Kinesiology is the disciplinary study of humans as they participate in physical activity. Professional applications offered by the department include Physical Activity Studies; Exercise, Nutrition, and Wellness; Therapeutic Studies; Social Justice; and Physical Education Teaching.
The purposes of the Department of Kinesiology are (1) to provide an opportunity for students to study the discipline of Kinesiology; and (2) to provide opportunities for learning and participation in a wide variety of motor activities. Such study includes an investigation into the nature of physical activity, how it is assessed, what its effects are upon the rest of human bodily systems, and how motor performance is learned. It also involves an investigation of the historical, cultural, philosophical, psychological, and social factors which result from and influence play, games, sports, and physical activity.
The department’s program also offers courses appropriate to the general education curriculum of the university in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and life-long learning. It provides the necessary foundation for students who wish to continue their own personal lifelong activities.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a B.S. in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply perspectives from the humanities, and the social-, behavioral-, and life-sciences (crossdisciplinary knowledge);
- use disciplinary knowledge to design and implement innovative professional application (problem solving);
- characterize thought processes by the exploration of discipline-relevant issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating a perspective (critical thinking);
- use contextually-grounded and compelling content to articulate physical activity issues in both oral and written form (communication skills), and
- demonstrate professional dispositions - such as integrity, personal and cultural sensitivity, and collaboration - as well as commitment to social justice for physical activity participants when leading others in a kinesiology-relevant domain.
- Activities Director
- Allied Heath Fields (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic)
- Community College Teacher
- Community Fitness Agency Director
- Exercise/Nutrition Counselor
- Physical Education Teacher
- University Instructor
- Wellness Specialist
Many of the facilities are open to the campus community when not being used for classes. These may include swimming pools, tennis courts, handball courts, fitness center, the gymnasium, and outdoor fields.
Students enrolled in the intercollegiate athletic programs have the opportunity to engage in numerous field trips throughout California and, in some cases, in neighboring states. The intercollegiate athletic program includes: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track for men and women; baseball for men; and softball, swimming, volleyball, and water polo for women.
There is one scholarship housed within the Department of Kinesiology. Recipients of the Joe Morgan Scholarship, named for the Hall of Fame baseball player who is a Cal State East Bay graduate, are identified each Winter with the award(s) applying to the subsequent year. The amount of the Joe Morgan award varies and multiple awards may be given.
Special Studies Option (33 units minimum)
The Special Studies option provides students the opportunity to design an individualized course of study which focuses upon interdisciplinary topics or themes related to Kinesiology. A unique aspect of this option is the requirement of coursework outside the department which is related to sport and exercise phenomena (e.g., mass communication and sport, business management and fitness programs). The major with this option totals 93 units minimum.
All Special Studies option programs must receive approval from the department chair before coursework is initiated.
Other Degree Requirements
In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.