Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Kinesiology Courses

Lower Division

Academic Courses

4-8  Activity Courses (PHED)
The Department of Kinesiology offers a broad range of exercise and sport classes.  Course content is directed toward developing in students: 1) a knowledge base relative to personal health that will encourage regular and safe exercise over the lifespan, and 2) the requisite motor skills to enable enjoyable participation in various sport modes.

10 Introduction to Kinesiology
Introduces students to the academic field of study that is Kinesiology.  Examines the historical events, philosophical positions and sociological theories that concern the human being in motion.  Particular attention is devoted to the cultural place of the corporeal actions known as play, game, sport, athletics, and exercise.  Students investigate American health behaviors (especially physical activity and food decisions) and how they relate to major U.S. public health issues.  The fundamentals of exercise science and sport management are introduced and the emerging field of health promotion is considered.  Each student writes and presents a term paper on an exercise related public health topic.  Students are familiarized with the field’s main subdisciplines, their major research themes, and current career opportunities in Kinesiology and the allied medical field. 

12 Fitness and Health Education
Examines the principles of physical fitness and components of personal health. The body’s response and adaptation to regular exercise will be discussed; programs will then be designed to improve cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular fitness, flexibility, body composition and low back health. Key topics in personal health will include: nutrition and weight management, stress, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, aging, and personal safety.

14 Introduction to Public Health
This introductory course covers the basic elements of health promotion’s parent discipline public health. The course provides a basic overview of analytical methods (epidemiology), biomedical studies, environmental assessment, analyses of individual and group behavior, data use and policy developments. Specific attention is paid to health disparities and determinants of health.This course is a Community Engagement (CE) class and students will be actively involved in creating and delivering health promotion programs through a partnership with Saint Mary’s College’s Health and Wellness Center. Saint Mary’s College defines service-learning as, “a form of teaching and learning in which students engage in purposeful action that addresses community goals and through critical reflection to integrate the action with academic objectives to foster civic responsibility and social justice.” (CILSA, 2013).

15 Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
An introductory survey of tests and measurement techniques utilized in the field’s subdisciplines. This course provides students the opportunity to consider fundamental research questions in Kinesiology and explore issues related to evaluation. Investigation into the field’s research literature including an analysis of the research methods and statistical tests used is a major focus of the course. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 10.

20 Introduction to Sport and Recreation Management
A survey of key topics associated with sport management during which students will analyze the concepts and methods of administering sport and recreation service organizations. Course components include: a survey of sport management systems in the US, including legislative authorization and controls; strategic management; sport-sales and revenue; sport communication; sport marketing and branding; consumer behavior; and human resource management. This course also includes an integrative, sport management-related field experience. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 -- concurrent enrollment in Kinesiology 15 is allowed (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor.)

Upper Division

102 Structural Biomechanics
The study of human movement from the point of view of the physical sciences. Fundamentals of human motion are examined from the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical perspectives with an emphasis on motor skill application. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and Biology 13/14 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor). 

105 Facility and Event Management
A study of the organization and supervision of recreation facilities as well as the concepts and methods of planning/producing sporting events. Course components include: facility operations and management, policies and procedures, budgeting, staffing, event planning/management, crowd control and security, programming/scheduling, maintenance, and risk management. Trends influencing the design and operations of sport facilities will be discussed. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10, 15, and 20 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor).

106 Women in Sport
This course will analyze the relationship between gender and sport from multiple perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the changing roles in sports for women, as well as how past and current beliefs regarding gender equity, health, and women’s role in society shape the experiences of women in sports in our society today. Topics will include: the history of women in sport, structural constraints facing women in sport, race and ethnicity, women’s health issues, sexuality and homophobia as they pertain to sport, the role of the media, the sporting body, Title IX and career opportunities for women, and the future of sports for women in our society. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 10 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor)

107 Nutrition for Sport and Physical Activity
Integrates the scientific foundations of nutrition and exercise. Special topics include optimizing wellness, physical fitness and performance through diet, the use of ergogenic aids, weight loss and gain techniques, eating disorders and sport-specific nutrition planning. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 10 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor). 

108 Legal and Administrative Issues
Provides each student with a broad analysis of the United States’ legal system and to the major cases and laws that make up the legal aspects of sport, recreation, and physical activity. Particular attention will be paid to proactive risk management strategies for teachers, coaches, and administrators that will minimize their organizations’ legal liability. Topics include: an overview of the legal system, negligence, intentional torts, risk management, contracts, constitutional law, and intellectual property law. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10, 15, and 20 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor).

109 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Provides students with a broad foundation of sports medicine concepts. While the focus is on injury prevention, students will develop a greater understanding of the terminology and concepts related to acute injury recognition and the care, evaluation and treatment of common sport and fitness related injuries/conditions. Administration concepts will also be covered. Students will learn to demonstrate various taping applications and practice clinical skills. Students must complete observation hours with local certified athletic trainers. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor), Biology 13/14.

110 Exercise Physiology
A study of physiological parameters and mechanisms that determine the adadptations of the physiological systems of humans in response to exercise. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor), Biology 25/26.

110L Exercise Physiology Laboratory
One lab per week for two hours. Must be concurrently enrolled in KINES 110. Lab fee $100. 

111 History of Exercise and Sport
Examines the sportive and exercise cultures of selected past societies.  We begin by exploring the place of sport and exercise in ancient Sumer, Egypt, Mesoamerica, and (in more depth) Greece and Rome.  During the second half of the semester the focus is on sporting experiences in North America.  Our investigations center on physical activity among native Americans and early colonists and during the revolutionary and antebellum periods; the rise of rationalized sport during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the arrival of the so called Golden Age of Sport,  and the intersections between sport, the mass media, and the Civil Rights Movement.  We close with a brief history and analysis of athletics at Saint Mary’s College of California. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor).

112 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Examines contemporary psychological principles as they apply to the domains of sport and exercise. The course seeks to utilize relevant theories and empirical research in psychology, education, and allied health fields in order to inform best practices in sport and exercises as they related to motivation, leadership, group dynamics, performance enhancement, health and well-being, moral and social development, and career transitioning. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor). 

114 Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity
Examines the contemporary issues in sport and physical activity from a sociological perspective. Students will explore current sociological theories/paradigms, research techniques and analyze empirical research in sociology, education and related fields while focusing on the social and cultural structures, patterns and organizations associated with sport. Topics include the in-depth study of sports as it relates to: the socialization process, racial and gender equity, upward social mobility, politics, economics, and our educational system in North America. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor).

115 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
A course of study that covers laboratory and field tests used to assess physical fitness components as well as principles of exercise prescription. Test results are used to develop individualized exercise prescriptions to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body weight and body composition, flexibility and stress levels. Creation of a comprehensive fitness assessment binder and participation in the GaelFit program are included, along with instruction on health screening, cardiovascular, muscular and flexibility assessment and program design. This course includes a weekly two-hour lab in addition to the three hours of lecture. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 110/110L. 

115L Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Laboratory
Laboratory to accompany KINES 115 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription. One lab per week for two hours. Must be concurrently enrolled in KINES 115. Lab fee $75. 

117 Human Motor Performance
A neurophysical approach to understanding the sensory and perceptual mechanisms that allow for efficient physical activity. An examination of various factors that affect human development, motor performance and motor learning (motor development, timing, practice, transfer, etc.). Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor). 

118 Issues in Community Health
Investigates the history, concepts and institutions that constitute the field of community health and community organizing. The demographic, socio-economic and epidemiological conditions of urban and rural regions are examined as well as the processes by which communities and organizations work together to identify common problems and objectives, acquire and mobilize resources, and create and implement actions to achieve their goals. Student will gain field experience with community-based organizations and develop practical skills to promote community health issues. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor).

122 -Advanced Strength and Conditioning
This course will provide the student with an advanced understanding of the principles and methods necessary to design comprehensive strength and conditioning programs that enhance fitness and athletic performance.  Students will use an evidence-based approach to critically analyze current research to develop and justify conditioning programs and techniques for a broad range of sports and activities.  This course will also prepare the student for certifications in personal training and strength and conditioning.

127 Health Promotion: Planning and Evaluation
This course explores the systematic approach to planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in public agencies, community settings, worksites, educational settings, and health care settings. Various planning models and theories in health promotion will be covered.
Prerequisites: KINES 10, KINES 14, & KINES 15 or Health Science Major


129 Cancer Prevention: One Day At a Time

This course explores the epidemiology of cancer, assesses family health history, and the impact of lifestyle choices to determine cancer risks. Topics include common cancers, risk factors for developing cancer, trends in incidence/prevalence of various cancers, why some people develop cancer and others do not, evidence-based strategies for effective physical activity promotion, avoiding or minimizing carcinogenic exposure, and how a multi-level approach to cancer prevention will bring awareness to this public health issue. Prerequisites: Students must complete KINES-010 and KINES-015 with a grade
of C- or higher.

130 Personal Health: A Multicultural Perspective

This course examines the relationship between culture and health and ways in which these variables intersect. It explores how public health and health promotion efforts can benefit from understanding and working within the cultural processes, and provides conceptual tools for identifying and evaluating relationships between culture and health. It primarily deals with issues in the United States, but includes global perspectives of culture and health as well. Prerequisites:  Students must complete Kines-010 and Kines-015 with a minimum grade of C- or higher.


195 Internship
Work practice in the field of sport and recreation management, health promotion, or sports medicine. The internship experience is planned in close consultation with and supervised by a Department of Kinesiology faculty member. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15. 

197 Special Study
An independent study or research course for students whose needs are not met by the Department of Kinesiology's regular course offerings. Permisison of the instructor and department chair are required. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15.

199 Special Study - Honors
An independent study or research course for upper-division majors with a B average or better. Permission of instructor and department chair are required. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15.


Please view our consolidated list of Course Prerequisites and our Course Projections to help determine which classes to take when.