B.S. in Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the disciplinary study of humans as they participate in physical activity. Professional applications offered by the department include Pre-Athletic Training, Exercise Nutrition and Wellness, Physical Education Teaching, and Pre-Physical Therapy.

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 motor performance, 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, and sports.

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. 

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In 2011 faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and others throughout the University were eager to create a space in which we could encourage and promote exchanges about sport and the various social, cultural, economic, and political issues that surround it. Whether you consider yourself a “fan” of sport or not, it is hard to ignore its central place in our society. The Center for Sport & Social Justice was created as a way to bring critical discussion to the issues within and around sport.  In the past two years our programming has drawn over 1,000 people to our campus events where speakers have offered thoughtful, provocative discussions on sport’s place in relation to political issues and political resistance, women’s issues, fitness philanthropy, and student-athlete rights on college campuses.

Dr. Jenny O (along with a Kinesiology faculty colleague, Dr. Vanessa Yingling) was heavily involved with the conceptualization and implementation of the Kinesiology Research Group (KRG) this past academic year. The program has had great success with approximately 50 student members, 15 of whom have recently been advanced to ‘KRG peer mentor’ status. Dr. O has 3 graduate students involved in the KRG, each of whom are working on developing expertise in a specific topic area of sport psychology. These students will be conceptualizing their own research questions for which they will employ multidisciplinary kinesiology evaluation and analysis methods. Two students will be completing a University Thesis in preparation for advancement to a Doctoral Degree program. Dr. O has also engaged several students in her own research programs, with three students presenting at international conferences this past academic year. In addition, Dr. O has three students involved in the Research Fellowship Program at CSUEB. The Kinesiology Research Group serves as an example of how to scale-up teaching research to 50 undergraduate students

The Get Fit! Stay Fit! Program is designed to be like a work-site wellness program for CSUEB Faculty and Staff.  This Program is a partnership between the CSUEB Kinesiology Department and the Leadership Employee Enrichment Program (LEEP) to provide upper division Kinesiology students with on-campus experiential learning opportunities and to improve employee health and wellness at CSUEB.  Since its inception in winter 2013, this program has nearly doubled in size from eight students and twelve faculty and staff participants to twenty students and approximately forty participants. 

Assist. Professor, Department of Kinesiology, New faculty for 2012-2013: Matthew Atencio was recently an invited guest at the National Institute of Education in Singapore in January 2014, where he led research workshops for one week with sport and physical education faculty, international scholars, and policy makers. He was then invited to provide a guest lecture to a Master’s course pertaining to physical activity pedagogy in diverse multi-cultural communities. This lecture was based on his experiences working with Kinesiology students at CSU-East Bay. In conjunction with other invited scholars, Dr. Atencio subsequently provided a research presentation to 100 physical education teachers and faculty. His talk highlighted the place of outdoor learning within urban communities. This event was coordinated by Dr. Atencio and was hosted by the Singapore Ministry of Education.

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