifespan. To achieve our goals, we equip lifelong learners who are academically engaged, relationally focused, vocationally aware, and wellness oriented using approaches that are discipline based and grounded within a Christian worldview.

Concentrations

Health Professions

The health professions concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic, physician’s assistant, and other allied health graduate programs. Students are also prepared to enter academic graduate programs (master’s and doctoral) in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and other subdisciplines of kinesiology. Students gain practical, hands-on training in kinesiology, including 100 hours of supervised internships and a strong theoretical foundation in the sciences, which may fulfill graduate school prerequisites. See concentration requirements in the table below.

Applied Exercise Science

The applied exercise science concentration prepares students to obtain positions as fitness professionals, strength and conditioning specialists, wellness directors, or exercise physiologists, and/or to pursue graduate education in cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, sports psychology, or allied health professions (additional prerequisite courses may be necessary). Through applied and hands-on coursework, students learn to assess, design, and implement evidence-based fitness programs for clients to achieve optimal health and performance. Students also are supervised during 150+ hours of internship experience at the university’s fitness center and in the community at one of our preapproved sites. Many students are successful at finding employment in the industry prior to graduation. See concentration requirements in the table below.

Academic Standards

Students are required to complete 120 units in order to obtain an undergraduate degree at Azusa Pacific. For some students, the combination of units from the concentration and general education courses will not meet the minimum number of units for graduation, so students may need to complete additional coursework. This can be accomplished by completing a minor in a field of interest, or by taking elective courses within, or outside of, the department.

For students to progress through the curriculum, they must earn a grade of C- or higher in each required course in the kinesiology major. Students who do not earn a C- or higher in such a course after three attempts will be removed from the major. Students are also required to follow the proper course sequencing and meet all prerequisites prior to completing the succeeding courses in the curriculum. Visit the kinesiology major website to download an academic plan for your chosen concentration. 

Certifications

Students seeking certification in the exercise science profession are subject to each association’s guidelines and standards to be eligible for each certification. Students are encouraged to sit for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) examination after completing KIN 242 in their sophomore year, and the NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and/or NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examinations after completing the related 300-level coursework. Students are responsible for all the associated fees and costs for the desired certification(s).

Additional Information

CPR and First Aid certifications must be current prior to beginning any department-supervised internships or service-learning experiences. First Aid certification must be completed through the American Red Cross. No completely online courses are permitted for CPR or First Aid. Students are also responsible for the transportation costs associated with required internship experiences in the major. 

All students are subject to other policies and procedures related to the major as determined by the program director and the Department of Kinesiology.

Requirements

For students to progress through the curriculum, they must earn a grade of C- or higher in each required course in the kinesiology major. Students who do not earn a C- or higher in such a course after three attempts will be removed from the major.

Health Professions Concentration

KIN 102Foundations of Kinesiology2
KIN 270Human Motor Control, Learning, and Development3
KIN 275Biomechanics of Human Movement3
KIN 306Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity and Sport3
or PSYC 330 Sports Psychology
or PSYC 360 Abnormal Psychology
KIN 360Nutrition for Exercise and Sport Science3
KIN 363Physiology of Exercise4
KIN 364Kinesiology4
KIN 366Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
or KIN 372 Corrective Exercise Strategies
or KIN 380 Concepts of Performance Enhancement
KIN 473Fitness and Exercise Prescription4
KIN 478Senior Preparation in Kinesiology2
KIN 490Writing 3: Research Methods in Kinesiology 13
KIN 495Internship in Exercise Science 22
FFL 131Fitness for Life: Kinesiology 31
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 43
PSYC 110General Psychology 53
or PSYC 290 Human Growth and Development
WRIT 241Writing 2: Physical Activity and Health Promotion 63
BIOL 101Biology and Society 74
or BIOL 151 General Biology I
CHEM 101Chemistry and Society 74
or CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
Select one of the following:8
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II 7,8
Human Anatomy
and Human Physiology 8
Select two of the following: 96-8
General Biology I 7
General Biology II
General Microbiology
Principles of Biochemistry
General Chemistry I 7
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry: Theory I
Organic Chemistry: Theory II
Physics for Life Sciences I 7
Physics for Life Sciences II
General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 7
Total Units68-70

Applied Exercise Science Concentration 

KIN 102Foundations of Kinesiology2
KIN 242Fundamental Principles of Fitness3
KIN 270Human Motor Control, Learning, and Development3
KIN 275Biomechanics of Human Movement3
KIN 306Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity and Sport3
or PSYC 330 Sports Psychology
KIN 360Nutrition for Exercise and Sport Science3
KIN 363Physiology of Exercise4
KIN 364Kinesiology4
KIN 366Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3 - 4
or KIN 372 Corrective Exercise Strategies
or KIN 380 Concepts of Performance Enhancement
or KIN 473 Fitness and Exercise Prescription
KIN 395Fitness Management3
KIN 478Senior Preparation in Kinesiology2
KIN 490Writing 3: Research Methods in Kinesiology 13
KIN 495Internship in Exercise Science 22
PSYC 110General Psychology 33
or PSYC 290 Human Growth and Development
FFL 131Fitness for Life: Kinesiology 41
WRIT 241Writing 2: Physical Activity and Health Promotion 53
Select one of the following:8
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II 6,7
Human Anatomy
and Human Physiology 7
Total Units53-54

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:

1. Develop an understanding of our Biblical responsibility to care for the whole person - body, mind, and spirit.

2. Demonstrate proficiency in principles of kinesiology.

3. Design and implement exercise programs for a variety of populations and settings.

4. Evaluate movement patterns and physical fitness using effective assessment techniques.

5. Analyze issues in exercise science using an evidence-based approach

6. Explain how psycho-social factors influence personal health, wellness, and performance

7. Interact professionally with a variety of constituents, such as students, clients, patients and colleagues