Kinesiology Department

BS - Kinesiology

Satisfactory completion of the requirements of the four-year major program in kinesiology leads to a BS degree. The program is based upon the discipline of kinesiology and stresses both theoretical and practical objectives. Five areas of specialization.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

Students in this major must complete all courses Requirements for the Major (All courses in Preparation, Core, Concentration/Specialization) with a "C- or better" to graduate. The following courses in Preparation of major must be passed with a "C or better": KIN 100W.

Kinesiology International Experience Requirement

To satisfy the Department of Kinesiology international requirement, students must study abroad for at least nine days in an approved program (exemption from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts based on compelling individual life experiences or physical limitations. A relevant cross-cultural experience in the U.S. will be substituted). Specific details can be found on the college website at

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major18
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
BIOL 065O may also be used to meet this requirement. This course does not include a human cadaver lab.
BIOL 066. Human PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 065 and 066 are not GE but meet Area B2 for Kinesiology majors
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
KIN 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Mathematical Concepts (Area B4)3
Requirements of the Major61
Core Courses23
KIN 070. Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN 155. Exercise Physiology3
KIN 158. Biomechanics3
KIN 175. Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
KIN 185. Senior Seminar1
Physical Activity Courses:
Four activity courses from at least four different movement areas (In addition to university graduation requirement).4
Complete one course from:
KIN 160. History of Sport and Physical Education3
KIN 161. Philosophical Perspectives of Sport3
KIN 164. Sociocultural Perspectives3
Complete one course from:
KIN 165. Motor Development3
KIN 166. Motor Learning3
Area of Specialization38
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. See Advisor for more details.
Choose one area of study:
Exercise and Fitness
Rehabilitation Sciences
Sport Management and Culture
Inclusive Physical Activity in Communities
Individualized Studies
Transfer Curriculum Studies (students with AA-T)
See department for approved clusters of electives.

Total Units:120