Kinesiology is the disciplinary study of physical activity and how it impacts individual and societal health and well-being. The discipline explores physical activity from a wide range of cognate disciplines, including, but not limited to, biomechanics, physiology, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and pedagogy. In addition, it involves areas of study that include sports performance, fitness leadership, sports medicine, and related allied health professions, socio-cultural analysis of sport, sport and exercise psychology, physical education, and coaching.

The Department of Kinesiology offers a B.S. degree that prepares students for fitness, exercise, and allied health careers. The program prepares graduates to be knowledgeable, professional and have a multidisciplinary approach to promoting physical activity.


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Career Opportunities Include:

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


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Courses You Might Take

KIN 162 - Nutrition and Performance

Understand theories and principles of nutrients, basic diet, weight management, exercise demands, training principles, fitness development and effective nutritional practices.

KIN 301 - Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Studies the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and their roles in determining movement in applied settings, such as daily living, work, physical activity, and rehabilitation.

KIN 302 - Social Justice in Kinesiology

Examines ways that we can promote more humane, socially just, and democratic forms of physical activity so that all people have opportunities to gain the benefits of physical activity.

KIN 304 - Motor Development

Applies theoretical perspectives on motor development research. Examines relevant social, physical, and cognitive influences on human movement across the lifespan.

KIN 320 - Sport Film: Cultural Perspectives

Uses sport films to examine relationships of power in society and the way those relationships are contested and reinforced. Emphasizes cultural tensions and negotiations around issues related to race, gender, and sexuality.

KIN 340 - Ergonomics

To provide knowledge and skills to anticipate, identify, analyze and control the risks that arise from physically demanding activity. Design environments that maximize the musculoskeletal health of workers.

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Department of Kinesiology
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Physical Education & Gym, PE 130
  • Hayward, CA 94542