Kinesiology - Exercise Science Option, B.S.


Department of Kinesiology

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Kinesiology Major

1. Major requirements (66 units)
Core Program (15 units)
KINES 1, KINES 32*, KINES 33, KINES 116, KINES 118

Exercise Science Option (51 units)
KINES 109 or KINES 110, KINES 119, KINES 121, KINES 137, KINES 163, KINES 165, KINES 167, BIOL 67A, BIOL 67B
Select any KAC course or ATHL 100

Select 21 elective units (13 units for associate degree for transfer) from:

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements.   See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. With the assistance of the department advisor, students may choose a program that will prepare them for working with specific age groups or special populations, coaching, athletic training, teaching physical education, or professional applications in the exercise sciences and fitness-related industries.
  2. Students majoring in kinesiology may count a maximum of 12 units of activity courses (ATHL, KAC, DANCE) toward the 120 units required for a bachelor's degree. Repeat credit towards the kinesiology major is not allowed in any of these activity courses.
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in courses for the kinesiology major, except in those courses which are designated CR/NC grading only.
  4. General Education and elective units may be used toward a minor (see departmental minors) or supplemental credential. Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  5. Students interested in the athletic training option should consult the department regarding criteria for selection into this program.
  6. A grade of C or higher in all required coursework is necessary for successful completion of the major. Any course required as a prerequisite must be completed with a grade of C or better before registration in the subsequent course.
  7. Lower-division courses taken at other institutions may be accepted as being equivalent to lower-division requirements in the department. Petitions to have courses accepted should be completed during the first semester in the major.
  8. The Kinesiology Exercise Science Option complies with university policy regarding the re-taking of courses. Exercise science students who fail a course (D or F) in the Kinesiology core may retake the class for a second time. If they earn a failing grade (D or F) a second time, they will not be allowed to petition to repeat the course for a third time. These students will not be able to complete the Kinesiology Exercise Science Option requirements and will be required to declare a new major.

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The Department of Kinesiology is composed of a cohesive, creative, and dynamic group of well-educated faculty with a wealth of practical and professional experience. Students are engaged in educational and clinical research programs and practical experiences which incorporate leading-edge technology and best practices. The curriculum and associated instruction provide a solid foundation for future learning and professional growth. The program incorporates many opportunities for professional certification through prestigious national organizations and governing bodies. Students become experts in exercise, fitness, performance, and wellness.

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B.S. in Kinesiology - Exercise Science Option

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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What You Can Do With a Degree in Exercise Science

The Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science prepares students for professional careers in fitness and wellness, for example:

  • Personal and group fitness training
  • Worksite health and wellness promotion
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Fitness equipment and medical equipment sales

The Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science is an ideal choice for those students wanting to prepare for admission to advanced clinical programs. The Exercise Science Option can enable students to fulfill prerequisites, while at the same time obtaining a Bachelor's degree. Many students in the option are seeking admission to clinical programs, such as

  • Athletic training
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician ssistant
  • Nursing
  • Chiropractic
  • Medicine

The Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science will also prepare students for graduate study in areas, such as:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Health promotion and wellness
  • Fitness and conditioning

Marketability and advancement within the various professions can be enhanced by additional professional certifications. Completion of the Bachelor’s degree in the Exercise Science Option is designed to prepare students to successfully complete professional certifications through such organizations as:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Exercise Is Medicine (EIM)

Department Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Kinesiology
California State University, Fresno
5275 N. Campus Drive - M/S SG28
Fresno CA 93740-8018

Location: South Gym Building, Room #111

Phone: (559) 278-2016 
FAX: (559) 278-7010


Coordinator for Exercise Science: Dr. Mark Baldis,

Department Chair: Dr. Scott Sailor,