Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Concentration in Exercise and Movement Sciences

The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with concentrations in Exercise and Movement Sciences, and Physical Education. Both concentrations require a set of pre-major prerequisites and core requirements, some of which may be utilized to fulfill general education requirements, and which establish the framework for the study of movement, skills, and physical activity from a variety of perspectives. In addition, a set of concentration-specific courses serves the purpose of preparing the student for specific careers and graduate study within the field or related disciplines. Students must select one of the two concentrations.

  • All courses, including physical activity courses used to satisfy completion of major requirements, must be taken for a letter grade. No CR/NC grades may be used on the major petition for graduation.
  • Students majoring in Physical Education and taking courses in Exercise Science Emphasis areas (i.e., Physiology of Fitness and Health; Fitness Programming in Youth and Elderly Populations) are required to show proof of current First Aid/CPR certification upon application for graduation. This can be obtained via receiving off-campus certification by an agency such as the American Red Cross.
  • Students majoring in Physical Education must earn a grade of C or higher in all required Kinesiology theory courses and a grade of B or higher in all movement-based courses.
  • It is recommended that students graduate with some form of certification to enhance employment opportunities, such as those provided by the American Red Cross, the American College of Sports Medicine, ACE, Senior Fitness Certificate, AFAA, or the National Coaching Association. See an advisor for suggestions and additional possibilities.

Bachelor of Science

Each concentration within the B.S. commences with a foundation in science, mathematics, and kinesiology, and a sequence of required core courses designed to progressively develop the students’ knowledge of movement, skill, and physical activity.

The graduating student will have the skills and knowledge to engage in the observation, analysis, and measurement of movement, fitness, learning, skill, and physical activity; will have the tools and knowledge to engage in synthesis and systematic inquiry; and will be capable of using necessary computerized programs and supporting technologies for systematic inquiry and professional practice.

The Concentration in Exercise and Movement Sciences serves students interested in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor learning and development, sport and exercise psychology, sport history, sport sociology, socio-cultural studies of physical activity, urban youth development, and physical or occupational therapy. Qualified students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for advanced study in any of the above-mentioned domains or employment in fitness settings, physical activity programming, the sports media, sports industries, and as consultants for agencies developing sports policy.

The program examines those factors that influence the form, function, and effectiveness of movement and physical activity across the lifespan and for special populations, such as the disabled and individuals with chronic diseases. The framework for the degree program encompasses three major subject areas:

  1. Social Science: the socio-cultural and psychological factors that serve to constrain and define human movement, fitness, and physical activity;
  2. Movement Science: the factors that influence the neuromotor control, learning, relearning, and development of motor skills and analysis; and
  3. Exercise Science: the variables involved in the physiology of fitness and health, exercise prescription, and fitness programming in youth and elderly populations.

Toward the end of the program, students will select an emphasis area of study that will introduce them to specialized work within the concentration. In the movement science subject area, students become adept in observation and analysis of movement and in use of video and computer technology to study movement-related questions. Throughout their studies, students apply the knowledge and skills they gain to the analysis of movement problems, which are of personal interest and significance.

In the social science subject area, students will gain an understanding of the psychological, social, and cultural contexts in which physical activity occurs. Students will undertake the study of the origins of modern sport and physical activity, as well as explore such factors as the social, psychological, cultural, economic, and political influences on physical activity participation at all levels.

In the exercise science subject area, students will study the effects of exercise and physical activity on factors influencing work performance, training programs, and adaptations that include the reduction of risk factors for medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, adult-onset diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis, as well as special conditions such as pregnancy, and other hypokinetic illnesses, or adaptations that are effective for the aged and disabled populations. The student will also study factors and frameworks for effective programming for fitness and physical activity behaviors in youth and elderly populations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Exercise and Movement Sciences concentration should be able to:

  1. Define kinesiology and its sub-disciplines.

  2. Explain the value of, and advocate for, physical activity in terms of health, wellness, and quality of life.

  3. Analyze a variety of physical activities and their components from multiple perspectives.

  4. Discuss how and why human performance changes.

  5. Design interventions to maintain and improve human performance.

  6. Critically evaluate information sources in kinesiology.

  7. Effectively communicate information about kinesiology.

  8. Apply their knowledge and skills to problems that confront contemporary society.

Kinesiology (B.S.): Concentration in Exercise and Movement Sciences — 65 units minimum

A grade of C or better is required for KIN 250, or equivalent, in the major.

CR/NC grading is not accepted for courses in the major.

General Education Requirements Met in the Major

The requirements below are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses and their prerequisites are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.

Pre-Major Prerequisites (22-24 Units)

Select one:4-5
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
BIOL 212Principles of Human Physiology3
BIOL 213Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory1
Select one:4
Principles of Human Anatomy
Human Anatomy
Select one:4
Survey of Chemistry
and Survey of Chemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry I
KIN 250Introduction to Kinesiology3
Select One:3-4
Algebra and Statistics for Social Justice
Statistics for Social Justice
Data Analysis in Education
Elementary Statistics
Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology

Core Requirements (16 Units)

KIN 384GWResearch Methods in Kinesiology - GWAR3
KIN 457Culture, Gender, and Movement3
KIN 480Anatomical Kinesiology4
KIN 482Exercise Physiology3
KIN 486Motor Learning3

Required Concentration Courses (14 Units)

KIN 404Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN 483Exercise Physiology Laboratory1
KIN 485Biomechanics3
Select one:4
Conceptual Physics
and Conceptual Physics Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Select one:3
Kinesiology Community-Based Internship
Integrative Research Seminar
and Senior Research Project
Independent Study

Electives (12 Units)

Students must take 12 units of electives. Groupings of electives in three focus areas are provided below, but other groups are possible and students should meet with an advisor to select electives that align with their career path. The movement science area focuses on the factors that influence the neuromotor control, learning, relearning, and development of motor skills and analysis. The social science area focuses on the socio-cultural and psychological factors that serve to constrain and define human movement, fitness, and physical activity. The exercise science area focuses on the physiology of exercise, fitness and health, exercise prescription, and fitness programming in healthy adults, youth, elderly, and clinical populations.

Movement Science Focus Area

KIN 325Computer Applications in Kinesiology3
KIN 437Physical Dimensions of Aging3
KIN 487Motor Development3
KIN 538Therapeutic Exercise3
KIN 539Motor Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities3
KIN 636Neuromotor Control Processes3
KIN 680Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Human Movement3

Social Science Focus Area

KIN 322Sport in America3
KIN 331Peak Performance3
KIN 434Sport-Based Youth Development3
KIN 489History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity3
KIN 502Sport and Social Issues3
KIN 510Sport, Movement, and Screen Culture3
KIN 604Advanced Exercise Psychology3

Exercise Science Focus Area

Select one:3
Youth Development Instructional Analysis I
Youth Development Instructional Analysis II
KIN 314Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
KIN 437Physical Dimensions of Aging3
KIN 490Introduction to Sport and Fitness Program Management3
KIN 538Therapeutic Exercise3
KIN 555Exercise Testing and Prescription3
KIN 683Advanced Exercise Physiology3
KIN 690Internship in Fitness/Wellness3

Activity Requirement (1 Unit)

With prior approval of advisor, select one activity course (KIN prefix) representing a fitness-related activity or movement form that complements and enhances the student's personal fitness and movement profile.

KIN 100Aerobics: Low Impact1
KIN 103Aerobics: Steps1
KIN 136Hatha Yoga1
KIN 139Jogging1
KIN 148Elementary Kung Fu1
KIN 151Tae Kwon Do1
KIN 161Shaolin Chuan: Tan-Tui1
KIN 164Elementary Soccer1
KIN 171Beginning Swimming: Non-Swimmers1
KIN 172Elementary Swimming1
KIN 175Elementary Tai-Chi Chuan1
KIN 189Weight Training: Beginners Only1
KIN 191Individualized Weight Training1
KIN 272Intermediate/Advanced Swimming1

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Ethnic Studies LD 3 F
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

The roadmaps presented in this Bulletin are intended as suggested plans of study and do not replace meeting with an advisor. For a more personalized roadmap, please use the Degree Planner tool found in your Student Center.

First-Time Student Roadmap

SF State Scholars

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology SF State Scholars Roadmap

B.S. in Kinesiology, M.A. in Special Education, and Clinical or Rehabilitative Services: Orientation and Mobility Credential SF State Scholars Roadmap

Transfer Student Roadmap (2 Year)

For students with an AA-T in Kinesiology.
KIN ADT Roadmap

This degree program is an approved pathway (“similar” major) for students earning the ADT in Kinesiology

California legislation SB 1440 (2009) mandated the creation of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to be awarded by the California Community Colleges. Two types of ADTs are awarded: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). 

Note: no specific degree is required for admission as an upper-division student. However, the ADT includes specific guarantees related to admission and graduation and is designed to clarify the transfer process and strengthen lower-division preparation for the major.

An ADT totals 60 units and in most cases includes completion of all lower-division General Education requirements and at least 18 units in a specific major. (The Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science AS-T degrees defer 3 units in lower-division GE area C and 3 units in lower-division GE area D until after transfer.) Students pursuing an ADT are guaranteed admission to the CSU if minimum eligibility requirements are met, though not necessarily to the CSU campus of primary choice.

Upon verification that the ADT has been awarded prior to matriculation at SF State, students are guaranteed B.A. or B.S. completion in 60 units if pursuing a “similar” major after transfer. Determinations about “similar” majors at SF State are made by faculty in the discipline.

Degree completion in 60 units cannot be guaranteed when a student simultaneously pursues an additional major, a minor, certificate, or credential.

A sample advising roadmap for students who have earned an ADT and continue in a "similar" major at SF State is available on the Roadmaps tab on the degree requirements page for the major. The roadmap displays:

  • How many lower-division units required for the major have been completed upon entry based on the award of a specific ADT;
  • Which lower-division requirements are considered complete upon entry based on the award of a specific ADT;
  • How to complete the remaining 60 units for the degree in four semesters.

Students who have earned an ADT should seek advising in the major department during the first semester of attendance.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.