Kinesiology & Athletics

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Kinesiology

This Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer provides a path to students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus in Kinesiology and serves the diverse needs of students who wish to obtain a broad and an in-depth understanding of the field. Additionally, this degree allows students to learn the fundamental principles and practices of Kinesiology in order to create a solid foundation for their future personal and academic endeavors.

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (AA-T) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses), and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
KINES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
A minimum of 8 units from the following: 8
BIOL 310 General Biology (4)
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5)
   or CHEM 400 General Chemistry I (5)
   or CHEM 309 Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (5)
PHYS 410 Mechanics of Solids and Fluids (5)
   or PHYS 350 General Physics (4)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
Select three courses, each from a different category listed below.
Dance:
DANCE 340 Ballroom Dance (1)
DANCE 341 Ballroom Dance II (1)
DANCE 342 Ballroom Dance III: Club Dancing (1)
DANCE 343 Ballroom Dance IV: Latin (1)
DANCE 344 Ballroom Dance V: Swing (1)
DANCE 345 Ballroom Dance VI: Tango (1)
DANCE 348 Ballroom Challenge: Competition and Performance (1)
Fitness:
FITNS 303 Dance Aerobics (1)
FITNS 306 Aerobics: Cardio-Kickboxing (1)
FITNS 307 Aerobic Mix (1)
FITNS 308 Step Aerobics (1)
FITNS 321 Core Conditioning (1)
FITNS 325 Pilates (1)
FITNS 380 Circuit Weight Training (1)
FITNS 381 Weight Training (1)
FITNS 392 Yoga (1)
FITNS 400 Body Fitness (Walking or Jogging) (1)
Aquatics:
FITNS 310 Aquatic Fitness I (1)
FITNS 316 Lap Swimming (1)
FITNS 440 Swimming I (1)
FITNS 441 Swimming II (1)
FITNS 442 Swimming III (1)
FITNS 443 Swimming IV (1)
Combatives:
FITNS 412 Taekwondo I (1)
FITNS 414 Tai Chi (1)
Individual Sports:
PACT 300 Archery I (1)
PACT 310 Badminton I (1)
PACT 350 Golf I (1)
PACT 351 Golf II (1)
PACT 390 Tennis I (1)
Team Sports:
TMACT 300 Soccer, Indoor (1)
TMACT 302 Soccer - Outdoor (1)
TMACT 320 Basketball (1)
TMACT 330 Volleyball (1)
TMACT 331 Volleyball II (1)
TMACT 333 Volleyball III (1)
TMACT 352 Softball, Slow Pitch (1)
TMACT 370 Water Polo (1)
Total Units: 24

The Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • recount the historical evolution of physical education/kinesiology.
  • evaluate current theories, philosophies, and trends in the field of kinesiology.
  • identify key aspects of personal fitness as it relates to physical fitness programs.
  • construct a philosophy of kinesiology that includes goals for lifetime fitness.
  • discuss how sociological, historical, and philosophical factors influence the field of kinesiology.
  • outline the basic principles of current accepted nutritional standards for physically active individuals.
  • describe the basic structure of the human body and how its various systems respond to exercise.

Career Information

This degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university in Kinesiology. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, kinesiology instructor, exercise physiologist, athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach, athletic coach, personal trainer, physical educator, and corporate fitness director.

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Physical Education

This degree provides an educational and practical foundation for students interested in multiple professions in the area of physical education. It also provides coursework required for transfer in physical education majors. Topics include introduction to physical education, care and prevention of athletic injuries, CPR, psychology, nutrition, dance, fitness, recreation, and sport. Students who work closely with their counselor can use this degree to prepare for majoring in kinesiology at a four-year college.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology (3) 3 - 4
   or BIOL 310 General Biology (4)
   or PSYC 310 Biological Psychology (3)
HEED 310 Community CPR and Adult AED (1) 1 - 1.51
   or HEED 311 CPR and Pediatric First Aid (1.5)
KINES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
KINES 330 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 302 Nutrition for Physical Performance (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
   or KINES 307 Mental Skills for Sport Performance (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
HEED 300 Health Science (3)
OR three units from any of the following: DANCE, FITNS, PACT, SPORT, or TMACT.
Total Units: 19 - 20.5

1If student has Community CPR certification through the American Red Cross, or Basic Life Support certification through the American Heart Association, the HEED 310 or HEED 311 requirement may be waived.

The Physical Education Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • list various occupations in the field of physical education
  • identify basic bones, muscles, and ligaments of the human body
  • compare key aspects of personal fitness as it relates to physical fitness programs
  • construct a philosophy of physical education that includes goals for lifetime fitness
  • evaluate current theories, philosophies, and trends in physical education
  • recognize current job opportunities in the field of physical education
  • summarize the education requirements for employment as a professional physical educator
  • evaluate common athletically-related injuries in the field of physical education
  • outline the basic principles of current accepted nutritional standards for physically active individuals
  • discuss the role of physical and psychological health as it relates to physical education
  • recount the historical evolution of physical education
  • demonstrate skills needed to meet the minimal certification standards when performing first aid and CPR as required by a nationally recognized organization

Career Information

This degree is designed for those pursuing a career in coaching, health and fitness, personal training, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.


A.S. in Sports Medicine

This degree is designed to prepare students for transfer in the area of athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology, and other sports medicine related fields. Prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries are emphasized.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5) 5
   or CHEM 400 General Chemistry I (5)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition 3
KINES 330 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
KINES 334 Practical Applications in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine 3
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
Total Units: 27

The Sports Medicine Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • list the minimum requirements to become a certified athletic trainer
  • identify normal musculoskeletal anatomy
  • evaluate common athletic-related injuries
  • demonstrate proper wrapping and taping skills needed to protect commonly injured joints
  • develop a diet for an active individual that is based on current accepted nutritional values
  • create treatment protocols for common athletic-related injuries
  • develop basic rehabilitation protocols for common athletic-related injuries
  • manage the daily athletic training room set-up and break-down for fall and spring sports
  • discuss how injuries affect the psychological health of the injured athlete

Certificates of Achievement

Fitness Specialist Certificate

This program prepares students for employment in the health and fitness industry and equips them with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to begin a career in the dynamic field of fitness. Upon completion of this certificate, the students are prepared to take national certification exams such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), or the American Council of Exercise (ACE).

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
KINES 400 Applied Physiology of Exercise 2
KINES 401 Applied Kinesiology 2
KINES 402 Nutrition for Fitness (2) 2
   or NUTRI 307 Nutrition for Fitness (2)
KINES 403 Fitness and Exercise Assessment 2
KINES 404 Identification and Management of Fitness Injuries 2
KINES 405 Effects of Exercise on Special Populations 2
KINES 406 Techniques of Strength Training Instruction 2
KINES 407 Techniques of Group Fitness Instruction 2
A minimum of 2 units from the following: 2
BUS 210 The Business Plan (1)
BUS 212 Marketing for Small Businesses (1)
BUS 214 Financing a Small Business (1)
BUS 218 Management Skills for the Small Business (1)
BUS 220 Retailing and Merchandising for the Small Business (1)
BUS 224 Customer Service (1)
BUS 228 Selling Techniques for the Small Business (1)
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 1
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) (1 - 4)
Total Units: 19

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • design, implement, and analyze fitness programs for a diverse population.
  • critique and explore various health and fitness job opportunities.
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to pass national certification exams such as NASM, ACSM, and ACE.

Career Information

The fitness certificate program is ideal for anyone desiring an entry-level position as a personal trainer, fitness center or health club employee, group exercise instructor, or strength and conditioning coach.


Senior Fitness Specialist Certificate

The Senior Fitness Specialist program prepares students for employment as a fitness leader in settings where people ages 50+ exercise with other age groups and in settings that cater to older adults. The program provides students with the knowledge and hands on experience necessary to begin a career in this growing field of fitness.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
FITNS 351 Exercise, Balance and Mobility 1
GERON 205 Validation: Theory and Practice 0.5
GERON 230 Motivating Older Adults to Stay Active 0.5
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 378 Body Mechanics and Safety 0.5
GERON 380 Nutrition and Aging 0.5
HEED 310 Community CPR and Adult AED 1
KINES 403 Fitness and Exercise Assessment 2
KINES 405 Effects of Exercise on Special Populations 2
KINES 406 Techniques of Strength Training Instruction 2
KINES 407 Techniques of Group Fitness Instruction 2
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 11
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) (1 - 4)
Total Units: 16

1One unit of work experience is required in one of the following environments: recreation center, senior center, senior community, assisted living facility, or another site for seniors.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • recommend beneficial exercises for seniors and individuals with disabilities or medical conditions.
  • behave responsibly at work, exhibiting initiative and self-management in situations where it is needed.
  • create an individualized fitness plan to promote functional independence throughout the remainder of life.
  • analyze how nutrition plays a part in overall health and aging.
  • compare and contrast different self and group motivational techniques for staying active.
  • identify and respond to life-threatening conditions (including breathing emergencies, cardiac emergencies, and severe bleeding).
  • evaluate physical activities relative to risk factors.
  • design and lead a group exercise activity, and provide modifications and variations to exercises when necessary.
  • identify basic principles of body mechanics and posture.
  • design an individualized exercise prescription program that includes muscular strength and muscular endurance development.
  • explain normal aging-related changes and analyze how lifestyle choices influence the aging process.
  • demonstrate techniques for validating and encouraging older adults during fitness activities.

Career Information

The Senior Fitness Specialist program is ideal for anyone seeking an entry-level position as a fitness leader in community, recreation, and senior centers, health clubs, retirement and assisted living communities, and other sites that cater to seniors.