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2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology, Therapeutic Studies Option, B.S.

Kinesiology (B.S.) 180 units

Program Description

Kinesiology is the disciplinary study of humans as they participate in physical activity. Options 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:

  1. demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply perspectives on physical activity from the humanities, and the social-, behavioral-, and life-sciences (cross-disciplinary knowledge);
  2. use disciplinary knowledge to design and implement innovative professional applications (problem solving);
  3. characterize thought processes by the exploration of discipline-relevant issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating a perspective (critical thinking);
  4. use contextually-grounded and compelling content to articulate physical activity issues in both oral and written form (communication skills), and
  5. 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Activities Director
  • Allied Heath Fields (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic)
  • Coach
  • 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.


-Students intending to pursue graduate studies in athletic training it is suggested to take:

-Students intending to pursue entry into a graduate Entry Level Athletic Education Training Program are strongly encouraged to examine prerequisites for the desired program.

-Students intending to pursue a career in coaching are recommended to take:

-See the Single Subject Matter Preparation in Physical Education in the Programs of Study chapter.

Major Requirements (B.S.) 93-111 units

Consult your advisor for clarification and interpretation of major requirements. The B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.

  • The core major consists of 60 units;
    • the Exercise, Nutrition, and Wellness Option consists of 42 units;
    • the Physical Activity Studies Option consists of 44 units.
    • the Physical Education Teaching Option consists of 38 units;
    • the Social Justice Option consists of 44 units.
    • the Special Studies Option consists of 33 units;
    • the Therapeutic Studies Option consists of 51 units.
  • GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
  • Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor). 

Lower Division Core (9 units)

Lower division requirements vary depending on the option, but the following two courses are required for every option:

Performance Requirements (6 units)

One beginning level course must be repeated at the intermediate level. Satisfactory completion in each of five categories; swimming, combatives, teams sports, individual or dual sports, and fitness activities.

Option Requirements

In addition to the lower and upper division Core requirements listed above, students must choose one of the following options to complete the major:

Therapeutic Studies Option (51 units)

The Therapeutic Studies Option satisfies the majority of, if not all, the prerequisite coursework needed to gain admission to various schools of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Chiropractic, as well as other allied health fields, such as Athletic Training. It is always advisable to check with desired schools for specific requirements. The major with this option totals 111 units.

Course Descriptions

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Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described throughout 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.