Kinesiology

From the Greek work "Kinein" to move, and also known as Human Kinetics, is the scientific study of Human Movement.

Careers in Kinesiology

  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Personal Trainer
  • Aquatics Director
  • Physical Education Teacher or Kinesiology Professor
  • Athletic Administration
  • Physical Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Coaching at School or College
  • Recreation Leader or Sports Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Management or Sports Psychologist
  • Fitness Instructor/Program Director
  • Sports Information Director or Journalist
  • Massage or Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Officiating or Strength & Conditioning Coach

Kinesiology Associate Degree Program

The curriculum in the Kinesiology Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors related to this field, earning the Associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate cognitive knowledge of fitness terminology and training in a specific subject area.
  • Correctly perform the skills or strategy for a particular fitness activity or sport.
  • Display effective gains through social interactions, teamwork, and sportsmanship in Kinesiology courses.
  • Distinguish and articulate fundamental concepts or skills of a specific activity or sport.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.

Associate in Arts Degree in Kinesiology for Transfer

The Kinesiology major consists of courses appropriate for an Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer degree, which provides a foundational understanding of the discipline, a breadth of coursework in the discipline, and preparation for transfer to any CSU that accepts the AA-T. Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer degree receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a beginning level of knowledge, skill, theory and strategy in at least one sport or physical activity.
  • Explain and apply basic physiological principles of human movement in exercise and sports settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the body in human performance.
  • Recognize the principles of physical fitness development and maintenance as well as the body's responses to physical activity.
  • Acquire an understanding of those factors instrumental in the development and performance of motor skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value and significance of physical activity for human interactions, and quality of life.
  • Analyze the history, research, and current information in Kinesiology and their current applications.
  • Use campus and/or community resources to participate actively in their own education.
  • Display leadership, cooperation, sportsmanship and integrity through active participation in fitness and sports.
  • Encourage and promote the value of lifelong learning and quality of life through health, sport, fitness and physical activity.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.

Holistic Health Studies Certificate of Achievement

Designed to promote a holistic approach to healthy living while preparing students for professional careers and the potential of higher education in the integrative health, fitness, and wellness field. Students will investigate basic anatomy, physiology, subtle energy, and behavior principles while exploring the connection between the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual realms of health, wellness, and performance. Students will be introduced to a variety of alternative health practices and healing therapies from various cultures around the world, with an emphasis on how a holistic approach and practical techniques can lead to optimal performance and health.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary health principles and guidelines.
  • Explain core principles and philosophies of the holistic paradigm.
  • Explain basic anatomy, physiology, subtle energy, and behavior principles through a holistic perspective.
  • Describe foundational principles and unique techniques used in well-established complementary and alternative health practices and explain how they can be beneficial to various fitness, performance, health, and wellness professions.
  • Demonstrate practical holistic health techniques for optimal performance, health, and wellness.
  • Create a customized fitness, health, and wellness plan using holistic health principles and techniques.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.

Integrative Health for Fitness and Wellness Professionals Certificate of Achievement

Designed to supplement a variety of health, fitness, and wellness professionals with contemporary knowledge, integrative concepts, and alternative practices for optimal performance and health, as well as job placement and career advancement. Students will explore the connection between the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness through a holistic approach to anatomy, physiology, subtle energy, human behavior, and environmental interactions.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary health principles and how they can be applied within a holistic paradigm.
  • Explain basic anatomy, physiology, subtle energy and behavioral principles though a holistic perspective while demonstrating an understanding of the effects of social and environmental factors..
  • Describe core principles and techniques used in a variety of complementary and alternative health practices and demonstrate how they can be appropriately integrated into a selection of fitness and wellness professions.
  • Identify integrative health principles, techniques, and practices that are highly beneficial for individuals and professionals in emphasized occupations within the fitness and wellness field.
  • Create a customized integrative health plan within a specific occupation of fitness, performance, health, and wellness.
  • Explain the importance and benefits of a having an integrative health education background and the positive impact it can have within a variety of fitness, health, and wellness occupations.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.

Personal Training Specialist Certificate of Achievement

This certificate is designed for students interested in the field of personal training and fitness instruction. Students completing this certification will learn the fundamentals of exercise science, theory and application techniques for various modes of fitness training, how to perform fitness assessments, the effects of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on training, basics of sports nutrition, and how to create personalized training programs. Upon completion of this certification program, students will be prepared for entry-level personal training and fitness specialist positions in fitness clubs, health and wellness centers, educational institutes, and community establishments. Courses in this program also prepare students to further their certification through the nationally recognized, American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic exercise science..
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various techniques and modes of fitness training..
  • Explain the effects of various social, psychological, and behavioral factors on health, wellness, and fitness training.
  • Design a personalized training program that meets the needs and desires of an individual.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of business policies and legal guidelines.
  • Identify health and safety concerns and respond with the appropriate care and/or procedures.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.

Yoga Instructor Certificate of Achievement

Yoga Teacher Training is designed to deepen students' understanding of yoga by investigating the biomechanics of yoga postures, learning to use anatomical cueing for proper alignment in poses, examining effective teaching techniques for a variety of settings, and exploring the history and philosophy of yoga. Upon successful completion of the Yoga Teacher Training Occupational Skills Award, students will be eligible to apply for their Yoga Alliance 200-hour instructor certification and will be prepared for employment as a trained yoga teacher in public and private settings. Yoga Alliance is the largest and most influential governing body in the yoga field, thus providing our Yoga Teacher Training students with a prestigious certification. A minimum grade of "C" in all courses is required to receive this award, and 10 additional hours of practice teaching hours and feedback forms are mandated for those students applying for the Yoga Alliance credential.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Explain and demonstrate basic skills of practicing Hatha yoga.
  • Identify anatomical structures and explain the biomechanics of asanas.
  • Demonstrate skills for instructing yoga, including developing sequences, verbal cueing, providing variations, modifications, and adjustments.
  • Illustrate stress management techniques though use of pranayama and asanas.
  • Describe the philosophy of yoga through history, the development of the asanas and major lineages of yoga.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.

Athletic Training Occupational Skills Award

The Athletic Training Occupational Skills Award prepares the student for careers in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy for skills necessary for entry-level positions in Physical Therapy Clinics and provides foundational preparation for students interested in Athletic Training programs. Skills learned in this program are additionally valuable to students interested in such professions as fitness trainer, coach, or teacher in the physical education and kinesiology field. Students will learn basic exercise physiology, be able to identify common athletic injuries and causes, and be able to apply specific stretching, strengthening, and rehabilitation techniques for preventive and rehabilitative care. In addition, students will become cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certified and learn how to write subjective, objective, assessment, and plan (SOAP) notes and injury reports.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify the basic fundamentals of physiology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of exercise physiology and the biomechanics of human movement.
  • Recognize and describe the signs and symptoms of emergency situations and athletic injuries.
  • Demonstrate proper response procedures to emergency situations and athletic injuries.
  • Apply preventative and rehabilitative techniques for common sports conditions and various athletic injuries.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.

Coaching Occupational Skills Award

This Occupational Skills Award is designed to prepare students for gaining employment in coaching in a scholastic setting or Sports management in youth sports at community centers, after school programs, and/or city and state sports activities. The students will gain a variety of experiences, skills and knowledge that will cover a multitude of sports.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Assess sports-related injuries and apply first aid.
  • Understand the concepts and techniques of coaching.
  • Apply psychological foundations for enhancing sports performance.

 

Please refer to the college catalog for information on required courses.